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Feminist Tumblr: ‘Broken People’ and the Tragedy of the Darwinian Dead End

Posted on | March 19, 2016 | 99 Comments

Sometimes I’ll write about a feminist and a commenter will remark what happy news it is that this hateful creature will not reproduce. Alas, as a parent and a Christian, I feel tremendous sadness at such outcomes, for I know that every time some foolish young woman climbs aboard the express train to Crazy Cat Lady Land, she deprives her parents of the hope of grandchildren, and subtracts herself from the genetic future.

“I don’t particularly like babies. They are loud and smelly and, above all other things, demanding . . . time-sucking monsters with their constant neediness. . . . Nothing will make me want a baby. . . . This is why, if my birth control fails, I am totally having an abortion.”
Amanda Marcotte, March 2014

What a profound irony that these atheistic women, believing Darwinism has proven that God does not exist — which the fool hath said in his heart — have consigned themselves to extinction in the name of Science.

They are free to curse God and die, and let us pray that their hateful doctrines perish with them. Yet this is tragic, and also unnecessary, if only parents were wise enough to study how this evil idea has flourished in our time, and thoughtfully guarded against this latter-day gnosticism. (When theologian Peter Jones wrote, “Gnosticism and feminism are a match made in heaven,” he was only half-right — this “match” was made in Hell.)

Bad ideas have a persistent appeal to the minds of fools, and so we must never be surprised to see old heresies strutting around in new clothes. Young adherents of obsolete errors call themselves “progressive” while insisting that those who stubbornly cling to eternal truth are behind the times. We watch them parade past us, chanting their slogans (“Social Justice!” “He for She!” “Black Lives Matter!”), a Grand Army of Fools marching in lockstep along a road Paved With Good Intentions, the proverbial destination of which they seem not to suspect. They call us ignorant for refusing to join them, but in fact we have far more knowledge than do the fools in the “progressive” parade.

“One sometimes gets the impression that the
mere words ‘Socialism’ and ‘Communism’ draw towards
them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist,
sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, ‘Nature Cure’ quack,
pacifist, and feminist in England.”

George Orwell wrote that in 1937, but within 30 years, the same predictable phenomenon was apparent in the “hippie” movement, and now we see it all over again with “social justice” — cranks, crackpots and assorted kooks of every kind, too ignorant of history to realize that their basic type was a ridiculous cliché long before they were ever born.

Ordinary life is too ordinary for the bohemian dreamer with intellectual aspirations who longs to be part of History with a capital “H.” They are suckers for whatever seems avant-garde among the more sophisticated of their peers. Back when I was in high school, it was Carlos Castaneda (whom I never read) or Rick Wakeman (whom no one listens to now), and Earth Shoes and hip-hugger bell-bottom jeans, etc. Far out, man.

All that funky Keep On Truckin’ vibe circa 1975 is as passé as 8-track tapes and as dead as Gerald Ford, but it was cool then. What’s cool with sophisticated youth now is Third Wave feminist theory — the social construction of the gender binary within the heterosexual matrix:

To translate this to plain English, if you are a normal (feminine) woman who feels normal (heterosexual) attraction toward normal (masculine) men, this means that you have been brainwashed by society into accepting your own oppression under the system of male supremacy. Feminists believe that heterosexuality isimposed on women by the patriarchy — women are “coerced into heterosexuality,” as Professor Marilyn Frye explained — and feminine behavior is simply the performance of inferiority. Gender “glamorizes the subordinate status of females” and creates an artificial appearance of male-female difference in order “to clearly mark the subordinate class [i.e., females] from the privileged class [i.e., males].”
Thus, there are no natural differences between male and female, according to feminist theory, only the oppressive hierarchy of “gender” by which society enforces male supremacy.

Whereas once “queer” was an insult hurled by rednecks looking for a fight, now we have Mimi Marinucci proclaiming Feminism Is Queer, and who am I to disagree? She’s a professor of Women’s and Gender Studies with a Ph.D. from Temple University, and I’m just a guy with a blog.

Gender-neutral and gender-inclusive language . . . is inadvertently but inevitably exclusionary. What interferes with neutrality is the priority implicitly granted to heterosexual men. . . . Whether the division is between male and female, feminine and masculine, women and men, lesbian women and gay men, or whatever, is largely irrelevant. It is irrelevant because the binary system of gender, sex, and sexuality is not just an unrelated sex of categories, some involving biological sex and others involving learned behaviours and social or sexual roles. Rather, it is a holistic framework that regards gender, sex, and sexuality as expressions of a basic division of the human world into two distinct natural kinds.

Does that excerpt from Profesor Marinucci’s book (p. 75, a random selection) confuse you? Yeah, we could parse it out, read it carefully two or three times and derive some sense of her meaning, but why? Exactly what do we need to know that Professor Marinucci has to tell us? Not much. Insofar as we are normal human beings interested in sex as a matter of biology — we are mammals, OK? — it is not nearly as complicated as Professor Marinucci would have her readers believe. Heck, I figured all this out by the time I was in eighth grade and never once dreamed of using the phrase “holistic framework” to describe it. What did I dream of in eighth grade? Well, she played oboe in the band and I played trombone, but that’s not really relevant, is it?

No, what I want to write about is Feminist Tumblr, that swirling vortex of estrogen-induced Internet madness where Friday I found this:

Okay but… I’m surrounded by f–kboys?? Like ALL the time. Even the moderately decent ones are 100% f–kboys. WHY?? WHY?
I got the skeeziest once over from one of the new f–kboys and then one of the other ones that I’ve been having issues with BECAUSE HE SUCKS AT HIS F–KING JOB BUT THINKS HE’S HOT SH*T SO REFUSES TO DO BETTER decided to try flirting with me and then say “Well, you know, I only date people I work with” and I rolled my eyes so f–king hard holy shit and actually said “Yeah, well, I literally have no interest in dating anyone so” to which THE ENTIRE TEAM OF F–KBOYS RESPONDED THAT THEY DOUBT THAT because obviously their personalities and their d–ks are so f–king magical that I MUST want them, righT????????? so then I just “Sweetheart, trust me, if it was a lie I wouldn’t be wearing a shirt that literally says it” (wearing my “Asexual pirate isn’t interested in your booty” shirt today) AND THEY STILL WEREN’T STOPPING AND OMG THEY’RE SO SELF IMPORTANT LIKE WHY???
Mostly it just wasn’t that bad because they’re all children to me, regardless of age and how mature they think they are. So lots of eye rolls. A few of them aren’t 100% awful (1 is actually kinda chill) but yeah, no. Still f–kboys.

Wow. What a fun person to work with. This charming discourse intrigued me, so I was eager to learn more about Ms. Angry Asexual:

Panromantic asexual//demi-romantic asexual (because I rarely experience romantic attraction but when I do gender’s not a factor).
I’m 22, and I didn’t know that I was asexual until I was almost 21 years old . . .
Until then, I dated and generally did a LOT of things I didn’t really care for/want to do because I was expected to do them and whenever I expressed that I didn’t care for them people told me I was broken and there was something wrong with me . . .

(What? They said “there was something wrong with” you? Why would anyone think there was something wrong with a demi-romantic asexual? Gosh, ma’am, this is completely mystifying to me.)

Pretty much when I figured out and accepted I was ace I figured I was most likely panromantic because if sex doesn’t apply, why should gender? And I was proven right which was mostly cool because the butterflies and excitement of actually liking someone romantically is super interesting and cool to me. I’m still basically refusing to actually attempt to date anyone or even think about it because I don’t trust allosexual people not to try to manipulate me or resent me (BECAUSE IT HAPPENS EVERY F–KING TIME BECAUSE OUR CULTURE MAKES US THINK THAT IF YOU DON’T F–K SOMEONE YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT THEM WHICH IS SUCH BULLSH*T, OKAY??!!?! ALSO THAT PEOPLE ARE OWED SEX WHICH IS LIKE, WOW, NO F–K OFF) so even if I end up liking someone irl (which hasn’t happened yet but that’s probably a good thing) it probably will not be a good idea for me. Hooray. Anyway, I’m cool with it, I’m a very goal-oriented person and I have a super awesome best friend and really cool friends through here and FRIENDSHIP IS F–KING AWESOME. So. Uh. Yeah.

You can read lots more about her asexuality at her blog, just in case you haven’t been getting enough existential despair lately.

Cruel sarcasm may not be the most enlightened way to react to this, but what else can we do? Life was a lot more fun back in 1975 even if all we had was 8-track tapes and Earth Shoes. Were there angry asexuals in 1975? Probably, but there was no Tumblr to tell them they were “asexual” or “panromantic” and the rest of us just avoided weirdos like that.

I always think of Glenn Reynolds’s phrase “Broken People” — he was talking about Kate Millett — when I encounter this kind of RAVING IN ALL CAPS WITH LOTS OF FOUR-LETTER WORDS feminist rage.

You don’t need an advanced theory or a Ph.D. from Temple University to explain everything that’s wrong in the world. Some people are just weirdos, and maybe a visit to an endocrinologist — a thyroid problem? some sort of vitamin deficiency? — could help them, or maybe not.

There are plenty of passengers on the express train to Crazy Cat Lady Land nowadays, and nobody in the scientific community seems interested in researching this phenomenon. Why? Because feminists blame it all on the heteronormative patriarchy, and if you doubt their explanation, they’ll start SHOUTING IN CAPITAL LETTERS ABOUT WHAT AN OPPRESSIVE MISOGYNIST F–KBOY YOU ARE.

Feminism is mental illness disguised as a political movement.



99 Responses to “Feminist Tumblr: ‘Broken People’ and the Tragedy of the Darwinian Dead End”

  1. M. Thompson
    March 19th, 2016 @ 11:35 pm

    Dread Cthuluhu accepts your supplication. As does Father Dagon.

  2. DeadMessenger
    March 19th, 2016 @ 11:35 pm

    Yes. I was, of course, using his nickname, rather than his birth name.

  3. DeadMessenger
    March 19th, 2016 @ 11:37 pm

    Indeed. Good point.

  4. DeadMessenger
    March 19th, 2016 @ 11:42 pm

    Agreed. At some point, when it’s too late, this truth will occur to her, at which point she will be forced to commiserate with Poofy and Ms. Boo-Boo, her calicos, because there will be no one else.

    But I hope she comes to her senses sooner rather than later. Some do.

  5. Fail Burton
    March 19th, 2016 @ 11:44 pm

    I’m not sure what’s not stoic about running headlong into a tree because a ladybug is on your arm.

  6. DeadMessenger
    March 19th, 2016 @ 11:47 pm

    adj. 1. Person who makes up words to describe and justify her own inadequacies.

  7. Daniel Freeman
    March 20th, 2016 @ 3:33 am

    Tempting, but no.

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  9. ? infadelicious ?
    March 20th, 2016 @ 6:03 am

    Well at least bush had a sense of humor , not so with feminists

  10. Dana
    March 20th, 2016 @ 6:49 am

    Regrettably, the cats will probably be of little help. While our cat Xion is responsible for lighting the wood stove and tending the fire, he’s pretty slack about doing his duties, and I have to take care of those tasks for him.

    Most nursing homes don’t allow cats in, and Miss Marcotte, when she’s 80, is unlikely to have any other visitors.

  11. Dana
    March 20th, 2016 @ 6:53 am

    I s’pose claiming to be asexual — “Nobody turns me on” — can be easier to say than “You don’t turn me on.”

  12. NeoWayland
    March 20th, 2016 @ 7:39 am

    Thank you.

  13. NeoWayland
    March 20th, 2016 @ 7:41 am

    Odd that you mention “perpetual adolescence.”

    ?By nature, many journalists are outsid­ers. The job rewards the thick-skinned and relentless, and those who don’t start out as lone-wolf hustlers often end up that way. “There’s a perpetual adolescence to being a reporter,” explained my colleague Bruce Shapiro, who heads the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University’s journalism school. “In daily news, your job is deadline to deadline, day to day. T.S. Eliot calls it the ‘ecstasy of the animals.’ Living in the eternal present. Reporters live in the eternal present.”?

    Not one of mine. A bit long but worth your time.

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  16. Dana
    March 20th, 2016 @ 9:04 am

    Because to be feminine means subjugating themselves to the expectations of the white cisheteronormative patriarchy!

  17. ? infadelicious ?
    March 20th, 2016 @ 9:17 am

    Why do they worry so much about what others expect of them? Why can’t they just be themselves instead of letting those “horrible male creatures” dictate how they present themselves.. Seems to me they spend a lot of time trying to unimpress others and being obnoxious when a normal self assured woman will be whatever the hell she wants to be. I have no problem saying NO or YES .
    It seems they are more motivated by revenge on some imaginary oppression and attack than they are about improving themselves and gaining ‘equality’ whatever the hell that means to them. Clearly their thinking is muddled by some “issue’ they have .

  18. Quartermaster
    March 20th, 2016 @ 10:42 am

    What is happening to news organs is a surprise only to the left. People like Bill Moyers are typical of such people. That leftist hacks, who have been using newspapers primarily to push their own political agendas, are suffering for it elicits no sympathy from me.

    Had newspapers been more open about what they are, such as they were 150 years ago, there would be no problem. But, instead, they have lied to the world and tried to get us to believe that they are neutral and objective when their reporting makes it obvious they are anything but.

  19. Quartermaster
    March 20th, 2016 @ 10:43 am

    I would think you’d want to stick to you knitting. Different strokes….:-)

  20. Quartermaster
    March 20th, 2016 @ 10:56 am

    When I was in the Navy, the guys that got tats were drunk when they got them. Many of them were like the line in Margaritaville and didn’t have a clue how that got there. I thought that was a very good argument against getting drunk.

    These days the kids don’t have to be drunk on anything other than stupidity. While I occasionally had that problem when I was 18, the earlier training at home prevented me from doing such stupid stuff.

  21. Quartermaster
    March 20th, 2016 @ 10:58 am

    Looks like you’re the spam magnet in this thread.

  22. Steve Skubinna
    March 20th, 2016 @ 11:09 am

    Well, at least he’s a chick spam magnet. I’ll be his wingman.

  23. Steve Skubinna
    March 20th, 2016 @ 11:10 am

    Even as a callow yoot I decided to adopt as a guiding principle never to do anything drunk that I would not have done sober.

  24. Steve Skubinna
    March 20th, 2016 @ 11:13 am

    Only if after hitting the tree you say “I meant to do that.”

  25. Steve Skubinna
    March 20th, 2016 @ 11:14 am

    It was obvious years ago that feminists want an absolutely level playing field until weakness and wiles work better.

  26. Steve Skubinna
    March 20th, 2016 @ 11:15 am

    Plus, have you seen the kind of damage a pair of knitting needle can do?

  27. Steve Skubinna
    March 20th, 2016 @ 11:16 am

    Newspapers have always been partisan. The difference was in years past there was actual competition. Today the media is essentially a monoculture.

  28. robertstacymccain
    March 20th, 2016 @ 12:21 pm

    Oh, I’m about to hit the hell out of that.

    Thanks for the tip, man.

  29. NeoWayland
    March 20th, 2016 @ 2:09 pm

    You’re welcome. ?

  30. NeoWayland
    March 20th, 2016 @ 2:11 pm

    And we agree again.

    I can work with bias. It’s when someone claims to be “fair and impartial” while pushing an agenda that things get difficult.

    Mainly because sheeple believe them. Because man, they said they were unbiased…

  31. NeoWayland
    March 20th, 2016 @ 2:15 pm

    My message to sheeple everywhere…

    ?If you choose to be a sheep, then don’t complain about the shepherd.?

  32. Fail Burton
    March 20th, 2016 @ 2:28 pm

    That essay – like all failure – explains itself. “Ageism”? Try the word “digital.” It’s amazing how often I see the word “gatekeepers” used in the pejorative but in fact it is used by people who couldn’t and can’t make the grade who are now happy their worthless writing, music and photography has an equal standing with the pros. In fact those “gatekeepers” gave us an astounding decades-long run of photography, fiction, journalism and music.

    Digital has all but destroyed photography, and along with it, an appreciation for good photography. Pop music in America is at an all-time low in terms of eccentricity and inventiveness, because nobodies started selling their CDs out of the trunks of their cars. Today many bands virtually give their music away. It’s the worst in sci-fi. An unprecedented number of free short fiction is being nominated for awards (ideology a big factor there) and soon, self-published novels which – let’s admit – are written entirely on speculation and hope will follow. Because of a lack of a strong writers union in America, the HuffPo employs morons as writers who make their living doing something else and are happy for the byline which used to be called the diary under their pillow.

    The stuff I see the average blogger write is so amazingly stupid I can’t believe it. The vicious cycle there is the more successful their blog, the more they have to attend to it every day and the less they see of and know about the world. Meanwhile, the people who do know something of art and the world have been priced out of the market. Free is hard to compete with. Now suddenly they’ve found unions… too late. Profits precede a union, and they’re not there.

  33. Fail Burton
    March 20th, 2016 @ 2:34 pm

    Amputating your arm is another solution. Throw the arm in a lake of lava and good-bye ladybug.

  34. DeadMessenger
    March 20th, 2016 @ 2:38 pm

    I’m a “fiber artist”, doncha know? I’m way too kewl for just simple knitting. *sniff*

  35. Steve Skubinna
    March 20th, 2016 @ 2:56 pm

    Sorry, but I’m a Khorne man myself.

    Blood for the Blood God! Skulls for the Skull Throne!

  36. concern00
    March 20th, 2016 @ 3:40 pm

    Was feminism full of crazies to begin with or has the cause just attracted the lion’s share of them?

  37. Quartermaster
    March 20th, 2016 @ 4:58 pm

    Sometime in the late 19th early 20th century, the “Journalism” idea came to the fore and they were supposed to be objective and non-partisan. Earlier, they were open about the party they supported. In fact, often they had the party name in their newspaper name. Papers such as the “Democrat-Herald” of Albany, Oregon, are a throwback to that era.

    These days, they’re just liars.

  38. Quartermaster
    March 20th, 2016 @ 5:01 pm

    More often than not, the decider doesn’t work so efficiently when you’re drunk. Thus, the cluelessness about the origins of some body art.

  39. Quartermaster
    March 20th, 2016 @ 5:03 pm

    Don’t know that I would want a spam chick.

  40. JollyGreenChemist
    March 20th, 2016 @ 5:16 pm

    Embrace the healing power of “and”.

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  42. Joe Joe
    March 20th, 2016 @ 9:08 pm

    It’s like the term “cis-gendered” invented by transsexuals so they wouldn’t have to refer to the other 99.9% of the world as “normal.”

    “Allosexual is a term used most commonly in the asexual community to refer to someone who is not asexual.

    Someone who is allosexual is someone who experiences sexual attraction.”

  43. greatguy999
    March 21st, 2016 @ 12:00 am

    Deep inside she is dying for male attention. All her craziness is an indirect plot to get attention

  44. Paul Krendler
    March 21st, 2016 @ 6:13 am

    Embrace the power of “AND!”

  45. dabhidh
    March 21st, 2016 @ 8:34 am

    Ms. Angry Asexual is actually correct about one thing – our culture does seem to imply that sex is an indispensable part of any adult relationship, and withholding sex or ceasing to enjoy it is the sure sign of The End Of The Relationship. Also we have childish exegesis such as the persistent effort to claim that strong friendships between individuals of the same sex in literature or history MUST be understood as being homosexual, because people just don’t have intimate friendships unless there’s sex involved, doncha know. The Angry Asexual is simply a by-product of our society’s broken moral and intellectual compass as regards sexual relations – when sexual relations is treated as the all-important fulcrum upon which all human relationships turn, it’s only a matter of time before some people start to recognize the emphasis as false and stupid and react accordingly. Unfortunately, one possible reaction to the situation is to become basically anti-social.

  46. Nate Whilk
    March 21st, 2016 @ 3:56 pm

    “It is a melancholy truth that a suppression of the press could not more completely deprive the nation of its benefits, than is done by its abandoned prostitution to falsehood. Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day.” — Thomas Jefferson, 1807

  47. robertstacymccain
    March 21st, 2016 @ 5:23 pm
  48. NeoWayland
    March 21st, 2016 @ 6:55 pm

    ? Excellent!

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