Posted on | October 30, 2013 | 64 Comments
Why are so many female journalists like Margaret Wente using their voice to reify rape culture, instead of criticizing it?
— Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous) October 22, 2013
Someone’s still buttmad over the possibility of a woman possibly avoiding rape and insisting that constant and inescapable victimhood is empowering. Because, feminism.
Oh. It’s Liz Plank. So that’s why it’s cray cray.
Well, who is this cray-cray person?
Viral Content & Social Justice Editor at PolicyMic. Masters degree from the London School of Economics. Behavioral science consultant by training and feminist crusader by passion.
Uh, “Social Justice Editor”? Social justice is a mirage, as Friedrich Hayek observed, and we might therefore assume that Liz Plank‘s job is to advocate for unworkable schemes of utopian impossibility.
Nice work, if you can get it.
Liz Plank is “buttmad” about something that was published 12 days ago by Emily Yoffe at Slate, pointing out the role that alcohol plays in the date-rape phenomenon plaguing colleges and universities. Yoffe said that, for sexually predatory men, “the rise of female binge drinking has made campuses a prey-rich environment.”
This would seem to be merely a common-sense observation, which Yoffe elaborates by reference to research on the phenomenon, but feminists went nuts, screeching that Yoffe was engaged in misogynistic victim-blaming and slut-shaming and enabling “rape culture.”
Just when you thought the resulting screech-fest had played itself out — see my two cents, “The Drunk Sluts Rights Movement” — Plank responds by complaining that telling women not to get drunk “would be sensible advice if it didn’t reinforce the very structures that make sexual assault not only possible, but probable.”
You see that word “structures”? That’s jargon.
It’s a sort of code, an intellectual signifier, a way of saying, “Hey, I paid attention in my undergrad Critical Theory seminar.”
Jargon is a method of avoiding plain truth, and the minute people start talking that way, I figure them to be pretentious idiots who arrogantly assume they can baffle us with fancy bullshit.
Liz Plank reminds me of a certain TV personality in A Hard Day’s Night, about whom George Harrison says: “She’s a drag. A well known drag. We turn the sound down on her and say rude things.”