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4 Fallacies Killing Feminism

Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson, two wannabe-famous New York twenty somethings, teamed up to talk sex via their “running soap opera,” “almost reality TV show” podcast Guys We F*cked. Broadcasting under the “anti-slut shaming” banner makes Guys We F*cked appealing to the contemporary feminists at Salon who never turn down the chance to normalize twisted sexuality. Salon assistant editor Jenny Kutner sat down with the comedy duo more commonly known as “Sorry About Last Night” who, as they enter season 2 of their famed podcast, are looking to crowdsource funds from fans while noting that their careers are “…getting better because of the podcast, which is really exciting.”

Performing an editorial feat, Kutner defines the duo’s narcissism as “comedy with a purpose” in her attempt to define the two as feminists. In doing so, the assistant editor at Salon exposes exactly why contemporary feminism is failing 21st century women: Today’s feminists have worked to sever feminism from its historical roots as a biblically-grounded movement for women’s independence. What they’re replacing it with, a “social media feminism” as artist and feminist April Bey has dubbed it, is a mere mask for narcissistic, death-obsessed, goddess worship.

Fallacy #1: Confusing the act of “combating” with the act of “normalization”:

The show’s premise was simple enough when Fisher and Hutchinson started it last December: They wanted to combat slut-shaming by opening up about their own sex lives, and encouraging others to do the same. In its first year, “Guys We F*cked” has grown enormously, both in terms of followers and also in its message and content. Initially an opportunity to sit down with their former — and, in Hutchinson’s case, current — sex partners, the show now regularly features an array of guests — dominatrixes, fellow comedians, Jenni Farley of “Jersey Shore” fame — as well as feminist commentary on current events. Each week also features a segment with questions from listeners –or, as Fisher and Hutchinson dotingly call them, “f*ckers.”

Military forces don’t have soldiers go around the country doing press junkets under the guise of “combating” their enemies. They go out into the field to confront and destroy the enemy. What Fisher and Hutchinson are doing is a mass PR campaign to normalize abnormal sexual behaviors, justified by claiming that it fits under the contemporary feminist call to “combat slut shaming.” In effect, they’re using a political movement’s misguided goal to market their own perverted egos. They employ contemporary feminism’s greatest defense (“Other people are like us!”) which does nothing to combat and everything to normalize behavior in mainstream culture.

Fallacy #2: Confusing the act of “confronting” with the act of justification:

Basically, I was going through a mental breakdown because I got dumped in a Panera Bread by the guy I thought I was going to be with for the rest of my life. I would go and cry at Krystyna’s house every day, and my hair was falling out … I was just had this idea of going back, kind of like John Cusack does in “High Fidelity,” and learning about myself and what I’m doing wrong in relationships by talking to people I dated. Krystyna and I had a meeting one day and fleshed it out to this larger thing that was both personal but could be anti-slut-shaming, to reach a broader audience more than just our narcissistic intentions.

Fisher employs a contemporary feminist trope of a woman who wrestles for independence from her emotions to the point that she proudly bears the ironic title of “slut” like a shield meant to protect her from the emotional pain of bad sexual encounters. What began as a personal examination turned into a “not guilty” “proud slut” moment, reinforcing the fact that they’re using the anti-slut shaming campaign to market their own podcasting personalities.

Fallacy #3: Feminism is all about ME:

Hutchinson: …we kind of realized, coming into our own as the show formed, that feminism is really just owning your shit and feeling good about your decisions and just being equal with men. … In terms of the [show’s] message it’s, “Do what you want with your body and if other people can’t deal with your choices then f*ck ‘em.”

This egregious mentality can be traced back to the second wave feminist movement. Ignorant of their first wave predecessors, women burned their bras and waved their breasts in America’s face. The selfishness that pervaded second wave feminism masked their demand for the homogenization of gender roles. Instead of carrying on the first wave’s demand for independence, the second wave demanded “equality” which boiled down to the burning of gender roles, paving the way for the perversion of sexuality in society.

As a result, feminists are now under the impression that feminism is a self-propelling ethos meant to justify narcissistic, even perverted whims at the expense of everyone else around them, which is perhaps why Kutner holds Fisher and Hutchinson up as the perfect role models for the movement.

Fallacy #4: Feminism is all about redemption:

Hutchinson: I think the key here is not so much sex and relationships but shame and suffocation and alleviating yourself of both of those things. …We’re all pieces of sh*t in some form or another…

Today’s feminism, having strayed far from the biblical roots of the first wave, proffers narcissism combined with the redemptive power of the phrase, “I’m OK, you’re OK.” Imagine if your entire theology was based on Marlo Thomas’s epic Free to be You and Me and you’ve got contemporary feminist theology in a nutshell. Hence it is considered sex-positive and empowering to refer to listeners as “f*ckers” and declare that “we’re all pieces of sh*t” who need not waste their time on humility, let alone shame.

Contemporary feminism relies, thrives, and will eventually die on the altar of goddess worship. Every narcissist reaches a point where they fear for their own soul. What was meant to be a political movement has morphed into an all-consuming redemptive religion, because when you insist that God has failed then something else must take His place. And if fearing the Lord equates to hating evil, then choosing to hate the Lord invariably results in justifying evil choices as redemptive at every turn.