The Meming of Jessica Valenti

Update: Turns out this is the result of someone creating a Chrome app called “Men Kampf” that ‘nazi-fies’ text, including a toggle that applies the app only to Tumblr sites.

Some time back, I pointed out that you can tell when your feminism is fucked up by seeing what you get when you replace gendered descriptors in your feminist rants with racial descriptors.  Which is a big part of the reason why I couldn’t force myself despite constant external social pressure to consider myself ‘feminist’.  Anywho, I had played around with this notion and came up with this:

“So why am I writing about all of this again? It’s because I’m increasingly seeing the phrase “Not all blacks!” cropping up in discussions about black violence against whites. It seems that many are insulted by the perceived implication that all blacks are violent, evil, rapists and murderers. It’s those people that I really want to read this post. Because you see, when we’re talking about issues like black violence and I refer to “blacks” (and obviously I can only speak for myself) I’m not saying that all blacks are the same. That would be ridiculous. What I’m doing is referring to blacks as a sociological group, in the same way that I might refer to the middle-class or the Latino population. And blacks, as a class, are a threat to whites, as a class. What I’m not saying is that any individual black is a threat. With me so far? Good.”

I never linked to the original, because the purpose was not to shame but to be illustrative of the problematic rationale being used by some feminists.*

But anyway, recently Jessica Valenti has been subjected to similar treatment with several of her past and recent headlines.

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I don’t know that the Aryan/Jew relationship and word-swap necessarily captures the same feel.  In my old example, you get more of the feeling that the person who was writing was just ignorant of how terrible what they were saying really was but it was something that you COULD imagine someone having seriously argued (especially down where I live).  On the other hand, Valenti is not someone simply waffling their words and not realizing how horrible what she’s saying is, she’s an ideologue, so maybe the comparison isn’t far off?  There’s a reason why the term feminazi stuck: there really isn’t a better word that encapsulates mainstream feminism’s often violent rhetoric, its association with far-left socialist politics and typical ad-vocation for dominant statist authoritarian policies and practices.

*:And yes, the responses in the wake of the Isla Vista shooting were one of the final straws that snapped me out of my thankfully brief foray into being something of an SJW.  That and people using the word mansplaining.

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“I paid no attention to gender or race in my reading”

It’s like Heina Dadabhoy realized that she wasn’t a bigot and decided that she needed to a bigot to right some cosmic wrong.

As someone who is non-male and non-white, isn’t she being xenophobic by excluding white male individuals from her reading?

I’m not astounded that there are bigots on the internet.  Nor am I astounded that there are bigots on the internet claiming to be enlightened free-thinkers.  What is astounding is how many of them are wearing their bigotry as badges of honor and pride.  “I’m boycotting people because of their skin color and gender, and you should too!”  This shit has been everywhere lately.

People aren’t saying “Broaden your horizons!” They’re challenging themselves and others to narrow their horizons.  Culture and appreciation of literature isn’t some kind of zero sum game like these people think it is.  You can read books by any damn body.

And, you know, I don’t think I would be bothered by this if these people were like “Look, I’m a fucking racist and I advocate racist things.”  Be intellectually honest about this stuff, but don’t try to pass off exclusionary rhetoric bullshit while pretending that you’re some kind of enlightened equality for all humanist.  You’re not.  You’re a bigot, so just run with it.

Most people don’t give a shit about the color of their favorite author’s skin or whether or not they have dick or a vag or whether that dick or vag was god-given or man-made.  They give a shit about entertaining stories that touch their lives in some sort of way.  And the writer’s race, biological or sociologically constructed gender don’t change that a damn bit, except to bigots.

#Notoallhashtags

Apparently #YesAllWomen is a response to #NotAllMen which was a response to some crazy dude who had issues with women and killed people.  The short version is that #NotAllMen are crazy homicidal lunatics who hate women and want to do horrible things to them, or even really engage in lewd or unbecoming behavior in regards to women, whereas #YesAllWomen  at some point in their lives have been or will be a victim of sexual harassment if not out-right rape or murder at the hands of a man.  In addition, there is also the accompanying assertion that by “Men” they only mean “those Men” and men as a class who represent a threat to women as a class.

I was messing around with a little experiment. When writing a post about “#YesAllWomen” and/or “#NotAllMen”, if replacing all of your instances “Women” with “Whites” and “Men” with “Latinos/Blacks/Arabs” creates the most disgusting and offensive thing you’ve ever seen, maybe you should consider tweaking your posts (or your activism) a bit.

You get some real gems, like:

“So why am I writing about all of this again? It’s because I’m increasingly seeing the phrase “Not all blacks!” cropping up in discussions about black violence against whites. It seems that many are insulted by the perceived implication that all blacks are violent, evil, rapists and murderers. It’s those people that I really want to read this post. Because you see, when we’re talking about issues like black violence and I refer to “blacks” (and obviously I can only speak for myself) I’m not saying that all blacks are the same. That would be ridiculous. What I’m doing is referring to blacks as a sociological group, in the same way that I might refer to the middle-class or the Latino population. And blacks, as a class, are a threat to whites, as a class. What I’m not saying is that any individual black is a threat. With me so far? Good.”

Pretty fucking disgusting, huh?  You can swap the races around however you want.  Blacks killing whites, Latinos killing Blacks, Arabs killing Asians.  Whatever, and you still get a god-awful mess that could come out of the mouth of a Kleagle, a Black Panther, whatever. The worst thing is, because of the ubiquitous whiteness of the internet, it behooves me to mention that I am a person of color, otherwise someone might accuse me of white privilege or something D:

Hashtag activism has to be the one of the worst things to happen to us culturally in the new millennium.