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Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous) Proves She Is a Special Kind of Stupid™

Posted on | October 30, 2013 | 64 Comments

It was not my plan to write about Elizabeth Plank today because, until about 2 p.m., I’d never even heard of this particular idiot, but then a commenter left this comment on an earlier post:

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?

Elizabeth Plank
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.”



64 Responses to “Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous) Proves She Is a Special Kind of Stupid™”

  1. Delaney Coffer
    October 30th, 2013 @ 11:50 pm

    Problem is, even if she’s stone cold sober, I get better looking, funnier, sexier etc. when I’m drunk.(The mirror tells me so, and the mirror never lies. )

    Let’s face it. I’m irresistible once I’ve had a few. From that point on, she’s helpless. It’s rape.

    I guess “rape” is what I was made for.


    Seriously. To cheapen the definition of rape in this way is subhuman.

  2. ECHackett
    October 31st, 2013 @ 12:13 am

    Critical Theory is not critical practice “Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous) Proves She Is a Special Kind of Stupid™”

  3. Adjoran
    October 31st, 2013 @ 3:19 am

    Psst! Bob! You forgot the “*” – or was it implied, like Barry’s?

  4. Adjoran
    October 31st, 2013 @ 3:29 am

    The student “governments” at many universities have now eliminated any vestige of protection for those accused. No presumption of innocence, no right to counsel, no right to confront the accuser or even know the name or read the complaint. And no right of appeal within the university system that hands out the discipline: only those with the resources to hire an attorney and sue in civil court have any chance of getting just treatment.

    This is the new reality which informs the likes of Miss Plank. It’s not quite as blatant as the old feminist creed that “all men are rapists,” but entails the same assumptions. This gynocentric view even allows for the retroactive withdrawal of consent.

    Boys, if you’re in college, better get that consent in writing, notarized and witnessed, and overnight a copy to your lawyer before you cuddle.

  5. Adjoran
    October 31st, 2013 @ 3:33 am

    Dude, you really need to get out more. Feminists have been using the term “rape culture” for decades.

    It’s as if you never took a freakin’ class in the Wymyn’s Studies Department!

  6. Adjoran
    October 31st, 2013 @ 3:35 am

    I always supposed that at some point, some gal figured out “rape culture” evokes a more visceral emotional response and is easier to spell than “Hegemonious Patriarchal Oppression Culture.”

  7. Tex Lovera
    October 31st, 2013 @ 6:43 am

    “Plank”. How appropriate. Bet she’s related to this guy:

    Although he makes a helluva lot more sense…

  8. The Osprey
    October 31st, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    “Cray cray”? Is this baby talk, or ebonics?

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  10. pabarge
    October 31st, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

    She (Plank) is legitimately hot. Maddow is not.

    Just sayin’ …

  11. pabarge
    October 31st, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

    You’re almost there.

    you get accused of victim blaming if you say anything that any woman doesn’t want to hear, for any reason.

  12. scarymatt
    October 31st, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    That’s just normal blaming, and I’ve come to terms with that.

  13. Dandapani
    November 1st, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

    She’s got the sexy librarian look down pat.

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