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Young Feminist Has Problems

Posted on | June 18, 2014 | 112 Comments

Erin McKelle Fischer (@ErinMcKelle) is a Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies major at Ohio University whose name I recognized because in February I quoted her denunciation of “heteronormative” virginity:

“The idea of your first penis-in-vagina sexual encounter being something significant and life altering (well, for women anyway) has origins in women being considered property.
“That is to say, virginity is a social construction that came about because of the commodification of women. . . .
“Virginity is heteronormative.
“Virginity assumes that penis-in-vagina sex is somehow a special type of sex that is different from all others.
“This means that there is an assumption that engaging in heterosexual vaginal sex is the standard (and should be) for your sexual activities.
“Heterosexuality is the norm, and virginity just works as reinforcement to this.”

So I was already familiar with Ms. Fischer’s name before I encountered her column today at Everyday Feminism about “the very real struggles that young feminists face,” e.g.:

A lot of it comes down to there not being a whole lot of opportunities for young people to get paid for their work. If more paid internships and fellowships, programming, and feminist-based work designed for young people existed . . . this could help bridge the age gap.

In other words, Feminism, Inc., doesn’t have enough job openings for all the Women’s Studies majors who would like to become full-time professional Marxist lesbian man-haters, but Ms. Fischer declares our belief that feminists hate men to be a “stereotype”:

Unfortunately, because of common stereotypes about feminism, many people think feminists are all just angry people, man-haters, or “killjoys.”

Excuse me, Ms. Fischer, for logically inferring that a woman who expresses hostility toward “penis-in-vagina sex” and the “norm” of heterosexuality might be hostile toward men in general. Also, Ms. Fischer, have your Ohio University professors taught you that your historical analysis — “women being considered property . . . the commodification of women” — is derived from Marx and Engels? If you haven’t yet read Engels’ Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, you should, so that you understand that those who teach you this stuff are just repeating the errors of 19th-century radicalism. The idea of “traditional sexual relations” as “oppressive and humiliating” to women, of “the woman . . . being humiliated by the domination of the man,” and monogamy as a male imposition required by “economic development” — it’s all right there in Engels. The fact that tens of millions of people were killed on behalf of the insane Marxist vision . . . Well, I don’t suppose they teach that history at Ohio University, do they?

In her column, Ms. Fischer describes her own feminist journey:

I discovered feminism first when I was 15 and read Jessica Valenti’s book Full Frontal Feminism. . . .
My stepmom found out about a program taking place through my local rape crisis center that was geared towards developing youth activists and educators. We would be learning about sexual violence, as well as doing projects out in our communities that we would be compensated for. . . .
This changed my life.
This was what brought me back to feminism, as I would check out hooks, Lorde, and MacKinnon out from their resource library, not to mention learning about gender-based violence, oppression, and privilege. It inspired me and my mentors encouraged me to take action and do more.

Permit me to say that any high-school kid who reads radical feminists like bell hooks, Audre Lorde and Catharine MacKinnon is likely to suffer permanent brain-warp. It’s like Nietzsche. I have long been of the opinion that no one should read Nietzsche until they’re old enough to realize that the syphilitic weirdo was a dangerous madman. Maybe by the time you’re 35, and have a full-time job, kids and a mortgage, you can read Nietzsche without suffering permanent brain-warp. Still, his books should come with a warning label: THIS NOTORIOUS GERMAN LUNATIC DIED OF BRAIN SYPHILIS.

But I digress . . .

In February, Ohio University’s Women, Gender and Sexuality program hosted a conference at which were presented such papers as “Using the Lesbian Gothic to Combat the Male Gaze in Film and Literature” (Alane Presswood), “Is Your Vampire Boyfriend Abusing You?: The Twilight Saga and Perceptions of Intimate Partner Abuse” (Kelly Choyke) and “Bridging the Paradox: SlutWalk, Culture, and the Quest for Identity” (Jennifer Seifert). Erin McKelle Fischer also contributed a conference paper entitled, “‘Am I Pretty Or Ugly?’: Why Online Harassment is the New Sexism.” While I can’t find Ms. Fischer’s paper onlline, the title refers to a much-discussed YouTube video genre in which teenage girls invite criticism of their looks. Ms. Fischer is very much an activist against “lookism”:

Why are “Fatphobia” and “Fat-Shaming” feminist issues? Maybe for the same reason the federal government spent $2.2 million for research on why lesbians are obese. And now, Erin McKelle Fischer presents, “5 Ways to Have a Body Positive Summer”:



112 Responses to “Young Feminist Has Problems”

  1. MNHawk
    June 19th, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    Dude! That one really should have had a trigger warning, for those of us slowly scrolling down, as we read.

    A curse on you for damaging my eyes!

  2. MNHawk
    June 19th, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    This router is part of the Tor Anonymity Network, which is dedicated toproviding privacy to people who need it most: average computer users.

    Why are all leftists such pussies?

  3. jdp
    June 19th, 2014 @ 10:52 am

    I know, right? Calling her a “gal”. How oppressive.

  4. Daniel O'Brien
    June 19th, 2014 @ 11:56 am

    Hey, I think you are on to something here… she craves more fem flesh and blood herself…

  5. Quartermaster
    June 19th, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

    RSM is old school and doesn’t take well to our more enlightened ways.

  6. Quartermaster
    June 19th, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

    You’re siiiiiiiiiiiick! 🙂

  7. Dana
    June 19th, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

    Thank you, sir!

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    June 19th, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

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  9. Quartermaster
    June 19th, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

    By the way, how was re-education at Rugby?

  10. guest
    June 22nd, 2014 @ 5:24 am

    Remember, feminism was created so that fat, ugly, self-hating, neurotic, ill-mannered women who could never attract a man, and who turned to one another for their sexual needs (see also, “jailhouse gay”) could get the male attention they hate themselves for craving.

    More to the point, the butterface in the picture is in quite a pickle. If only she had plenty of melanin. Then HR departments all over the corporate world would trip over their own thick ankles running to offer her a position on the Diversity Committee, or in the HR department. Likewise, there are lots and lots of very lucrative–we’re talking six figures–government jobs for Affirmative Action twofers with room-temperature IQs. I guess she’s just too white to ride that particular gravy train.

    Since she’s not attractive enough to be a webcam model, I think I can recommend another career path, suitable for other “womyn” who majored in nothing useful. She doesn’t look or sound bright enough to bag groceries, but Burger King is always hiring.

  11. guest
    June 22nd, 2014 @ 2:16 pm

    As they say at 4chan,

    >implying she’s got enough working synapses to cut it in a field where you actually have to learn things and do things that matter

  12. guest
    June 22nd, 2014 @ 2:21 pm

    Was she? “Pity me and indulge my bizarre whims, I was molested as a child” is the new “I was raped” among college girls afflicted with the Bad Crazy.

    Some people are born with an urge to jump from high places. Trying to fix them is interfering with natural selection. “And nothing of value was lost.”