Oh the hell with it, it’s just going to have to be a recurring, updatable thing.
The insult-tweets of the former philosopher, now American Enterprise Institute hack, Christina Hoff Sommers.
Oh goody, she does a Dear Muslima.
Sexism in US: Some video games use damsel-in-distress tropes.Sexism in Iran: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9487761/Anger-as-Iran-bans-women-from-universities.html
She sent that out a couple of hours after RTing her source:
Retweeted by Christina H. Sommers
Jack @SkipTerrio · 18h
For the edification of the 3rd wave #feminist mob, this is what an ACTUAL #patriarchy looks like:
Jim Lippard objected.
.@CHSommers Therefore… ? Beheading is worse than a migraine, therefore no one should complain about or treat migraines?
Sommers informed him that the subject wasn’t migraines.
Bad analogy @lippard. The endangered damsel trope is not a migraine. It’s a reverie enjoyed by millions of people: Men, women and children.
That’s the kind of thing that makes me twitch with fury – the smug, determined mindlessness of it. How much attention do you have to pay to understand that a popular “reverie” is not automatically harmless just because it’s enjoyed by millions? Lots of very popular fantasies are woven into thought-structures that are harmful to subordinated people! The fact that many people enjoy such fantasies does not magically render them harmless.
Or, as Jim put it:
.@CHSommers Some people still like lawn jockeys & Confederate flags, too, but that doesn’t mean it’s not right to criticize them.
But again, Sommers explains:
Another false analogy @lippard.Not saying damsel trope is good BECAUSE people like it–saying its harmless, so leave those who like it alone.
Cool, except that there’s no reason to think it is harmless.
Now it gets meta.
Oh my! An alarmed critic has created “Sommers Watch” to monitor my tweets.Don’t miss the comments. http://freethoughtblogs.com/butterfliesandwheels/2014/09/sommers-watch/
I told her I’m not alarmed but disgusted.
Her fans are telling me I’m bullying her. Well, I might be, if she were a nobody and if she were not being so free with the insults. But she’s not a nobody:
- She’s a Name anti-feminist
- She has a gig at the American Enterprise Institute
- She appears on mainstream (as well as less mainstream) media regularly
- Her tweets get shared by Richard Dawkins and Steven Pinker
- She has 12 thousand-plus followers
And we already know she’s free with the insults. So no, I don’t think I’m bullying her.
@GoodJKnight I don’t think @maddoxrules disagrees. But attacking genres that millions of men (and lots of women) love is hardly inclusive.
We have to like everything that already is, and label all attempts to improve them “attacking.” We have to defend the popular and bend all our efforts to making the unpopular even more unpopular.
The gender warriors made a huge tactical error when they went after the gamers. Wrong group to irritate.
Spoken like a true bully. “Wrong group to irritate” because they’re many and noisy and mostly pseudonymous and not inhibited about threats and harassment. How ugly of Sommers to gloat about it. (And “the gender warriors” of course knew all that, but were brave enough to proceed anyway. How squalid of Sommers to pretend it was just a stupid mistake.)
Imagine saying something similar about the Little Rock Nine or the Freedom Summer campaigners in Mississippi in 1964. “The civil rights workers made a huge tactical error when they went after the Mississippi white supremacists. Wrong group to irritate.”
College deans, news editors, politicians–ran for cover when gender hardliners made strident demands. Gamers–male & female–fighting back.
The word “strident” is a sexist dog-whistle. Sommers can’t possibly be unaware of that. She’s doing this crap deliberately. It’s ugly stuff.
Shows like Oprah & The View make no effort to be male inclusive. They privilege female perspective.Where are the haranguing gender bloggers?
Excellent discussion of college rape panic & how males are treated like monsters and females
–fragile maidens. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/09/05/us_colleges_sexual_assault_crusade_123851.html