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September 16, 2015

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Rafi

Dear intersectional feminists, redefining all the words winning the argument.

David

redefining all the words ≠ winning the argument.

Quite. See also, begging the question.

But it’s interesting how so much of this stuff requires sleights of hand. Which is to say, learned dishonesty.

Joan

Preferring women with long hair is sexist?

sH2

Where are their hands?

David

Where are their hands?

Hands are hard to draw.

ACTOldFart

Putting aside racism and sexism, is it still OK to be prejudiced against deeply, profoundly stupid, ignorant people?

Rob

"It isn't bad when we do it."

All of their sophistry and wriggling boils down to this.

David

redefining all the words ≠ winning the argument.

The strain of feminism currently in vogue seems to rest heavily on bald assertion. Which may explain the rise to prominence of, for instance, the permanently hyperbolical Laurie Penny, who struggles with facts and basic logic but nonetheless insists that “culture hates women” and that “men as a structure, men as a group hate women.” I’ve yet to find any credible attempt by her to substantiate these claims, these unargued declarations. They’re just offered up as Gnostic wisdom, and consumed as such, as if self-evidently true to those deemed enlightened.

Mags

nonetheless insists that “culture hates women” and that “men as a structure, men as a group hate women.”

Not women, just her.

wtp

Where are their hands?

Hands are hard to draw.

I thought they were supposed to be dolphins. Makes more sense when you think about it.

David

Note that, so far, almost all of the retweets are gushingly positive.

R. Sherman

Back in the mid-Sixties when I was a but a wee lad, we learned a song in Sunday School, "Jesus Loves The Little Children." "Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world."

My very white, born-in-Alabama mother explained to me, "If we're all equal in Jesus's eyes, we're all equal. Period."

"Okay," thought I.

Pity, I didn't know I was being brought up to be a racist.

Charlie Suet

"If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago and a racist today." Thomas Sowell on the money, there.

David

Incidentally, regarding the invidious nonsense about only white people being capable of racism, here’s the endpoint of that conceit.

Simon

This is real racism (/anti-intellectualism): http://gizmodo.com/this-teenager-was-arrested-for-making-a-clock-his-teach-1730977157

But you don't fight it with passive-aggressive cartoons, you fight it by firing everyone involved.

David

But you don’t fight it with passive-aggressive cartoons, you fight it by firing everyone involved.

Blimey. I don’t know about racism, but there’s certainly a generous helping of dumb. It’s almost – almost – funny. Though not, I think, amusing for young Mr Mohamed.

DH

"Jesus loves the little children of the world."

We sang a similar one in primary school with the chorus:

If you want to paint a picture of everyone/you need every colour under the sun.

A lot has changed since then though. Sadly these days it's more likely to be:

If you want to paint a picture of everyone/you're disrespecting Muslims by flagrantly flouting Islamic idolatry laws.

Sam Duncan

“Preferring women with long hair is sexist?”

Preferring women is sexist. Unless it's for a job. Then the opposite applies.

Or something like that.

Rob: There seems to be a lot of “It isn't bad when we do it” around these days.

Simon: Isn't Gizmodo Gawker Media? But, more importantly, my computer has 4 gigabytes of RAM (modest by today's standards, but still... four gig-a-bytes) and a 3.2 GHz 64-bit processor. It can run current videogames without missing a beat. Why does a bloody web page bring it shuddering to a grinding halt? 15 years ago I browsed the web quite happily on an Amiga with 32 megabytes and a 50 MHz processor that couldn't even decode MP3s in real time. “Web designers” should be strung up by the ankles and beaten with rolled-up 1980s issues of Personal Computer World. Bring back Gopher.

dicentra

It’s not racism when people of colour are prejudiced against white people.

Don't underestimate the power of stupid statements to be eagerly accepted by the masses.

Anything that justifies not engaging in self-examination is like free candy: good luck persuading people to reject it because it will spoil their dinner. Soul. Whatever.

David

It’s not racism when people of colour are prejudiced against white people.

Free hits.

Darleen

Geez, look at all the amputees Allie has drawn....

Girl can't draw hands so I'm glad "comic artist" is in scare quotes.

And here I thought Ted Rall was the worst self-described "cartoonist" ...

David

Pernicious idiot politics aside, badly drawn comics and cartoons are inexcusable. It’s a visual medium after all.

PiperPaul

Don't underestimate the power of stupid statements to be eagerly accepted by the masses.

"The uncontested absurdities of today, become the slogans of tomorrow."

rabbit

It must be irksome to Alli Kirkham that there are some dinosaurs who refuse to apologize or feel guilt for being white, male, or straight.

David

dinosaurs

I prefer the term hater. Or shitlord, at a push.

Hal

"Jesus loves the little children of the world."

We sang a similar one in primary school

'Thulu wants you, this I know,
for the voices tell me so.
Red and yellow, black and white,
All are food in 'Thulu's sight.
Yes, 'Thulu wants you.
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh C'thulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
Yes, 'Thulu wants you.
The voices tell me so.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

God, self-righteous AND a bad artist. She needs a big government grant, STAT!

mojo

Nothing convinces me like a bad cartoon. I'm simple that way.

mojo

Where are their hands?

Hands are hard to draw.

That joke is deeply offensive to the Amputee community, Mr. Gutter-mouth. I for one salute this brave young woman for her refusal to kneel to abled prejudices.

Jimmy

Infantilization, condescension, self-righteousness, and terrible art all mixed into one toxic cocktail. A+ for this student of identity politics agitprop.

David

Meanwhile, in the Guardian:

The early capitalists once had to breathe the air that they polluted in pursuit of their wealth. Now, perhaps, they can escape it by leaving the planet.

The author of this fearsome insight is Jess Zimmerman, she of the unbecoming hair. Ms Zimmerman describes herself to readers as a “misandrist of note,” one whose interests include “metaphors, misandry and cogent cultural analysis.” (On Twitter she describes herself as a “misandrist witch” and “angry for a living.”)

David

Previously on Planet Guardian.

David

And on a not entirely unrelated note, Tim Blair ponders the ruminations of leftwing “essayist” Elizabeth Farrelly:

Never have we been more in need of engaged, operational femaleness. Never has it been more necessary for receptive feminine thinking to poultice a planet ravaged by projectile maleness… Only a new religion can reinvent the paradigm.

“Ravaged by projectile maleness.”

Henry

Ravaged by projectile maleness

I think 'projectile maleness' might shrivel somewhat when confronted with Elizabeth Farrelly.

David

It’s interesting how she and George Monbiot both seem keen to embrace a new religious fundamentalism to further their aims. Which is only odd in that I’d assumed they already had done.

sackcloth and ashes

'Ravaged by projectile maleness'.

Sounds like the kind of thing I'd see if I ever read 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.

Jimmy

Goolge image search "projectile maleness" turns up some interesting stuff

Colonised woman (SFW)

Flavour text:

In this state, we are colonised, occupied in every sense: men occupy us totally, it is a totalitarian regime in every possible aspect.

R. Sherman

Never have we been more in need of engaged, operational femaleness. (Emphasis added.)

Professor Kathleen Richardson disagrees.

dan

Hmm.
My granddad had to struggle against the people locking him up in a Nazi concentration camp but he is lucky he didn't have to struggle against white privilege I suppose.

David

but he is lucky he didn’t have to struggle against white privilege I suppose.

The irony being that this kind of pretentious signalling tends to be done by middle-class people whose need for attention and social status isn’t matched by any corresponding talent or charisma. People who, despite being able to waste huge sums of money on joke degrees and enjoying a lifestyle that half the world would envy, still want us to believe that they’re being cruelly oppressed in ever-more rarefied and improbable ways. And the fact that they can pretend such things with near impunity, all evidence to the contrary, and even be rewarded for their pretence, demonstrates just how unoppressed they are.

wtp

re Sexbots: Sheesh....It would seem to me that anything done through completely voluntary and noninvasive means to lessen the chances of corrupting the gene pool with the kind of people whose desires are fulfilled through sex with a robot would be a good thing. And this is a concern of people who don't like the attention of men to begin with? Methinks she doth protest too much.

Clipper

Regards that charming comic; at first I thought it was set in a community of socially aware thalidomide victims, subtly highlighting the positive contribution of the differently abled to the great social justice convergence. On reflection though I am more and more convinced that these people can only be Otherkin, ground breaking stuff.

Be still my rising gorge.

Trimegistus

We laugh at them, we shake our heads in disbelief at their idiocy and blatant hypocrisy . . .

. . . but they're winning. They are the ones who educate our children. They are the ones who make and break people's careers based on Twitter comments. They are the ones who control the discourse of our society.

It's all very well to laugh at the sillies with their silly uniforms and their silly armbands and their leader with the silly mustache, until you hear a knock on the door at night and realize nobody thinks they're silly any more.

Deborah

This is one of my new favorite websites and the commentary here is outstanding.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

*Special shout out to Clipper-awesome sauce!

Signed,
Normal White Lady

David

thank you

Welcome aboard, Deborah. Help yourself to liquor and nibbles.

David Gillies

I am shamelessly purloining "be still my rising gorge". That's an absolute corker.

dicentra

. . . but they're winning.

Indeed. And they're winning because they fight dirty and fight relentlessly. From that same Sultan Knish article quoted by PiperPaul:

The left will destroy the things you care about, because you care about them. It will destroy them because that gives them power over you. It will destroy them because these things stand in the way of its power. It will destroy them because a good deal of its militant activists need things to destroy and if they can't attack you, they'll turn on the left in a frenzy of ideologically incestuous purges.
They are a swarm of devouring locusts, the nightmarish horde of nanobots that consumes everything in its path while reproducing exponentially with what it consumes.

Is it possible to stop such a determined, innumerate, mindless force? I really don't know. I can resist assimilation into their mindset, but as for stopping them devouring the Republic, I am at a total loss.

Locusts move on when there's nothing left to eat. How devastated must we be before there's nothing left to destroy?

What might stop the Left is Muslim conquest: the only force currently more brutal, more numerous, and more determined than they to annihilate the West and salt its earth.

Si

It's OK when I do it, because reasons;

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11871527/Nudity-Ryedale-row-Is-it-ok-to-imagine-colleagues-naked.html

David

Is it possible to stop such a determined, innumerate, mindless force?

There’s always serendipity.

Jay

@Si - I don't so much give a damn about imagining colleagues naked but how come the conversation was taped?? Are employers now recording workplace conversations? And why should any action be under consideration to discipline the women? Are private conversations now fair game? Actually, yes - the Lord Lieutenant of (Leicestershire?) recently resigned after he sent an email expressing the opinion that Pakistanis were ill-mannered. We don't know how/why that private opinion became public knowledge but so it did, since which time it's probably become a crime to disseminate that opinion and I can expect a knock on the door?

How the hell did we come to this? (The Blair Years?) and why do we still grovel in the face of this nonsense?

Deborah

"Is it possible to stop such a determined, innumerate, mindless force?"

It is always comforting to remind oneself that all the alpha males are on the right.

Hal

@Si - I don't so much give a damn about imagining colleagues naked but how come the conversation was taped??

As I recall, because it was a council meeting---and thus needing a transcript to be part of The Official Record . . or however exactly such are done . . . There may be official minutes, and the approving of such minutes, but also minutes have to be created from something, and automatically making a recording of such meetings rather simplifies such.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

Oh, that Witchwind person is just plain nuts, the poor thing. And Charlotte Proudman--I can't be the only person who thinks she looks like a pudding that wears lipstick, can I?

Chester Draws

They are the ones who educate our children

No way. Precious snowflakes like that don't last a second like that in the face of 30 feral 13 year olds!

School teachers tend to be left wing, but most aren't part of the grievance crowd. There's too many real issue to be worrying about fake ones.

They are present at university, but not teaching anything hard enough to matter. People mostly just ignore them. Yes, there are too many "studies" courses, but not as a percentage. More as a result of there being far too many at university in general.

wtp
This is real racism (/anti-intellectualism): http://gizmodo.com/this-teenager-was-arrested-for-making-a-clock-his-teach-1730977157

But you don't fight it with passive-aggressive cartoons, you fight it by firing everyone involved.

Posted by: Simon | September 16, 2015 at 15:15

David:
But you don’t fight it with passive-aggressive cartoons, you fight it by firing everyone involved.

Blimey. I don’t know about racism, but there’s certainly a generous helping of dumb. It’s almost – almost – funny. Though not, I think, amusing for young Mr Mohamed.

Something smelled funny about this "inventing a clock" story and it is now coming out. After, of course, invitations to the White House, Mark Zuckerberg, and MIT. There was no "inventing". It's a disassembled cheap digital clock thrown into a case. As usual the real overreaction is the overreaction to the slight-yet-justifiable intial overreaction. That his father has twice run for president of one of the most f'd up muslim countries in the world (Sudan), of course is completely irrelevant. The intent being...?

http://blogs.artvoice.com/techvoice/2015/09/17/reverse-engineering-ahmed-mohameds-clock-and-ourselves/

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