Daily Dialogue: A Day for Womankind

Not even Daylight’s Savings can stop me. Stupid, archaic relic. Parts of this country don’t acknowledge it anymore. Anywho, two imaginary women are still talking for 40 minutes with me not knowing what they’ll say or where they’ll end up.

Raphaelle
Can you please get off the computer? I wanna talk to you.

Justine
I can talk and do what I’m doing.

Raphaelle
I’d rather have your undivided attention.

Justine
I’m the queen of multitasking.

Raphaelle
Justine, damnit, please! Put the computer away!

Justine
I guess it’s important. Fine. It’s gone. What?

Raphaelle
Why are you on the computer all the time?

Justine
Are you serious? You wanted me to get off the computer to talk to me about computers?

Raphaelle
You’re on it for hours at a time. You barely eat, you rarely bathe. I hardly see you anymore.

Justine
If you wanna see me, just come in.

Raphaelle
That’s not my point.

Justine
Then what is?

Raphaelle
You’re an addict, Justine.

Justine
Get the fuck outta here with that nonsense.

Raphaelle
Look at this paper and tell me that you don’t fit at least some of these criteria.

Justine
Would that make you happy?

Raphaelle
You getting better would make me happy. This would be a good start.

Justine
Nothing’s wrong with me. Ok, maybe I recognize some of these things. So what?

Raphaelle
Some? Try most.

Justine
Most? I think you’re being too broad.

Raphaelle
Look at the paper again, seriously, and tell me it’s not talking about you and the internet.

Justine
Alright, most of it syncs. What now?

Raphaelle
Do you know what that paper’s for?

Justine
Enlighten me.

Raphaelle
Heroin addicts. You admitted that internet is like heroin for you.

Justine
So, what, that makes you feel good? Makes you feel GREAT? Calling me a fucking heroin addict?

Raphaelle
It makes me feel horrible, Justine, and I wanna know why you do it.

Justine
Do what?

Raphaelle
Spend so much time on the fucking internet!

Justine
Do you know what today is?

Raphaelle
Sunday.

Justine
Do you know what’s so special about today?

Raphaelle
Yeah, it’s Daylight Savings Time.

Justine
Heh. Exactly my point.

Raphaelle
What?

Justine
International. Women’s. Day. And you just gave me another reason to see how bullshit it is.

Raphaelle
A day for women isn’t bullshit.

Justine
Yeah? Then why didn’t you know about it until a few seconds ago?

Raphaelle
Because… Because I had a lot on my mind. I had your problems on my mind.

Justine
Don’t you dare dump your ignorance on me. You didn’t know because you didn’t know. I’m not here to judge. That’s your deal.

Raphaelle
Why do you think today’s bullshit, then?

Justine
Do you think one day makes a difference? To the ones who bother knowing, I mean. It’s like Valentine’s Day and Christmas. People somehow convinced themselves that dedicating a day to a cause makes the rest of the year ok to ignoring it. Valentine’s Day makes it ok for couples to be horrible to each other except on the 14th. Christmas means that, hey, it’s ok to be infectious human waste until the little drummer boy comes into town with that fat guy. And International Women’s Day… I know the people who came up with it meant well, but the days before it and the hundreds of days after it, women worldwide are still gonna be treated like trash. Don’t believe me? Tell me tomorrow if women make as much as men for the same job. Or that campus rapes have been abolished. Or that everyone responsible for Gamergate and the Fappening apologized to the women they hurt. Knowing this, knowing everything I know, how could I not spend all the time I can in my computer games?

Raphaelle
The world is as good or bad as you make it.

Justine
Which is why I have my computer. My perfect world exists right in front of me.

Raphaelle
But it’s not real.

Justine
It’s real enough.

Raphaelle
Don’t you want a real life, though?

Justine
With the sexism and the betrayal? Thanks, but no thanks.

Raphaelle
It doesn’t have to be that world. You can help change it.

Justine
Did you know that the day suffragettes, after all their hard work, got women the right to vote, the world’s first beauty pageant was held? Which gets more noteriety these days? No, changing the world doesn’t mean a thing.

Raphaelle
But that’s gonna change soon. We’re on our way to maybe having our first female president and–

Justine
She’ll probably make less than the other fortysomething. Things won’t get better for women. Ask Ferguson, Missouri how things got better for black people during Obama’s second term. Part of being… a computer addict, right? Involves me reading news articles that the mainstream doesn’t care about. Seeing what the world really is like. Seeing how hopeless it is to try to change anything.

Raphaelle
But if you turned that despair into something more positive, and put the energy into changing that you do online, you can make a dent.

Justine
Would you?

Raphaelle
Would I what?

Justine
Would you try to change the world?

Raphaelle
Yes, if…

Justine
If what?

Raphaelle
If… things weren’t… weren’t…

Justine
Goodbye, Raphaelle.

Raphaelle
Justine, if you’d–

Justine
Good. Bye.

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