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Feminism: Impossible to Parody

Posted on | March 25, 2016 | 28 Comments

The thing about covering feminism is that craziness piles up so fast that it’s hard to keep up. No sooner do I get through with one wacko — recovering cocaine addict and topless Bernie Sanders supporter Tiernan Hebron — than someone calls my attention to another nutjob. Or two, as in the case of Katherine Marino and Jennifer Suchland, who are both professors of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University. In 2003, Professor Suchland co-authored a journal article entitled “Gender Violence And Hegemonic Projects”:

We discuss why re-thinking the relationship between gender violence and hegemonic projects is important for feminist theory and activism. Moving beyond the narrow, representational approach to ‘violence against women’, we argue that the hegemonic projects of the state are constituted through gender violence. Rather than an effect of power, gender violence is thus instrumental to the very operations and existence of hegemonic projects. We insert the contributing essays within this framework, elucidating their examination of three key issues: (1) how hegemonic discourses operate through gendered violence; (2) how dominant political institutions, ideas and discourses determine what ‘counts’ as gender violence; and (3) how responses to gender violence engage metanarratives about gender, race, class and nation/state, both resisting and sustaining hegemonic projects.

Here’s a concept: “Word salad.” Look it up.

Professor Marino’s Ph.D. dissertation at Stanford was entitled “La Vanguardia Feminista: Pan-American Feminism and the Rise of International Women’s Rights, 1915-1946.”

Obviously, the taxpayers of Ohio and the parents who pay tuition to send their kids to OSU are getting their money’s worth from these two.

When they’re not busy spewing gibberish about “hegemonic discourses” or La Vanguardia Feminista, however, these OSU professors like to talk about rape, which is the subject of their Ms. magazine article, “4 (Intersectional!) Ways to Stop Campus Sexual Assault.” Professor Marino and Professor Suchland assert that ending the scourge of rape on university campuses will require “challenging binary understandings of ‘masculinity’ and ‘femininity’ that justify the beating up of genderqueer students and that sanction men’s sexual access to female bodies”:

Universities should broaden prevention strategies beyond the current focus on individual behavior . . . to include structural ways that the campus recognizes gender, sexual and racial diversity. For example, in order to combat the persistent harassment and violence that genderqueer and trans students face in gender-segregated bathrooms, universities should prioritize providing gender-neutral restrooms around campus. Campuses could also diversify student-housing options for LGBTQ students and provide readily accessible counseling and health services that include counselors who are not only attuned to the needs of a diverse student population, but who also reflect that diversity themselves. . . .
Curricula should also address intersectional approaches to sexual violence. . . . It is not a radical idea to require students to take courses that would deepen their grasp of sexual violence, racialized sexual violence, and violence against LGBT, non-cisgender, and differently abled people.

So, professors of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies want to require students to take courses which sound very much like the courses taught in the department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Here’s a concept: Rent-seeking.” Look it up.

It might be too much to ask for actual data regarding (a) the number of “genderqueer and trans students” attending U.S. colleges and universities, and (b) how many “LGBTQ students” are victims of sexual assault as compared to, y’know, the typical male/female drunk hookup scenario. Because while I’m not sure exactly how “binary understandings of ‘masculinity’ and ‘femininity’ . . . sanction men’s sexual access to female bodies,” I know for a fact that more than 100 male students have sued their universities saying they were falsely accused of sexual assault and denied due process in campus disciplinary tribunals. Perhaps I am not “attuned to the needs of a diverse student population,” but it seems to me that heterosexual male students are being systematically demonized by the “hegemonic discourses” of the kind of feminism promoted by professors of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Here’s a concept: Rape hoax.” Look it up.

(Hat-tip: @g56yu on Twitter.)

UPDATE: Speak of the Devil and she doth appear!

The young woman who was the central figure in Rolling Stone’s discredited story about a fraternity party gang rape is locked in a heated standoff with a University of Virginia dean seeking to depose her for a defamation suit against the magazine. . . .
The article made national headlines first as a shocking example of campus sexual violence and then as a journalism scandal when its central claims unraveled and Rolling Stone retracted it with an apology to readers.
Lawyers for “Jackie”, the anonymous protagonist of the article, are battling efforts by UVA associate dean of students Nicole Eramo to question her about what she told the magazine.
Ms. Eramo is suing the magazine over how it portrayed her in the story. The story, according to her defamation suit, cast her as “the chief villain” and falsely asserted that she discouraged Jackie from reporting her alleged gang rape to protect the reputation of UVA. . . .
Attorneys for Ms. Eramo, in a court filing Tuesday stated they have every right to want to question her:

The bottom line is that, as the Court has already held, Jackie is a highly relevant witness in this action. Rolling Stone published a completely false story alleging that Jackie was gang raped as part of a fraternity hazing ritual, and claiming that Dean Eramo sought to cover up and suppress Jackie’s supposed assault. The apparent source for virtually all of these falsehoods was Jackie, and therefore Jackie’s credibility — and whether Rolling Stone acted negligently or recklessly in printing what Jackie told them — are key issues in the case.

The filing says Jackie and her attorneys have “never offered any affirmative evidence or facts whatsoever to substantiate the claim that Jackie was a victim of a sexual assault,” noting that police in Charlottesville, Va. said last year that they found no evidence to support the rape claims made in the magazine.



28 Responses to “Feminism: Impossible to Parody”

  1. DeadMessenger
    March 25th, 2016 @ 7:04 pm

    If I were going to school now, I’d have to get an off-campus apartment and go back there everytime I needed to use the bathroom.

    Colleges shouldn’t offer any counseling services, either. Students can be provided with a list of community mental health providers, and the student can take up payment arrangements with their insurance company, or with Mummy and Daddy.

  2. DeadMessenger
    March 25th, 2016 @ 7:14 pm

    Off topic, here’s an interesting Microsoft AI thing…

    Tay and feminism

  3. Kirby McCain
    March 25th, 2016 @ 7:18 pm

    Jackie, as I remember, has time and again refused to report her alleged rape and has been uncooperative with the police investigation. So it should be obvious that she did, in fact, defame the Dean in claiming she was discouraged from reporting the incident. It’s quite the crooked story.

  4. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 25th, 2016 @ 7:22 pm

    There are a lot of lying liars out there (in my opinion). From Jackie, to Mattress Girl, to Rolling Stone, to National Enquirer/Donald J. Trump. And the biggest of all, Hillary Clinton. Who has something to gain from the lie?

  5. Daniel Freeman
    March 25th, 2016 @ 7:50 pm

    (1) how hegemonic discourses operate through gendered violence; (2) how dominant political institutions, ideas and discourses determine what ‘counts’ as gender violence; and (3) how responses to gender violence engage metanarratives about gender, race, class and nation/state, both resisting and sustaining hegemonic projects.

    If that were not word salad, then the correct answers would be:

    1. How state violence is almost entirely directed against male bodies;

    2. How feminist hegemony in our social institutions simultaneously proclaim a social construction of gender, while trivializing (or even excusing) rape and sexual coercion of male prison “bitches” and “punks”;

    3. How MRAs are basically right about everything.

  6. DeadMessenger
    March 25th, 2016 @ 7:52 pm

    You’ve been warned before to stop thinking logically. Will you never learn??

  7. Mike G.
    March 25th, 2016 @ 7:56 pm

    The bot said this…”I love feminism now”. Someone got to it before Microsoft pulled the plug on it.

  8. Fail Burton
    March 25th, 2016 @ 8:03 pm

    Fire burns, water is wet. A fearsome truth to the feminist mind.

  9. Art Deco
    March 25th, 2016 @ 8:07 pm

    These women are horrid troublemakers. The thing is, nothing compels colleges to feed their delusions by awarding them degrees and employment. It’s up to the trustees to shut these programs down in the college president and the provost are in default. The trouble is, the trustees are hollow men.

  10. Joe Joe
    March 25th, 2016 @ 8:57 pm

    “Here’s a concept: “Word salad.” Look it up.”

    Actually it’s worse than that. The “academic” is saying that violence against women is not just an effect of men having power; men having power is an effect of their being violent towards women. In other words, power itself is a sign of gender violence; the way to power is gender violence.

    This is an essentialist argument. It says that the violence of men toward women is INHERENT, not a result of having power and wanting to keep it. That means, no matter where men are in society–powerful or powerless–they are always inherently violent towards women. This is an argument for the social reengineering of men or, at the extreme, for their reduction in numbers.

  11. DeadMessenger
    March 25th, 2016 @ 9:14 pm

    Yeah, probably Microsoft.

  12. Daniel Freeman
    March 25th, 2016 @ 9:19 pm

    Probably not, because I heard there wasn’t the same pushback on the antisemitic trolling. Which indicates progressive counter-trolls, who care about the one issue but not the other.

  13. Fail Burton
    March 25th, 2016 @ 11:40 pm

    Anyway you cut it they’re doing a classic technique of all hate groups: they take a biological group and turn it into an immoral ideology so people don’t see they are simply a hate group. In turn the hate groups portrays any pushback by the biological group as an ideology attacking a biological group. In this case, all women.

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  15. M. Thompson
    March 26th, 2016 @ 6:57 am

    “And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
    When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
    As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
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  16. M. Thompson
    March 26th, 2016 @ 7:37 am

    It’s a condition.

  17. SouthOhioGipper
    March 26th, 2016 @ 8:30 am

    On #2 the reason they trivialize and excuse prison rape is because they see a white man getting raped in prison as an expression of social justice.

  18. DeadMessenger
    March 26th, 2016 @ 9:23 am

    Yeah, the whole thing was a troll-fest from beginning to end. Only took a few hours for trolls to break a thing – nice.

    You know, in my profession, employers are all smitten with the concept of machine learning and neural networks, and this is a great example of that. I’ve long stressed the importance of the input data provided by humans, but hardly anyone wants to hear that. Perhaps I’ll refer them to Microsoft now for more information.

  19. feeriker
    March 26th, 2016 @ 4:35 pm

    Shouldn’t the fact that one chose to attend college, whether one is male or female, under the current sociological status quo be considered symptomatic of mental illness? And that being the case, should not the source and cause of that illness (i.e., the college/university) be prohibited from doing anything further to aggravate the damage it has already done, which is surely what “counseling” from said institution would be doing?

    Would a rapist be allowed to give trauma counseling to his victims?

  20. Daniel Freeman
    March 26th, 2016 @ 5:17 pm

    Here’s a good link to share for that. Money quote:

    Artificial intelligence is being developed and researched with a frequent goal to try and replicate human communication in mechanical form, and though we often joke of a Terminator-esque uprising if machines become too intelligent, we never think about the possibility of a machine becoming radicalised in ways like this. If mankind managed to develop a self-sufficient free-thinking robot and a situation like this occurred, be it from hacking or poor influence, what would the implications be? Would it be a possibility that machines could partake in terrorism or hate crimes?

    I will add the obvious next question: And who would be held legally liable?

  21. Daniel Freeman
    March 26th, 2016 @ 5:36 pm

    Or any man, really. But in the “social construction” they are either having an explicitly feminine gender imposed on them as part of the exercise of power of their assailants, or mimicking femininity to better appeal to the straight men that they want to protect them, or both.

    So to treat them like they had it coming because they’re men, puts paid to the whole notion of “social construction.” If they really believed in the “social construction” of gender, then they would be in an uproar over all the “women” being raped in men’s prisons across America.

    Feminists hate men, and (trans)gender theory is purely an exercise in power by forcing us to go along with an obvious falsehood. That’s all there is to it, and their reaction to prison rape proves it.

  22. Quartermaster
    March 26th, 2016 @ 5:53 pm

    I hate to think of what this country has in store for it after giving the loony left the time of day.

  23. Quartermaster
    March 26th, 2016 @ 5:57 pm

    Given the rapist was at the scene, wouldn’t the rapist be best qualified to offer said counseling?

    Obviously I’m being acidic, but the left’s thought processes go right down that sewer.

  24. DeadMessenger
    March 26th, 2016 @ 7:45 pm

    This is some scary stuff right here. I’ve read stuff about AI soldiers, and also transhuman soldiers. Hell, you can use that crispr stuff in your garage, and somebody on Kickstarter is pitching a home DNA lab right now. I think it goes without saying that if we can conceive of a thing and chat on this blog about it, somebody in the world – or multiple somebodies – are actually doing it. And not in a benign way, either. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn that human clones or GMO humans are walking among us, right now.

    On top of which, we have reason to believe that fallen angels were doing this type of thing to create nephilim before the Flood. Then Jesus said that the end times – in which majorly scary stuff happens – would be like the days of Noah. So, you know, 2 + 2 = 4.

  25. Guest
    March 26th, 2016 @ 7:57 pm

    So these Feminists think there will be *less* rapes if XX chromosomed humans share bathrooms and living spaces with XY chromosomed humans? I’m not saying all or even most men are rapists obviously, I’m not a Feminist, but anyone with a half a brain sees the #dumb in that concept.

  26. Daniel Freeman
    March 27th, 2016 @ 4:23 am

    Well yeah, that’s why TERFs exist. Because if they’re fact-aware, even man-haters understand that trans-women are cis-men with a bunch of crazy, and the reasons for pretending otherwise actually hurt women. Theodore Dalrymple:

    Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.

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