I was being entertained the other day by a buddy of mine who for no discernible reason started trolling one of his feminist Facebook friends. Now that’s more of a game that I like to play, although usually not on Facebook and usually not with friends. And it was especially surprising since this particular friend is a very non confrontational sort who more often plays the peacemaker rather than the instigator. He’s more than once tried to mediate disagreements between friends with a joke or distracting comment. But social media makes jerks of us all, and I guess basic humanity prevented him from being assimilated longer than most. But the lure of being a smart ass pulls us all in eventually.
The set up is this: His feminist friend posted a slightly bawdy joke. As jokes go, it’s it’s mildly amusing to a guy, but to women, for whom the threshold of humor is much lower, it’s Hee-lar-e-us. If you want the full story, go here. The gist of it as that an old codger begins signing his credit card with a penis illustration. Hilarity ensues when the card reader at Wal-Mart doesn’t recognize the penis as his signature and management is called in. Funny right? Well not to a feminist; at least usually. In fact if my friend had posted this joke, he likely would have been subject to quite a bit of written finger wagging from busy body feminists. But he got the upper hand and by lefty standards, the moral high ground by posting a critique of said joke:
Smart Ass Friend: “Not funny, what if the cashier had been a victim of sexual assault? Being subjected to the drawing could have been a triggering event for her PTSD. Not to mention the stomping on her civil rights if she was Lesbian or Transgendered, this kind of humor is perpetuated by the hegemonic phallocentric patriarchy that has committed all the evil in the world. I bet you Ted Nugent would have found this hilarious…I’m disappointed in you.”
Extra points for the use of your typical “Wymyn’s Studies” terminology, that’s used nowhere else and serves no useful descriptive purpose. Therefore feminists love to use it. So that was all it took to set his feminist friend (although probably by now his former friend) on a tear of foul language, and threats. After that, all my friend had to do to egg on another tirade of butthurt was to toss in a few lines about a living wage, challenging hetronormative behaviors, gender binaries, and of course the “-isms.” Leftists in general and feminists in particular love those; racism sexism capitalism, classism and so on. The thing is, you don’t even have to use them in a coherent sentence, just list them.
The thread proceeds in a predictable manner, screaming incoherence from the feminist, and the arrival of a white knight to defend milady’s honor. A white knight seems to be an accessory that every feminist needs since she’s incapable of using man tools like “logic” and “reason” herself. She needs a big strong man to heft those. Hey, you can’t fight the cisgendered, transphobic patriarchy without a fella can ya? Am I right gals?
Of course, as dominate as it is in our culture, feminism is a stupid ideology. It’s the idea that there are no differences between men and women other than genitalia, and now that trans-you-name-it is replacing homosexuality as the next civil rights frontier, genitalia are less and less important to one’s identity. Even though the stupidity of feminism has become so obvious that now only 23% of women call themselves feminists, it’s still left a damaging mark on our culture.
Oddly enough, the same poll shows that 16% of men call themselves feminists too.
Lest anyone get the idea this is just some misogynic rant, I do support equal rights for women, and love and respect women. My marriage isn’t about me bossing my wife around and tossing my shirts at her to make sure they get ironed. It’s an equal partnership, meaning she bosses me around.
And my shirts never get ironed.