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Nat, your points are well-taken, however I don't think you have to look too
hard to see that the entire point of the article is to demonstrate how man-
centric that focus usually is. If it's not as obvious as it should be, we have
two culprits: 1) satire is really hard to pull off, and no matter how well
it's done, there will always be people that don't get it, and 2) it's pretty
clear we didn't do enough to demonstrate either that this was satire, or the
fact that Andrew is a big proponent of women in general, and women that ride,
and the inspiration behind this article were comments and thoughts that came
from women he knows and rides with. Oh, and 3) a tighter edit would've
highlighted the satire better. That's not on the author, it's on Cam and me.
Most good stand-up comics straddle the line between offense and the outer
limit of humour and tell jokes that otherwise would earn them a dirty look or
maybe ejection from some public places. A comic, however, has the benefit of
the fact that we go to their show expecting that kind of thing. That kind of
humour is predicated on the notion that we understand that sometimes that
which offends us can also make us laugh - and that being able to laugh about
offensive things sometimes helps us understand our feelings about them.
Readers at the beginning of this article did not have that indication made
plain, so those who are predisposed to be offended by this kind of
conversation (I'm not judging, I'm just saying) were triggered. We learned
from that. Some still got it, but others weren't amused, for different
reasons. We learned from that also. And none of us are offended by other
people's emotional reactions. Maybe surprised, but no one ever learns anything
if they're not exposed to new ideas, reactions, and thoughts.
We're taking a lot of comfort from the fact that women are being vocal about
their support for this piece, but I want to acknowledge that a woman that is
offended by it is precisely the type of person who might feel she CAN'T speak
up about it. We want to hear from you, too. Let us know if and why you didn't
respond to it. We promise to listen. Ash Bocast did that and I appreciate her
willingness to let her voice be heard.
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