Saturday, January 04, 2014

Death to Feminist Buzzwords!

Nearly all the jargon of feminism ought to go in the cliché can. Individual words such as “misogyny”, “patriarchy” and “equality” are used in a mystificationary way, with creative latitude. I find that people who bandy these expressions are either mentally unclear about what they are saying, or attempting for underhanded reasons to conflate something with something else.

The word “misogyny” will serve as a prime example. It is almost never honestly used any more, and is typically a way of smearing or silencing whoever is deemed to have wrong opinions on certain topics. More often than otherwise, the speaker will use this word as something to hide behind.

As an exercise in semantic hygiene and intellectual probity, people ought to rethink their use of this word and even do a bit of soul-searching if that proves necessary. Every time they feel the urge to slip “misogyny” or “misogynist” into their communication, they should stop and think carefully about what they are actually trying to communicate. Then they should pick from the smorgasbord of possible meanings the one item which maps precisely to their actual thought, and use either an exact term or a short descriptive phrase to convey this. Such exercise might force people to think outside the box, but at least it will keep them on the straight and narrow.
 
Taking this to a still higher level, why not place a moratorium on ALL use of “misogyny” or its derivatives. Ditto for nearly every keyword in the feminist lexicon. After all, these are clichés, so why not give them a rest?

4 Comments:

Blogger ScareCrow said...

Thank you Fidelbogen.

Instead of adding more words that will just get used ineptly in the future - we should start REMOVING words from the English language that are already being used ineptly.

I like that idea!

4:56 PM  
Blogger Fidelbogen said...

Actually, no. We should stop using them ineptly, and start using them eptly.

Classic example would be the feminist buzzword "misogyny". Like almost every keyword in the feminist vernacular, this word has been expanded to include everything but the kitchen sink - and they're working on including that also.

So we should insist on either using "misogyny" honestly. . . or we should ban the use of it altogether until such time as honesty gets reestablished.

Since "misogyny" means so MANY things in the feminist vernacular, we should insist that the feminists develop an array of new words to describe those many things, and only use "misogyny" when it is truly appropriate, that is, when one is speaking of real McCoy, bona fide HATRED OF ALL WOMEN AS A GROUP.

No other use of this word will be permitted.

I think we should begin immediately by dismissing out of hand any statement, made by any known feminist, which includes this word. In other words, take everything that person says and flush it down the toilet if it includes the word "misogyny".

1:43 AM  
Blogger ScareCrow said...

eptly?

adeptly.

inept, adept.

stalagmite, stalactite.

Iran, Iraq.

verniculee, verniculah HA HA HA!

9:15 AM  
Blogger ScareCrow said...

eptly?

adeptly.

inept, adept.

stalagmite, stalactite.

Iran, Iraq.

Buddha is a pest when he is hungry - therefore, Budapest is the capitol of Hungary.

I think.

9:18 AM  

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