In addition to getting the vapors over scientist Matt Taylor’s shirt(!) last week, “the social media outrage machine,” went on quite a virulent wilding spree last week, as Mollie Hemingway writes at the Federalist:
A review of [Atlantic reporter Rose] Eveleth’s outrage-tweets over a shirt someone wore might make you embarrassed to be human.
When University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds simply wrote an op-ed for USA Today criticizing the feminist bullying, he was accused by feminists of egregious behavior, including “doxxing” — the practice of revealing a person’s private information for the purpose of intimidation. When people pointed out that there was literally not one shred of evidence to support the claim that Reynolds had done any such thing, claims were revised to (falsely) say he’d encouraged “his flying monkeys” to misbehave. Feminists tried to suggest that Reynolds’ employer should be upset about what he wrote.
And when Nancy Pelosi was asked by Nancy Cordes of CBS News if she’d given any thought to stepping down on account of how she’d just overseen yet another drubbing of Democrats in the House, she accused the assembled press corps of misogyny, claiming they’d never asked male leaders such questions. Even the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank — I repeat, even Dana Milbank — couldn’t take the idiocy, since of course male leaders are asked such questions all the time.
That’s it. Enough already. Enough. Enough. Enough. Whether we want to or not, we have to deal with our feminist bullying problem.
Congratulations, feminists, you just reminded everyone why you have a stigma attached to your movement.
On Saturday, Time Magazine Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs added an apology to the news website’s poll asking readers what word they want to ban. At the time, the word “feminist” was winning the poll with over 50 percent of the vote.
“Editor’s Note: TIME apologizes for the execution of this poll; the word ‘feminist’ should not have been included in a list of words to ban,” Gibbs wrote. “While we meant to invite debate about some ways the word was used this year, that nuance was lost, and we regret that its inclusion has become a distraction from the important debate over equality and justice.”
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After Time’s banishment poll was released, feminists went apoplectic. Feminist Majority called on Time to remove the word from the list and encouraged supporters to e-mail Gibbs directly with their outrage.
The bullying campaign worked.
This could have been a moment for radical feminists to rethink their tactics, but no, they confirmed everyone’s worst conceptions about the movement and thus set women back yet again.
But why was Time trying to get words removed from the English language? I thought the left didn’t believe…
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….Wait, what am I saying? Last week was yet another reminder that George Orwell’s 1984 continues to remain the classic unconscious how-to guide for the left.
Related: “Shorter version: ‘If I scream and act like Rosie O’Donnell, will I look like Rosie O’Donnell?’ Why take that chance?”
Update: It’s Orwell all the way down:
So feminists got the word feminist banned from a poll about banning words?
— John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl) November 17, 2014