Miso is a small, hardly significant, completely offensive tool meant to encourage thought and discussion about hidden and not-so-hidden misogyny, racism and general offensiveness.

WARNING: This site will make you flinch. On purpose.

Read More Here

Use Miso Visit SmarterThanThat

Replacing feminine terms with offensive (or funny) ones, so you can more readily recognize offensive speech.

What's it for?

We became quite good at recognizing racist claims. We tend not to recognize the same type of offensive claims when they have to do with women, the LGBT community and other minorities.

And while political correctness has its place, we sometimes tend to overdo it where we miss the pointa of having a rational, productive discussion.

This is what Miso Offensivator is for.

Miso Offensivator was developed as a thought provoking tool. Because thinking, considering and discussing issues is the best way to move towards progress.

Sometimes, it's not easy to recognize that a claim is offensive to certain minorities, especially when you're not part of that minority.

Discussions about these subjects tend to get emotional quickly. If we discuss a minority group in a manner that sounds discriminatory, we just end up pushing both sides apart instead of coming together to discuss things and reach some resolution.

It's my hope that using this tool can give everyone a glimpse into how easy it is to fall into discrimination without noticing it -- and hence miss the entire point of the discussion to begin with.

Miso Offensivator wasn't intended to create an analogy between discussions about women and discussions about race. The ONLY purpose is to abuse our natural sensitivities to get people thinking.

By replacing feminine terms (women, girls, females) with racial terms (blacks, black men, african americans) we can turn the tables and show readers a different (and perhaps clearer) view of how things may sound to the group they are refering to.

How does it work?

Miso Offensivator reads the original website text and replaces key terms according to a rather simple algorithm. For the moment, the tool concentrates on women's issues. Other groups will be added in the future.

The tool replaces the following rules:

Grammar Type Original Terms Replacement
  Blacks/Whites Immigrants/Citizens Cats/Dogs Gerbils/Hamsters
Terminology for Women
Noun (Singular) "girl", "woman", "female" "black" "illegal immigrant" "cat" "gerbil"
Noun (Plural) "girls", "women", "females" "blacks" "illegal immigrants" "cats" "gerbils"
Adjectives "feminine", "girly", "womanly", "womanish" "dark-skinned" "alien" "feline" "gerbil-like"
Noun "femininity" "blackness" "illegal immigration" "cat-like" "rodent'ness"
Noun "feminist" "black advocate" "illegal immigration supporter" "cat advocate" "rodent advocate"
Noun "feminism" "black advocacy" "illegal immigration advocacy" "cat advocacy" "rodent advocacy"
Noun "opposite sex" "the 'other' side" "the 'other' side" "the 'other' side" "the 'other' side"
Terminology for Men
Noun (Singular) "man", "male" "white man" "citizen" "dog" "hamster"
Noun (Plural) "men", "males" "white men" "citizens" "dogs" "hamsters"
Adjective "masculinity", "manliness" "whiteness" "citizen-like" "dog-like" "verterbrate"
Adverb "manly" "white" "citizen'ness" "canine" "verterbrate'ness"
Noun "misogyny" "black-hate" "xenophobia" "cat-hate" "gerbil-hate"
Noun "misogynist" "black-hater" "xenophob" "cat-hater" "gerbil-hater"
Noun "chauvinism" "white-supremacy" "nationalist" "dog-supremacy" "hamster-supremacy"
Noun "chauvinist" "white-supremacist" "nationalism" "dog-supremacist" "hamster-supremacist"
Noun "husband" "master" "border patrolman" "owner" "owner"
Noun "wife" "subordinate" "captured fugitive" "pet" "pet"

You can also hover over a replaced word (marked with a dotted underline) to see the original term that was replaced.

Using Miso as a Discussion Tool

Of course, on its own, Miso Offensivator tool is not enough to claim offense. In fact:

There are cases where Miso should NOT be used:

If the discussion revolves around established scientific evidence, then the Miso Offensivator is irrelevant.

There are, in fact, many cases where a discussion about the differences between men and women is absolutely valid and is not offensive on its own. Physical differences and/or psychological or hormonal differences do exist, scientifically, between both genders. These discussions - if indeed are supported by evidence and argued properly - are not, on their own, offensive.

However, obviously, Miso Offensivator can easily make them look offensive; while men and women clearly have physical differences that affect their emotional states (hormonal differences, for instance) that is not quite true of the difference between "blacks" and "whites". And so, Offensivating such discussion might get people upset, but needlessly so. The point would be moot.

About General Offensivity

(Source: Bloom County)

Thankses and Creditses

Quite a number of people participated in a small testing of the system, as well as some offensive brainstorming to reach the best way to demonstrate the idea. Here's where I thank those who agreed to expose their offensiveness:

Thanks to -

Did I forget to thank you? Curse me out in private, and I'll add you to the list.

Developer

Miso Offensivator is a SmarterThanThat project by Moriel Schottlender (aka mooeypoo), December 2012

For suggestions, comments, puppies and hate-mail, please contact the offensive developer.

SmarterThanThat