C0nc0rdance has posted a new video, titled “Clarifying my positions”, which outlines his dissent from the usual anti-feminist ranters on youtube. It’s almost there, but it still perpetuates some problematic attitudes.
Here’s my problem with that: he’s still got a prejudicial view of feminism derived from too much exposure to that weird crowd of angry men on the internet. At one point, he puts up two pictures representing the extremes of radical feminism and anti-feminism, and suggests that they’re equally awful. His choices? Stefan Molyneux, who I agree is a pompous git with some very bizarre anti-woman ideas, and … the woman used as a poster-child for feminist haters everywhere, the woman who was nicknamed “Big Red” by the goons of A Voice For Men.
She was pissed off and angry, no doubt, and was very rude in cursing at men who tried to interrupt her. Her face is now used routinely as a symbol for hating on feminists, supposedly deservedly. Yet what she gets for yelling “shut the fuck up” at people trying to interrupt her is this:
Since being targeted by angry YouTube misogynists and MRAs, the red-haired activist has received death threats, rape threats and literally hundreds of other hateful and harassing messages. She’s also been “doxxed” — that is, she’s had her personal information plastered all over the internet, including on A Voice for Men’s forum. Ten days after being uploaded to YouTube, the video of her faceoff against the MRAs has garnered more than 300,000 views, and YouTubers are still leaving threats and insults and crude sexual comments.
Furthermore, no one bothers to reference the horrible radical feminist things she was trying to read as a statement. Do you think they were equivalent to death and rape threats? It was an abbreviated paraphrase of this list of feminist goals by Lindy West. Read it. It’s a pretty accurate summary of the position of most Radical Feminists…you know, the people c0nc0rdance thinks are just as bad as a hate-filled MRA who blames women for all the evil in the world.
C0nc0rdance is basically making the same mistake (to a lesser degree!) this clown in his comments is doing, caricaturing the feminist position because he doesn’t have the slightest clue what it is, so he fills it in with garbage he heard on the internet.
TF wasn’t saying that all men are stronger than all women, but the reality that on average, men and women have differing muscle mass. The feminist message is that women and men are equal in every respect, except in the ability of men to rule over women in the patriarchy. It’s silly.
That is silly, because it’s not the feminist, or even radical feminist, message at all. You will not find any rational feminist declaring that the average man and woman have the same dosage of testosterone running through their veins, or that testosterone and estrogen do not have differing effects on physiology and even brain development.
I appreciate the message he’s trying to send, I would just recommend that c0nc0rdance do some actual research on what feminism argues before making poor comparisons.