Stop talking about equality! You’re making us all look bad!
Damn you, Buzzfeed, for finding some of the weirder corners of the internet to gawk at. Rossalyn Warren discovered a page called Women Against Feminism, a landing ground for women who respond to sexism with denial and who hope to be protected by misogyny by hating other women first. It’s also a first class argument for why the “people standing there holding a sheet of paper they’ve written on” thing really should be toast. It was fun for awhile, but let’s find another cliched way to appear profound, guys. I know it can be done. Anyway, some of these pictures are just, oof.
I’m guessing that this “just tell them to fuck off” approach doesn’t apply to situations where men could be victims. Mugging is a criminal offense that deserves social policies to address it, because men are understood to be equally victimized. Rape and domestic violence? “Fuck off” should do. Your boss is treating you unjustly, subjecting you to an unsafe workplace or docking your pay unfairly? Check your driver’s license and see if you have an “M” or an “F” by your name. That will help you determine if you are entitled to address this in a court of law or if you should be satisfied with the magical power of “fuck off”, which never has any negative repercussions. Are you a student who is assaulted on campus? If the assailant punched you, lucky you! You can report him to the school and he’ll be expelled. Did he rape you? Eh, “fuck off” is good enough for you.
And how better to show your respect to “all” humans but to support an ideology that denies the humanity of half of us?
The idea that violence is solely the fault of the victim’s and that simply by saying you are “not a victim” or “not a target for violence” creates an imaginary force field around you to prevent violence comes up a lot. Indeed, “wishing makes it true” was a common theme amongst all these pictures. Just say you’re already equal, and boom! Magically, you are. Say that women are not targeted for violence and boom! Magically, all those rape victims disappear. And if they don’t, well they probably were asking for it by not reciting the words, “I am not a target for violence,” a magical incantation that prevents it.
I’m a strong woman! Ignore the man on the other side of the camera who is eating up all this garbage about how he’s being oppressed by all the meanie feminists demanding equality.
Unseen camera holders really like hearing that all of men’s issues should be addressed before women get any consideration at all.
While there’s always a depressing chance that someone yelling “I am not a victim” is living in denial of actual problems, let’s just take this one at face value and assume this woman has lived a blessed life free of any sexism at all. Unlikely, but okay. To which I say, so what? Would this logic ever work anywhere else? “I don’t need a labor movement because I was born with a trust fund.” “I’ve never been mugged, so let’s just get rid of the police.” “I take the subway, so we should ban roads.” “I’ve never gone hungry, so clearly everyone else should just starve.”
Yes, I realize that kind of egocentric thinking tends to be behind most conservative fuckwittery, but rarely do you see it so stupidly on display. They usually try to dress it up a little more than this.
It’s not really respect if you’re required to accept an ideology that holds that women are inferior in order to get it.
After many years and many server changes and finally landing here at Raw Story, which has taken very good care of us, it's time to say goodbye to Pandagon. I've been blogging under this banner for ten years, after Jesse Taylor asked me to join. He, in turn, had been running this joint since he was in college. A lot has changed since then. I became a journalist, moved from Austin to New York and learned to play Dungeons & Dragons. Jesse became a lawyer and, just this past weekend, a married man.
Carly Fiorina defends her lie with a whole bunch of lies
I do like it when Republican candidates sport a resume full of corporate executive work, because it really shows the public how many fools and idiots coast into that position not on merit but on their bullshitting abilities. Donald Trump, Herman Cain, and now we have Carly Fiorina, who just can't understand why her perceived underlings (voters, journalists) won't scurry away, pretending to accept her bullshit like former employees of hers had to do, lest they lost their jobs.
And so it goes that Fiorina, who could make this entire Planned Parenthood controversy go away by saying something like, "I may have misremembered the video, but I still think abortion is wrong," instead is doubling and tripling down. And every time she does, she lies more and more. She was on Meet the Press and, so enamored of the idea that she is perfect and could never do anything wrong, just went to town with the defensive posturing.
Marco Rubio has an astoundingly low opinion of women’s intelligence
At RH Reality Check, I covered this story that I wish was getting more press, about how Marco Rubio goes back and forth between suggesting that women who get abortions are greedy monsters who get pregnant for cash:
I just think you’ve created an industry now … a situation where very much, you’ve created an incentive for people not just to look forward to having more abortions, but being able to sell that fetal tissue for purposes—these centers—for purposes of making a profit off it, as you’ve seen in some of these Planned Parenthood affiliates.