Last night I was accused of sexism for one of my articles. Originally, the author of the comment thought that I was a “he”, but even after I told him that I am a “she”, he continued to advocate that I am a sexist. The sentence in my article that led to his comment was this: “I am a power user and so this phone would never satisfy me. But probably it would the average housewife who wants to show off to her also desperate housewife girlfriend.”
Obviously, I tried to make the article a bit funny at that point, and the guy just doesn’t seem to have any sense of humor. But here’s the thing: I truly believe that this phone that I reviewed in the article, the LG Chocolate, can only attract people who are in need of flashy stuff, to give some color to their boring lives. Like desperate housewives and the like, indeed. How is that sexism, when it’s also so true? Patronizing a bit, yes. But not sexism (how could I be discriminating against my own sex?). I know of no person in the Bay Area or power user friend of mine who would actually buy this phone for what it really is. It’s a mediocre phone hardware-wise, it has a terribly old and buggy software stack in it, and as long as you are not some sort of an idiot or bored to death, you would never, ever, buy it. In fact, I would advocate you buy my long-standing enemy, the Motorola RAZR, instead of the LG Chocolate.
And please don’t confuse the CDMA version of the LG Chocolate with the GSM version that I reviewed. They are not the same phone at all, except the external shell.