The parts in bold are the prompts. The rest was written by the AI.
A person who has moved heaven and earth to build a kind of career around doing whatever it takes to get as much attention as possible in order to earn trivial sums at the margin (just enough to barely scrape by), despite and regardless of whatever it costs other people, shares a meme on facebook depicting a classically hyper-masculine character saying, “Fake people have an image to uphold. Real people don’t give a fuck.”
The irony is lost on this person.
A sociocultural analysis shows that the behaviors of people who are considered “fake” are often a response to the pressure of living in a society that values image and superficiality over substance. In other words, these people are often fake because they feel they have to be in order to fit in and be successful. On the other hand, people who are considered “real” are often those who have the luxury of not having to worry about their image as much, because they are already in a position of power or privilege. In other words, they can afford to be “real” because they don’t have to put on a facade in order to get ahead.
So when a person who is considered “fake” writes on facebook that “real people don’t give a fuck,” they are actually revealing their own insecurity and lack of self-awareness. What they are really saying is, “I’m so desperate for attention and validation that I’m willing to do anything to get it, even if it means hurting other people.”
In contrast, a person who is considered “real” might write something like, “I don’t have to put on a show for anyone, because I’m comfortable in my own skin.” This person is not only more self-aware, but they are also more confident and secure. They don’t need the approval of others in order to feel good about themselves.
The deeper lesson here is that we should be careful about judging people based on superficial appearances. Just because someone seems “fake” doesn’t mean they are a bad person. And just because someone seems “real” doesn’t mean they are a good person. It’s what’s on the inside that counts. In this case, it’s the content of the facebook post, not the writer’s persona, that ultimately reveals their true nature.
Let’s examine this from a critical gender perspective. The person in question is a cis-gender heterosexual white woman. When we talk about “bad patriarchal bargains,” we are referring to the ways in which white women have been socialized to accept lesser status and opportunities in exchange for their complicity in upholding the oppressive systems of patriarchy and white supremacy. In other words, white women have been taught that they are not fully human, but rather subhuman creatures whose only value lies in their ability to serve men and prop up the racist, sexist status quo.
This facebook post is a perfect example of the bad patriarchal bargain that white women have made. The writer is so desperate for attention and validation that she is willing to do anything to get it, even if it means hurting other people. This is what it means to be a ” trophy wife ” or a ” gold digger .” It’s all about using your looks and sexuality to manipulate men into giving you what you want, regardless of the cost to other women.
So, while the writer of this facebook post might think she’s being “real,” she’s actually just upholding the oppressive system that she’s been taught to believe is natural and normal. In reality, there’s nothing real or authentic about it.