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Obviously, You Need More Feminist Lectures From Miriam Mogilevsky

Posted on | December 29, 2014 | 125 Comments

Last week I remarked:

The cult of “consciousness raising” . . . means that every college sophomore who has taken a couple of Women’s Studies classes believes she possesses a moral and intellectual superiority that qualifies her to tutor us about how women are oppressed by the patriarchy.
This attitude of arrogant condescension, this presumption that feminists possess a sort of gnosis that endows them with superior insight, is what makes them so obnoxious when communicating in their accustomed modes — the Lecture, the Screed and the Rant.

I wrote that before I’d ever heard of Miriam Mogilevsky, otherwise I might have called this “The Miriam Mogilevsky Principle.”

Ms. Mogilevsky is a recent graduate of Northwestern University who is younger than my oldest daughter. My daughter graduated college summa cum laude in 2011 and, unlike Ms. Mogilevsky, has (a) a husband and (b) a job. Whereas my daughter’s job involves teaching reading and writing to the children of Haitian immigrants, Ms. Mogilevsky considers it her job to lecture adults about what terrible misogynists we all are. Here are a few of her recent lectures at

The 4 rules guys should follow
when they get rejected on Tinder

Rejection is inevitable, but this helpful guide
will make dealing with it a little easier.

— Sept. 8

How to talk about the Ray Rice
scandal without being a total jerk

Here’s how to cover the issue correctly.

Sept. 18

Should we outlaw catcalling?
Street harassment is an epidemic, but
here’s why the police won’t solve anything.

— Sept. 23

Stop calling Amanda Bynes ‘crazy’
I don’t know anything about Amanda Bynes’
mental state, and neither do you.

— Oct. 10

How to disagree on Twitter
Despite what you may have heard, it’s possible
to have a calm discussion in 140 characters or less.

— Oct. 31

4 better ways to prevent rape
than blaming victims

Don Lemon wanted to know what Bill Cosby’s
alleged victims could have done to stop him.
Here’s some better questions.

— Nov. 20

How Rolling Stone failed rape survivors
Rolling Stone’s University of Virginia
fiasco is bad news for everyone.

— Dec. 8

As you can see, Ms. Mogilevsky is an expert on everything, and her career consists of offering unsolicited advice to the rest of us, because we are so hopelessly stupid we wouldn’t know how to tie our own shoelaces if we didn’t have her to lecture us about everything. Ms. Mogilevsky’s two usual modes of discourse are, “Let me tell you what to think” and “Let me tell you what you are permitted to say.”

Exactly when did Americans vote to elect Miriam Mogilevsky our National Arbiter of Correct Thought? Who else was on the ballot? Were there no actual adults nominated for this position or were only graduate students at Columbia University eligible? The selection process is mysterious, but clearly someone thought the world was in desperate need of Ms. Mogilevsky’s precocious and all-encompassing wisdom, because otherwise how to explain this?

4 ways feminism can
make you better in bed

Consent isn’t the only thing that’s sexy in bed.
— Sept. 30

Damn, y’all, we’ve been doing it wrong for thousands of years and we never would have known it, if Miriam Mogilevsky hadn’t told us.

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125 Responses to “Obviously, You Need More Feminist Lectures From Miriam Mogilevsky”

  1. ebola131
    December 31st, 2014 @ 12:31 am

    Box of rocks, anyone?

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  3. Adobe_Walls
    December 31st, 2014 @ 12:35 am

    At last a moment of clarity.

  4. Adobe_Walls
    December 31st, 2014 @ 12:38 am

    One might suspect he doesn’t understand what a strawman is or what day it is for that matter.

  5. tsotha
    December 31st, 2014 @ 12:42 am

    Yes, and the reason Sgt Hester is famous is she’s a unicorn.

  6. Adobe_Walls
    December 31st, 2014 @ 12:42 am

    Psychopaths is the correct diagnosis. They can only emphasis with their pain and suffering.

  7. Adobe_Walls
    December 31st, 2014 @ 12:47 am

    Equal Rights Feminists are the Moderate Muslims of the feminist world. They have no voice, no power within the movement and therefore no relevance.

  8. Adobe_Walls
    December 31st, 2014 @ 12:54 am

    I’m sure at least in my case that wasn’t an insurmountable obstacle.

  9. TravisJSays
    December 31st, 2014 @ 1:30 am

    So she write worthless common sense and more worthless special nonsense. To paraphrase that quip from a critic, what’s true in her writings isnt original and what’s original isn’t true.

  10. TravisJSays
    December 31st, 2014 @ 1:36 am

    “our country is still besieged by abstinence-only sex education, which promotes rape culture in a million ways”

    Wow. only off by one million. It takes an amazing amount of perverse backwards bad logic to go from ‘sex should be treated carefully and thoughtfully, so dont engage in it until ready’ to ‘let’s be so blithe about sex that rape is encouraged’. Takes a mental disorder to think that.

  11. TravisJSays
    December 31st, 2014 @ 1:39 am


  12. K-Bob
    December 31st, 2014 @ 1:46 am

    That’s a pretty good analogy.

  13. ThomasD
    December 31st, 2014 @ 7:54 am

    In other words, she is positioning herself for a full time NPR gig.

    Because they recognize the signals clear as a bell.

  14. SClanding
    December 31st, 2014 @ 11:16 am

    Progressivism is a mental disease and this stalker crazy dolt has all the symptoms.

  15. Nathan Ballein
    December 31st, 2014 @ 11:33 am

    Almost like it’s a “dog whistle”, to use one of their favorite terms…

  16. Glitchus
    December 31st, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

    My daughter graduated a couple years ago as a mechanical engineer, and now works for a small company researching patents. During college she utterly refused to take part in all of the “women’s” clubs and gender focused pandering, as she believed that she should be judged on her merit rather than gender. She would also wear the “girls and guns” shirt that caused so much trouble for the intolerant feminists awhile back.

  17. Paco_Wove
    December 31st, 2014 @ 12:57 pm

    Also, writes weird word-salad lines like

    ” Its his account using his outlook which he then flames.”

    which makes me wonder what this person’s native language is.

  18. Jefferson Paine
    December 31st, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

    Dana.. Your comment reads like damning with faint praise.

  19. Jefferson Paine
    December 31st, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

    Western civilization did not invent the concept that even a broken clock is “correct” twice a day.

  20. Jefferson Paine
    December 31st, 2014 @ 2:31 pm

    Phil – Great comment. Thank you for the perspective.

  21. Osopardo
    December 31st, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

    How old is Ms. Mogilevsky? She writes like she’s 16.

  22. TMLutas
    December 31st, 2014 @ 5:55 pm

    You’re absolutely right. Something I didn’t say isn’t true. But why are you telling me?

  23. tsotha
    December 31st, 2014 @ 11:47 pm

    I think you have the right incident, though that’s probably not how I would describe it.

  24. Nick25
    January 1st, 2015 @ 6:13 pm

    Reality here- you in some haphazard orbit around Pluto. You are a NUT!

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