Breaking Poe’s Law

I wrote about an article satirizing feminists’ tendency to coin misandrous terms to vilify and humiliate men. A few people seemed to take the article seriously, which excellently demonstrated Poe’s Law.

For those who do not know, Poe’s Law is defined as:

Without a clear indication of the author’s intent, it is difficult or impossible to tell the difference between an expression of sincere extremism and a parody of extremism.

If one thought that no feminist could come up with anything as ridiculous as “broplimenting,” I give you “manterrupting” and “bropropriating.” As Jessice Bennett explains on TIME:

Manterrupting: Unnecessary interruption of a woman by a man.

Bropropriating: Taking a woman’s idea and taking credit for it.

Bennett cites Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs, an act universally reviled, as a prime example of “manterrupting.” She goes on to list a study conducted by a woman Bennett frequently works with as proof of this imbalance:

Sandberg and Grant cite research showing that powerful male Senators speak significantly more than their junior colleagues, while female Senators do not. That male executives who speak more often than their peers are deemed more competent (by 10%), while female executives who speak up are considered less (14% less). The data follows a long line of research showing that when it comes to the workplace, women speak less, are interrupted more, and have their ideas more harshly scrutinized.

Someone even created an infographic based on the TIME article.

This is the perfect illustration of Poe’s Law. There is no difference from the nonsense in Bennett’s serious “commentary” and Katherine Timpf’s satirical article. If not told, one cannot tell which is which.

Thank you, modern feminists.

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3 thoughts on “Breaking Poe’s Law

  1. “I wrote about an article satirizing feminists’ tendency to coin misandrous terms to vilify and humiliate men. A few people seemed to take the article seriously, which excellently demonstrated Poe’s Law.”

    I’m guilty as charged.

  2. At this point, it’s not hard to parody modern feminism/social justice.

    What they come up with pretty much writes itself.

  3. Damn it, you guys fell prey to Broe’s Law: any invented feminist nonsense always turns up becoming something dead serious. Stop saying stupid things, they consider those good ideas and run away with them!

    What will they think of next, a feminist programming language? Oh wait…

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