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Absurd, Crazy, and Read for Filth

By Lizzy Austad

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(Gina Faldetta)– I’ve been called absurd by friends and foes alike. AC Voice commenters like to lob it at articles that challenge existing power structures as if by deeming an article “absurd” they can effectively conceal the glaring inequalities proved by numerical evidence. (Calling my articles absurd won’t make anyone’s bladder less full or their professor less white.) But there have also been times when I’ve been called absurd by a friend and thought to myself, “I’m sure they mean, like, effervescent.”

It seems that absurd is the new crazy. Not that people don’t still call me crazy (I hope I’ll always be Crazy Freshman Gina to some), but now it’s similarly used to discredit real facts and feelings. Dave Chappelle put it best when he said, “The worst thing to call someone is crazy. It’s dismissive.” The main argument against calling people crazy is that it completely invalidates their feelings. Calling something “absurd” is similar in that it dismisses the relevance and importance of the issue. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t have a screening system that insists that all AC Voice articles must meet some criteria of importance.

People have written time and time again about why men need to stop calling women crazy but they still do it, and many women and girls feel that they need to constantly be on the defensive against that damning label. And while many young women are consulting their friends for an opinion on if their double-text sounds crazy, straight boys are out there straight white boy texting with absolutely no shame.

Now, sometimes people do act “crazy,” in that their reactions are above and beyond what is reasonable, or seem completely unrelated to the interaction at hand. But that’s an iffy distinction to make because everyone reacts differently to things, and it doesn’t mean they aren’t reacting with reason. Basically, someone having a reaction that isn’t favorable to you doesn’t give you the right to call them crazy.

Similarly, if you read an article you disagree with, come up with something better to say about it than that it’s just absurd and “laughable at best.” (If you DO think it’s laughable at best, record yourself laughing and post a download link in the comments.) You might think this article is absurd but then, saying so in the comments is kind of a cheap joke, right? Haha, then what? ;)

About Gina Faldetta

You only have to look at the Medusa straight on to see her. And she's not deadly. She's beautiful and she's laughing.

6 comments on “Absurd, Crazy, and Read for Filth

  1. black_knight
    August 22, 2014

    The essence of this article – “I wrote an article about toilet statistics and people thought it was stupid! Look at how oppressed I am!”

    • Gina Faldetta
      August 23, 2014

      The essence of this comment – “I hate women AND fun!”

      • black_knight
        August 24, 2014

        Gina, you gotta try be a bit more creative than that. The “anyone who disagrees with me must be a misogynist!” move is getting old. Why don’t you learn from your more senior feminists and start insulting my sexuality (presumably a creepy virgin), gender (presumably male), economic status (presumably living in his mother’s basement), and race (presumably white) instead?

        On a more serious note, one of the main problems with the common train of thought among Amherst College feminists is stuff like this:
        The main argument against calling people crazy is that it completely invalidates their feelings

        An implicit assumption here is that there is something wrong with invalidating people’s feelings. The fact is, if people’s feelings are irrational and conflict with the facts, then we would all be better off invalidating them. That’s why we call people “crazy”.

  2. Liya Rechtman
    August 23, 2014

    This is fantastic. To be fair, people stopped using crazy because, like “hysterical,” the history of using gas-light/calling women crazy

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