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Feminist Tumblr Syndrome

Posted on | January 9, 2016 | 197 Comments

Kylo Ren is the name of the villain in the latest Star Wars movie. You may wonder, “What does that have to do with feminism?” Honestly, I don’t know, but Lis is a feminist Tumblr blogger:

I’m a 20 year old dfab white demigirl living in the United States with my parents. Currently, I’m in college and am looking for a job. I enjoy a lot of things and have a lot of friends, and talk a lot about video games and am very opinionated. I’m bisexual, and living in a very hostile environment for a person such as myself so I use tumblr as an outlet for various frustrations I feel because of that.

Got that? OK, so now you may be ready for this from Lis:

Kylo Ren, cishet white male, 30. I hope I offend you. Try and argue with me, your ignorant anger is the reason I get up in the morning. Triggered yet?

It is perhaps necessary, for readers not familiar with Third Wave feminist jargon, for me to explain that “dfab” means designated female at birth — biologically, she’s female — and “demigirl” is “a gender identity describing someone who partially, but not wholly, identifies as” female. Whenever I encounter bizarre jargon terms like this (which are very common in Feminist Tumblr) my first impulse is alway to wonder, “Has she consulted an endocrinologist?”

This is not merely sarcasm. Because I intend to include a chapter on Feminist Tumblr in the second edition of Sex Trouble, I’ve plowed through enough of these blog profiles that various patterns and clusters of symptoms have become apparent to me. “Feminist Tumblr Syndrome” typically involves a combination of mental illness and abnormal sexuality. There may be feminists who are both (a) sane and (b) heterosexual, but none of those women are running Tumblr blogs.

These women are a non-random set — there is a pattern, as I say — and in many cases, the Feminist Tumblr blogger will describe herself in ways that seem symptomatic of endocrine disorders. I find myself wondering, “Has your doctor checked your thyroid function? Do you have any problems with your metabolism? What about your hormone levels? Is there some kind of underlying gynecological problem? An undetected cyst somewhere? Could you maybe ask the doctor to run an MRI?”

It is difficult to believe that an entirely healthy 20-year-old would be spending all her time on Tumblr, describing herself as a bisexual “dfab white demigirl,” claiming she is the victim of a “hostile environment” and ranting about Star Wars characters.

Crazy is as crazy does, I guess, and the fact that I consider these weirdos on Feminist Tumblr to be a subject for journalistic research may not say much for my own mental health. Yet if “the personal is political,” as Carol Hanisch says, we cannot understand feminism without examining the demography of the movement’s rank-and-file, and in the 21st century, one way to do this is by examining the movement’s online presence in free-for-all venues like Tumblr. And let me point out something you may not have noticed: Lis’s denunciation of Kylo Ren (which got nearly 12,000 notes on Tumblr) labeled him a “cishet white male.”

OK, what is “cishet”? This jargon term combines the prefix cis– (which is the opposite of trans-) and “het” which is short for heterosexual, so that “cishet” just means a man who is sexually and biologically normal, and Feminist Tumblr demonizes “cishet white males” as the Worst Thing Any Human Could Possibly Be.

Young feminists evidently believe it is wrong to be male, wrong to be white, and wrong to be heterosexual. The rhetoric of the feminist movement, day in and day out, looks very much like hate propaganda against anyone who fits the category of “cishet white males,” and yet nobody ever seems to question this type of categorical hatred.

To understand this hatred, perhaps it might help to take a look at the feminist “humor” of The White Dad Magazine.

Once we understand feminism as organized irrationality — the political mobilization of mentally ill women — we can recognize their rhetoric as symptoms and their ideology as a disease.



197 Responses to “Feminist Tumblr Syndrome”

  1. Quartermaster
    January 11th, 2016 @ 7:07 pm

    I would suggest reading the full context of Christ’s teachings on the matter. If you have an open mind, you will see it has nothing to do with parity.

  2. NeoWayland
    January 11th, 2016 @ 7:47 pm


    It wasn’t meant to be read, it was meant to be lived.

  3. NeoWayland
    January 11th, 2016 @ 7:56 pm

    Obviously you haven’t thought through the implications.

    Truth is usually more subjective than objective. It’s situational. I can tell you the speed of light, except it’s really the speed of light in a vacuum. I can tell you the speed of sound, except it varies according to altitude. I can tell you how many days are in a year, except there’s a bit extra (and that bit extra is growing every second). I can tell you the length of England’s coastline, except that if I change the scale so will the length.

    Does this mean the truths I tell you are (gasp!) untrue? No. It just means that humans seldom have the whole truth, or even the majority of it.

  4. Quartermaster
    January 11th, 2016 @ 9:08 pm

    Oh please!!!! You’re like the guy losing a bar room fight who runs for the door and tips chairs and tables in front of the guy who who is after you. You really need to pick up the slack.

    You have not given enough thought to what you are arguing to even realize what you are saying. Your Physics knowledge is basically that of a 9th grader, and your analogy fails miserably.

    Your attempt on coastline length conflates cartography with geodesy. The map and the ground are two different things.

    You’re arguments are epic failures because not only have the facts eluded you, the manner in which you try to use even the little you have right is pathetically inaccurate.

  5. Quartermaster
    January 11th, 2016 @ 9:09 pm

    Silly rabbit, you have to know what to live before you try. That’s where you fail miserably.

  6. feeriker
    January 11th, 2016 @ 10:05 pm

    “Lis” and other tardettes like her just need to grow the fuck up, something that the cocoon that Mommy and Daddy have allowed her to exist in for her entire life has obviously prevented her from doing. Fortunately, the impending global economic implosion is going to soon propel her and her ilk into real-world survival mode. At that point her juvenile millennial rebellion will go right out the window and she’ll be latching onto the first man who would provide her with protection and sustanence (assuming any man that devoid of common sense and self-respect exists who can weather the impending meltdown).

  7. Kathy Prendergast
    January 12th, 2016 @ 3:11 am

    The women’s suffrage movement in Canada was very conservative; most of the women involved in it, like the movement leader Nellie McClung, were mostly prim and proper middle class or upper middle class Christian ladies who were strongly against alcohol, gambling, prostitution and other vices because they destroyed families. They had no alliances with Communists or Anarchists and probably any overtures from those quarters, if they happened, were soundly rejected. They were highly educated and outspoken and stood for no nonsense, and certainly earned their share of male political enemies because of this, but they always kept on the right side of the law and they succeeded in their goals because they were interested only in reforming society, not in transforming it.

  8. NeoWayland
    January 12th, 2016 @ 7:16 am

    And that is even just sillier.

    That’s not even in your book.

  9. NeoWayland
    January 12th, 2016 @ 7:24 am

    Actually, the length of England’s coastline is from a classic discussion on fractals.

    Notice that you can’t (or won’t) dispute what I said. You only try to argue that I don’t know what I am saying and how to say it.

    Your going after me, not the argument. Just like you have for every comment you made on this entire thread.

  10. NeoWayland
    January 12th, 2016 @ 9:27 am

    Thank you. I missed this one.

    I wasn’t paying attention to this part of the thread.

  11. feeriker
    January 13th, 2016 @ 10:09 am

    Uh huh. Lots of “Good Germans” also swore up and down that the systematic extermination of Jews and other “lesser beings” wasn’t real National Socialism either, even though Der Fuehrer made it clear in Mein Kampf that such was absolutely and essentially part and parcel of the ideology.

    Give it up, toots. This is ground alreadywell trodden upon and the horse carcass has been rendered into dog food. You’re just making yourself look silly.

  12. feeriker
    January 13th, 2016 @ 10:13 am

    I’m assuming that you’re unfamiliar with tbe concept. A pity, but not surprising.

  13. Kerry Anne Davenport Dalton
    January 13th, 2016 @ 10:18 am

    Excuse me? You do not know anything about me. For your information I cook like a 5 star chef. If you have nothing better to add than half assed insults then you’re making yourself look weak. Sorry.

  14. Kerry Anne Davenport Dalton
    January 13th, 2016 @ 10:19 am

    This discussion had nothing to do with Germany. This discussion is about the fact that retarded liberals destroy everything they touch including feminism.

  15. Quartermaster
    January 13th, 2016 @ 11:34 am

    You are the one obsessed. Your obsession is demonstrated by your attempts to show what you have on the ball. All you do is reframe the argument when you get called for your stupidity.

  16. Quartermaster
    January 13th, 2016 @ 11:35 am

    Once more, you demonstrate your ignorance. It is in the book.

    You really should stick to things you know.

  17. NeoWayland
    January 13th, 2016 @ 1:16 pm

    No, it isn’t in the book.

    Not unless you’ve taken to copy-pasting verses.

    You know, generations of translators have devoted their lives to making that Book simple to understand.

    Why are you complicating it?

    That’s what the Pharisees did.

  18. NeoWayland
    January 13th, 2016 @ 1:24 pm

    Take a closer look at this thread.

    Read all the comments I made to people who aren’t you.

    Notice how many people besides you call me on my “stupidity.” (Hint: it’s somewhat less than one)

    I don’t read you on other boards, maybe this is your standard practice.

    If you think I’m wrong, disagree and make your argument. Going after your opponent with name-calling or saying “you’re wrong because I said so” is strictly playground.

    Or progressive.

  19. Quartermaster
    January 13th, 2016 @ 9:06 pm

    Scripture is shot through with it. I have no need to add, and you need to put away you scissors.

    You obviously have no idea what the Pharisees did.

  20. Quartermaster
    January 13th, 2016 @ 9:14 pm

    No need to re-read the thread. Almost every regular here has called what you have posted stupid at one time or another. many have given up calling you on it simply because you argue like a 6 year old and reframe the argument when you are called on what you post.

    The one that is playing the game you accuse me of is you. There is no debating you because of the manner in which you argue. Go over the Vox Popoli and attempt to argue as you do. You’ll find yourself banned the first day. Vox Day won’t tolerate what you do, and rightly so. What you do might have the patina of intellectual pursuit, but it’s mostly about you and your weird paganism.

    Given that you post more than I do, I’d have to say you accusing me of obsession is the height of comedy.

    You don’t see me on other boards because I don’t go there. The type of boards I frequent have much tighter moderation standards than Wombat, and they won’t tolerate your nonsense. If you want to be an SJW, or argue like one, as you do, then there are plenty of places to go that love that sort of idiocy. There are also many that will ban a person like yourself because you add less than nothing.

  21. NeoWayland
    January 14th, 2016 @ 11:35 am

    Except you can’t show where I “got it wrong.”

    The Pharisees studied the law so deeply that they thought their interpretations and interpretations of interpretations were more important than what happened in front of them. They forgot that it takes more than expertise to make a master.

    Practical experience grounds and checks theology every time.

  22. NeoWayland
    January 14th, 2016 @ 11:45 am

    Neighbor, you’re still going after me and not what I post.

    You’re claiming to speak for people you do not speak for.

    That is playground behavior.

    You demand I put Christianity first and you take offense when I don’t do so. That’s your issue.

    I don’t think Christianity should be a universal moral and ethical basis because not everyone is Christian. That’s pretty simple. It has nothing to do with paganism OR Christianity and everything to do with liberty.

  23. NeoWayland
    January 14th, 2016 @ 11:47 am

    Yes, I do post more than you.

    But I don’t spend entire threads throwing insults your way.

  24. Quartermaster
    January 14th, 2016 @ 1:55 pm

    Once again, it’s nice to see you can read my mind and know my motivations. Frankly, much of what you post about the issues I raise with you is a lie. I don’t demand anything from you. i would like to see you stop with the mental masturbation and the pseudointellectualism. I would also like to see you actually learn how to argue. What you do now is nothing more than the trash I recall for elementary school. A good example is the fractal trash. Fractals have a place, but it was irrelevant to the argument, but is typical of the trash you like to pull in attempting to reframe, AKA, move the goalposts, and argument so that you can appear to be arguing, when you actually are not.

    I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. You can accept of reject Christianity. That is entirely your choice, and one that even God allows you, for now. You will see the material again when you stand before Him. It matters not if believe you will or not.

    You would be well advised to quit telling me what I think. You have no idea what I’m thinking, nor do you know my motives. I deal with what you post, no matter how you may wish to lie that I do not.

  25. Quartermaster
    January 14th, 2016 @ 2:01 pm

    Perhaps in your fevered imagination do I take up “entire threads” throwing insults your way. Two other options would be you are using hyperbole, or your simply a liar. None of the choices reflect well on you.

    Also most you post can only be considered as bilge. The post above is typical. Act and post like an adult and you won’t see posts like mine. Don’t make stupid posts like you did in response to concern00, and you won’t see posts like mine. Don’t make goofy analogies like the length of England’s coastline, and you won’t see posts like mine (one of my professions is Surveying and Mapping. The other is Civil Engineering. The analogy was worse than idiotic.).

    It all boils down to thinking and posting like an adult. There’s nothing wrong with being humorous. We all do that, but you seem to like to dwell on the stupid.

  26. NeoWayland
    January 14th, 2016 @ 2:34 pm

    Your actions reveal your motivations.

    You post about me and my methods again and again. That’s obsession.

    You don’t seem to want to discuss anything else.

  27. NeoWayland
    January 14th, 2016 @ 2:47 pm

    Boy that bit about fractals really got to you, didn’t it?

    It was an analogy that fit because you went on and one about how truth could only be one thing.

    Look. You don’t come out well in these encounters because it moves beyond debate for you. It’s not enough that you state your point, you try to eradicate your opposition.

    So I don’t post using methods you approve. So I look at things differently than the ways you choose. Is it really about your One Way ruling all?

    Do I deserve your anger? Or would it be better aimed at those progressives who infuriate you?

  28. NeoWayland
    January 14th, 2016 @ 3:39 pm
  29. Quartermaster
    January 14th, 2016 @ 6:58 pm

    My posts only partially reveal motivations, and much of that has to be inferred. I post about you and your methods because they beg for discussion, and you do all you can to evade that discussion.

  30. Quartermaster
    January 14th, 2016 @ 7:08 pm

    You jump to unjustified conclusions in practically every post where someone calls you on your stupidity. Fractals don’t “get to me.” I’ve had enough math to choke a horse and took Quantum Mechanics for funsies while in Engineering School. Fractals don’t bother me, it was simply utterly irrelevant to the discussion, and caused the breakdown of your analogy.

    “…You don’t come out well in these encounters….”

    That there is just funny!!! IN your conceit perhaps I don’t, but I’m so little worried about it that I simply don’t care. You remind me of so many I’ve encountered. You spew a few disconnected “facts” and expect people to look upon you as some sort of guru. Add in the fact you’ve lied about what people have posted and their motives, the one that needs to worry about how they come out in these encounters is you. I’ve seen no one try to force Christianity down anyone’s throat in this blog, either on the part of proprietor, or his side kick, but anytime anyone mentions it, you do your best to jump down their throat, all the while expecting everyone to respect what you have to say. based on the posts I’ve seen in answer to yours since you’ve tracked in mud, few are willing to grant you that simply because you are unwilling to grant it to others.

    To make it clear enough so that even one who is as slow on the uptake as you are – you refuse to play nice.

    As for speaking for others, I don’t claim to. Go back to what I said and you will see how I couched my statements on the matter. Either you have a very short memory, or you are simply being disingenuous. Bluntly, from what I’ve seen, it’s latter, not the former. It simply fits your style.

    For someone supposedly looking for allies, you have a very strange way of going about it.

  31. Quartermaster
    January 14th, 2016 @ 7:12 pm

    I really couldn’t care less what you post on other sites. I simply hate seeing a person come into places I like and respect and doing little more than track mud into the living room.

    You could do differently (i.e. better), but you simply refuse to play nice and respect those who also post here. You made the choice not to do so. Such actions only attract contempt.

  32. NeoWayland
    January 14th, 2016 @ 8:46 pm

    As I said, that’s your obsession.

  33. NeoWayland
    January 14th, 2016 @ 8:51 pm

    But fractals aren’t irrelevant to the discussion, fractals illustrate how long accepted truths may change according to the viewpoint.

    If you had bothered to pay attention, you’d notice that the only time I “jumped down” anyone’s throat when they mentioned Christianity was when they tried to use Christianity as a universal value system.

  34. NeoWayland
    January 14th, 2016 @ 9:03 pm

    That’s it, neighbor, I do play nice in comments.

    I start with respect every single time.

    And then I do tit for tat, only more politely.

    I try very hard to criticize ideas. I sometimes criticize methods. I only occasionally criticize people. Even then, I may call them silly or misguided, but I never call them stupid or ignorant or compare them to a child. That personal criticism just diverts attention, as you well know.

  35. NeoWayland
    January 14th, 2016 @ 9:14 pm

    “Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist.”
    — Frederick Douglass

  36. Quartermaster
    January 14th, 2016 @ 9:31 pm

    I’m going to be frank: we are not neighbors, nor will we ever be.

    And no, you do not play nice. There are many ways that can be taken, and you, as usual, take it completely wrong.

    I do not abide fools easily. If you don’t like it straight, to bad.

  37. Quartermaster
    January 14th, 2016 @ 9:35 pm

    Sorry, by your own estimate they were irrelevant since you did not introduce it before you made your analogy. As I pointed out, I am A Professional Surveyor and the difference between the ground and map is called scale. That has nothing to do with fractals and everything to do with the Cartographer’s art. There may have been silly discussions among people that have no idea what they are talking about, but I have as yet to see anything like what you’ve tried to push in any Journal or text book on Surveying, Geodesy, or Cartography. This is not a matter of viewpoint either, but ground truth. The only problem with discussing this with you is you have no basis on which to discuss it as you are a relativist, as you have already demonstrated.

  38. Quartermaster
    January 14th, 2016 @ 9:36 pm

    That’s your conceit.

  39. Quartermaster
    January 14th, 2016 @ 9:38 pm

    Since your post directed at concern00 was what kicked this off, I would suggest you take it to heart and accord others the same respect you demand for yourself. That post was not at all respectful, and it was utterly stupid.

  40. Quartermaster
    January 14th, 2016 @ 10:00 pm

    Practical experience has nothing to do with theology. Experience is to tested by scripture not the other way around.

    Christ had a much different way of putting things about the actions of the Pharisees:

    2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. 4 For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. 6 They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, 7 greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ Mathew 23:2-7.

    The real problem was not what they said to observe, but their hypocrisy and the fact they added to the requirements of God. What they did was called “fencing.” They placed tighter restrictions around the law in an attempt to keep from violating the law. It was their opinion that the law was the road to salvation. Christ disagreed, and Paul said why it was not in Romans.

    So what is this can’t stuff kimosabe?

  41. NeoWayland
    January 15th, 2016 @ 3:32 pm

    Practical experience has nothing to do with theology.

    You said it, not me. There’s only one small problem, that’s in the manifestation. If a theology has any worth, it’s going to touch all aspects of human existence.

    Now go read what I said about the Pharisees again, particularly about the interpretations of interpretations.

    You still haven’t answered my question. Generations of scholars have tried to make that Book of yours more accessible, and you keep trying to complicate it.

  42. NeoWayland
    January 15th, 2016 @ 3:36 pm

    And you still try.

    Sometimes I wonder if I said my garden grows, you’d pop in and say “No, it doesn’t.”

  43. NeoWayland
    January 15th, 2016 @ 3:46 pm

    You were talking earlier about how the word is not the thing and I was wondering if you were going to make the leap. Guess you didn’t.

    Symbols are always approximations.

    We try to put human referents on the universe and we fall short.

    Most of the measurements and numbers “good enough,” not “perfect.” Sometimes we spend a long time getting the numbers “good enough” so that they work when we need them.

  44. NeoWayland
    January 15th, 2016 @ 3:51 pm

    I’d prefer that you’d be Earnest instead.

    I know, bad joke. But I couldn’t resist.

    I play nice if someone played nice with me first. Tit for tat. Which explains my side of these extended encounters.

  45. NeoWayland
    January 15th, 2016 @ 4:01 pm

    If someone had come along had tried to turn the discussion into a proclamation of Mithraism universality, would you have accepted it without comment?

    Demanding that someone remain quiet in when their faith is dismissed for another isn’t exactly respectful.

    And before you say anything, I didn’t demand that concern00 give up his faith for mine. I just pointed out that the thread was going pretty well without involving religion or matters of faith.

  46. Quartermaster
    January 15th, 2016 @ 7:02 pm

    I answered your question and corrected you to boot. That you don’t like the answer is your problem, not mine.

    As to the “generations of scholars” you would have to deal directly with those people are. Theologians (i.e. scholars) have generally gunked things up. Pharisees were such people, even if you don’t recognize it.

    Christianity is simple enough that a child can come to Christ, yet rich enough to engage the minds of scholars. Understanding scripture can be difficult without a systematic means of approaching scripture, which is why Inductive bible study is taught at Bible Colleges and Seminaries. I’ve taught it at churches I’ve attended.

    9 “Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts? 10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.” Isaiah 28:9,10

    Scripture follows communications theory. To minimize interference with the message, the message is spread across the bandwidth. Consequently, you can destroy substantial portions of scripture, and the message can still be perceived from what is left. At the same time, that makes it incumbent upon the believer to make the effort to obtain the entire counsel of God because scripture guides life, not the other way around. Inductive Bible study is means by which scripture is systematically approached and honors the book as well as the ultimate author.

    For you, this also describes you problem in a nutshell. To wit:

    11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:11-14

    You may recall that I have repeatedly said it would be better if you stuck to what you know. The passage from 1 Corinthians says you can’t know what scripture says because you are a self identified pagan. Scripture is beyond you as you do not have the spiritual wherewithal to be able to understand it. That is why you don’t get the answer you like, and why the answer you want is not the answer you will get. Understanding what Christ was saying to those listening is pretty basic, but you didn’t understand it. Even when it is explained to you.

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