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Whose Father’s Day Is It?

Debbie says:

I don’t have much to add to this post on Sociological Images.

The Google logo with a men's tie replacing the

Lisa Wade says:

The tie isn’t a generic masculine symbol, but a class-specific one.

More, it ties fatherhood into the idea of being a breadwinner. What is significant about a Dad? The fact that he works so hard for the family. Can you imagine a Mother’s Day symbol emphasizing her workplace instead of her time at home?

I can’t be arsed to care about greeting-card consumerist holidays. Turns out that Fathers’ Day is just a little over a century old and wasn’t made a national holiday until I was old enough to vote, though I do remember celebrating it as a child. The best line in the Wikipedia history (linked above) is “In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized.” Now that would never happen.

The leading Google images for “father” and “mother”” are surprisingly similar: leaving out Mother Teresa and an assortment of priests, both mostly show a clearly gendered parent holding, playing with, or looking lovingly at a baby or small child. Both are mostly of white people, but not entirely. The “father” search does not show a lot of work pictures, with ties or without.

What would you use for a Father’s Day image for a Google logo? My first thought would be to make one of the O’s larger and one smaller, and have the larger one have a hand on the smaller one’s head. Or something like that.

Racism and Classism Can Be Cool

Marlene says:

Someone sent me the link to this video recently.

To be clear, I live in Oakland. So does Debbie. One of the things I like about Oakland is that it isn’t (generally) populated by the kind of ignorant assholes that made this video.

Lake Merritt doesn’t smell like anything but a lake, unless you imagine that everything has to be nasty in a city (unlike San Francisco) where most of the poor people have not yet been displaced. A quick google search returned no results for a body ever found in the lake, but several occurrences of people assuming that it was something that happened all the time (mostly young middle class white Yelpers).

Oakland’s largest demographic group is African Americans. Aside from the overt racism in the section of the video about ghostriding, there is a general sense of Oakland’s “crappyness” in the video that has a racial undertone. This comes up for me in the segment on slow jaywalkers and the always hysterical “dead hooker” joke. I have lived close to the Bay Bridge Inn for ten years. I’m surprised that it wasn’t a “dead tranny hooker” joke.

I think it’s important to mention that the short piece of footage of two men dancing next to their car was stolen from a ghostriding video. Between that and the fact that the slow, stumbling jaywalker is portrayed by a white hipster actor it is clear that the makers of this film were likely afraid to actually get too close to any actual brown people.

It infuriates me that this is what young hip “liberal” San Franciscans think is funny these days. Stay on your side of the bridge. We don’t want you here.