This Is Why We Need Not Argue or Debate with Feminists
Yes, I say that most feminists act this way. Mind you, I don't claim that every individual feminist exhibits ALL of the despicable behaviors listed here. Clearly, some will display some of these and others will display others. Also, subtlety may vary. But taken as a whole, the list outlines feminism's rhetorical modus operandi with admirable clarity and fullness. Indeed, most of the significant bases are covered.
Let none inform you that this "has nothing to do with feminism". Au contraire, this kind of garbage is the psychic brick and mortar and structural iron of the entire women's movement. It is not fringe or marginal behavior; it is core behavior. Take it away, and you would get a core collapse or implosion. Truly, it is the "is-ness of the business."
Let me explain. If God would somehow put a hex on all feminist-identified women, so that every time one of them tried to talk or type such filth she suffered a violent attack of diarrhea, what repercussions do you figure this would have upon feminism as a movement? Well first off, they would all discover right quick that it was not the best idea to "talk shit." Don't you agree that this is what they would all discover right quick? Aye, and so they would! But taking it to the next stage, I might predict that feminism, as a going concern, would go straight over a cliff in, oh. . . maybe three weeks.
Just imagine: Amanda Marcotte opens her blog editor, starts telling us that men who won't shut up about false accusation are secret rapists, and blammo! Seligmann's Revenge!
Or some hack at Emily's List is composing yet another press release about "the war on women" and. . well, she gets a spasm of self-fulfilling prophecy!
Do you follow me? If all feminists everywhere were forced to behave like honest, grown-up human beings for a change, how long do you really think feminism would stay in business?
Yes, the existence of feminism as an earthly force depends entirely on making certain trashy behaviors "available" to feminist-identified women - or any other women for that matter. The sudden unavailability of these same behaviors would force everybody to be honest - and that would be the end of feminism!
You know what else? Feminism could clean up its act very, very easily if one of the leaders got up on her bully pulpit and laid down the law. Let's say that some feminist Big Cheese, of comparable stature to Gloria Steinem, made a speech or wrote an article addressed to "the women's movement". Suppose that in said communique, our feminist Big Cheese said something like the following:
"Sisters, we need to introspect and see if we can do better. Feminism is getting more and more unpopular, and I find this concerning. It especially troubles me that so many of us behave so shabbily in our transactions with the non-feminist public. A lot of people even perceive us as a hate movement, and I feel that we need to ask ourselves how such a perception may have come about. Seriously, we must stop playing crooked billiards with the rest of the world - and I have a list of specific recommendations that we should put into practice immediately."As the old saying goes, the fish stinks from the head down. So a morally edifying message from one or more high feminist mucky-mucks would be a message indeed, and the reverberations would travel quickly. Oh yes, you may be sure of it. The average feminist is a mindless follower, and when the shepherd speaks, the sheep listen!
Seriously, all it would take for feminism to "clean house", would be for feminist leaders to start handing out brooms and issuing instructions.
But I don't see any feminist mucky-mucks heeding my advice any time soon. . . . do you? Of course you don't. So needless to say, this counts as another strike against feminism as a whole. And so long as that holistic state of reality continues, I am not duty-bound to engage feminism any less solipsistically than feminism has engaged the rest of us.
Ah yes . . the rest of us! I am so glad that "we" are not properly a WE at all. "We" are not a targetable group or point source of any kind. We are not even a "movement", although you could argue that we are a collection of movements. But in the end we are simply ambient. We are simply the atmosphere, and we are all around, everywhere, on every side, being nothing less than the entire non-feminist population of planet Earth. Hence, we are Fred Everyman and Sally Everywoman - and feminist, you had best watch your back because we are certainly behind your back! We are also in your face, and to your right and to your left - you know, just. . . . everywhere!.