An unnamed high school invited feminist commentator Clementine Ford to speak to the students. Ford is notable for her negative comments about men. She also tends to get into arguments across social media involving a number of issues.
As such, it came as no surprise that when the teen boys did not accept Ford’s positions she took to Twitter to rage about it:
Keep in mind that these are teenagers. While some of them were probably trying to get a rise out of Ford, given the intensity of her response and her reputation, none of this is shocking. And of course, Ford felt the need to that there is “a group more arrogant and yet conversely less intelligent than 15 year old boys”.
It is not arrogant to ask that a speaker presenting a specific worldview be open to questions and challenges. This is particularly important when the sources one uses are highly selective, subjective, and often conducted with agenda-driven methodology.
Yet more than that, if you want to convince someone, you must listen to their feedback. All the ironic arrogance Ford displays is the reason the boys rejected her positions. Perhaps Ford was able to keep the attitude to a minimum during the talk, but I doubt it. So this leaves a specific scenario: Ford steps into a high school, insults half the student body, and then wonders why they do not like her.
As for her excuse for leaving quickly, it is utter nonsense. She knew when she would speak and how much time was allotted. She should have left enough time for the students to ask questions. Leaving in a rush after rattling off propaganda is intellectually dishonest.
In 2016, the top musician earners were Taylor Swift, One Direction, Adele, Madonna, and Rihanna. Despite Ford’s whining, it turns out that the “child” was mostly right. Perhaps instead of resorting to the conceited, know-it-all attitude Ford could have taken three seconds to check the boy’s claim. Of course, this requires intellectual honesty, which is something feminists like Ford lack.
There is more:
No one needs to tell her what she thinks. She uses her Twitter account as if it were her mental diarrhea trash can. And as we can see from her comments about fifteen year old boys, Ford does not appear to like males. Likewise, she appears thin-skinned and insanely reactionary. This makes the person’s question rather poignant: if Ford so dislikes males and being challenged by people, why give public speeches? Why put yourself in that position if you will throw a tantrum?
She did eventually wrap up her Twitter spasm:
Wait, the school responded to their male students “properly” by inviting someone who dislikes teen boys? How would inviting a man-hating bigot change the boys’ negative views of feminists or females in general? If anything, it is an invitation to hate feminists and the girls who support them.
This is precisely why there should have been a rigorous question and answer session. While the boys might not have had sources at the ready, they certainly would have forced Ford to defend her views with a better argument than “I’m right because feminism.”
That said, I wonder what would have happened if Ford had approached the situation by first treating the boys as people. This is something I rarely see feminists do, yet when it happens the feminist tends to get a less hostile response. Sometimes not being a loudmouth jackass works.