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Sexism in the Good Girl Gina Meme

11:28 am - 11/29/2012

Memes are cultural ideas that are passed from person to person, in a sort of Internet oral tradition. Or, you know, they're photos of cats with shit written on them. Sometimes both! One of the most popular memes is Good Guy Greg — Good Guy Greg is rad dude who does nice things for you. He is a good guy. Good Guy Greg has found his female equivalent in Good Girl Gina. However, Good Girl Gina isn't a rad lady who does nice things for you. Instead, she's a disposable joke who loves sex, not having needs or wants, and basically being a Real Doll, but alive. I'm guessing the alive part is probably negotiable.

According to the Daily Dot, Redditor LaTex_fetish decided to scrape the popular image site Quickmeme to "capture the essence" of Good Girl Gina."seeing what I thought was the hundredth Gina who cooked breakfast after giving a guy a blowjob while he smoked a joint and played Nintendo." Her findings were more than depressing:

"So what can we glean from all this? If someone wants to be a Good Girl, then reddit already has it figured out. A Good Girl is an object to be lusted after. A Good Girl makes sure you're sexually satisfied, either by her or someone else," LaTex_fetish added. "Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go barf."

In total, LaTex_fetish found 443 variations of the meme that sexualize or objectify women, 226 that praised women for being available for sex (even when they didn't want to be), and 73 that depict women preparing food or drink.

Did I say depressing? Because depressing. A "good guy" can be so many wonderful things, but a "good girl" is pretty much a walking (that part's negotiable) fuck buddy who loves to bake pies. Her polar opposite? An oversensitive harridan who loves to lie about being raped. Those are the two options for women in the land of this meme, that is all women are. Either a compliant sex toy or a lying bitch. It's like these dudes have never known a real woman — I wonder how true that is for many of them.

Perhaps most offensively, they're just not funny. There's an attempt with Good Guy Greg to prove you're smart and cool with your meme, to be clever is what gets you attention and gets your meme promoted. But with Gina, it's cruelty and crass that's rewarded. It's predictable, tired, and boring. Part of me feels sad for the young dudes who are coming up with this shit — when you start to actually know women, you're probably going to get a painful, humiliating crash course in what it's like to be a person. As for the older dudes who do this crap? Knock it the fuck off.

The Findings
How sexist is the popular Good Girl Gina meme? [Daily Dot]
Source: Jezebel

Women are clearly the problem, right Suzanne Venker?!
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aviv 29th-Nov-2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
but is just a joke!!!! /sarcasm
aviv 29th-Nov-2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
chu_hi 29th-Nov-2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
luminescnece 29th-Nov-2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
I'm with that doggie...
fightingwords 29th-Nov-2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
Right? That's the perfect gif.
lil_insanity 29th-Nov-2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
God, that's depressing. I went through the first 10 pages of the Good Gina meme... and only found about ten that weren't sexist. :/

"Doesn't know you at all... wakes you up so you don't miss your stop because it's happened to her before."

"You treat her like shit... she walks out."

"Would never date any of you... because she's classier than blowjob jokes."

"Waiting for bus for 15 minutes... doesn't wait until fare box to dig pass out of purse."

"Borrows your pencil... returns it."

"99 cents in change... gives you a dollar back."
recorded 29th-Nov-2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
"You treat her like shit... she walks out."
This one is pretty sexist, because it implies that the 'standard' woman will stay with an abusive/shitty SO. A Nice Guy TM obviously made that one.
girl_fusion 29th-Nov-2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
If it weren't for that gif, I would have barfed.
teacoat 29th-Nov-2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Even ignoring the gross misogyny, that's not even a good name for the damn thing! Alliteration is not about using the same letter, it's about using the same sound. -_-
skellington1 29th-Nov-2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I'm not the only one bothered by that. I'm fairly sure I'm bothered by that because I'm frantically trying to block out the gross misogyny, but still.
i_llbedammned 29th-Nov-2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
There reaches a point where jokes stop being joke and are covers for actual underlying problems. Apparently the girl can only be good as long as she is being sexual.
sephirajo 29th-Nov-2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
Oh barf. That's just fucking disgusting.

Also, OP, thanks for not using the image from Jezebel for this.

Edited at 2012-11-29 10:18 pm (UTC)
recorded 29th-Nov-2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
NP. That one was too fucking shitty to circulate more.
mskye 29th-Nov-2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
reason #383003934 why I don't go on Reddit anymore
teacoat 29th-Nov-2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
myrrhmade 29th-Nov-2012 10:20 pm (UTC)

Fuck them. (Also best gif ever, "I'ma take this blanket right here, and ignore you forever."
recorded 29th-Nov-2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
lol saved this gif forever too.
metanoiame 29th-Nov-2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
Fucking terrible meme.

(Magnificent gif, though!)
defacetheessays 29th-Nov-2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
reason #2098 why i don't go on reddit
recorded 29th-Nov-2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
you have a comment twin XD
ladypolitik 29th-Nov-2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
It's like these dudes have never known a real woman — I wonder how true that is for many of them.

100% of them.

Trust me on this.
beoweasel 29th-Nov-2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
This reminds me almost verbatim of a post that appeared on ShitRedditSays a few days ago.

Edit: Wow! If I bothered to actually -read- the fucking article, it IS the post from ShitRedditSays!

I'm a moron.

Edited at 2012-11-29 11:02 pm (UTC)
recorded 29th-Nov-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity, is SRS respected by reddit at large? Because from what I've seen as an outsider "reddit" hates SRS.
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