My absolute favorite thing about anti-feminists is how they think they’re so smart. Let’s watch dsmith school Brittney and Lindsey over at Nashville is Talking.
Brittney comments favorably about a post Lindsey wrote about the ridiculousness of having hot chicks work as caddies even when said hot chicks know nothing about golf.
First, dsmith comes in with the Quotation Marks of Justice:
It amazes me why self described “feminists” (Brittany, I don’t know about Lindsey) always have to dump on women who don’t think “oogling” is the same as objectifying.
Both sets of quotation marks in this quote are supposed to alert the reader that both things in the quotation marks aren’t really things that need to be taken seriously. What’s a little oogling between male golfer and hottie caddie? What’s this feminism Brittney’s always going on about? I love, too, how dsmith throws in the “self described.” As if there’s some outside board who meets twice a year to decide who’s in the feminist club and who’s not. Oh, Brittney and Lindsey, you poseurs! You’re not real feminists; you just call yourselves that.
Then dsmith demands to have his or her questions answered. “For me, please? I want to know what you have a problem with. Seriously, I’m interested.” and “What say you?” As a rhetorical strategy, it’s akin to dsmith saying, “I determine what is right and wrong. I hold and am used to wielding authority. If I can’t see what your problem is, your saying that there’s a problem is never going to be enough for me to take your word for it.” See, so not only must Brittney and Lindsey have a problem, they must convince the mighty dsmith that their problem is worthy of his or her consideration.
And then he or she again demands that the discussion be held on his or her terms–“I can’t rebut any further until you explain why you said this.”
And, in a genius flourish at the end, dsmith writes:
Do you believe in a woman’s right to choose?
Isn’t the essence of a “woman’s right to choose” is what she can and can’t do with her own body (as long as it hurts no one else)?
I think you so called “feminists” have done women a major disservice.
Either that, or you’re just a hypocrite on this issue.
Holy god, it’s beautiful. No, just look at it. There are the Quotation Marks of Justice letting the reader know what things dsmith doesn’t consider even valid. Then there’s the deliberate misunderstanding of what a woman’s right to choose means, framing it as a general philosophy of life (Like the feminist movement is about turning all women into giant 14 year olds–” I can do whatever I want because I’m a woman and you’re not the boss of me! You can’t tell me what to do.”) instead of a political stance about reproductive freedom. Then there’s the insisting that Brittney and Lindsey have done women a major disservice. And the name calling.
It’s practically a primer on how to argue like a jackass against feminists.
1. Be sure that the feminists know you don’t take their perspective seriously.
2. Demand that the conversation go forward on your terms, even though you are not an instigator of said conversation.
3. Deliberately misunderstand the feminists.
4. Condescend, condescend, condescend.
Bravo, dsmith. Bravo. Well played.