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The revolution will be led by a 12-year-old girl
June 17, 2008 7:07 AM   Subscribe


 
Why not help dudes too?
posted by allkindsoftime at 7:12 AM on June 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh my Christ that was annoying. I made it to ten seconds the first time and fifteen the second. What's it going to try to bludgeon me with once the annoying music and Flash stops?
posted by docpops at 7:14 AM on June 17, 2008


Some kind of indication of what the hell it is one is clicking on is always appreciated.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 7:16 AM on June 17, 2008 [2 favorites]


Some kind of indication of what the hell it is one is clicking on is always appreciated.

Imagine it's a girl.
posted by three blind mice at 7:18 AM on June 17, 2008


I am not an anti-flash snob. I am not female. I liked it. Just like anything else here on the filter: YMMV.


Q. What is the opposite of thread-crapping?
A. Thread-wiping.
posted by HyperBlue at 7:19 AM on June 17, 2008


I'm all grumpy today too. Frowny face for emphasis :(

This typography based lecture style seems to be all the rage at the moment - I've got clients phoning left and right wanting us to jolly up their presentations with big, bold, sans serif fonts and, sometimes, whacky little pictures standing in for nouns. We usually add a little more anti-aliasing onto the embedded fonts though. (Or have I missed the point entirely.)
posted by Jofus at 7:19 AM on June 17, 2008 [2 favorites]


Nike and Warren Buffet combine to empower 12-year-old-girls: to attempt to attain seven or more years of education, get married four years later and have 2.2 fewer children than their peers. Becauseā€¦ it's important. I always thought they would combine to do something like this. Nike and Warren Buffet care.
posted by tellurian at 7:27 AM on June 17, 2008


Imagine it's some sort of viral ad.
posted by ninjew at 7:27 AM on June 17, 2008


I liked it. So there.
posted by spilon at 7:28 AM on June 17, 2008


Imagine.......

BEING

POUNDED

IN

THE
FACE
BY ALL CAPS

BAMBAMBAM


What would that look like?
posted by Ragma at 7:31 AM on June 17, 2008 [4 favorites]


For the stuffed shirts, like me, here's the org's site rather than the fancy flash stuff.
posted by Pollomacho at 7:35 AM on June 17, 2008


I thought it was a good message and an interesting way to look at and solve a problem.
posted by iamkimiam at 7:39 AM on June 17, 2008


ARGGGG! That was awful.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 7:39 AM on June 17, 2008


This is offensive.

On the upside, I'm glad Young-Hae Chang has done well enough for herself that people are trying to rip her off now.
posted by roll truck roll at 7:40 AM on June 17, 2008 [2 favorites]


Okay.... recap: it asks me if I think the world is a mess. I said no. (it may have a lot of problems, sure, but a mess? No.) It says 600 million girls disagree with me, and shows me a blinking white ball. Whilst claiming again the world is a kind of a mess, which I already disagreed with. After that, nothing changes on screen.

What does it expect me to do? Visit each of those 600 million girls and tell them they are wrong?

Perhaps some advertiser somewhere didn't think his (or her?) cunning plan all the way through.
posted by DreamerFi at 7:41 AM on June 17, 2008 [3 favorites]



And the math... oh boy. I clicked the "facts" link, and it tells me 70 percent of the 130 million out-of-school kids are girls. So that's 91 million. Where did the other 509 million girls go?
posted by DreamerFi at 7:42 AM on June 17, 2008


I kinda wanted to like it, but it seemed more concerned with the marketing than telling people about the actual plan.

I tried to skip the movie, but the screen just hung. Likewise with the link at the bottom. Maybe the server is overwhelmed because there's a 8MB Flash file running everytime someone visits the home page...
posted by mrgrimm at 7:42 AM on June 17, 2008


(Thanks, rtr. I was trying to think of that artist ...)
posted by mrgrimm at 7:43 AM on June 17, 2008


Any debate that starts with "The world is a mess, agree/disagree" can kiss my ass. The world is not a mess. The world is the same damn world it has always been since life crawled out of the ooze.
posted by spicynuts at 7:43 AM on June 17, 2008


An excellent message. It is unfortunate that the use of type was so weak as to distract from it.
posted by jeffj at 7:44 AM on June 17, 2008


Is it just me, or are these single-link posts to shitty virals for humanitarian projects the new iteration of all those deleted posts to the 'this person needs your help' sites? I'm all for humanitarianism, but unless the viral is exceptional (which this one is not), it should take more to make an FPP.
posted by Jakey at 7:45 AM on June 17, 2008


The revolution will be led by a 12-year-old girl

What, again?
posted by DU at 7:46 AM on June 17, 2008 [4 favorites]


spicynuts: the world is a mess, and it has been since life crawled out of the ooze. Which doesn't mean there aren't ways to make it better.
posted by jeffj at 7:47 AM on June 17, 2008




> ... it tells me 70 percent of the 130 million out-of-school kids are girls. So that's 91 million. Where did the other 509 million girls go?

School?
posted by ardgedee at 7:50 AM on June 17, 2008 [6 favorites]


I hate to break the news to them, but cows don't magically turn into herds. So, at some point, boys are gonna have to be included in the process.
posted by wabashbdw at 7:50 AM on June 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


Linky is hinky, I need a drinky.
posted by Dizzy at 8:00 AM on June 17, 2008


I wanted it to be good - and I earnestly thought it was going to be good.

Except that the reason I thought it was going to be good was that I thought there'd be the scritchy scratch of a record halfway through and then a diversion into the unlikelihood of any given girl from any given shithole amounting to anything - with brief but graphic detours into domestic drudgery, the relative values of boys vs girls in a rural third world environment, standards of education, rape, genital mutilation and all that jazz. Something that would remind me that, while girls are awesome, they're also pretty much fucked and maybe that might be something I might want to help to stop.

Instead I walked away whistling, feeling pretty good that girls are awesome and all was right with the world.

You know, Girl gets cow, girl milks cow, girl becomes CEO of Esso. That kind of thing.

I don't think that was the intention
posted by Jofus at 8:01 AM on June 17, 2008


Don' fuckin' work, boss. Connection was reset.
posted by chuckdarwin at 8:05 AM on June 17, 2008


Problem loading page?
posted by Xany at 8:10 AM on June 17, 2008


I'm getting a "606 - Really shitty content" error.
posted by Mister_A at 8:15 AM on June 17, 2008 [5 favorites]


(Despite my joke about Joan of Arc, I'd like to disassociate myself from the should-have-been-predictable sexism on display in this thread.)
posted by DU at 8:29 AM on June 17, 2008


girls are cows? no cow left behind? where's the beef? and vegans?
sterring them the wrong way
posted by Postroad at 8:31 AM on June 17, 2008


For the love of God, think of the cooties.
posted by CynicalKnight at 8:32 AM on June 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


Linky no worky.
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 8:39 AM on June 17, 2008


Which doesn't mean there aren't ways to make it better.

Then don't start your debate or 'sales pitch' with a generic statement about 'the world'.
posted by spicynuts at 8:45 AM on June 17, 2008


Since the link isn't working, I'm going to make up my own theory as to what The Girl Effect is:

In a dark dystopian future, the forces of evil have taken over, and it's up to one plucky 12 year old girl and her time traveling friends to alter the course of events which lead to the End Of The World. In the pilot episode, she travels back to 1842 and uses explosives to create fractures in the stone foundation of what will one day become the headquarters of the Mind Control division of the government, then when she jumps back to her future, her friends are able to topple the building effortlessly using little more than the power of love and a turbo diesel battering ram.

After that a J-Pop theme song will roll over the credits.


Does that about cover it?
posted by quin at 8:59 AM on June 17, 2008 [3 favorites]


Does that about cover it?

Three words: talking koala mascot.
posted by cog_nate at 9:04 AM on June 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


"The world is not a mess."

The world IS a mess. It's in my kiss.

(Link's busted.)
posted by klangklangston at 9:22 AM on June 17, 2008


Well, that was not good while it lasted.
posted by yhbc at 9:27 AM on June 17, 2008


Despite my joke about Joan of Arc, I'd like to disassociate myself from the should-have-been-predictable sexism on display in this thread.)

I see plenty of snark, but not so much sexism. You might want to reset your meter there.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 9:36 AM on June 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh, and...1992 called and it wants its design concept back.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 9:39 AM on June 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


The site. She is broken. Soft and useless like puny girl.
/should-have-been-predictable sexism
posted by Debaser626 at 9:55 AM on June 17, 2008 [2 favorites]


The world IS a mess. It's in my kiss.

Beat me to it. But I would have added a link. (at 4:22)
posted by msalt at 10:37 AM on June 17, 2008


Is this the original video we're supposed to be discussing?
posted by pracowity at 10:39 AM on June 17, 2008


"Invest in a girl and she will do the rest."
posted by pracowity at 10:54 AM on June 17, 2008


I hate to break the news to them, but cows don't magically turn into herds. So, at some point, boys are gonna have to be included in the process.

Yes, we all know how difficult it is to get boys and girls together, especially once puberty hits.
posted by sondrialiac at 11:24 AM on June 17, 2008


Why not help dudes too?

Because that's not what this is about.
posted by sondrialiac at 11:27 AM on June 17, 2008


Why not help dudes too?

Because girls often are not allowed education, not allowed to better themselves so that they have a measure of independence. No matter how awful boys' lives are in any country, the girls are (almost?) always living worse lives.

The goal here is to get girls educated and then to help them with small business loans. "Let's put her in a school uniform and see her get a loan to buy a cow and use the profits from the milk to help her family." And so on. They'll have income, fewer (but happier and healthier) children, fewer diseases, more freedom, and generally better lives.

You could also target boys, but boys don't need as much help getting an education; if anyone is going to get an education, it will be the boys, and if anyone's going to be forced to stay home, it will be the girls. And if you're going to provide microcredit to poor people, consider that men always have an easier time getting a job, while women are more likely to have to make their own work, which is where a small loan is so useful - buying a sewing machine, cows, goats, and so on. Also, women are more likely to repay their loans and more likely to use their profits to better their families' lives: women are a better investment than men are.
posted by pracowity at 12:05 PM on June 17, 2008 [6 favorites]


DU: I thought your Joan of Arc comment was clever, but I don't see any blatant sexism... practically everyone has only criticized the site design, with a few criticizing the concept as a whole at a high level.

No girl-hate here. Don't manufacture phantoms where there are none. God knows we have enough train wrecks on this topic already without trying to make one happen with your mind.

You know, for the kids.
posted by Ynoxas at 12:46 PM on June 17, 2008


Ynoxas typed "with a few criticizing the concept as a whole at a high level"

Put me on the list of people criticizing the concept as a whole. It's just like those extremely politically incorrect "adopt a child" commercials from the 80s, except with words instead of pictures.
posted by roll truck roll at 1:11 PM on June 17, 2008


Atually, that came off a little more snarkily than I meant it to, sorry. I don't really want to derail this into an argument I actually don't feel that strongly about.

I am all for the underlying intention. I find certain things, including the use of the word "girl," slightly troublesome.
posted by roll truck roll at 1:18 PM on June 17, 2008


roll truck roll: "I find certain things, including the use of the word "girl," slightly troublesome."

Um, this is about girls. What else would you like to call them?
posted by sveskemus at 2:37 PM on June 17, 2008


I prefer "FEMALE CHILD" said in a loud authoritative voice.
posted by quin at 2:47 PM on June 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


I've no idea if this is interesting because the site died, google cache only gives dead images, and the poster gave no information. Should I care?
posted by jeffburdges at 2:50 PM on June 17, 2008


jeffburdges: "I've no idea if this is interesting because the site died, google cache only gives dead images, and the poster gave no information. Should I care?"

Probably not. It doesn't seem like many others did.

If you look at the title and the tags you should be able to form an idea of what this is about. I'm sorry I didn't spell everything out in the post text, though, since many people apparently don't look at those things.
posted by sveskemus at 2:55 PM on June 17, 2008


Pedobear installed Firefox 3 this morning.

Pedobear is not amused.
posted by turgid dahlia at 4:19 PM on June 17, 2008


I could string together an explanation of why the word "girl" bothers me, why it bothers me even more to see the word "girl" surrounded by the word "flies," just like one of those manipulative photos they used to use to sell fake child sponsorships. Why the whole thing feels culturally regressive in its way of talking about poverty and progress.

But you know what? I work closely with organizations like these guys, and I'm well aware that everyone is painfully underfunded. So I'll just quietly back out and wish them the best.
posted by roll truck roll at 5:32 PM on June 17, 2008


You tease! Paging Miko...
posted by ryanrs at 11:19 PM on June 17, 2008


All I can say is Grameen does it with a lot more tact.
posted by saysthis at 3:49 PM on June 18, 2008


IT'S NOT
MONEY


REALLY

NO SERIOUSLY GUY

IT ISN'T

NOT AT ALL




OKAY FINE YOU GOT ME IT'S MONEY

I WAS LYING


MY BAD

SORRY DUDE
posted by tehloki at 2:13 AM on June 19, 2008


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