Thursday, 26 May 2016

Online 'Misogyny'

This has become the latest cry of the politically-correct regressive Left. Don't like what someone has to say? It must be either -ist or -phobic. Homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, racist, ableist, sexist, etc. etc. 'Misogyny' is just the latest buzzword for them.

But what does it actually mean? What is misogyny? Misogyny is the hatred of women or girls, and is usually distinguished by a pattern of behaviour which is discriminative, abusive or pejorative towards them. Now, I'm not saying misogyny isn't real - quite clearly, it is. We all have experienced or witnessed some example of it in the past. It's also fair to say that it is more prevalent online - the anonymous and unaccountable nature of the Internet means that people can get away with saying things there that they would suffer social consequences for in real life.

My problem is not with highlighting people who are genuinely misogynistic and calling them out for it, because that sounds like tremendous fun. Nothing makes bullies and idiots wibble than being humiliated. My problem is the hijacking of the situation by people who we ought to be treating in the same way as misogynists, and allowing them to equate any criticism of a woman with misogyny.

Criticising a woman's opinion because she's wrong is not misogyny. It is criticising her opinion. We are allowed to criticise each other's opinion - indeed, it's what's great about free speech. So if a mad frothing feminist tells me that all men are potential rapists and should be licensed to have children, I'll happily tell her that she's fucking crazy and full of shit. What I won't do is call her a 'stupid whore' or 'nasty slut', because that would be attacking her gender, not her opinion.

The problem is that the aforementioned mad frothing feminists are starting to realise that their stupid infantile opinions don't stand up to proper scrutiny or criticism. So their solution is not to change their ideas, because that would require them to abandon their entire ideology, but to try to stifle such criticism by attacking the people it comes from. This has a delicious irony to it, because they are basically accusing people of stereotyping them, whilst in fact, they are stereotyping their own critics. Don't like what I have to say? You must be a misogynist!

The truth of the matter is that most men are not misogynists. Even most men online are not. A few are, for sure. A few women are psychopathic nutbags with serious Daddy issues and major penis envy, but I don't attribute all of womankind to this neurosis. I don't despise feminists because they're women. I despise them because they are trying to construct a world where my daughter will grow up to feel like a perpetual victim, and my son will grow up to actually be a perpetual victim.

Ultimately, this boils down to equality. I'm fine with equality. Not a problem. Women should earn the same as men (for the same work), should have the same rights and enjoy the same freedoms. The inverse is also true - men should have the same rights as women. Especially parental. But I digress. If men and women are to have equal rights and equal opportunities, then I will also hold them to equal standards. I wouldn't shirk from criticising a man with an idiotic opinion, so why should I shirk from criticising a woman spouting equally ridiculous bullshit? Unless, of course, you think that women are precious little snowflakes who just aren't enough for the cut and thrust of debate. That they get offended too easily, and therefore special concessions should be made for them, because they're delicate little wallflowers.

But I don't think like that, because it's a bit patronising, and... well... sexist. Even misogynistic.