No regular reader of this blog or the Guardian will be astonished to discover that Jessica Valenti has comically limited powers of perception, but there are moments like today, when one questions whether she is just a giant, gleeful, skilled troll. Surely, this has to be an act. Surely, no one can be this utterly clueless and ignorant? Surely?
Feminism, declares Jessica, is not a fad, it’s here to stay! And what is her evidence for this? She tosses out a few buzzwords, seemingly oblivious to how that buzz played out, but that’s not even her magum dumbus.
Some [news] was good: celebrities spoke up against sexism, the military ended the ban on women in combat, battling sexual assault took center stage, and companies from Netflix to Spotify created realistic and generous parental leave policies.
Valenti links to Jennifer Lawrence as the celebrity who spoke up against sexism: Lawrence complained about the pay gap she experienced on American Hustle, when in fact, she was paid more than her male counterparts. Oh, oops. Maybe not the best example, Jess. But typical. A beautiful, rich, white woman complains about how hard done by she is because she only makes $25 million every time she agrees to play pretend on film. That’s pretty much feminism, summed up nicely.
Valenti links to a story about Bill Clinton Cosby (sorry, wrong Bill) to tackle sexual assault, because I guess even Valenti realizes that whole UVA rape hoax thing kinda made feminists look bad? Better to focus on the Bill with the dark skin when discussing sexual assault because #BlackLivesMatter or something. The rosy-cheeked Bill with the devilish grin is not to be mentioned in the same breath as ‘sexual assault’. Sssh. Listen and believe only when the accused is not Bill Clinton.
Valenti goes on to mention the Planned Parenthood shooting as a bad thing that happened, but misses the chance to cry victim, possibly because crying victim in this circumstance would undermine her basic premise? Planned Parenthood had a bad year, with a huge cultural swing in favor of defunding the operation completely, thanks to that pesky ‘baby parts’ scandal. Really, peeps, you crush above the thorax, and below the thorax, and get the juicy good bits you can sell for money and what is your problem anyways?”
In 2015, 82 abortion clinics either closed or reduced their abortion services. Whether you agree that is a good thing or not, it strongly suggests that feminism’s ‘abortion on demand’ battle cry is going unheeded. The only culture in which feminism is deeply ingrained is the imaginary culture media feminists have concocted in their heads. In 1991, 2,176 facilities offered abortions in the US. 81% are now closed. If feminists consider that a triumph, an indication of the ‘staying power’ of feminism, they might want to invest in a dictionary, and look up the word ‘defeat’. Morality aside, the loss of 81% of your assets in the abortion war sounds an awful lot like ‘getting your ass kicked’ to me.
It gets better, though! After exercising her ability to deadlift facts and evidence with feminism aplomb, Valenti goes on to pull out the big guns!
If there’s still any doubt that feminism’s power is a lasting one, consider the panicked backlash we’ve been witnessing these past few years [emp. mine]. As throngs of mostly white male pundits bemoan PC and “victimhood culture”, they continue to be the demographic most likely to overreact when faced with changes they don’t like.
If feminism wasn’t at its most powerful there wouldn’t be this kind of frenzied response to it. So though we may continue to see more bad news in the days ahead – like further moves to defund Planned Parenthood or the continued dismissal of rape victims – we can hold on to the fact that we are winning. Not just for the “moment”, but for the foreseeable future.
The way to determine whether an ideology has lasting power is to consider the backlash against it?
Jesus H. Christ, you cannot be this stupid, Valenti. By that logic, shouldn’t we all be shouting Seig Heil and flying swastikas in the yard? The backlash to the Third Reich was surely impressive! Totalitarianism, communism, Marxism – all experienced some pretty strong backlash, which, contrary to #FeministLogic is the reason they were annihilated! There comes a time, oh dimwitted Valenti, that one must recognize when the backlash has turned into battle, and you are about to get wiped out!
Well, she kind of gets it. More bad news might be coming in the days ahead! Like losing the abortion war. Like losing the rape culture war. But never fear, feminists! Losing all the wars doesn’t mean you’ve lost the battle! Onward, troops! You have to admire her optimism. Unfortunately, optimism born of feeble intelligence is not really optimism at all.
The Guardian is feminism’s Hamburger Hill, methinks. A long time ago, the paper stood for something, and had well meaning people who honestly attempted to report the news. Now, it’s just one more pointless, immoral tool used in a war that was lost some time ago. It doesn’t matter how many times, or how loudly, Sgt. Valenti screams ‘you will not die on me in combat’, they’re gonna die.
As much as I hate feminism, I think some of those battles will be a loss to all of us. I don’t want to see abortion on demand, but abortion with sensible restrictions is fundamental to human freedom. I want reproductive rights for both men and women. Culturally, we’ve made a huge mistake in trusting pampered, privileged, entitled white women to determine the contours of the battle for human rights. Having obtained a modicum of power, feminists have made it clear they intend to use that power to punish, silence, and harm other groups with whom they do not agree.
And like every totalitarian, controlling, dystopian regime before them, feminism will crushed by the overwhelming majority of human beings who want to live their lives free from sanctimonious, prudish, scolding shrews. That backlash, Valenti? Pay careful attention to it: it’s about to become a tsunami.
Enjoy the ride.
Lots of love,