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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