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Facebook’s Developing a Woman Problem

Facebook’s Developing a Woman Problem

Hey lady! Get off the computer and make someone a sandwich!

Don’t go make a sandwich. I was just channeling Facebook from 2008 through last Friday.

If you are not aware, you can translate your Facebook page to one of several dozen languages. Most are actual legitimate languages, like Mandarin and French, but the feature includes some fun as well, like Pirate.

This language feature comes standard with every Facebook account. If you scroll through the languages, you’ll run across something called Leet Speak (or l337 sp3@k). Leet Speak was originally developed by hackers as a way to communicate that could bypass word filters. It’s really a language all its own and, speaking for myself, is kinda hard to read.

Turns out, Leet Speak is also kinda sexist. At least, Facebook thinks so. Because until last Friday, if you translated your page to Leet Speak and you identify as female, Facebook changed your gender to “54ndw1ch m4k3r.” Oh what? You can’t read that crazy amalgamation of letters and numbers? That’s supposed to be “sandwich maker.”

Get it? Because women are only good for making food and keeping house! LOL!

Oh man. That’s not funny.

It’s been this way since 2008. It remains unclear why they’ve waited until now to change it.

What is clear is that Facebook is developing a behavior pattern of disrespect toward women. Surely you’re aware of those hilarious rape joke Facebook pages. Despite the fact that the Facebook terms and conditions do not allow for pages that incite hatred or violence, the social media site only reluctantly removed pages that incite violence against women.

So I’d like to say something to Facebook:

Stop. Just stop and think for a second. Stop, think, maybe go ask your mom or sister or female friend before you do something like this again. Get your head out of your massive vats of money for five seconds and try to be a little empathetic. If you don’t, there’s always Google Plus for my social networking needs.

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3:15PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

I love facebook over all, but it isn't a facebook problem. It is a society problem. We as women let others get away with a lot more than we should. We have to stand up for ourselves, raise our voices, and put our foot down

7:58PM PDT on May 23, 2012

hate facebook!

7:28AM PDT on May 10, 2012

Another reason why I don't have a FB account.

9:10AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Facebook has went way to far. They monitor everything people say. Even though it is a Social Network. Facebook employs people to monitor everything. The government shouldn't be able to monitor either but Facebook allows them to do that.

6:22AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Nicole P, that makes two of us!

3:52AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

i do use 'facebook', but not that much.
as it was intended to network and share 'faces'... as a social networking site, it turns out for me to be more of a 'face-block' clique encouraging site as well... not nice...
a modern web version of what happens in high schools anyway... mean, and can be quite abusive, and plenty abused.

3:51AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

i do use 'facebook', but not that much.
as it was intended to network and share 'faces'... as a social networking site, it turns out for me to be more of a 'face-block' clique encouraging site as well... not nice...
a modern web version of what happens in high schools anyway... mean, and can be quite abusive, and plenty abused.

4:13AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Not surprised - I have tried to get them to remove a page called "Sometimes I wanna punch a bitch" and they refuse to remove it. It totally laughs at violence against women. Please go over and say something to them!

7:27PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Facebook is like this because it has become a tool of corporations and the government, along with selective censorship. Our information is being collected with every "like" and every "share". Think before you list family members, etc. Unscrupulous people make those connections and it makes identity theft so much easier. Like any other corporation, this one is going the way of greed and dangerous things. What started out as a fun networking site for college students has blossomed into something corporate run and goes so far as to put people in jail, fire people from jobs, etc. It gives us enough freedom of speech to have us arrested for that freedom of speech. People will soon catch on and delete their accounts, but the information they've shared can never be taken back.

6:35PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Being a long distance great grandma, great & just mom, F.B. is one (and for some)the only way I can keep in touch with them. I don't 'like' it but as a present communication tool, I use it for my personal benefit.

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