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Feminist Rhetorical Method

Posted on | January 14, 2015 | 48 Comments

Today, I spent several hours offline working on the “Sex Trouble” project and, when intermittently checking Twitter, encountered the sort of feminist who thinks that being a feminist makes her automatically smarter than anyone who disagrees with feminism. This self-congratulatory pose of feminist superiority gets annoying, especially considering I’ve spent all day plowing through the notes of Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble, cross-referencing her sources, etc.

Here I am, up to my neck in feminist theory, books by Women’s Studies professors piled high on my desk, and somebody with zero credentials — other than 521 followers on a Twitter account with “progressive thinker” in her profile — decides that I’m in need of a lecture. Some people might say I “lost it,” but I’d rather think of myself as having been pushed across the threshold into the No More Bullshit Zone.

Anyway, that’s what happens when I get pushed across the threshold by idiots who mistakenly think they know more about feminism than I do. Feminists seem to believe they have a license authorizing them to peddle their bullshit everywhere, and they believe the rest of us are under some kind of contractual obligation to shut up and listen to their bullshit, because that’s how it was for them in college, see? Even if anyone on the faculty of any university anywhere dared speak a mild word of doubt about feminist ideology, no student will do so, because they would become the target of a feminist hate-mob.

Welcome to the real world. There may be people willing to listen politely to your totalitarian speeches, but I’m not one of them.




48 Responses to “Feminist Rhetorical Method”

  1. Nan
    January 14th, 2015 @ 8:57 pm

    For feminists, you have the wrong equipment for credibility, no matter how knowledgable you are or how many copies of your book sell.

    eta: H8r.

    So no, not rational people.

  2. Adobe_Walls
    January 14th, 2015 @ 9:00 pm

    So who pushes who out of the running, Romney vs Bush?

  3. robertstacymccain
    January 14th, 2015 @ 9:01 pm

    What happened to Larry Summers at Harvard proved that nothing — no amount of career achievement, nor even years of loyal service to the liberal cause — can protect anyone in academia who contradicts feminist theory.

  4. Nan
    January 14th, 2015 @ 9:03 pm

    Does that mean you won’t apply for the position of tenure-track professor of batshit craziness?

  5. Adobe_Walls
    January 14th, 2015 @ 9:04 pm

    On the other hand they’re both of the left. They can push each other out of windows for all I care.

  6. RS
    January 14th, 2015 @ 9:17 pm

    It’s difficult to tell to what Ms. Munoz is reacting. Is it Ali’s tweet? The title to your most recent Dunham post? The substance of the post itself? Who knows. What we do see, however, is a shift in her argument later when she implicitly accuses you of subverting the fight against, inter alia “human trafficking.” Where does that come from? Are Feminists the only ones who are concerned with that issue? Where are the “Pro-Trafficking” factions in polite society?

    What you see is rather common among young people who’ve recently left academe and have freshly minted “know everything” certificates. They exist in every walk of life. The truly smart ones, learn to observe and listen and see what the real world is like. The dumb ones believe there is nothing left to learn and fail to see that their academic training has left them bereft of the skills necessary to analyse the data in front of their faces.

  7. robertstacymccain
    January 14th, 2015 @ 9:26 pm

    “… she implicitly accuses you of subverting the fight against, inter alia “human trafficking.” Where does that come from? … Where are the ‘Pro-Trafficking’ factions in polite society?”

    Exactly. The rest of us are stooges of Pimp, Inc.

    It’s like environmentalists who think the rest of us are part of an anti-ecology movement. Calling yourself an “environmentalist” or a “feminist” doesn’t actually require you to do anything to fix any real problem. Just talk, talk, talk — and, oh, by the way VOTE DEMOCRAT! — and you’re Albert Fucking Schweitzer.

  8. Bob Belvedere
    January 14th, 2015 @ 9:45 pm

    Hey! They’re good at coming up with cool and ‘meaningful’ hashtags!

  9. Grandson Of TheGrumpus
    January 14th, 2015 @ 10:01 pm

    error posting, sorry!

  10. Adobe_Walls
    January 14th, 2015 @ 10:07 pm

    I consider myself a member of an anti-ecology movement and proudly so. At some level each and every movement within the left are merely anti-capitalists. All of their pretensions to whatever are merely affectations.

  11. RS
    January 14th, 2015 @ 10:12 pm

    All you need to know about the relationship between capitalism and the environment could be learned by traveling from the west to east behind the Iron Curtain. I recall crossing the border from W. Germany to Czechoslovakia in 1985 and being appalled that all the homes were heated by brown, high sulfur coal. The entire place was shrouded in a brown-yellow haze that smelled of farts and rotten eggs. China today is just as bad.

  12. RobinDTaxpayer
    January 14th, 2015 @ 10:38 pm

    There is not a good sammich maker in the bunch.

  13. David, internet troll
    January 14th, 2015 @ 10:48 pm

    I really, really need to make up some t-shirts that say, “I support freedom of speech, but I wish YOU would STFU!”

  14. Fail Burton
    January 14th, 2015 @ 11:07 pm

    The padded cell known as the WisCon feminist science fiction convention has a segregated “safer-space” room for non-whites only. There is also an off-campus unofficial dinner for non-whites, which they always call “PoC,” people of color.

    Unsurprisingly, it was started by an Asian and black woman, two nobody “anti-racists” whose sole claim to fame is their anti-white comments in the SF community. One of them lost an argument about colonialism on Twitter to a white woman and ended with a Tweet, “cracka ass cracka.” I linked to it so much it came up on search results for her name.

    When people went after them for Tweets like “come join us for some non-white company,” one of them explained it was comments critical of their segregated room that were the reason for the “safer-space” in the first place.

    Another funny part to this story was that in 2013 the convention took place the same week as high-school proms and one of these daffy women was upset about a segregated prom. There is no stupider or more useless person on earth than a member of the new, cool KKK known as third wave intersectional gender feminism.

  15. robertstacymccain
    January 14th, 2015 @ 11:14 pm

    … lost an argument about colonialism on Twitter to a white woman and ended with a Tweet, “cracka ass cracka.”

    LOL. Literally. I’m in tears laughing at that.

  16. Fail Burton
    January 14th, 2015 @ 11:25 pm

    Wow, when you’re into Lauren Chief Elk and Mikki Kendall you’re into some heavy duty anti-white feminism. Google The Hounding of Adele Wilde-Blavatsky at Jacobin for more of that in-fighting around the blog Feminist Wire.

    Another example of Lewis’s Law was SF writer John Scalzi’s piece on white privilege. He said the negative reactions were proof of white privilege.

    Some have called this “Scalzi’s Squirrel Theory.” You throw rocks at squirrels, squirrels get angry, the fact squirrels are angry is confirmed.

  17. RS
    January 14th, 2015 @ 11:26 pm

    I guess we’ll be seeing separate lunch counters, rest rooms and drinking fountains, too, because they’re “safe spaces.”

    I’m reminded of Halle Berry who, when talking about her mixed race children said she believed in the “one drop rule,” i.e. one drop of “black blood” makes a person black. About a zillion people pointed out that the reason for that rule was to discriminate against African-Americans and that the original Civil Rights leaders fought such things.

    So it goes.

  18. Fail Burton
    January 14th, 2015 @ 11:59 pm

    She added the last one a year later. SFF’s “anti-racists.” They are the lard sandwiches of society.

  19. Adobe_Walls
    January 15th, 2015 @ 12:18 am

    That one drop rule now guarantees discrimination in their favor, can’t let that benefit slip away. A hundred years from now (if we last that long) Blacks and Hispanics will still be demanding affirmative action.

  20. Wombat_socho
    January 15th, 2015 @ 12:20 am

    This would be funny, if only it were funny. See Tanya Cohen’s latest gibberish. This is actually how they think, if that’s the right word for what goes on between their ears.

  21. Wombat_socho
    January 15th, 2015 @ 12:22 am

    I can’t remember whether it was on Larry Correia’s blog or Mike Williamson’s Facebook page, but one commenter hit the nail on the head: “There’s already a safe space at every convention when you get stressed out and need to retreat for a while. It’s called YOUR ROOM.”

  22. Wombat_socho
    January 15th, 2015 @ 12:23 am

    Hey, at least lard sandwiches are useful. You can’t say that about this Bradford person.

  23. Wombat_socho
    January 15th, 2015 @ 12:24 am

    Not this Hispanic, or any of my kids, either. Piss on that noise.

  24. Adobe_Walls
    January 15th, 2015 @ 12:34 am

    One has to wonder how these people survive in the real everyday world, that is of course if they actually do need these ”safe spaces”.

  25. Fail Burton
    January 15th, 2015 @ 1:11 am

    Unlike the Atlantic slave trade which was devoted to the creation of capital via plantations, much of the Islamic slave trade was devoted to the concubinage of women and children. Women outnumbered men 2 to 1 in the Islamic trade, the opposite in the Atlantic trade.

    This trade has never truly gone away. S. Arabia only abolished slavery in 1962 and one can well imagine what’s going on there with foreign workers today all over the Gulf. And what outside agency could possibly research this or intercede? The trade was secret enough that even when slaves were openly sold in squares in N. Africa in the mid-19th century, the choicest women and children were sold behind closed doors to the more select clients.

    There was a then very famous trial in Cairo in 1894 that involved 6 Sudanese women brought there as slaves in the now underground market and sold into the household of Cairene aristocracy, including one very high-ranking Turkic official involved with the British initiative to end slavery, which Egypt and Britain has jointly agreed to in 1877.

    Where there’s a will there’s a way and if there’s a market someone will provide. There is a fair share of this going on in the U.K. and America and virtually the entirety of it is attached to immigrants feminists so lovingly dote on. The same feminists that might themselves be in Ottoman slave pens were it not for the sole group to ever unilaterally end slavery in the world: the Christian, Western, straight, white, male. The good part is the non-racist people of color highly prized white women and they fetched the highest prices and presumably the best though persistent “treatment.” So there is good news for feminists when Europe collapses and they’re shipped out of the Marseille Sultanate.

  26. TiminAL
    January 15th, 2015 @ 1:15 am

    Poetry McCain – pure, unadulterated poetry. Wel done!

  27. Jim R
    January 15th, 2015 @ 1:55 am

    Yes, I couldn’t figure it out, either. If you’re against feminism, you… support human trafficking???

    The irony is that many people who don’t support “feminism” are also very hard-core law and order types who (for example) support tough sentences including the death penalty for monsters who prey upon women and children. Yet, the death penalty is anathema to many “feminists”. Go figure.

  28. Jim R
    January 15th, 2015 @ 2:01 am

    Oh, how I DETEST this “safe space” bullsh!t!!! It’s nothing more than a pseudo-intellectual way of saying, “You hurt my widdle feewings! LAH-LAH-LAH I’m not listening to you!”

    Losers: so insecure in their beliefs that they DELIBERATELY make an echo chamber for themselves, then turn right ’round and pat themselves on the back for being “strong” and “brave” and “speaking truth to power”.


  29. Daniel Freeman
    January 15th, 2015 @ 3:29 am

    I think Bush pushes Romney out on the “once burned, twice shy” principle of not throwing good money after bad, and POTUS takes a billion or so dollars now.

  30. Daniel Freeman
    January 15th, 2015 @ 3:51 am

    Sinister co-defenestration happens (metaphorically) all the time. The more devout they are, the higher the standard of ideological purity they hold each other to.

  31. Adjoran
    January 15th, 2015 @ 4:20 am

    Because they can both raise money, and the overlap between their donor networks is not great, they can both stay in as long as they can justify it by their results – or as long as no one else is running away with it.

  32. Adjoran
    January 15th, 2015 @ 4:24 am

    And we should also note that “speaking out” against human trafficking, holding conferences about it on campus, and even marching in the streets of Western cities to protest it, do absolutely NOTHING to stop or even slow it down.

  33. No One
    January 15th, 2015 @ 6:06 am

    Where are all the feminists fighting Islam?

  34. texlovera
    January 15th, 2015 @ 9:27 am

    Sometimes, someone (say a feminazi) utters something so stupid, that a direct application of massive thought-force to their teeny widdle bwain is appropriate. Similar to hammering on something stuck to get the damned thing loose.

    This was one of those times.

    Nice job, Satcy.

  35. Michael
    January 15th, 2015 @ 9:28 am

    Well, FEMEN girls are bound to show their t*ts to some western figure soon. Sometimes even in front of a mosque (in a Western country where they know they will be protected from reprisals by the police).

    Does that count?

  36. Fail Burton
    January 15th, 2015 @ 9:39 am

    The loud-mouthed anti-Semitic Egyptian feminist named Mona Eltahawy had both her forearms broken in Cairo’s Tahrir Square by the police. She moved to New York because whites and Islamophobia.

  37. RS
    January 15th, 2015 @ 9:42 am

    Marginally related: A little known but very interesting part of U.S. Navy history concerns the cooperation of it with the Royal Navy in the first half of the 19th Century to end the slave trade. This was, of course, after our countries had fought two wars against each other. Nonetheless, they pretty much ended the slave trade in the Atlantic between Africa and the Western Hemisphere even though slavery still existed in the United States. The importation of slaves ended before the War of 1812, however, IIRC.

  38. RS
    January 15th, 2015 @ 9:44 am

    Hirsi Ali? Of course, the Intersectionalists don’t acknowledge her.

  39. Daniel O'Brien
    January 15th, 2015 @ 12:58 pm

    Art of False Dichotomy. The Left is famous for it. That and strawmen. Oblama is an expert at burning strawmen as “some say”.

  40. Matt_SE
    January 15th, 2015 @ 1:01 pm

    I wonder if people who graduate with a degree in feminist studies have the common sense to not list that on their resumes. It would be interesting to see where such people apply for jobs.

  41. Matt_SE
    January 15th, 2015 @ 1:03 pm

    Those FEMEN loons bother me: using their sexuality as a shield. I want to see them chained to a post and publicly lashed.

  42. Matt_SE
    January 15th, 2015 @ 1:07 pm

    It’s not a legitimate “safe space” unless it is pubic enough to preen from.

  43. Matt_SE
    January 15th, 2015 @ 1:09 pm

    I would like everyone to claim victimhood, along with screaming recriminations at their oppressors. We’ll all be screaming at each other.

  44. M. Thompson
    January 15th, 2015 @ 3:21 pm

    Not likely.

  45. Fail Burton
    January 15th, 2015 @ 3:24 pm

    My memory tells me that ban and then interdiction started in 1808 although smuggling still brought in large amounts of slaves. In 1838 Britain ended slavery in all its overseas possessions. That success began the initiative the following year to end slavery in N. Africa and the more interior Ottoman Empire, although Britain had no direct control of those territories and used only cajoling and influence.

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    January 16th, 2015 @ 6:56 pm

    +1 = the Marseille Sultanate 🙂

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