A race war where one side repeatedly apologies and the other side keeps punching them while denouncing their privilege isn’t really much of a war, but it’s the insane state of affairs in online feminism. And not just feminism. Every community where “white privilege” is invoked to denounce white people for existing and having points of view goes down this same insane Maoist culture war pathway.
“I actually think there’s a subset of black women who really do get off on white women being prostrate,” Cooper says. Brittney Cooper, an assistant professor at Rutgers, is one of the black women who participated in #Femfuture
That’s where this begins and that’s where it goes.
Sarah Milstein, co-author of a guide to Twitter, published a piece on the Huffington Post titled “5 Ways White Feminists Can Address Our Own Racism.”
At one point, Milstein argued that if a person of color says something that makes you uncomfortable, “assume your discomfort is telling you something about you, not about the other person.” After Rule No. 3, “Look for ways that you are racist, rather than ways to prove you’re not.”
Also if he’s hitting you, assume that it’s something you did wrong. Look for things you did wrong, not things you do right. This is the pathetic disgusting mess that feminism has become in the grubby hands of the race-obsessed left.
Katherine Cross, a Puerto Rican trans (wo)man working on a PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center, wrote about how often (s)he hesitates to publish articles or blog posts out of fear of inadvertently stepping on an ideological land mine and bringing down the wrath of the online enforcers.
“I fear being cast suddenly as one of the ‘bad guys’ for being insufficiently radical, too nuanced or too forgiving, or for simply writing something whose offensive dimensions would be unknown to me at the time of publication.”
Like an insane cross-dressing Zeus goddess, the revolution eats its own trans-children.
“What’s disgusting and disturbing to me is that I see some of the more intellectually dishonest arguments put forth by women of color being legitimized and performed by white feminists, who seem to be in some sort of competition to exhibit how intersectional they are,” says Jezebel founder Holmes, who is black.
But that’s the whole point. It’s about finding reasons to purge other people. This is how it went down in the USSR until everyone was purged and there was an absolute tyranny.
In the summer of 2012, twenty-one feminist bloggers and online activists gathered at Barnard College… to talk about ways to leverage support for online feminism… “#Femfuture: Online Revolution,”
#Femfuture was earnest and studiously politically correct… Online, the Barnard group—nine of whom were women of color—was savaged as a cabal of white opportunists…
the response was so vitriolic, so full of bad faith and stubborn misinformation, that it felt like some sort of Maoist hazing. Kendall, for example, compared #Femfuture to Rebecca Latimer Felton, a viciously racist Southern suffragist who supported lynching because she said it protected white women from rape…
Vitriolic, full of bad faith and stubborn misinformation is how the left does business. And suddenly the people on the receiving end are surprised to get the same treatment.
There’s nothing rational about this. It’s about using ideology as a weapon to get power and spew hate. That’s what a lot of the left is about. Mikki Kendall is just another of the deranged hateful faces of that left who uses race as a weapon. It’s not new.
Others were incensed that a report about online feminism left out women who aren’t online.
“Where is the space in all of these #femfuture movements for people who don’t have internet access?” tweeted Mikki Kendall, a feminist writer who, months later, would come up with the influential hashtag #solidarityisforwhitewomen.
Yes where? How can we bring Twitter to people who can’t tweet? #racism #twittersolidarityisforwhitewomen #Immakinganactivistrep
Jamia Wilson was one of the black women involved in the Barnard meeting. One self-described white feminist tweeted at her to explain that no women of color had been at the Barnard meeting “and that I needed to be educated about that.”
Jamia clearly had a false consciousness of being there. Also since it was a white feminist dominated meeting, she wasn’t really black.
And it’s not just crazy mau-mauing by black feminists. It’s also crazy mau-mauing of women by men in dresses.
In a revolution-eats-its-own irony, some online feminists have even deemed the word “vagina” problematic.
In January, the actress and activist Martha Plimpton tweeted about a benefit for Texas abortion funds called “A Night of a Thousand Vaginas,”…
Plimpton was surprised when some offended Internet feminists urged people to stay away, arguing that emphasizing “vaginas” hurts trans men who don’t want their reproductive organs coded as female.
“Given the constant genital policing, you can’t expect trans folks to feel included by an event title focused on a policed, binary genital,” tweeted @DrJaneChi, an abortion and transgender health provider. (She mentioned “internal genitals” as an alternative.)
When Plimpton insisted that she would continue to say “vagina,” her feed filled up with indignation.
“So you’re really committed to doubling down on using a term that you’ve been told many times is exclusionary & harmful?” asked one self-described intersectional feminist blogger.
Behold the outrage machine in full spin.
An elaborate series of norms and rules has evolved out of that belief, generally unknown to the uninitiated, who are nevertheless hammered if they unwittingly violate them.
One such rule is a prohibition on what’s called “tone policing.” An insight into the way marginalized people are punished for their anger has turned into an imperative “that you can never question the efficacy of anger, especially when voiced by a person from a marginalized background.”
Similarly, there’s a norm that intention doesn’t matter—indeed, if you offend someone and then try to explain that you were misunderstood, this is seen as compounding the original injury.
And there’s one response you can repeatedly expect to encounter from the identity politics part of the feminist left in response to any criticism of their behavior no matter how awful. “Oh are you upset because black trans people exist and have opinions.”
Karen MacRae – White feminist horrified to discover that Women of Colour Feminists have opinions
Dear black people, trans people and poor people. Stop being so uppity. Kind regards, The Nation – Christopher Benton
Oh good. Another privileged WW (white woman) telling BW (black women) how to be feminists. Awesome. (Seriously, Nation?) – StereoCultureSociety
And that’s the problem with Dumblr feminism in a single comment. It’s not about education, it’s about holding somebody’s head under the mud til they feel as super terrible bad as they should about x transgression that they never participated in. – MaidOfKandar