One thing Kevin [Drum, who, early this year famously asked where the women bloggers were] failed to note is that male attacks on women are not so much of a food fight as a sex fight. Blogosphere-strength fighting with a woman takes on an outrageous sexual tone, aggressively declaring that that this is a boy's game. Are there any feminists around to see when it's happening and say a little something?
Well I don’t know if I am a feminist. As Dean Esmay noted some time ago, black women and Latinas tend to roll their eyes at white feminists, simply as a matter of relativity: most of us never had to fight for our right to work and were often treated a little too equal to our menfolk.
I’ll be polite and won’t tender a virtual snort (as to eye-rolling, well…). But I will note that when a woman starts a conflict and, in the midst of it, turns such poetic phrases including “pus and semen” in relation to a criticism of the name of a venture and then complains about an “outrageous sexual tone” and aggressiveness, the word hypocrisy comes to mind.
My dad told me that if a man ever hit me that I should pick up the heaviest object I could wield with some dexterity and flexibility and try to stuff it down his throat.
However, he also told me that if I ever hit a man first that I should expect to get hit back and that some men might use the weapons available to them as well; that it was only fair.
Accepting reality, human nature and fairness and eschewing victimology, rather than falling back on it when one can't take the heat: that’s feminism.
UPDATE: A new virus has mutated to the human form: ODS. Different from BDS in etiology, it pops up in unexpected places.