Feminism is loaded with terms like “the Patriarchy” and “misogyny” without really defining what they mean. This, of course, works to the advantage of Feminist leaders, who can define them however they like. The goalposts aren’t so much moving as they are permanently attached to wheels, or perhaps equipped with a cloaking device.
Even Time magazine admits that more women have college education than men, now. Females outnumber males in higher education. And the gap is widening significantly. If this is all true, how can the Patriarchy be in control of the university system, as feminists claim?
But it goes much deeper than that. Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, explains for us:
Most women in the United States believe they live in a patriarchy. Most men (as far as I can tell) believe they live in a matriarchy.
They can’t both be right. Right?
But they are both right. Because we all experience our own reality. As a wealthy, single male over 50, I live in a patriarchy bubble for sure. Let me give you a perfect example.
Scott Adams’ thesis is that there really is a Patriarchy, but that it is absurdly small and populated solely by the uber-wealthy men with political power, fame, and other such things. He explains further that, while he is a member of this class today, it wasn’t always so:
When I was young, poor, and penniless, my experience was that of a being in a matriarchy. My mother was my dominant parent. My first teachers were women. And I later failed at two careers because of my employers’ gender preferences for women. I tell those stories in my book. In both cases my bosses told me – in direct language – that the company had a diversity problem to fix and the executives had ordered them to stop promoting white males.
I’m not complaining, just reporting, for context. That was a long time ago. Obviously things worked out well for me.
When I was a young, unattractive male with no money, I had no social power, no dating power, and some very real career obstacles because of my gender. My subjective reality was that I was living in a matriarchy, even if those around me were not.
This is my own experience, also. If you are a man who isn’t driving a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, living it up in a mansion, with fame and/or political power, you are less than a nothing. You are an object of contempt. And, oddly enough, it isn’t other men making it this way. Most men have an instinctive understanding of equivalence.
In one of my previous jobs, I frequently rubbed elbows with some very wealthy and powerful people, including not one, but two people who were personal friends with two separate political candidates running for President, right now. In my dealings with them, they did not show one bit of contempt for me. They shook my hand like any other man would, and discussed the things which I was there to talk about without rancor or obvious superiority complexes. They saw me as a man, and someone who was there to to do a job for them.
My experiences with women of similar social rank were considerably less pleasant to say the least. I was a menial to them, a mere servant. Their attitudes toward me were that of a master to a slave, and an unfavored slave at that.
It is women who choose this expression of the Patriarchy.
Women reward boorish brutes who have political clout, and frequently ignore or even express outright loathing for men who do not have this power. In simple terms, they create their own boogeyman.
The rest of us live in a world which is unfavorable to men. We live in a Matriarchy, where most, if not all, social power is in the hands of women. Again, Scott Adams explains this:
The younger men without money – and most of the men with wives and families – are living in a matriarchy. That group of men doesn’t have anything left to give.
As a mental exercise, pay attention to which demographic group almost always plays the idiot on television commercials. It is usually a young male who is not wealthy. That group is the shit of society.
Scott Adams also means this literally. When a man and a woman are walking their dog down the street, look at who has to clean up the dog shit with one of those little plastic baggies and cart it around until a trash can is found. Yes, shit is a man’s job.
I’ve been discussing this cartoonish bufoonery heaped on men for a long time, now. Men are either drunken frat boy slobs, or balding middle-aged losers who can’t even read a map. The State Farm commercials are famous for this particular depiction.
State Farm advertisement. This is the image of modern man. A crying loser who can’t drive, calling a strong-independent-woman-of-power for help.
But then look at advertisements for liquor and beer. Bacardi, Dos Equis, Absolut and Stella commercials are famous for this. Wonderful, good looking, wealthy and powerful men are depicted in a positive light. And the women are seen making eyes at them with barely-restrained sensuality.
Stella advertisement. This is the real Patriarchy, or at least the one most women dream of.
There’s your Patriarchy, folks. Except that, contrary to every piece of conventional wisdom about Feminism, Feminists like this Patriarchy. The contempt they have for most men isn’t because they are too powerful, or oppressive, or control anything.
It’s because those men are contemptible slaves. And, like all masters, whips and chains are necessary to keep the slave in line. Most of us live under the Matriarchy, and don’t even know it.
Have you ever looked at an SJW and wondered “just what is this idiot trying to tell me?” Or, have you perhaps contemplated the intellectual musings of a Tumblrista and wondered “what in the everlasting fuck is this person actually saying?”
Well, wonder no more. Your friendly neighborhood Lord High Inquisitor of Capitalism has provided these translations from Communese into modern American English. For my friends of British persuasion, just add an occasional pointless “u” into words like color, in order to translate into the Queen’s.
1. “Let’s have a Conversation.” The direct translation for this is “your opinion hurts my feelings and you need to change it.” But this fails to capture the essence of the phrase. When an SJW says this, what they really mean is that you have departed from the traditional narrative, and you are being warned that your non-conforming opinion needs to be changed immediately. Failure to do so will result in denunciation and accusations of racism, sexism, etc… Having a conversation means agreeing with the SJW on all particulars.
2. “Educate yourself!” Directly translated, this is “I can’t understand why you don’t agree with the accepted narrative.” But again, there are nuances here. This can be considered a final warning before denunciation and attempts to attack your character. The SJW is warning you that there will be consequences if you don’t agree with the politically correct narrative. Perhaps they will try to get you fired, or dox you, or some other form of unpleasantness. The subtle translation is “obey the dictates of Social Justice or else!”
Educate Yourself = Listen & Believe = Turn off your brain so that we can fill it with as much Taco Bell-derived intellectual sewage as humanly possible.
3. You are a Racist!” You’re white. And probably male, cis-gendered, and straight. Remember, all white men are racists, and any accusation of racism is prima facie evidence of guilt. Progressive white men can be exempted by proclamation by the SocJus community. But this exemption can be revoked at any time, in which case you revert to being a racist.
4. “You’re a Misogynist!” You’re white. And probably male, cis-gendered, and straight. Remember, all white men are sexists, and any accusation of sexism is prima facie evidence of guilt. Progressive white men can be exempted by proclamation by the SocJus community. But this exemption can be revoked at any time, in which case you revert to being a sexist.
5. “You’re an Islamophobe!” You have common sense, which is, of course, a violation of accepted SocJus norms. The only sense you are allowed to have is fed to you by the media. When the media tells you Islam is good and Christianity is evil, you must accept this with no further discussion or demands for evidence.
6. “I can’t be a racist because racism equals privilege plus discrimination.” This means the SJW is a racist and hates white people. Bahar Mustafa, a woman of Turkish ethnicity famously proclaimed that her Turkish heritage meant that she could never be a racist. My Armenian ancestors would disagree, of course. But college feminists are far more oppressed than people thrown into rail cars, shot, beaten to death, and/or crucified.
Totally doesn’t count. Why, look at those Armenians oppressing the poor Turks.
7. “That’s Triggering!” Directly translated, this statement means roughly: “waaaaaaaah waaah waaaaaaaaaah!” A more nuanced translation would be “this made me cry, and I will throw a temper tantrum unless you make it go away.”
8. “We need a Safe Space!” The SJW wishes to re-institute segregation along racial and ethnic lines. Members of the KKK are currently kicking themselves for not thinking of this idea first. “Damnit,” says the Grand Wizard Dragon of Podunk, “if only we called Jim Crow ‘Safe Spaces for People of Color’ we could have pulled it off…”
Don’t worry, I’m sure the guys with torches, crosses, and pointy hats will be happy to provide them for you.
9. “Sexuality is Sacred!” When the dog humps the couch and manages to get himself off, you are required to give thanks to the environmentally-friendly, non-judgmental, transsexual, ethnic Goddess of Fedora-wearing neckbeards. Femen protesters, of course, can run around buck naked, touching themselves, and this is no big deal. The SJW is really saying that if you are not an SJW, all sex is rape and therefore you are a rapist. Of course, male SJWs never have sex with women anyway, so de facto, the SJW is saying that all heterosexual activity is rape.
10. “This is an example of Rape Culture!” It’s something that normal human beings have been doing since the dawn of time, or creation, or whatever. This may mean having sex, reproducing, looking at attractive members of the opposite sex, etc… Usually, however, this is a specific reference to anything which depicts a beautiful or attractive woman in any way that would interest men. Wearing a bikini on a magazine cover, for instance. A direct translation would be “I saw a woman more attractive than my lard-filled, unshaven rear-end, and this hurts my feelings.”
11. “I am oppressed.” Generally uttered by upper-middle class white SJWs, but can occasionally be spoken by wealthy members of other ethnicities. What it really means is “I feel threatened by the peasantry.” It is a variant of the famous phrase attributed to Marie Antoinette: “let them eat cake.”
She was a woman, therefore she was more oppressed than the white guy cleaning shit out of the sewer. Let him eat cake.
12. “I was raped.” Directly translated, this means “I had sex and later regretted it.” But sometimes having sex isn’t even necessarily a prerequisite for this statement. It may also mean “I want attention from the media” or ” somebody said hi to me when I was walking to my gender studies class.” Context is important when deciphering this phrase.
13. “Gamers are dead.” Gamers are very much alive and are an irritant in the eyes of the SJW who uttered this.
Dontcha know? Gamers are dead. I read it on a Progressive “gaming” site.
14. “Fat is beautiful.” Directly translated: “Every human being is equally attractive to every other human being, except white males, who are really, really ugly.” Usually uttered by the most vile, mammoth, sloth-like, vaguely-female “humans” ever to walk the Earth.
Thin Privilege… if you weigh less than 400lbs, you have it.
15. “Jesus was a Socialist.” Direct translation: “I’m a moron who thinks that a cursory understanding of religion fed to me by the media is more accurate than the beliefs of those who actually adhere to and study their faith.”
16. “Everybody should be equal.” Directly translated: “Give me money. Really. My Patreon is over there…”
17. “I was discriminated against.” Directly translated: “Somebody doesn’t like me. I’m a good gender-queer, hydrosexual, poopkin, trans-ethnic feminist, so I can’t imagine why.” Usually uttered by the dumbest, most unpleasant people imaginable. Most individuals would rather hang out with Jeffrey Dahmer than whoever said this.
18. “I think you’re a Nazi.” Directly translated: “Everything I don’t like is literally Hitler. The undercooked fries from McDonalds? Hitler. The fitness magazine depicting attractive men and women? Hitler. Republicans? Hitler. Straight people? Hitler. White people? Hitler.”
19. “You’re a Homophobe.” This one has a bit of nuance to it. This is really code for being a cis-gendered heterosexual who failed to praise homosexuality with every second breath. However, any homosexual (Milo, basically) who departs from the narrative can be safely attacked. Indeed, failing to insult a conservative homosexual is grounds for immediate expulsion from SocJus and is, paradoxically, proof of homophobia.
20. “That’s Cultural Appropriation.” Translation: India’s culture dates back at least 4,000 years, but it is threatened whenever a white girl wears a bindi. Chinese civilization is ancient, and arguably the largest economy in the world at the present moment. But it is threatened by the presence of a white guy ordering take out. Cultural Appropriation is one of those nebulous terms that periodically pops up in SJW discourse. Since, according to them, white people have no culture, they must steal it from everyone else. And this stealing is racism. But, since they view everything as cultural appropriation of some kind, the only way to satisfy them would be to cease to exist. Or, perhaps, you could pull a Shaun King and declare yourself to be black. That, of course, is not Cultural Appropriation.
That about covers it. But, as always, your friendly neighborhood Lord High Inquisitor of Capitalism (and literally-Hitler) is always searching for more translations. Post in the comments and I’ll pick the best ones for a followup.
When I was a child, I had dreams like any other, impossible goals and obnoxious ambitions. There was a time when I wished I were the Emperor of the Earth. Never let it be said that I think small. Then there were times I wished I could invent a time machine and travel back to the days of Christ to solve the deeper mysteries of Christianity. Childhood dreams are like that. There is no sense to them, but they had a magnificence, a purity our smaller and more realistic adult ambitions sometimes lack. Did you ever want to be an astronaut or an Olympic swimmer? Did you see yourself writing the next great Science Fiction novel or directing a Hollywood blockbuster?
One thing I did not want to be growing up, however, was a victim. At least, not at first. But when I left private school, near to being kicked out for atrocious behavior (I was not a terribly pleasant child), and wound up in public school, that’s what they taught. In seventh grade I got into a fight with this kid, a bully who I had been having trouble with for months. He threw the first punch, and everybody saw him do it. But when I stood, poised with a textbook over my head, prepared to smash it into the insolent little shit’s face, it was me who got the phone call home and barely avoided suspension.
Why? Because I didn’t look like the victim, irrespective of whether or not I actually was. Somehow, his tearful face made him the victim, and me the oppressor. Ironically, this turned me into an actual victim, for before this I had adhered to my father’s maxim of punch the bully in the nose and he’ll probably go away. After this, I learned that self defense was punished. The rest of middle school and much of high school was spent being the butt monkey of every bully and meathead jock around. I was a laughing stock, but at least I wasn’t being threatened with suspension or expulsion anymore.
It wasn’t long before I noticed this behavior everywhere. One thing I was good at was distance running, and I remember a day in which I was on fire. I can’t remember if it was sixth or seventh grade, but I blew through the mile in under 6 minutes, which was a pretty notable achievement for that age. I was more than a minute faster than the next guy behind me. But the PE teacher didn’t even care, or bother to notice the achievement. He was busy congratulating and urging on lazy kids for actually bothering to jog instead of walk.
We interrupt this regularly-scheduled victimhood article to inform you that Brianna Wu, transsexual, is a victim even though somebody handed her $200,000 out of the blue.
This was a talent that was wasted. I look back on this with sadness, because I was truly gifted in Cross Country and distance running. I could have gone somewhere with that ability, but the Cross Country coach spent his time focusing on the girl’s team, because that was the way the political winds were blowing in the public school system, and my motivation waned over the years, until I walked away from it completely.
You might think that I’m blaming other people for my failings (the very thing I’m speaking against). I’m not. I blame myself for succumbing to this idiocy. Hell, there was a time in which I took Marx seriously and a time when I believed the Keynesians has the right of things. Now, if I had that time machine I dreamed of as a child, I would go back to my younger self and tell him to ignore the administrators telling him not to fight back, or the coaches who spent their time working with people who didn’t even want to run. I would find my own motivation, as I have today, and go to the gym on my own accord. But I’m in my thirties now, and dreams of running in the Olympics, or even competing in college are long dead. It should be noted that I intend to tell my son this when he is old enough to understand, it would be well if he could learn from my failings.
A middle schooler is more susceptible to these things. Children can be influenced in this manner more than adults can. If you tell a child that he is a victim, day in and day out, sooner or later he will start to believe it. And if you penalize a kid for achievement, or fail to acknowledge it at all, sooner or later, he’ll probably just give up. I owe it to my father, a good and strong man, that I ever conquered this problem at all, even later in life. Most everyone else in my childhood spent their time extolling that victimhood (i.e. getting punched in the face) was morally superior to fighting, or that people who jogged 10 minute miles were to be commended while people who ran 5 minute miles were to be ignored.
This is an inversion of all good sense. Like much of Progressive Leftism, the celebration of Victimhood defies rational explanation. In many ways, it even defies emotional explanation, for a childhood full of bullies you cannot strike back is one which is emotionally painful.
We celebrate failure. We extol being a victim, which is, in essence, the glorification of losing control over one’s life.
Take rape. A lot of Leftists define rape very broadly, so that anybody (except a while male, of course) can be raped. Drunk sex that you later regret? Rape. Catcalling? Rape. Looking at somebody? Stare rape. Then there are lunatics who genuinely believe that pornography is, somehow, rape. The culture of Victimhood almost celebrates the practice, while those of a Right wing extraction have a different take on the matter:
No, she didn’t. And if this woman shoots a rapist, we on the Right consider that an ACHIEVEMENT worth celebrating.
Have you ever read a story about a disabled person overcoming their handicap? These used to be celebrated, too. The man who lost the use of his legs, but through the help of family and strength of will, manages to walk again is heartwarming because it is an achievement. In essence, the person who defeats their own handicaps is saying “I refuse to be a victim.” Achievement is not always absolute in the sense of a 5 minute mile. It can also be found in the person who has cerebral palsy running a marathon.
Some of those stories still make it out, now and again, for the Social Justice Warriors cannot suppress them as much as they would like (for such stories dismantle the victim narrative), without giving up the fact that they are concerned with power not with people. But consider the female marathon winner who didn’t even make the press, because some other woman running half as fast, decided to “free bleed” her period blood all over her track suit in some vague protest of patriarchal supremacy. Everyone knows who the bleeder was, nobody cares about the woman who achieved victory.
Because, somehow, the bleeder was a victim. Of something. I suppose there was some sort of conspiracy of old White men that decided women shouldn’t bleed all over their clothing. Similarly, men and women both are expected not to shit themselves. Perhaps we shall see the Social Justice Warriors cheering the end of toilet oppression, soon. Go ahead, since you’re a victim of some nebulous and undefinable conspiracy, I’m sure it’s fine if you take a dump in the middle of the street. Then we can go back to being the infantile, uncivilized imbeciles they seem to worship.
There was an article I read this morning asking the following question: “Why Spend Money on Space Exploration When We Have So Many Problems Here on Earth?” Mr. Garan tells us that technology transfer is the greatest reason to support space travel, for NASA often pioneers technologies that will later trickle down into the consumer market. To be fair, the answer is a good one, but in a nation which once left footprints on the moon, it omits a far greater reason: achievement.
The thing is worth doing on its own, irrespective of the material benefits. In other words, Mr. Garan has to justify why funds that could be given to poor people, or to the “marginalized” people of color, or even the Syrian refugees, should instead be spent on space exploration. The achievement of, say, going to Mars or inventing Faster-than-light travel doesn’t even enter into his calculations.
Why does a high jumper flop over a bar at the Olympics? Does this have some material benefit to the poor starving people of wherever? No, it’s about achievement. It’s about celebrating humanity and defeating our own self-imposed limitations.
But the wheels of victimhood culture have gone so far off the wagon that, rather than training to be great athletes, or learning to be geniuses and leaders, people are instead choosing to cut off body parts so that they, too, may experience the joy of being a disabled victim. Individuals like Rachel Dolezal and Shaun King are pretending to be Black, because in their twisted minds, doing so means becoming a powerless victim (isn’t that a form of patronizing racism?).
Hundreds of thousands of refugees are tearing up Europe, including places like Greece, which don’t even have the money to pay for them. These “victims” are mostly young males looking to hop on to the welfare gravy train of the European Union, while the continent is simultaneously experiencing a period of austerity measures for the same.
Patents please, so that we may establish that you were a victim for at least six generations. Else you will not be allowed to debate, for you are a racist, sexist, homophobe, transphobe, you hate kittens, etc…
Social Justice Warriors often introduce their victim credentials in the same manner a nobleman might list his titles, or in which a PhD might list his degree(s). Hi, I’m Jane Doe, a transsexual, mixed-race, adipostive genderqueer woman of color. My pronouns are Fe Fi Fo and Fum. Patents, please, is their cry. And, like the noblemen of old, they are dismissive of the plebs with no titles (those evil straight white males). Furthermore, the titles they give to themselves, they will deny to you if they can. I’m just a white guy, or more charitably, a guy of white and Middle-Eastern descent. SJWs generally describe Anita Sarkeesian, who is of Armenian extraction, as Middle-Eastern because it boosts her victim score. This is, of course, politically useful in a culture that celebrates victimhood. They are usually reluctant to extend the same courtesy to me for the same, and will do so only grudgingly.
In the meantime, the footprints on the moon have not been matched for more than 40 years. Today, I have no doubt that there are children sitting in school as I type this, people who could someday be great engineers or marathon runners, or even defeat the limitations of their station in life, but who will be discouraged instead. For, when everybody gets a trophy it is effectively the same as when nobody gets a trophy.
And if there is no reward for greatness, why even bother at all? After all, the celebration of failure has always been easier.
When perusing the chaos that is Twitter, I discovered this little gem: AN INTERVIEW WITH JULIE BINDEL. Now, this rapidly circulated across a number of Social Media platforms, and was soon taken down, but the Archive.is version remains so that we can see this self-described RadFem’s hatred for what it is. Here is the individual in question, in the words of her interviewer:
julie bindel – outspoken journalist, tireless radical feminist activist, and political lesbian – has been at the forefront of our no platforming campaign, which aims to tackle the no platforming of radical feminists by organisations who seek to silence our voices.
I’m not entirely sure what a “Political Lesbian” is supposed to be, exactly, but in the annals of SocJus there are worse constructs, like Post-Modernist Marxist Occultist Pedophile Apologist. But I digress. This sort of word salad encompasses something like a parallel language, using the same terms as the English language, but where nothing is as it seems.
Political lesbians are really crucial, because we were the ones that first said that women should be able to determine their own sexuality. We were the ones that said that all women can be lesbians…
It sounds to me like this woman is looking to convert more women to Lesbianism. Is that what Political Lesbianism is? She claims that women should be able to determine their own sexuality, but then suggests that all women should be lesbians. Sounds to me like she is making that determination for them.
We used to talk about sexual politics, rather than sexual practice. But what the libertarians did when they borrowed US gay male culture was they focused obsessively on sexual practice, and they eroticised inequality, subordination, pain and dominance.
We can safely dismiss this woman as a complete and utter moron, for she equates Libertarianism to gay sex. I’m not sure what the connection is between gay men doing what they do and having a small government bereft of tyrants, but I’m sure this Political Lesbian is going to tell us.
how do we dismantle gender?
We have to get rid of it. There is no point looking at reforming it. It would be like saying we could reform the Tory party. We just need to abolish and obliterate it.
Now we see SocJus for what it is: the denial of objective reality. According to this woman, one can simply declare that gender does not exist (she does this while still speaking of genders: i.e. men and women), and then reality must then comply. She is flogging the sea to change the tide. We used to call the denial of objective reality by the term “insanity” but that, apparently, is out of fashion in these “progressive” times.
will heterosexuality survive women’s liberation?
It won’t, not unless men get their act together, have their power taken from them and behave themselves. I mean, I would actually put them all in some kind of camp where they can all drive around in quad bikes, or bicycles, or white vans. I would give them a choice of vehicles to drive around with, give them no porn, they wouldn’t be able to fight – we would have wardens, of course! Women who want to see their sons or male loved ones would be able to go and visit, or take them out like a library book, and then bring them back.
I hope heterosexuality doesn’t survive, actually. I would like to see a truce on heterosexuality. I would like an amnesty on heterosexuality until we have sorted ourselves out. Because under patriarchy it’s shit.
And I am sick of hearing from individual women that their men are all right. Those men have been shored up by the advantages of patriarchy and they are complacent, they are not stopping other men from being shit.
I would love to see a women’s liberation that results in women turning away from men and saying: “when you come back as human beings, then we might look again.”
And here we see Third-wave feminism for what it truly is: a genocidal monstrosity. She wishes to place half of humanity into concentration camps and blithely describes them as inhuman, while decrying the notion that some women love their men and are attracted to them. According to her, biology does not exist. Remember, dear readers, that Leftists repeatedly claim to be the champions of science, the paragons of rational logic.
They do this while denying that reality exists, declaring that the universe should obey they dictates of their lunatic minds, and completely throwing out the door everything humanity has ever learned about biology, natural selection and human nature.
Because lets face it, we know we are right – we are learning all the time, and we change our minds on all kinds of strategic issue, but radical feminism is common sense.
Because she believes she is right, even as she admits she has continually changed her mind, i.e. been wrong in the past. But trust her, she says, because she’s got it right this time. This time it’s “common sense.” That her common sense requires genocide and concentration camps, that it requires mothers to hate their sons, wives to imprison their husbands, sisters to turn their backs on their brothers, is a mere trifle to this witch.
Radical feminists need to be committed and treated for mental illness, not taken seriously.
One more rant for the wind.
Turn on the television, read the newspaper, click through any mainstream media website, and you will see the same thing, repeated over and over again like a mantra. White Males.
Straight White Males.
STRAIGHT WHITE CHRISTIAN MALES.
If you believe in the ravings of the lunatics in the media, you will see that White Men are the worst of the worst, the sludge at the bottom of the evolutionary barrel. They are the arch-oppressors of history, the Lords in a world where all else were peasants or slaves. And today, they will tell you, it continues in the hallowed halls of Science Fiction, in the graphics of the latest Video Game and even in the bowels of the New York subway system where, God forbid, some of them rudely take up more space than, perhaps, they ought to.
Everyone else is a victim of these people. The oppressors are, naturally, never victims themselves. If a million Somalis come to Minnesota, it is diversity, multiculturalism, tolerance, peace and love. If a million White guys moved to Somalia it would be Imperialism, conquest, war, cultural appropriate and hate.
So it is in Science Fiction, also. You can be anything, except a straight White Christian man. If you are not one, but you still believe that such men can and should rightly exist on this ball of dirt, you are an Uncle Tom, or you suffer from internalized misogyny, whatever.
It’s all bunk, it’s all a great big lie. They will speak of slavery, but not mention all the men who died to end the practice. They will speak of the Holocaust without tabulating all the Allied dead, scattered across Europe, to defeat the regime that perpetrated it.
They will speak as if White Christians have never suffered genocide. Really? My Armenian ancestors must have been wrong, then. What of Lebanon? What of the deaths of Iraqi Christians, cast out from their homes?
My grandfather gave me a book when I was a child, called “Exile.” It was about an Armenian woman, persecuted, raped and enslaved by Turkish Muslims. Her family was murdered. She was only spared because she was pretty enough to be utilized as an object in the harems and slave markets. It was a true story.
This was during World War I, far more recent than American slavery. Yet do we hear of it? Does anybody care? Do the Weasels of Social Justice even notice?
No. Because America is the Great Satan, a sentiment shared with the extremist Muslims of Iran and Palestine. Christianity is the horrible evil of history. Whites man is the Devil, and only in abject submission to the whims of the Weasels (see: John Scalzi) can penance be given.
The tiniest White male child, newborn in his mother’s arms, is stained with the sins of his ancestors. But all the good of his ancestors, all their great achievements and terrible sacrifices in the name of justice is counted for naught.
For a bunch of Atheists, they certainly believe in Original Sin well enough.
And so, to them, when an unrepentant White Man stands on the stage, recognized for his deeds, it is the greatest of all sins. It is blasphemy, heresy, all that is evil in the religion of Social Justice.
In the end, Social Justice and extremist Leftism is nothing more than Christianity, warped and twisted, bereft of hope, shorn of God and given over to the Prince of Lies. It is all of the worst, and none of the good.
The trolls of Tor, the PuppyKickers, the Anti-Gamergaters, the SJWs and Communists, are neither original, nor intelligent, nor tolerant, nor good. They are racists. They are sexists. They are haters. And it is codified in the Holy Books of their religion.
It is no wonder they find common cause with the worst movements of history, of Stalin, Pol Pot, Hezbollah and Mao. These are their prophets, and Marx is their Messiah. Hegel is their John the Baptist, and the horrors of the French Revolution their model for the blood sacrifice.
As the Christian symbol is the cross, so theirs ought to be the Guillotine.
Remember, whenever they complain of the White Male, all they are doing is calling you a Heretic, an Infidel. And, just as I am proud to be called such by extremist Islam, so am I proud to be known as such by the Weasels.
Most of the time I prefer to mock Social Justice Warriors. Yes, I know, it’s probably petty, but they aren’t exactly welcoming of debate (you racist!), and so satire is the only real vehicle left to those of us who oppose them. Today, however, I will endeavor to rationally deconstruct their notion of privilege for the benefit of others.
If you read this little gem, Dear White, Straight, Cisgender, Man People: You Are Privileged, you will see the lunacy in all its obscene glory. This is a site that deliberately invokes a sort of childish air, with its hand-scrabble cartoons, preschool fonts and overall nursery-rhyme appearance appropriate for the infantile generation of coddled Social Justice advocates.
To the headline, I can only say: duh. Of course you are privileged. Anyone who is reading this is privileged. You have a computer or mobile device, you probably live in a First World country and there is a high probability you are in the upper 10% of income-earners worldwide. Your skin color and your sex are both irrelevant to that point. Being charitable to this fellow, I’ll even concede that, a few decades ago, White people definitely got a better shake in America, generally speaking, than their darker-complected counterparts. Certainly they did in the era of Jim Crow and slavery. Women, likewise, had less freedoms than men at one point. The important question, however, is what can you do about it? Without a practical time machine, your options for correcting the wrongs are rather limited. You are closing the barn door after the horses have left.
The author of that piece tells us:
We don’t see ourselves in the protagonists of Worlds Not So Greatest Hits, from the Crusades to the Slave Trade. “The Holocaust was us, but that wasn’t me. It was just a bunch of horrible people who happen to share almost all the same identities. Why are you all trying to make me feel so guilty?”
I get it. It bites. We used to just be people, then suffrage made us men and civil rights made us white and Harvey Milk made us straight and now “Janet Mock, what is this, you’re telling me I’m cis? I’m more than just a bunch of checked off boxes.”
We don’t see ourselves this way because none of us did those things. I never owned any slaves. I have no idea if my ancestors ever did or not (note, also, that slave owners were a single-digit percentage of Southern inhabitants — most Whites were not slave owners). I do know my relatives fought against those who perpetrated the Holocaust. Social Justice Warriors seem to forget that Whites are not a monolithic block of people anymore than those they claim to fight for. Some Whites did great wrongs. Other Whites fought and died to stop those people. Approximately 750,000 people died fighting in the American Civil War. Most of them were Whites. They aren’t privileged, and they never were, because they were killed, unless SJWs want to suggest that a dead soldier has privilege.
The Crusades are much more complicated than Social Justice advocates seem to think they are. The old Roman Empire, contrary to what you may have read in your high school history textbook, still existed in the 6th century. It had lost a lot of ground to Germanic invaders, but the Germans had long before converted to Christianity and were integrating into Roman political life. The Christian world was on the rebound:
A healthy, if somewhat reduced, Christian Roman Empire.
Then Islam arrived, conveniently invading the Empire after it just got done winning a devastating war with the Persian Empire. Over the next few centuries, the Arabs conquered Palestine, Syria, Northern Africa, Egypt, Spain and most of the islands of the Mediterranean. History likes to call the rump of what remained of the Roman Empire the Byzantine Empire. Here’s what was left of it just prior to the Crusades:
This map is a bit smaller than the other one, eh?
The Byzantine Emperor, Alexius I, called the Pope for help, knowing that without military support what was left of the old Empire would soon fall. The Crusades were the immediate result. Don’t get me wrong, Crusaders were an unruly lot, violent and murderous (the Muslim armies were too, by the way). Alexius was wary of them, for good reason. A century and a half later, they attacked the Empire they were supposedly protecting and gutted it. But, nonetheless, the Crusaders were a response to Islamic aggression and conquest. The point is, the Social Justice movement ought to read their history before adding it to a list of supposed White oppressive activity.
Because of who you were born to be — because of who we were born to be — we are handed a lot of things. Among them, we can live openly, in safety, be employed and be ourselves and nobody can ever legally tell us not to be. There are a few ways we can react to this. We can feel guilty. We can feel lucky. We can ignore it all and and pretend it’s a liberal conspiracy and continue living blissfully.
I can’t speak for everyone, naturally. But I was not handed very much in life. It is true, I live in a First World country, and for that I am supremely thankful. But, I imagine, so does the author of this piece. When I was 18, I left the house with a bicycle, some clothes and a couple hundred bucks. I was pretty poor and broke for a decade after, but rose up out of it and do pretty well for myself now. My Whiteness, my genitals… they did not get me a fast track to Harvard, piles of money or a house in the Hamptons.
Brianna is a transsexual and considers herself a victim, a member of the oppressed class. I, as a Straight White Cis Male, am an oppressor. Yet she got $200,000 out the gate. I got maybe $200. I don’t begrudge her the money, but I think it’s pretty obnoxious to say that I am the privileged one here.
Minority people have action groups, advocacy panels and leaders in the spotlight. Activists engage on their behalf everywhere you turn. Are you a transperson? A vegan? A woman? A Black person? There is a support group for you. Scholarships for you. Preferential admission. Even suggesting that a White Male should have any of those things is considered Racist or Sexist. White advocacy groups are considered by the media and the population at large to likely be White supremacist organizations, regardless of whether not they are.
But there was a time in Western world where Whites did, truthfully, have a lot more rights than others. Yet this is true today of non-White countries. Japan, for instance, has very restrictive immigration laws. Becoming a Japanese citizen is almost impossible for someone who is not ethnically Japanese. So even if I have White privilege, it’s contextual. It exists only so long as I am in a majority-White country. Even then it is not universal. Go play pickup basketball in the ghetto. Whites will be chosen last, and ribbed extensively. I don’t really care. If I want to play basketball, I’m not terribly concerned about being teased a bit. But, there it is, basketball privilege. Even Larry Bird took a lot of shit for being White.
So what Social Justice Warriors are really saying is that there is a tendency, all things being equal, for groups of people to prefer others of their group. To that I can only say: duh!
Illegal immigration from Mexico to America is very common and only lightly punished when discovered (you might get deported). However, an American trying to sneak into Mexico is likely to find himself in a Mexican prison for a very long time. Yet any attempt to curb illegal immigration in America is decried as racist. Mexico wishes to remain Mexican, and that is not seen as odd or inappropriate. America wishing to remain American is seen as a terrible evil. Indeed, wherever large numbers of Whites move into a non-White country, it is seen (perhaps rightly) as colonialism. The reverse is seen as a desirable righting of an ancient wrong. It’s a double-standard. If you believe free immigration from the Third World to the First World is good, then you should support the reverse as well, since both would result in the same end: a mixture of peoples and wealth. Social Justice Warriors only support this one way.
Why is that wrong? Well, let’s get down to the meat of the thing: wealth. That’s what it’s always about, isn’t it? Africa is poor, the Middle East is little better. Asia is a mixed bag, with some advanced economies like Japan and South Korea, and some cesspits of poverty. The West, overall, has done better in the last 500 years than anyone else. Why? Science, engineering and philosophy exploded in the Western world, from the Renaissance on to today. Progressively freer markets encouraged it. This created an explosion of opportunity unparalleled in human history. We called it the Industrial Revolution.
But is this privilege? If we use the SJW definition of privilege, no.
But allowing yourself to continue uncritically experiencing unearned privileges in your life is perpetuating oppression complicitly. A decision to do nothing is action in support of bigotry.
Social Justice Advocates see privilege as an advantage that is unearned. SJWs also see people in terms of groups, i.e. you are responsible for righting the wrongs of your racial compatriots. So, using that logic, the wealth of the Western world was actually earned, at least in part, by the advancement of knowledge and technology. People like Isaac Newton, Leonardo Da Vinci and Nikola Tesla created the conditions in which Western standards of living raced ahead of the rest of the world. Furthermore, these discoveries have already been shared with the rest of the world, resulting in most parts of the world seeing a net gain in their standards of living when compared to, say, a millenia ago.
In Alexander the Great’s day, Greeks made it all the way to India, where they were called the Yavanas. Indians did not particularly care for the Greeks. The Greeks did not understand the caste system, had a habit of waging war against people they didn’t like, and were considered somewhat barbaric overall. Nonetheless, the Garga-Samhiti text of Indian literature has this to say about the Greeks:
The Yavanas are barbarians yet the science of astronomy originated with them and for this they must be revered like gods.
Whatever ills the Greeks may have brought to India, they also brought advanced astronomy. The Indian people recognized this. Similarly, if Whites brought colonial evils to many parts of the world, so they also brought technology and knowledge with them. Social Justice Advocates focus on the bad without acknowledging the good. Every wrong must be righted, but every right must be censored. Furthermore, what other society on Earth allows so many immigrants from completely different races and cultures? If you tried applying Social Justice in Saudi Arabia, at best you would be laughed out of town. At worst, you would be stoned to death. And don’t even ask about immigration. Where are women treated the best? Where are immigrants welcomed the most?
The reality is, as it always has been where human beings are concerned, there are good and bad people everywhere. People also tend to cluster in groups of others they see as racially, culturally, religiously and/or ideologically similar to them. This is not always bad, but it certainly can go bad. Be wary of accepting group identity politics. You are responsible for your own actions, no more, no less.
Everyone has privilege. The tall Black man has basketball privilege. The rich White guy has wealth privilege. The hot girl has hotness privilege. The man born to a family of musicians has musician privilege. Etc… Anyone born in a First World nation has first-world privilege. You cannot ever level all of these things. In attempting to compensate for being human, you become inhuman. Two wrongs will never make a right. Fairness is not possible. Equality of outcome is a myth. All you can do is try to be just and good to those you meet. Follow the golden rule as best you can.
So yes, you are privileged. I don’t know you. I don’t know your skin color, your gender, your sexuality or even what country you live in. But no matter who you are, where you are and what you are, there is something that you have that no one else has, because you are human. That does not, by itself, make you a victim or an oppressor.
Social Justice Warriors are neither social (for they are prone to crying racism, sexism, etc… instead of having civil conversation) nor unbiased arbiters of justice (if you’re white and male you are guilty by default). They definitely aren’t warriors. And their narrative requires willful blindness and ignorance of history to believe.