Kayla Enriquez

 

Littered with allegations of insanity, stupidity, affairs, and conceitedness, Ada Lovelace’s legacy reads more like a scathing  profile of a Bravo “Real Housewife” than that of the world’s first computer programmer. Critics search for shadows of doubt with which they discredit all of Lovelace’s writings, so far to say that she did not even understand what she had written . Society’s instinct to cast doubt upon the woman is not an isolated event. The assumption against Lovelace is similar to the assumption against Dylan Farrow. In a newly reawakened media firestorm, Dylan Farrow’s allegations of rape by her adopted father, Woody Allen, are brought to focus. Dylan wrote an open letter, in which she addressed some of her father’s famous colleagues, detailing the events that happened when she was seven. The most “supportive” responses from Hollywood wished the family well in working out their issues. Hollywood’s sentiments on the issue are no more than a veiled assertion of Woody’s innocence.  In an article titled “Woody Allen’s Good Name,” Aaron Bady questions our culture, which finds it easier to denounce a seven year old girl than the man that she says abused her:

“…You can’t presume that both are innocent at the same time. One of them must be saying something that is not true. But “he said, she said” doesn’t resolve to “let’s start by assume she’s lying,” except in a rape culture, and if you are presuming his innocence by presuming her mendacity, you are rape cultured. …Woody Allen cannot be presumed to be innocent of molesting a child unless she is presumed to be lying to us. His presumption of innocence can only be built on the presumption that her words have no credibility, independent of other (real) evidence, which is to say, the presumption that her words are not evidence. If you want to vigorously claim ignorance–to assert that we can never know what happened, in that attic–then you must ground that lack of knowledge in the presumption that what she has said doesn’t count, and we cannot believe her story.”

It is this style of thinking, the automated societal response to judge against the woman, that strips women of their accomplishments, takes away their credibility, and takes away their value. It is because of this flawed notion that is so deeply ingrained in society, that the name Lovelace is synonymous with the porn-star, not the programmer.

Bady article: http://thenewinquiry.com/blogs/zunguzungu/woody-allens-good-name/

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~ by Kayla Enriquez on February 4, 2014.

4 Responses to “Kayla Enriquez”

  1. I thought this had the most provocative content. This took the reading and applied to something really controversial going on in the media in a way that made it really interesting and provocative.

  2. I thought this was so provocative. I can’t make up my mind if it is the content or the composition that I find so provocative, but your phrase “Ada Lovelace’s legacy reads more like a scathing profile of a Bravo ‘Real Housewife’ than that of the world’s first computer programmer” instantly caught my attention and made me excited to read the rest of what you had to say. Your post had charisma, if that makes sense, and I found it extremely entertaining.

  3. I really enjoyed reading this and thought that it had the most provocative content. Your style of writing really makes your point so much more profound and really hits hard with the controversial issues that you talk about here. It was really great to read.

  4. I thought this was the most integrated composition. All this week I’ve been reading different responses to Dylan’s open letter, trying to understand the greater issues at hand with the way societies “deals” with victims. Reading about Ada Lovelace, I was not entirely surprised, based off the way history has treated women. Your blog post made me consider the way Ada might have been treated today…it’s a daunting thought that perhaps not all that much has changed.

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