03.08.21

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Real Feminism is Grassroots, Not a Corporate Ploy (to Improve Image and Sales)

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, IBM at 7:35 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

What IBM does not want you to know about its past (a company founded by racist womanisers)

Watson on the plane

Video download link

Summary: The insulting publicity stunt many will be exposed to throughout the day is largely a corporate-led Public Relations charade, painting sexist companies as defenders of women

TODAY there is a corporate PR stunt hijacking the hard work of grassroots feminists. Many brave women took great risk and made tremendous sacrifice (it takes courage; some got arrested or even executed) to earn voting rights, equal pay, paid maternity leave and so on in the face of greedy corporations (run by men, obviously) who viciously antagonised them, both directly and through politicians beholden to those corporations. Like IBM’s Watson above (sponsor of Nixon).

“They’re adding insult to injured women, whom these corporations not only injured in the past but still injure, sometimes literally (like assassinating union leaders and environmentalists, especially when they’re frail, defenseless ladies).”It would be a travesty if we accepted the distortion of history or the revisionism, wherein it’s the corporations most culpable that are in fact bearing the flag of feminism. Those corporations are still about 80% males (check their Board and shareholders, not ‘low-level’ staff) and they have the audacity to throw publicity stunts that are exploitative in nature. On MLK Day, for example, racist IBM has the audacity to deny (or distract from) its racist past and today we see a whole bunch of corporations and extortion artists (patent profiteers, as shown in the video above; not the same when real communities do it) pretending that they care for women and to reject the extortion is an act of misogynists or something. Last night we saw the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) doing something similar and it won’t surprise us if the EPO does something similar later today.

Hey, You! I want a Bloody Mary! -- Arthur K. WatsonDon’t fall for the false narratives. They’re adding insult to injured women, whom these corporations not only injured in the past but still injure, sometimes literally (like assassinating union leaders and environmentalists, especially when they’re frail, defenseless ladies). Women ought not let billionaires take credit for the movement that emancipated women (to some degree) from these billionaires (mostly a men’s club, with their female spouses whom they use as political props/trophies).

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