February 1, 2012

$#iT Has Been Said

(NB: I hope my title makes it past the edits)

I just need to write about something that’s been going around. So as a purveyor of memes, I've already seen all the memes of 2012. And hopefully, if you've been scouring the internet recently, I'm sure you've seen the $#iT "blank" says to "blank." What I'm here to discuss is the $#iT Girls Say to Gay Guys:

Now I know that many people have enjoyed this meme that has been going around, and I don't mean to be a Scumbag Steve, but I think this brings up a very important point in the world of stereotyping.

Hi gay guys, how are you doing? Good, good. Umm, how many of you watched this video and went..."Yep, that's happened to me before..."? I can definitely say that this has happened to me a lot, and I'm certain I'm not the only one. Now this is by no means an attack on women who are friends with gay guys who have said some of these in the past (and if it seems like that, I sincerely apologize), but I want for everybody to acknowledge the stereotyping that goes on every day.

I always hear the expression "Stereotypes only exist because they are true." Sadly, this has been something said so frequently that it is essentially an axiom on life. My question is, why can't we stop the stereotyping? If you've seen the $#iT "blank" says to "blank," you also know they exist for various ethnic groups and minority populations, all with many stereotypical quotes and expressions that really do offend people, but people are afraid to speak against it, especially if this exchange occurs between very close friends. In my opinion, it is perhaps easier to discuss these among friends to try and stop the awful stereotyping, and then it will potentially permeate the social atmosphere.

It's a start, right? 

(And yes, I do talk in memes on a daily basis)


  1. I 100% agree with you.
    And my favorite meme was the Patrick one :)

  2. I may or may not be compiling a $hit students say to faculty list that I am planning to turn into a viral video... Meanwhile, some of the clips with these memes have made me stop to think about things I know I have said and have forced my to confront the normativities I still operate under.

  3. Very adorably poignant point Cameron (also, I am looking forward to a conversation if you really do speak through memes). I remember watching that video and just kind of shaking my head and wondering whether or not heterosexual people really have said that and whether or not I'd said any of those things.

    It made me and others a little more reflective than the original intent, I imagine.