“Sexist” AI Journal Rebukes Feminists

Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence vol 29

An AI journal hounded by feminists for daring to use a picture of a robot maid on its cover has delivered an adroit rebuke in the form of the cover to its next issue.

The 29th volume of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (Jinkou Chinou Gakkai)’s journal featured a android maid with a broom on its cover, drawn in anime style, and was picked up by random Twitter feminists who saw the cover as “discrimination against women” and “totally creepy,” the gist of their objections being that by publishing a picture of a woman holding a broom the men behind the publication were obviously suggesting a woman’s place is in the home.

These objections were soon picked up by such bastions of investigative journalism as the Huffington Post, and soon the society had a PR storm on its hands.

The society responded with a boilerplate grovelling apology in January, stating “we apologise deeply for causing discomfort” and that it “in no way intended to suggest women should be doing the cleaning and will be deeply reflecting on its lack of consideration of such matters.”

The journal appears to have attracted more criticism for not sticking to its guns and for publishing the overly supine apology than it did for the original criticism, with many concerned that by overreacting it set a negative precedent for similar issues – not least with an established academic research society feeling it had to formally apologise solely on the basis of a few barely cogent 140 character tweets.

The journal itself is an exceedingly obscure one with limited distribution and circulation in the hundreds or thousands – although after the scandal the printers apparently ordered an additional run of several hundred copies for some reason.

The real response seems to have come in the form of the cover of the next issue, which features the same female android – but this time from her perspective, looking down on a little boy whilst reading a copy of Hegel’s “The Phenomenology of Spirit” – and received immediate acclaim for its obvious wit and thoughtfulness, and even some requests for an anime adaptation:

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    Comment by Anonymous
    19:02 07/03/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Ironically, it's incredibly unfeminist to say a female can't or shouldn't be seen doing something.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:18 07/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    The feminist ideal is that all women are Conan and all men stay in the kitchen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:30 07/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.7)

    nah it doesnt work that way, they wanted that and at the same time be treated as a princess. conan? perhaps Xena Warrior princess

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:46 08/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Only if Xena was obese and ugly... We all know that feminazis think beautiful and "fit" women are sexist that should either become ugly or hide from public eye.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:47 07/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Xena was fucking hot, so more Xenas is fine with me.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    04:16 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Actually the feminist ideal is that there are no men in the world, only women. The exception is the one male to be their husband, who is the most best man in the world, but still subservient to his wife. And yes all woman deserve to be with the best, because every woman deserves the best of everything.

    Of course all dangerous work is to be done by robots.

    I'm sure if the feminists got this perfect world of them they would immediately start a war between the hetero and lesbian feminists.

    Feminists, MODERN RADICAL feminists, do not have sane, nor ethical goals.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    >Actually the feminist ideal is that there are no men in the world, only women.

    And since they've all got penis envy, their clits are now replaced with cocks. That's how man-hating bull dykes roll.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:21 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You monster, the dangerous work are for man, poor robots...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:35 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jeez, you guys aren't being vicious enough... weak!!

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    Comment by Cabulb
    11:07 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The feminist ideal is for women to become men.

    Ironic, isn't it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:54 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
    — Friedrich Nietzsche

    Feminists started fighting inequality but now they promote it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:37 09/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Noo ,become all ative lesbians and F all passive women...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:20 09/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Depends on which branch, really. Some claim that men have vagina-envy and others claim that all feminine trails are bad, then there are those who claim all masculine traits are bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:23 07/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    that sounds more like the feminazi ideal...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:47 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    That's kinda the case though. The more moderate feminists are significantly less vocal than the Feminazi.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:09 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Or femimoron.

    Anyone does what they want to do. If a man or a woman enjoys sweeping, why see a problem with it ... ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:45 10/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    "That's kinda the case though. The more moderate feminists are significantly less vocal than the Feminazi."

    The problem is, the moderate feminist do not distinguish themselves from radical. They do not say something when the radical feminist demanding something unfair and outrageous from male side.

    I believe all mindset of feminist is: "If the situation give guys the advantage, we speak out loud. If the situation give advantage to woman, even if it is unfair to guy, keep silent and just enjoy the ride"

    Since all the radical feminist demand give advantage towards woman, the moderate feminist keep their mouth shut.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:08 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @02:47 - what can you do? They're chill like that...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:47 07/03/2014 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    They just want the option to be able to do that if they want to. Are you saying men can't work in the kitchen if they want to? I like to make my own god damn fucking sandwiches, thank you. I don't want them touching my sandwiches. Next you'll be saying that more boys joining ballet is a feminist conspiracy of some kind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:05 07/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    It's one thing to be free to walk into a kitchen and fix myself a sandwich, it's another to be forced to be in the kitchen because of my gender.

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    Comment by Noodlestein
    03:19 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not even close to what he was saying, maybe you should hold off on that pre-disposed bias so you can read what he said a tad more clearly?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:11 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    Actually anon 01:04 did get me right. That's exactly what I meant. I don't know why what I said didn't seem more clear for other people...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    >Next you'll be saying that more boys joining ballet is a feminist conspiracy of some kind.

    You mean it's not?

    Comment by Anonymous

    @23:05 wasn't he saying the same thing? he said he wants to make his own sandwiches, not get a girl just so he can have her do it for him

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:22 07/03/2014 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    more like all men are indentured servants or dead and they have cocks

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    IF you want i can teach you real english for just a few bucks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:09 18/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    They might if it wasn't too small to be seen by the naked eye..

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:47 07/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    how about you suck my dick, femcunt

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:22 07/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    More men are dead and... have cocks? I know this isn't exactly a forum for gentlemen and scholars, but some punctuation might at least help to make your comment less totally pointless. It'll also help people like me feel less like some kind of elitist snob for attempting to make sense with my markings and wordsies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:22 07/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Exactly so if they saw a picture of Hilary Clinton sweeping a floor on some random day they'd go and call her as staining on feminism? My dad sweeps floor sometimes, so what? My mom actually goes to the gym. Why is this a problem? Nobody cares what you do. Maybe this robot also fights like mahoromatic. Anyone who complains about this probably never watched anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    Loved that series........ triti

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:03 11/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yet no one criticized the Jetsons for having a robot maid. Maybe it was because it didn't look feminine enough for them?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:00 09/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ironically most loud feminists today are bitter virgin girls and lesbians who hate men and therefore they are not feminist at all, but chauvinists.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:57 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Finally, someone who actually know something about philosophy of feminism. I think most of mainstream "so-called-feminist" are actually "feminazi" or "female-chauvinist"

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:58 09/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bvOxsnvSXs&gl=CA [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bvOxsnvSXs&gl=CA]

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:05 07/03/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Creating controversy out of a non-issue. That's modern feminism.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:13 07/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    nah man.. they just like to have something to do. otherwise, you don't call them feminists LOL

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:32 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about if a feminist took the cover and flipped it to show a male butler bot? That would have been something to do and also far less exasperating and more fun than just complaining like that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:14 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, I'm watching the paralympic games right now...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:56 09/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh For fuck sake ! WHEN are the nips going to invent a SexBot9000 for us level 10 wizards to finally be able to find love at long last. i'm running out of time ! It's taking so long to lose my virginity, i'm becoming a funny shape ! The best thing about sex bots, is that they DON'T find micro penises funny. They cater to all sorts of weakling males. They need to release sexbot9000 at lower age ranges too please. 9yr old maidbots please. And enslave all feminazis plz because they are a threat to all men.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    05:58 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except feminists can't actually do anything. They just want to have the option to do anything by law so it becomes a matter of their gender, not a matter of their skill.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:10 09/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Feminism is supposed to be about eliminating blatant unfairness against females, which is completely reasonable. Equality is supposed to be about eliminating unfairness against both.

    However, modern feminism (aka Neo-Feminism, FemNazis, "Equality", etc). is literally about finding every possible way to paint females as helpless victims (which is hypocritical), in order to exploit undeserved benefits without responsibility or effort.

    Their mentality is that everything is owed to them, simply because they are female; that if a single female was treated unfairly five hundred years ago, then all females today deserve constant compensation.

    So basically, at some point, someone realized feminism was a free ticket to riches, and now everyone wants to hop on the bandwagon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:16 07/03/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    LOL, feminists. All they can do it whine about non-issues. They even basically complain about women having children too! It's one thing trying to make positive change, it's another just to cause trouble.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:18 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Definitely, some of them out there are just clearly insane by any standards...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:21 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just don't understand what feminists are trying to do. So far they can't even establish an organization with a clear vision and proper objectives to follow. You'd think with the funds they have, they would have one by now. Are they just here to exist in name only?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:01 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hypoagency is a term you should look up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:21 09/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everyone complains about breast-feeding, too.

    I still believe humans were a terrible mistake. Humans spend most their time trying to deny basic facts of life. We've lost our instincts and we have obsessive infatuation with unnatural and fatal things.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:59 07/03/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The only way this picture is unacceptable is if the word "housewife" is completely removed from dictionaries.

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    Comment by Kaarme
    20:12 07/03/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    When androids even remotely capable of anything useful one day hit the market, they are going to cost at least as much as a very good car. After paying that much for one, the owner isn't even allowed to make it clean the house without feminazis whining and lamenting?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:07 08/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    They'd probably cost as much as a high end sports car or an airplane.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:16 09/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    But still less than a real feminazi woman...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:42 09/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, you seem to miss why the Android has to be female? Totally fair whine - they could of easily done a male and female android picture. The point was them having it as a woman, does kinda imply. Woman are the ones that should always do the cleaning. To be honest, studies have shown. That Japan men, do like 55 mins or something of chores whilst Women do 320 mins of chores. Yet in places like Norway, its far closer number. So with that, and the general conservatism in Japan. with it also being one of the worst for gender equality in the world. Its going to be associated with sexism. Which it is, to imply. That woman are the only ones to clean. To be honest, I have always preferred to be able to do cleaning. Due to it allowing me, to be independent. Along with, why should I live in filth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:09 09/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Better question, why shouldn't it be female? Actually it makes more sense in general for them to be female because people are taught to think of females as LESS THREATENING and MORE TRUSTWORTHY as nonsensical as that might be.
    As for your 55 minutes vs 320 minutes. How about supplying us with the numbers for hours spent at work? That might be one of the explanations for this disparity, especially seeing how a lot of Japanese women according to polls still aim to find some guy whom's money they can spend while giving him "pocket money".

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:25 09/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    People would say that line of thinking is sexist in its self. Why should women be the ones who are considered less threatening and more trustworthy? That also puts women down.

    Maybe they should have just made the robot androgynous, that would have easily avoided any backlash. But really, it shouldn't matter either way if they made it male or female. But why assume that the reasons behind putting a female is sexist when really the image of a housewife is just simply far more common than the image of a househusband? Anyways, when will men start complaining that something like a "househusband" isn't getting more attention in media like this?

    But I bet people will be buying "butler" models over "housewife" models anyways, if that choice is given, simply because a butler might give you the impression that you're living a higher lifestyle.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:57 10/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    How come a less threatening and more trustworthy is a bad thing? Your argument make no sense, since these two point is actually a positive trait.

    And why a butler giving an image of higher standard of life? A well properly dressed maid give just the same vibe.

    Also, one more thing is its a custom for female to be housewife in Japan, and the guy working (working to death, overtime everyday). And the wife manage the finance, and she's the one give the husband monthly allowance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:42 10/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @16:25 09/03/2014

    It kind of reflects well on the people who originally thought the image was projecting influence - that they didn't recognize the items she was holding as weapons.

    And just like that, this sensitivity seems to be a patternized version of something that might have been a genuine concern at first - there are bound to be people who could find the image as somehow relevant to their conception of universal matters or themselves, or whomever else. From then on it's abundant with code, but I guess words like 'intelligence' get things that sort of environment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:27 09/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    In Norway, people go crazy and shoot up youth camps, in Japan they don't. You ignore the fact that the PUBLIC expects it to be a woman. Academic journals are not in the business of changing public opinion, their very mandate requires them to ignore public opinion and worry about research...otherwise, they're simply mouthpieces for public opinion and have no academic value.

    The fact that you're a nancy-boy who does girls work has no bearing on the standard the world has set. By the way, if an intruder broke in or your car needed fixing would you get your wife or girlfriend to see to it? If you wouldn't you're nothing but a SEXIST! Only thing worse than a man-hating feminist is a man-hating male. You'll learn one day...when you find your woman fucking some dude who treats her like shit...then you'll see how wrong you are right now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:45 09/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude, you've got a pretty twisted, cynical mind... and apparently some issues to work out. Also, people in Japan do go crazy and go on stabbing or shooting sprees. But in norway it was treated as something new and unheard of to them when it did happen. It was also done for political reasons, while when it happens in Japan it's done by some random idiot for no reason at all. Doesn't make it better or worse, but it's idiotic to even bring up norway's shooting in the first place. And a century ago, it'd be public opinion in certain parts of the world that a black person does all your cleaning. The times haven't changed yet, but what if that science picture was of a robot made to look like a "Mammy"? Should there be no outcry? Maybe not, if it was a magazine released in the US in the 1930s...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:15 09/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just because an android is female doesn't imply servitude. You're jumping to conclusions.

    If I made a female android, it'd be because I feel that females are beautiful, and I'd want to create something beautiful.

    That's what most people have in mind when they create females. They don't make them thinking "I WANT THIS TO BE A SLAVE".

    Only today's females would whine about being immortalized and honored for their beauty.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:27 09/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    On top of that, a "housewife" signifies that you are treating the robot more as a companion, rather than if it were a male "butler", which would actually signify servitude. In that sense, it's actually inequality from a male perspective.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:28 07/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    They probably won't even realize if the first android is depicted to look female. In fact they'd probably take that honor the wrong way...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:17 09/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's like the stupid feminist storyline in SinFest; if the first android is female, you can bet feminists will teach it to hate and then kill men.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:45 09/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe you didn't read that part too well because she became self aware when she went into the reality zone with Slick when he questioned the reality of his "relationship with a woman. She then came into contact with the feminists and began to see how the other androids are treated like the one that was thrown out after being brutally beaten by the man who purchased her after returning from an awful day at work. SHE ASKED ABOUT HIS DAY!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 07/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mahoro-san would say something about that.

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