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What #TrigglyPuff Means

Posted on | May 1, 2016 | 192 Comments


The phenomenon of #TrigglyPuffCora Segal, the angry feminist who disrupted an event at the University of Massachusetts this week — deserves extended analysis, and I’ve got a 4,000-word draft in queue, awaiting the final touches. Spending two days analyzing the social significance of this comedic phenomenon was perhaps too much, but that’s my job. You need someone to totally overthink it? I’m available.

Anyway, while working on that brain-straining endeavor, it dawned on me what a small world radical feminism actually is. Cora Segal became notorious in March 2014 for a “Fat Justice” event at Swarthmore College that I blogged about, and here she is two years later, notorious again.


Some people on Twitter were claiming that Cora Segal was being “doxed” simply because she had been correctly identified. This is a misuse of the term “doxing,” which properly means the publication of otherwise private information — home address, phone number, etc. — of a person in order to make them a target of direct harassment. Having been the target of criminal harassment (a crime that was the subject of federal prosecution), I understand how serious this issue is. “Doxing” is a tactic developed by certain hackers and trolls who, behind the screen of online anonymity, would deliberately violate someone’s privacy in an attempt to ruin their antagonists’ lives. Some people don’t seem to understand what “doxing” is and what it is not. Consider, for example, the case of Deb Fritsch, a former university professor who lost her job after she harassed blogger Jeff Goldstein in 2006. Was it “doxing” to identify Fritsch? No, she was engaged in seriously evil behavior online while employed at a taxpayer-supported public university and, as it subsequently turned out, was so completely crazy she was repeatedly arrested for stalking. (She has a Ph.D. in psychology, ironically enough.) Likewise, identifying Reddit troll “Violentacrez” as Michael Brutsch“a vile sociopathic monster undeserving of sympathy,” as I called him — was not “doxing.”

Deb Frisch (left); Michael Brutsch (right).

In both of those cases, bad people were doing bad things online and, once they were “patched” (their online persona connected to their actual real-life identity) the negative consequences were predictable. This wasn’t about personal vendettas or political quarrels, and it wasn’t about putting someone’s home address into an IRC channel in a conspiracy to incite some troll to SWAT the targeted person.

Because no one has appointed me Internet Ethics Cop, I don’t waste much time worrying about the nuances of this stuff. It’s a dangerous world, and protecting myself and my friends is about all I can do. We find that feminists claim to be targeted by “harassment” online and everybody in the media rushes to publicize these claims, despite the fact that the media were willing to ignore or excuse very serious harassment when it was directed at Jeff Goldstein and others on the Right whom the media did not consider sympathetic victims. Because of political bias in the media, there is a blatant double standard about such things. Shall we talk about Deranged Cyberstalker Bill Schmalfeldt? Let’s not . . .

What does this have to do with Cora Segal? Like other trolls, her behavior had been problematic for a long time before she — unexpectedly! — had her Internet Famous (Not in a Good Way) Moment.

We know who Cora Segal is and we know what Cora Segal believes because Cora Segal has told us these things. Cora Segal is an activist, and when an activist goes to a public event and disrupts it by shouting obscenities — “F–k you! . . . Keep your hate speech off this campus!” — her public activism is newsworthy. Identifying her is not “doxing.”

Cora Segal is a feminist and her crusade against “fat phobia” is an expression of radical feminism’s anti-male/anti-heterosexual agenda:

Hostility to “beauty ideology” has been a core theme of feminism since the emergence of the Women’s Liberation movement in the 1960s. Its first major protest occurred in September 1968, when about 100 feminists staged a demonstration at the Miss American pageant, condemning how the contestants “epitomize the roles we are all forced to play as women.” The protesters claimed “women in our society [are] forced daily to compete for male approval, enslaved by ludicrous ‘beauty’ standards we ourselves are conditioned to take seriously.”
Lesbianism also emerged early as a core theme of the Women’s Liberation movement. . . .
Radical lesbians played key roles in founding Women’s Studies programs at many universities. . . .
So-called “fat-positive feminism” is a movement that “addresses how misogyny and sexism intersect with sizism and anti-fat bias.” While feminists blame “anti-fat bias” on male supremacy, the health risks of obesity are serious, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “Obesity is a national epidemic and a major contributor to some of the leading causes of death in the U.S., including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer.”
Obesity is such a serious problem among lesbians that the National Institutes for Health funded a $3 million study to determine why “nearly three-quarters of lesbians are overweight or obese.”
When that study made headlines in September 2014, Mari Brighe wrote at the lesbian blog Autostraddle that lesbians “tend to be less critical of their bodies than straight women,” because they don’t “suffer the incessant, unreasonable pressure of the male gaze.”

You can read the whole thing. The claim that “sexism,” “misogyny” and “the male gaze” are to blame for “anti-fat bias” is feminism. Is there any feminist who says otherwise? Is there any feminist who does not denounce male preferences as “ludicrous ‘beauty’ standards”? Feminists have written a vast library of books attacking the idea of beauty as a “myth” which they blame on the “misogyny” of patriarchal culture. The feminist argument can be summarized succinctly: Men like beautiful women, and therefore beauty is bad because men are wrong.

Feminism is an ideology of hatred, dishonestly masquerading as “social justice.” Feminism Is a Totalitarian Movement to Destroy Civilization as We Know It. Because feminists cannot defend their hateful beliefs against intelligent criticism, they seek to silence their critics, which is why madness erupts whenever feminists are confronted by the truth.

UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers!

Please consider buying my book Sex Trouble: Radical Feminism and the War Against Human Nature, or hit the tip jar, because patriarchy is really just a synonym for “paying the bills.”


UPDATE II: Linked by Gerard Vanderleun at American Digestthanks! — and now a Memeorandum thread.



192 Responses to “What #TrigglyPuff Means”

  1. Steve Skubinna
    May 2nd, 2016 @ 10:49 am

    It’s known as the “IFA Club.”

    And nope, not gonna explain the acronym if you can’t figure it out.

  2. Steve Skubinna
    May 2nd, 2016 @ 10:53 am

    No shame in extrapolating from a dataset of one point. That’s what the AGW “scientists” do all the time.

  3. Steve Skubinna
    May 2nd, 2016 @ 10:57 am

    I don’t go the beach anymore because whenever I do Greenpeace shows up and starts pushing me back into the water.

  4. Dianna Deeley
    May 2nd, 2016 @ 11:17 am

    Ear gauging.

    People are hired with huge holes in their ears.

    I repeat – they get hired.

  5. sandhillguy
    May 2nd, 2016 @ 2:40 pm

    At least they aren’t likely to reproduce.

  6. MC227
    May 2nd, 2016 @ 3:02 pm

    That is one big steaming pile of blubber.

  7. John Morris
    May 2nd, 2016 @ 5:56 pm

    Try your State, especially if you have a Red one. I’m waiting for somebody to get the bright idea to codify the obvious reality that Cultural Marxism / Progressivism is nothing less than a religion. (See Moldbug’s takedown of Dawkins) Declare it a religion and then make them live by their own book of rules, Alinsky style. State Universities can’t teach religion, States can’t fund religious degrees. See where I’m going here?

  8. Robert What?
    May 2nd, 2016 @ 7:19 pm

    If the object is to lower standards, I’d say mission accomplished. Although scaring small children and animals might come in a close second.

  9. Daniel Freeman
    May 2nd, 2016 @ 10:15 pm

    Lesbians don’t take as good care of themselves as straight women do because their partners are women, and women don’t put as much value on their partners’ appearance as men do.

    A man wants a pretty girl because ugly is a sign of poor genetic health, and obesity and sickliness reduce odds of successful procreation. But if you were a pretty little white girl in South Africa — sometimes called the Rape Capital of the World — you might actually prefer an ugly boy, because then maybe he’s a scrapper.

    No such thing as a handsome scrapper, or not for long.

  10. Daniel Freeman
    May 2nd, 2016 @ 10:25 pm

    I had to look it up again. It’s the “Trust & Safety Council.”

  11. Daniel Freeman
    May 2nd, 2016 @ 10:36 pm

    I’ll wager a lot of them don’t even bother.

  12. Robert What?
    May 3rd, 2016 @ 1:52 am

    Mommy mommy, the monster is frightening me. I’m afraid it’s going to eat me.

  13. Dana
    May 3rd, 2016 @ 4:20 am

    I know that you have no control over what books Amazon advertises at the end of your stories, but when I saw that one of the books was “Space Raptor Butt Invasion,” I thought that might be a bit too much.

    And Miss Segal would be ugly even if she weren’t obese!

  14. Dana
    May 3rd, 2016 @ 4:22 am

    As does the salary.

  15. Dana
    May 3rd, 2016 @ 4:24 am

    They do . . . to work as waiters in some trendy restaurants. That’s great if you are 22. When you’re 42, not so much.

  16. gunga
    May 3rd, 2016 @ 7:18 am

    You too?

  17. gunga
    May 3rd, 2016 @ 7:23 am

    Dan – Where I come from, the word for a “handsome scrapper” is “winner.”

  18. gunga
    May 3rd, 2016 @ 7:25 am

    Why is it that no matter what that was coming out of her mouth, what I heard was: “Get in my belly!”

  19. MGTOW dum moriar
    May 3rd, 2016 @ 11:57 am

    That’s right, her father is a well-to-do academic.

  20. BunE22
    May 3rd, 2016 @ 3:16 pm

    That book has been nominated for a Hugo!

  21. Hurri Cane
    May 3rd, 2016 @ 3:40 pm

    That 2nd picture from the top, on the left, she doesn’t *look* half bad. She still might be a loudmouth moron, though.

  22. Joe Joe
    May 3rd, 2016 @ 7:37 pm

    This beacon of female beauty is now going after the person who filmed her antics:

    Angry SJW Demands Student Journalist Be Punished for Filming #Trigglypuff

    A friend and classmate of the student now known to the internet as “Trigglypuff” has filed complaints against the journalist who posted the original video of her friend misbehaving at Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ April 25 event at the University of Massachusetts.

    The student in the video, now revealed to be Hampshire College student Cora Segal, became the center of widespread criticism for her childlike behavior during an event at the University of Massachusetts last week that featured Yiannopoulos, former philosophy professor Christina Hoff Sommers, and comedian Steven Crowder…

  23. trangbang68
    May 3rd, 2016 @ 10:18 pm

    I wonder what her cousins Cocoa Puff, Cheese Puff and Snuff n’ Puff think?

  24. trangbang68
    May 3rd, 2016 @ 10:21 pm

    Sumo wrestler? The new Jarod at Subway? That thing is so fat she lives in three zip codes.

  25. trangbang68
    May 3rd, 2016 @ 10:22 pm

    Tattoo model maybe. They could ink the whole solar system on that torso

  26. trangbang68
    May 3rd, 2016 @ 10:23 pm

    They could re-enact raising the flag at Iwo Jima on that mountain

  27. trangbang68
    May 3rd, 2016 @ 10:27 pm

    Hard finding a truck stop scale to monitor your weight on also

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  29. Boos Myller
    May 4th, 2016 @ 1:36 am

    Fat ugly CUNT!

  30. gunga
    May 4th, 2016 @ 6:46 am

    You were stunned that something that looks amazingly like a giant (albeit ugly) baby was being infantile?

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  34. Ashley Lopez
    May 4th, 2016 @ 6:49 pm

    There’s not much more to add… but the “Shop Related Products” section after your post was hilarious…

  35. miss_msry
    May 4th, 2016 @ 7:31 pm

    How much does obesity cost our country annually?

  36. miss_msry
    May 4th, 2016 @ 7:40 pm


  37. miss_msry
    May 4th, 2016 @ 7:43 pm


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  39. Ivar Ivarson
    May 6th, 2016 @ 12:46 pm

    Ah, the “Ministry of Love.”

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  41. Det. Snide
    May 7th, 2016 @ 10:52 pm

    A thing like this would not exist without a social welfare state.

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