This is a guest post by Teedub on the way modern feminism is digging its own grave
The fallout from what has become known as Gamer Gate has implications for modern feminism beyond the obvious call outs and revelations. People such as Zoe Quinn have shot themselves hugely in the proverbial foot with their actions. Even more so are the Social Justice Warriors (SJW) and White Knights who have protected her and been driven to fascistic censorship in the past few weeks. Gamers are rightly pissed off at having their movement hijacked by people with an agenda far removed from gaming. They’ve spoken and quite rightly in appears want to read game reviews, talk about kill streaks, discuss upcoming games….not read about how Lara Croft should be a black Muslim pansexual genderqueer, and if you disagree…. you’re a misogynistic racist “douche stick”. (I was called this a few days ago on Twitter. By a British kid. When did Brits start using these cringe worthy Americanisms, which sound like they tumbled out of the most recent Buzzfeed article?)
The actions of these white knights have brought attention to the wider issues at play. Under such a powerful lens, can it survive?
2) The general exposition of the SJW agenda
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ll have come across these types of people. For those that have been under a rock, they’re the types discussed above. The sort of people who see ‘racism’ in wallpaper choices, ‘misogyny’ in children’s toys and think that their cornflakes give off a ‘rapey vibe’. Lunatics essentially. Due to events surrounding Gamer Gate, even the brilliant Breibart London penned this piece on modern feminists, social justice warriors and their pernicious behaviour. Now, sure Breibart isn’t exactly mainstream media in the way the Telegraph is – but it has some fantastic journalists writing for it. James Delingpole for example. He’s frequently destroys offence-seeking feminist types in twitter and on television (this is BRILLIANT – the way he said “you girls” on purpose did it’s intended job by winding up that presenter) and as long as people like that are on our side – we’ll continue to push back at these victimhood-needing nutcases.
To put it simply, as long as SJW antics get exposed like this, the quicker modern feminism does – as they’re directly linked.
3) Women against feminism
The response to the movement ‘Women Against Feminism‘ has been telling. Disgusting proclamations made by leading modern feminists have certainly raised eyebrows on neutral observer’s faces. This is discussed at length in a great article in the Boston Globe. When teenage girls see one picture of a pretty girl with a placard saying “I don’t need feminism because I love my boyfriend and I’m not a victim” and another placard of a weird thing with blue hair saying “I need feminism because I bathe in male tears”….who do you think they’re going to want to be associated with. The very fact that the person in the second picture would then chastise and morally judge said teenage girl for her choice would further push her into the other camp. This is what the reaction to WAF will be.
Who wants to be associated with the ugly girls? The fat girls? Nobody.
4) Old school feminists are trying to reclaim the label
Feminists such as Camille Paglia, Christina Hoff Sommers (who wrote this excellent TIME piece earlier this week….told you the push back was gathering steam…thank the gamers!) are trying to reclaim the word feminism from the people who they claim stole it. Now the debate on whether any feminsm is OK is for another time, but for now we should be happy this is happening. On one hand it says “Jesus, if some feminists even think these people/ideas are insane, they really must be” and it also encourages the ‘let them tear each other apart’ situation. Lots of infighting will destroy any movement very quickly. We’ve seen it with trannnies within feminism in the past 30 years….and feminism eventually expanded it’s umbrella to accommodate them. Despite the fact they aren’t natural allies. Why? Well whenever someone switches sex – they adopt ultra masculine/feminine behaviours. Bob the taxi driver suddenly likes nails, hair, perfume. Stephanie the nurse gets into power tools, muscle cars and backyard wrestling.
Anyway, I digress – The war between the so-called reformers and the Lindy West’s of the world may be too much for Jezebel to handle.
Probably my main one. When you look into everything – From Jezebel to Anita Sarkeesian, Buzzfeed to Jessica Valenti – it all comes down to money. Clickbait headlines, ‘quirky’ new stances on issues and so on. Modern feminism drives headlines, probably because it’s anger-inducing and also because the headlines are often so irrational. ‘Anti rape nail polish is example of rape culture’ – I’m not even kidding with that one. Just insanity, thankfully the commenters agree. Far from being some good socialist movement, it appears anything but. It’s driven by profit.
However, if anything takes the biscuit it’s the difference in coverage between the Rotherham grooming scandal (discussed here by yours truly) and the nude celeb leak. The brilliant John Durant has been tweeting about this today. John is someone I discovered through Danger & Play, he’s a Harvard educated evolutionary psychology major who makes his living being a kind of ‘paleo living’ guru. I bought his book the other day as a matter of fact.
I think I’ll leave it to the man himself:
If there was ever a case of an ACTUAL rape culture, well you know where I’m going with that.