Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
“In my country, the white-lash and the man-lash have just created President Donald Trump, an unqualified candidate who came up not through politics, but through inheriting money, a gift for bullying, and being on television.
Though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, Trump won enough to get a majority of electoral votes. That was a move to the right not unlike Brexit and the rule of Prime Minister Modi in India. Yet I also have to admit that, in answer to the question I’m most often asked, I hoped but never quite believed I would see a female president in my lifetime. At least, not a woman like Hillary Clinton.”
Gloria Steinem, as usual, doesn’t disappoint. It’s well worth reading. Particularly in light of what Linn pointed out in the comments section of yesterday’s post:
“The thing about the “age of reason” is that the Internet causes as much irrationality as it does “reason”.
People are caught in their own little bubbles on the web. As an example, a few people on WEIT accused SJWs and the left for Trump being elected. Apparently, annoying leftist college students caused this entire election to go in Trump’s favour.
These types of people are spending their time on the web and getting the impression that the true concerns in life are SJWs, college students and leftist journalists “hating on” poor white cis males. In their little internet bubbles, they are completely ignorant about the running’s of society or about human rights.
They don’t care about such things because “the Internet” told them that they should vote Trump because SJWs are mean against white males, and immigrants are bad.”
These aren’t narrow issues, yet sectarian groups are already making the event about their own limited visions of the world. In the case Linn mentions it’s particularly perverse because it’s basically the justification of the racism, homophobia and misogyny we’ve all been listening to this entire election cycle.
When David Duke, head of the KKK, says he’s tired of political correctness- it’s because he feels constrained by not being allowed to use the word N-gger. There are people who feel victimised because saying faggot is frowned upon. And let’s not forget Vice President Elect Mike Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which entitled individuals and businesses at large to refuse service to anyone on “religious grounds” because the religious in Indiana must have felt terribly victimised by taking the money of LGBT people in exchange for goods or services.
Why don’t we just go ahead and blame the feminists for Trump’s election? If they stopped making such a huge deal about being grabbed by the p-ssy, surely misogyny would’ve disappeared into the mist by now. Of course it would’ve.
I tell you, my friends, when sceptics turn scepticism into a tribe where instead of asking questions we’re embracing prepackaged sectarianism, we become precisely what we’ve been criticising.