Friday, August 26, 2011

Feminism Explained

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Anonymous scott said...

Wow, that's offensive.

3:22 PM  
Blogger John McAdams said...

Scott, claiming "offense" is a classic politically correct way of trying to shut up speech that PC types don't like.

It won't work here.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous scott said...

I see what you did there. I find the video offensive and say so...you accuse me of "trying to shut up" someone or something. Quite a leap there, professor.

It's offensive to me. That in no way is an effort to stop you, or its creators, from saying anything.

On to more substantive issues. The reason it's offensive is because it portrays an extremely caricatured and silly view of what feminism is and then proceeds to ridicule that caricature. Bravo.

Feminism is the belief that women are human beings deserving of the same legal, social and economic standing that men have. The rest is details.

Given that definition, are you a feminist? If not, please explain.

11:12 AM  
Blogger John McAdams said...

Feminism is the belief that women are human beings deserving of the same legal, social and economic standing that men have.

No, in academia feminism is an ideology that says that men are evil (at least straight white men). It's an ideology that sees oppression everywhere, even when women fail to make the choices that feminists think they should make.

It's an ideology that sides with liberal Democratic politicians, even if they victimize and mistreat women. Remember Bill Clinton?

You can't define feminism the way you want. There is an empirical reality out there, and the video hits it spot on.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous scott said...

On the contrary. I'm not the one redefining the term to suit my needs--you are. Consult a dictionary. You'll discover that my definition is a whole lot closer to it than yours.

Do you or don't you believe that women and men deserve equal social, economic and legal standing? Really hoping you'll answer that one.

7:29 PM  
Blogger John McAdams said...

I'm not the one redefining the term to suit my needs--you are.

I'm sorry, but feminism is a social movement, and the social movement has the precise characteristics I explained.

The fact that feminists use glowing rhetoric about "equal rights" doesn't change the truth about the movement.

OK, here is a definition for you: Republicans are patriotic Americans who believe in what is best for the country.

Are you a Republican?

8:48 AM  
Blogger david said...

When scott says, "Wow, that's offensive," it's not so much (from McAdams) : "Scott, claiming "offense [as] a classic politically correct way of trying to shut up speech that PC types don't like," as it is scott, left with little recourse, in the face of an unbelievable, and scathing animated critique of modern feminism, choosing misdirection rather than engagement. Why engage with a loser when you can misdirect to victimization? Your misdirection about the dictionary definition holds no water with any human being reading, scott. And if there is a group of feminists out there propounding exactly that dictionary definition then, well, sign you up (of course, not me, cause this is the frickin internet (and comment on this instead as another misdirection, I dare you)) for their weekend retreat. scott bring data that what you say is true. What you say feminism is, ain't so. And I worked at the Green Party National Convention in (would you believe it, was this an important year?) 2004. As well as working the National Women's Studies Association Conference in Milwaukee that same year, so I have seen a wide-range of feminists, not just your Gore-voting mom (another chance at misdirection in your response!). And I can assure you that there are far more under McAdams' definition, to the point that I challenge you to find me one Internet excerpt that is devoid of any "McAdams definition" feminism and only concerns your definition from the dictionary, substantively, that is. And if an absolute standard seems unfair, try finding something close, I double dare you. Anyone feel an ad hominem on the horizon? I sure do.

3:11 AM  

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