The recent illustrations of Siri, the iPhone 4S voice-recognition based assistant, failing to provide information to users about abortion, birth control, help after rape and help with domestic violence has gotten a lot of notice. Yesterday’s post with screenshots from a Twitter conversation I was a part of has netted 200+ notes the last I looked.
There have been a number of arguments, three of which compelled me. The first was “why aren’t there screenshots?” Here, you have them, in spades. The second two:
“It’s just a phone, why do you expect it do all this?” Siri can answer a lot of health related questions perfectly well, why shouldn’t we expect it to be able to answer reproductive health related queries too? Why treat reproductive health as a walled-off garden that the general public can’t or shouldn’t be exposed to? It’s not simply that in some places Siri has sent people to distant anti-choice fake clinics when they’ve asked where they can get abortions (and there are providers near to them) it’s also that in some locations (including mine) Siri refuses to disclose abortion clinic locations at all. Watch:
My favorite part is that it can’t find plan b, birth control, or a hospital for a rape victim, but it can find you 12 pharmacies for viagra. Lol. Click through for screencaps and full post.
I was shopping for Christmas ornaments for two hours, I come home, and this one post on the dino blog has almost 1,000 notes. Nothing like that has ever happened before, and they’re all reblogged directly from there, not from some insanely popular blog.
WERE WE ON THE RADAR AND I MISSED IT?
WE GAINED 500 FOLLOWERS IN 2 HOURS. THAT SHOULD TAKE MONTHS.