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You didn't think that internet activism could get any sillier, did you?
And then along came Twitter...
Turns out blog posts were too long, thoughtful and carefully-researched...so we imposed a 140-character limit on lower-middlebrow discussions of current events.
But that was all so tedious...
So now we just go with the hashtags. Those are the real argument.
The Isla Vista shooter was a psycho. This we know, and no one denies it nor would think of denying it.
So it's weird to carp on the pettiness of this #YesAllWomen thing. But that's what I'm going to do.
It's apparently supposed to be in some way linked to the "Not All Men" nonsense
. That is, web feminism's recent attempt to insist that we are ever entitled to point out, for example, that not all men are misogynists, not all men are rapists, etc., in response to false, derogatory universal generalizations about males.
It's bad enough that false generalizations about men are so popular on the hard web left. But this attempt to deflect all efforts to correct the false generalizations by just shrieking "NOT ALL MEN HA HA HA!" is truly nauseating.
One disgusting aspect of all this is the apparent attempt to leverage the Isla Vista mass murders in defense of the Not 'Not All Men' sophistry.
Jesus, that's just breathtakingly terrible...but, of course, liberals simply don't have the guts to call feminism on such things.
Anyway, you'll note that one person speaking in the Time video claims, roughly, the hashtag means: "O.k., not all men are misogynists..." Gee, thanks! "...but "...yes, all women have been victims of it."
O.k., personally, I don't know anyone who has denied that all women have been victims of misogyny of some kind or other. I mean, I'm a dude, and I've been the target of anti-male sexism before. And there's no doubt that women get a lot, lot more of this sort of thing than we do. So that conjunct is uncontroversial.
But...(a) I don't think that the message of that hashtag (Christ, look how far public discussion has fallen...) really does
involve an admission of error with respect to the Not "Not All Men" fallacy, and (b) even if it does, note that no explicit admission of error has been made; instead, the fallacy is promoted, and then only tacitly rejected...
However, it's really a lot, lot worse than that.
What's really going on here seems to be:
This hashtag nonsense doesn't carry any determinate message at all. The suggested link promoting the Not 'Not All Men' fallacy is fairly clear. However, the message of the hashtag can be explicitly spun in exactly the opposite direction
when it's rhetorically expedient.
That is to say:
The message is really more like: You don't get to say 'not all men...'; Also: Yes all women!
But when it's expedient, they can say it is more like: Ok, not all men; but all women
Indeterminacy and unclarity are the allies of unreason.
So much of the public discussion is such nonsense.
This is just a small bit of the nonsense. But it's an annoying bit.
I don't even know why I bother bitching about this stuff. It's a hopeless mass of crazy.
So far as I can tell, web feminism is just making it all worse by alienating people like me. There are
sensible things that can be said about this stuff. But tweetifying the whole damn thing radically decreases the sanity and reasonableness of the discussion.
The thing is, what needs to be said here can be summarized easily and clearly:
All women suffer because some men are psychos and assholes.
And that's a problem for all humanity.
The discussion of the problem gets complicated because some feminists are psychos and assholes (of a much lower order). They are very, very angry that they have to be limited to saying that only some
men are psychos and assholes. And so a new layer of complication is added. One bit of the discussion--a bit that ought to be simple--gets unnecessarily complicated. And then we end up arguing about something that we don't need to argue about instead of talking about the real problem that we do
need to be talking about.
talking about it is worse, because then the loony vanguard of feminism leads the rank-and-file down crazy lane yet again, and the one movement that is supposed
to be on the front lines against the real, original problem alienates the sane people and becomes, itself, a kind of ally to misogynists by alienating sane people and driving them away from the movement.