Sargon of Akkad published a video about feminist claims of misogyny among gay men. This is something I heard when I was a child, and it remains a common complaint from feminists. Their argument is that gay men mock femininity and adopt an exaggerated form of it that women could never perform. They also argue that some gay men adopt the personas of oppressed women like black women, again exploiting the identity in a way that those women would never get to do in society.
I found it a bizarre argument when I was a child, and I continue to find it ridiculous now. While there are scores of gay men who engage in exaggerated femininity, the majority of them are not doing so out of malice. If they find black women to be the pinnacle of whatever identity it is that they wish to achieve, they are hardly co-opting the black female experience anymore than a black woman behaving like JFK is acting white.
Another aspect of feminists’ dislike of gay men is the assumption that they are the worst offenders of “the Patriarchy.” From this feminist perspective, gay men seek to wholly remove women from their lives and from society. These men have no use for women, either sexually, emotionally, or in general, and therefore they are what “the Patriarchy” would become.
Around the midpoint of the video, Sargon reads an essay written in the 1970s, yet it reads as if it were written about modern feminists. In it, the author breaks down the tendency among feminists to hijack other people’s movements, in this case the gay rights movement, and argue that not only do those people owe feminists credit for all the activism, but that they owe feminists their allegiance.
The current argument among feminists is that gay men should step to the back of the line because women have it worse. All the achievements of gay rights are credited to the feminist movement, and feminists argue that gay men should prioritize feminists concerns over gay rights concerns because gay men are still privileged as men.
The oddity is that this argument is not new. The essay shows that even back at the beginning of “second wave” feminism this idea that gay men “owed” feminists was present.
Another interesting point Sargon notes, and it is one that I remain baffled by, is the bizarre push by progressives to argue that straight people should try to be gay. The argument is essentially, “How do you know you don’t like it if you’ve never tried it.”
This is the same group of people who argued for decades that sexuality is not a choice but an innate genetic trait. Yet in their attempt to normalize homosexuality, these progressives twist their argument in order to tell men, usually straight white men, that they should try some gay activities because… no one really knows. The argument is so nebulous and idiotic that no one can give a good or even decent reason making it.
Sargon shows in his video the utter backwardness, entitlement, and bigotry of modern feminism and the progressive movement.