Posted on | May 1, 2016 | 192 Comments
The phenomenon of #TrigglyPuff — Cora Segal, the angry feminist who disrupted an event at the University of Massachusetts this week — deserves extended analysis, and I’ve got a 4,000-word draft in queue, awaiting the final touches. Spending two days analyzing the social significance of this comedic phenomenon was perhaps too much, but that’s my job. You need someone to totally overthink it? I’m available.
Anyway, while working on that brain-straining endeavor, it dawned on me what a small world radical feminism actually is. Cora Segal became notorious in March 2014 for a “Fat Justice” event at Swarthmore College that I blogged about, and here she is two years later, notorious again.
Some people on Twitter were claiming that Cora Segal was being “doxed” simply because she had been correctly identified. This is a misuse of the term “doxing,” which properly means the publication of otherwise private information — home address, phone number, etc. — of a person in order to make them a target of direct harassment. Having been the target of criminal harassment (a crime that was the subject of federal prosecution), I understand how serious this issue is. “Doxing” is a tactic developed by certain hackers and trolls who, behind the screen of online anonymity, would deliberately violate someone’s privacy in an attempt to ruin their antagonists’ lives. Some people don’t seem to understand what “doxing” is and what it is not. Consider, for example, the case of Deb Fritsch, a former university professor who lost her job after she harassed blogger Jeff Goldstein in 2006. Was it “doxing” to identify Fritsch? No, she was engaged in seriously evil behavior online while employed at a taxpayer-supported public university and, as it subsequently turned out, was so completely crazy she was repeatedly arrested for stalking. (She has a Ph.D. in psychology, ironically enough.) Likewise, identifying Reddit troll “Violentacrez” as Michael Brutsch — “a vile sociopathic monster undeserving of sympathy,” as I called him — was not “doxing.”
Deb Frisch (left); Michael Brutsch (right).
In both of those cases, bad people were doing bad things online and, once they were “patched” (their online persona connected to their actual real-life identity) the negative consequences were predictable. This wasn’t about personal vendettas or political quarrels, and it wasn’t about putting someone’s home address into an IRC channel in a conspiracy to incite some troll to SWAT the targeted person.
Because no one has appointed me Internet Ethics Cop, I don’t waste much time worrying about the nuances of this stuff. It’s a dangerous world, and protecting myself and my friends is about all I can do. We find that feminists claim to be targeted by “harassment” online and everybody in the media rushes to publicize these claims, despite the fact that the media were willing to ignore or excuse very serious harassment when it was directed at Jeff Goldstein and others on the Right whom the media did not consider sympathetic victims. Because of political bias in the media, there is a blatant double standard about such things. Shall we talk about Deranged Cyberstalker Bill Schmalfeldt? Let’s not . . .
What does this have to do with Cora Segal? Like other trolls, her behavior had been problematic for a long time before she — unexpectedly! — had her Internet Famous (Not in a Good Way) Moment.
We know who Cora Segal is and we know what Cora Segal believes because Cora Segal has told us these things. Cora Segal is an activist, and when an activist goes to a public event and disrupts it by shouting obscenities — “F–k you! . . . Keep your hate speech off this campus!” — her public activism is newsworthy. Identifying her is not “doxing.”
Cora Segal is a feminist and her crusade against “fat phobia” is an expression of radical feminism’s anti-male/anti-heterosexual agenda:
Hostility to “beauty ideology” has been a core theme of feminism since the emergence of the Women’s Liberation movement in the 1960s. Its first major protest occurred in September 1968, when about 100 feminists staged a demonstration at the Miss American pageant, condemning how the contestants “epitomize the roles we are all forced to play as women.” The protesters claimed “women in our society [are] forced daily to compete for male approval, enslaved by ludicrous ‘beauty’ standards we ourselves are conditioned to take seriously.”
Lesbianism also emerged early as a core theme of the Women’s Liberation movement. . . .
Radical lesbians played key roles in founding Women’s Studies programs at many universities. . . .
So-called “fat-positive feminism” is a movement that “addresses how misogyny and sexism intersect with sizism and anti-fat bias.” While feminists blame “anti-fat bias” on male supremacy, the health risks of obesity are serious, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “Obesity is a national epidemic and a major contributor to some of the leading causes of death in the U.S., including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer.”
Obesity is such a serious problem among lesbians that the National Institutes for Health funded a $3 million study to determine why “nearly three-quarters of lesbians are overweight or obese.”
When that study made headlines in September 2014, Mari Brighe wrote at the lesbian blog Autostraddle that lesbians “tend to be less critical of their bodies than straight women,” because they don’t “suffer the incessant, unreasonable pressure of the male gaze.”
You can read the whole thing. The claim that “sexism,” “misogyny” and “the male gaze” are to blame for “anti-fat bias” is feminism. Is there any feminist who says otherwise? Is there any feminist who does not denounce male preferences as “ludicrous ‘beauty’ standards”? Feminists have written a vast library of books attacking the idea of beauty as a “myth” which they blame on the “misogyny” of patriarchal culture. The feminist argument can be summarized succinctly: Men like beautiful women, and therefore beauty is bad because men are wrong.
FEMIINISM: All social norms and standards are wrong, because patriarchy. pic.twitter.com/bX7iOc0Y02
— FreeStacy (@Not_RSMcCain) May 1, 2016
Feminism is an ideology of hatred, dishonestly masquerading as “social justice.” Feminism Is a Totalitarian Movement to Destroy Civilization as We Know It. Because feminists cannot defend their hateful beliefs against intelligent criticism, they seek to silence their critics, which is why madness erupts whenever feminists are confronted by the truth.
Feminism Is a Synonym for ‘Shut Up’ https://t.co/dNLLvVzKTR
— FreeStacy (@Not_RSMcCain) April 29, 2016
UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers!
Please consider buying my book Sex Trouble: Radical Feminism and the War Against Human Nature, or hit the tip jar, because patriarchy is really just a synonym for “paying the bills.”