The world ignores me for the most part. Outside of this very narrow little online community I, like most people, go unnoticed. Which is fine. The world at large is like a friend with a new lover. They don’t give a crap about you till they want something. Right now, the world wants my vote.
Every 4 years (surprisingly T_T) people who normally don’t give a shit about me, or my problems, get really interested in speaking to me. I’m sure some of you get this as well. Now, I get a little extra something to enjoy when this time rolls around, because my first name is usually given to girls. This being so, I get a few calls from groups that expect women to support them. This year the condition is magnified because of “the Palin question”. The calls go something like this:
“Hello, may I speak to Jackie?” Says a female voice.
“That’s me.” I reply in my ultra-sexy man voice. (It totally is ladies.)
Then there’s a pause while they decide if I’m fucking with them.
“Can (generic female intrest group) count on your vote on (date)?” They ask in a tone that seems to say ‘I thought you had a vagina’.
“I wouldn’t if I were you.” I reply. Not because I have something against women’s issues, but for reasons I’ll express in a moment.
It’s like being part of a club that I shouldn’t be in. I get a tiny look into what it’s like to be targeted as a girl. Other telemarketers did it too back before the no call list. I got offers for things girls stereotypically should be interested in. Some of the time they’d just hang up as soon as I revealed my dudeness. I hated it when I was younger, but now it’s kind of neat. Gender bias is still alive, well, and being exploited, in the modern world.
For the most part, I don’t vote, except for presidential elections. There are a variety of reasons like, apathy (Will my vote really matter?), laziness (It’s a long way to the polls.), fear (People will be there I don’t know.), but mostly ignorance (what’s an Obama?). It’s my considered opinion that no vote is better than an uninformed vote. I don’t want to accidentally vote for Hitler 2:Electric Boogaloo. This also means that I try not to bitch about political things, because I’ve done nothing to change anything. Maybe I can get them to send me an abstention form, if such a thing exists. That would be a legitimate way to vote without really voting. Even the founding fathers abstained from time to time. That way I can express my dissatisfaction with my choices, while maintaining my right to bitch…