Criticizing feminism is like shooting fish who need bicycles
Last week’s trigger warning posts (1, 2) caused quite a brouhaha in the blogosphere. Combined, the two posts have thus far generated over 25,000 page views and counting. But was it really the subject of trigger warnings that got the feminist blogs so worked up?
Judging by the backlash, I believe it was my pointing out an increasingly difficult to refute fundamental truth of feminism in the 21st century:
These days, feminism isn’t a movement at all, really, but a collection of blogs obsessed with the pop culture it claims to be victimized by, a forum for women who promote themselves as victims of a patriarchy that no longer exists, a pretend movement that contains within it no forward movement at all, only a fetal-like desire to curl up on itself, muttering Women’s Studies jargon, and handing out trigger warnings like party favors at a girl’s-only slumber party.
In fact, among the hundreds and hundreds of comments generated elsewhere on feminist blogs in response to my post, it seemed this issue was the one least tackled, and yet it is the one that I suspect generated all the histrionics. After all, it’s not something that can be addressed head-on by feminists without some frightening soul-searching on their part. Why? Because it’s true.
This was articulated perfectly by Feministing commenter Heather Aurelia, who spoke for the entire feminist movement, and seemingly with a total lack of self-awareness, when she wrote:
Douchebags like her make me more of a feminist. I just consider somebody like her more of a reason to get off my ass and do something….maybe tomorrow…lol, jk.
You see, the contemporary feminist only pretends at “doing something” as much as the current state of feminism only pretends at being a movement.
In actuality, feminist backlash is pure fantasy. When feminists say they’re going to get out there and actually do something, they’re LOL just kidding.