It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:
I am not a big fan of criticism wrapped in hyperbole. While it is often obvious when a person is exaggerating for effect, hyperbole makes it easy for people to dismiss the criticism as pure inanity. This is how Manboobz treats Heartiste’s post about feminism. Since Manboobz has a terrible habit of posting comments out of context, I first read Heartiste’s post.
It is indeed hyperbolic and deliberately hostile towards feminists, although in context it comes across more like one of Bill Maher’s anti-religion or anti-conservative rants. And like Maher’s rant, couched in the offensive language are valid points.
For instance, many feminists try to work around obvious contradictions like opposing social beauty standards while wearing make-up by saying, as Jessica Valenti did, “I like to wear makeup. I just realize that I’m only wearing it because society tells me I’ll look ugly without it.” This is a person who wants people to believe she is an independent fighter of “The Patriarchy” and totally capable of resisting its pull to conformity, yet she is utterly powerless when it comes to wearing make-up. She can fight against wearing a dress to prove she is female, but that mascara brush is just too strong.
It is a moronic argument, or as Heartiste wrote:
Valenti’s “I just realize that I’m only wearing [makeup] because society tells me I’ll look ugly without it” is the dog-eared “deus ex societas” card that feminists always pull when they have run out of credible explanations for female behavior and are forced to confront the reality of innate sex differences. To demonstrate the bankruptcy of that card, try to imagine a man saying “I just realize that I’m only trying to get girls into bed because society tells me I’ll be depressed if I stay celibate.” Ridiculous on its face, yet that is exactly the level of intellectual feminist thought.
Granted, calling feminists “lantern-jawed fuzzfaced quasi-dykes,” “femcunts,” or “raspy-throated, dusty-muffed sisters-in-arms” will not engender much support, although I do wonder if these were some of Ryan Reynolds leftover insults from Blade Trinity.
I believe civility is the better way to go, if only because civility frustrates people like Manboobz.
As usual, Manboobz only listed the insults out of context and failed to address any of Heartiste’s actual points. And to demonstrate his intellectual dishonesty, he read this comment by Heartiste:
My opinion of cultural trends now underway?: Thanks to technology, diversity and cognitive stratification, America is entering the period of The Great Culling, a process which will create not only new classes, but even new races, broadly a snarky Eloi and a medicated Morlock, and slowly, as the government cheese runs out, the losers in this culling will begin to procreate less and less, until they are discarded by the invisible crotch of evolution as failed human experiments unable to adapt to the new reality. (Note that some of the losers include childless spinsters of the high IQ elite.) The wildcard is genetic engineering, something nerds love to trumpet to assuage their feelings of hopelessness, but I doubt it will emerge in time to make a difference.
And wrote this in response:
Having dispensed with feminism, Roissy goes on to wax pompous about the future of the whole human race. Naturally, he thinks like a PUA version of Hitler.
He now just lost the argument. See, there is this law called Godwin’s Law that states, “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.” In an impressive feat of stupidity, Manboobz broke Godwin’s Law without even talking to anyone. What makes his Hitler comparison truly moronic is that Heartiste is actually criticizing social engineering.
I would never deny anyone their right to make a complete jackass out of themselves (as Manboobz seems intent on doing). However, if a person wants to do that, they can make themselves look as stupid and dishonest as they want without comparing people they hate to Hilter. I would say that Manboobz knows better, but he does not.