Posted on | May 8, 2011 | 41 Comments
“Stop the violence, stop the hate,” hundreds of ugly women chanted as they paraded down the streets holding up signs with stupid slogans:
You’ll excuse my factual description of the event, but I haven’t seen so many dogs in one place since the AKC grand championship show.
It’s not every day that you see women circling Boston Common in the midafternoon wearing only micro minis and bras.
So when the “Boston Slutwalk” wound its way from Government Center to the Common yesterday, chanting, “However we dress, wherever we go, yes means yes, and no means no,” heads turned, but there weren’t many catcalls.
But then, you don’t mess with 200 “sluts” on a mission.
“Just because I want to go out and have a good time doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want with me,” said Natalie Olbrych, a 21-year-old student from Brownsville, Vt., who said she was raped in 2007 during her senior year of high school.
Yesterday’s protest was one of an international series of “Slutwalks” sparked earlier this year when a Toronto cop reportedly told a group of York University law students that the best way to avoid getting raped was to not dress like a slut.
Jaclyn Friedman, a Medford writer, performer and editor of “Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape,” called the word a “vicious weapon” designed to “keep us in line. To separate us. To make us police each other, turn on each other and turn each other in so that we can prove we’re not ‘like that.’ ”
Figuring that feminist blogs would be the best place to find the background on the “Slutwalk” movement, I went to Feministing, where I found the movement’s founders, Sonya Barnett and Heather Jarvis, interviewed by Lori Adelman:
Lori Adelman: What, in your opinion, is the greatest challenge facing feminism today?
Sonya Barnett: For me, it’s dealing with those that are working so hard to oppress feminism.
Which would be . . . me. Because I’m encouraging you to read that whole interview, which contains enough joke-fodder to last a lifetime, e.g.:
Lori Adelman: You’re going to a desert island, and you’re allowed to take one food, one drink and one feminist. What do you pick?
Heather Jarvis: Strawberry rhubarb pie, because I love pie even more than cupcakes. Water. And I think I would have to choose Madonna. I think she would have lots of amazing stories, and I could learn a lot from her, and she’s such a sex positive amazing badass. I would love it!
“Madonna . . . she’s such a sex positive amazing badass.”
We can afford to laugh, but feminism is no laughing matter. It is a species of totalitarian groupthink which seeks to crush all criticism or dissent through orchestrated intimidation. Case in point: 22-year-0ld Chelsea Fagan wrote an essay questioning the logic of “Slutwalk,” arguing that perhaps what the Toronto police official said wasn’t so wrong:
The truth of the matter is that rape, murder, battery, verbal assault, and everything in between have existed for as long as humans have. There is a constant threat, especially in concentrated urban areas, that you will be a victim at some point. I myself live in a relatively dangerous urban area where men are quite verbally forward. You learn quickly to not make eye contact, to keep your posture upright, and to keep walking. And beyond that, if you want to further increase your chances of remaining safe and flying under the radar, you do not dress like a prostitute. You do not dress like someone who is out tonight to find sex by any means necessary.
You can read the rest of that, and agree or disagree. Fagan’s essay inspired Chloe Angyal, one of the ideological commissars at Feministing, to write a long hectoring post in which she denounced Fagan:
[R]aping a woman who’s dressed like Fagan’s idea of a slut is just as bad as raping a person wearing any other outfit. Yes, feminists believe that women are adults who can make their own decisions, but they don’t believe in holding women responsible for men’s decisions. Especially when men decide to ignore a woman’s desire not to engage in sex. The only person responsible for a rape is the person who commits it, and it doesn’t matter if the rapist is drunk or if the woman he rapes is wearing a short skirt. Rape is rape, and no amount of alcohol or tight clothing can change that. If you’re a “sexually and visually driven man” who finds it hard, when you are not” fully in command of your wits,” to keep yourself from raping someone, then I suggest that you stop drinking alcohol and seek psychological treatment.
And if you are a young woman writer and finds yourself penning depressingly misguided essays in which you hold women partially responsible for their own rapes, I suggest you stop drinking the rape culture Kool-aid and seek some Feminism 101 resources to set you straight.
So much for all that feminist cant about “respecting women’s voices,” I suppose. Fagan dissented from the Official Feminist Position and was smacked down. The fury unleashed at Fagan resulted in her editor, Ryan O’Connell, throwing her under the bus to appease the distaff bolsheviks.
Like all movements of the Left, feminism is a collectivist groupthink project that brooks no dissent. The militant “Slutwalk” protests are not about rape prevention. Rather, they are about (a) using the crime of rape as a propaganda weapon to demonize all men, (b) employing this demonization to rally more women to the “feminist” banner, and (c) intimidating anyone — especially any woman — who dares to disagree.
You aren’t allowed to disagree with feminists, you aren’t allowed to criticize feminists and, most of all, you aren’t allowed to make fun of feminists. It’s time people wake up and smell the totalitarianism.
Today is the last day of National Offend a Feminist Week, and I can think of no more fitting aphorism than this:
“Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society.”
— Rush Limbaugh, Undeniable Truth No. 24
UPDATE: Leave it to Da Tech Guy to quote the Fonz’s immortal advice to Joanie: “I only got one thing to say to you shortcakes … you put out an advertisement, somebody is going to answer that ad.”