Monday, March 2, 2009

"The author concludes that the subject is a judgmental bitch."

So, new study comes out (actually came out in 2007) that concludes that feminists aren't all man-hating lesbians. Some of them are heterosexual. Some of them are men! Wow. Neat. In fact:

"They found that having a feminist partner was linked to healthier heterosexual relationships for women. Men with feminist partners also reported both more stable relationships and greater sexual satisfaction. According to these results, feminism does not predict poor romantic relationships, in fact quite the opposite."

(Emphasis mine.) Turns out feminism is good for heterosexual couples, even. (Although, I'm pretty sure those of us who are feminists and in heterosexual relationships already knew that. Just ask my Schmoogie.) Since this promotes feminism as being a good thing (rather than bad), it's been spread around the femi-sphere -- and even Twisty has written about it.
Twisty's story is good until about 2/3rds of the way through.

"Still, I have to wonder how many of the women identifying as “feminist” in the study were in fact the sort of feminist for whom “pole dancer” is a synonym. What I suggest is not altogether an unlikely scenario, since this species of feminist is, as we know, much more common than the feminist kind of feminist. Feminists who use their empowerfulization to reclaim femininity, you know, for themselves goddammit, would of course enjoy the reinforcingly pleasant side effect of appeasing dudes who are threatened by non-patriarchal gender roles. Which just might account for the male satisfaction with feminism found in the study."

Wow. Judgmental much? This little mini-tirade from Twisty translates thusly: unless your feminism is exactly the same as my feminism, you're a pole dancer, and as such have no value as a human being. (Because Twisty is one of these people who thinks that sex workers have no self-respect, no value as human beings -- let alone feminists -- and therefore shouldn't exist.)

The other thing that stands out so glaringly in this mini-tirade (as in fact, it is pretty tame compared to some of the other, rather amusing, things that Twisty has gone off a bridge over), is that Twisty sees heterosexuals as reinforcing the patriarchy simply by virtue of being heterosexual. So, even if you do identify as a feminist, if you're a heterosexual feminist, you are a sex-worker and therefore not only not a "feminist kind of feminist" but also not worth the air you breath.

So really, this study is completely wrong. All the feminists who aren't man-hating lesbians aren't real feminists, because if you want to be a real feminist you must also choose to be a lesbian and hate men. All men. Even Ewen McGreggor and Christian Bale -- actually, especially Christian Bale cause he yells at women. Otherwise, you're a pole-dancing sex worker -- and that's an insult to humanity.

Get over yourself Twisty. You are not the BE-ALL END-ALL of feminism. Cast your jaundiced eye upon my middle finger.

1 comment:

Life With Dogs said...

I'm not even sure if there is a position to take...tough call ;)