Samitha at Feministing offers up a bit of a thumbsucker about Stuff White People Like, which reminds me that I’d meant to second Megan’s take from last month: The vast majority of the stuff there has always felt a bit like one of those fantastic Onion headlines that’s followed up by a lame article. It seems like it ought to be funny, but always ends up reading like one of those rambling C-grade Andy Rooney monologues that begin “didja ever notice…?”
Quite apart from that, the site also strikes me as mistitled. A less pithy but more accurate title might be “Stuff a small number of hipster kids and 30-something bobos like.” (And last graf notwithstanding, The Onion typically does this better.) Which one could overlook, except that in a few cases the title leads to some weird implications, especially given that the author of the site is himself white. For instance, am I alone in finding it slightly offputting to suggest that graduate school is in the category of stuff “white people like”? (Minorities, presumably, not being interested in all that book learnin’?) Or, along the same lines, that a dating prospect’s being “poorly read” could only be a “white problem”?