A earlier this week I posted a somewhat angry post about how I hated feminists. I have to say it’s a sign of how great you guy are that the readers of this comic were able to talk me down off that ledge and help me focus on what was really bothering me. Seriously, the well thought out discussion, the references to good books and people, the generally mature and adult way you handled yourselves was awesome. Now stop using the internet, you guys clearly don’t belong here.
In the end what I was upset about comes down the to the concept of “fighting misogyny” that has supplanted “creating systems of equality” in the modern feminist movement. I don’t really hate feminist. I am just frustrated at how completely they have lost their way. Because, ultimately, I want them to win. It’s frustrating to see your team literally turn around and start scoring goals for the opponent. Feminists are good people who have started using a horrible tactic in an attempt to make the world better. That should not elicit hate, at worse it should elicit pity and probably not even that.
This whole discussion has got me thinking about my Uncle Mark. Uncle Mark was not my real Uncle but just a business associate of my grandfather who he invited over for Passover every year. This meant for me that once a year around bowls of matzo ball soup I would get to experience the tales of Uncle Mark. And let me tell you Passover was never boring.
See, Uncle Mark was a racist. And I don’t mean a subtle off “black people like fried chick, right?” racist either. He was a fire and brimstone, deep and abiding hatred, racist. He referred to African Americans as “the negro” as if he was describing a particularly irritating species of invasive mosquito. He disowned a daughter when she started dating a Puerto Rican man. There was some incident where he gave a speech. As a child, I was not privy to the details, it was clear the speech did not go well. Mark was, in general, a hateful and unpleasant man to be around.
And yet Mark donated generously to the ACLU. He actively campaigned to stop segregation of school. He was rather wealthy and well connected later in life and he used that influence and money to campaign for equal education opportunities, voting equality, and general health and welfare of minorities. He felt the voting rights act of 1965 was a great achievement and would rail against “those fascist” that criticized it.
See Mark hated other races but he loved equality. Perhaps it was due to being a Jew that lived through certain period of history but he believe laws and system of equality must be protect even for the more “primitive races” (his words, not mine). “Better to give the negro education so he can get honest work instead of let him fall into his criminal nature” was one of his arguments. Try choking down matzo ball soup while hearing that statement (Note for the non-Jews; matzo ball soup is innately hard to choke down if you’re not very careful. Matzo is a substance that has the ability to suck all liquid from your body in under a second like a mutant supersponge).
When Mark died, he apparently left a good deal of his money to civil rights groups, so some local members came to pay their respects. Again I was not invited so I don’t know the details. However his wife, who was a worse racist than he was did join us next Passover and talked about the visit. “Mark would have hated to have all those dirty N***** in his the house.” she said.
To this statement my father laughed and said “Yes, yes he would have,” and then raised his glass and said “to Mark.” And we all toasted my racist, not real uncle, Uncle Mark, the man who had done so much to further the cause of racial equality.
And here is my break with the modern feminist movement, most modern civil rights movements really. They are so focused on controlling culture there is no room in their philosophy for the Uncle Marks. No room for people of complexity and conflicting ideas. The focus on culture over laws and systems has eaten away at the root of these group and led them into acts that not only Mark would find evil, I find them to be evil as well. I could argue about how culture is a lagging indicator and that a subtractive method of control culture is the least effective way to create change unless you engage in totalitarian methods. But the simple fact is I refused to have anything to do with a group that would ostracized an Uncle Mark. A man who, despite being a hate filled racist, was a good man who did good things.
Alright lets talk about this. I know that a comic about a ninja bunny girl is not the place to talk about weighty things but I have made comments and I feel I should explain my thought process. At the very least if you understand where I am coming from you can take what I say with a grain of salt. I don’t expect people to agree with me but I hope that people will see that my feeling are not personal towards them.
About 5 months ago I said I would betray humanity to the machines if I was granted the opportunity to watch all the feminists in the world ground up into axle grease. So, yeah, I have a strong dislike for feminists.
And yet I believe in that equal pay for equal work should be strengthened in the law. I believe it is wrong for companies or government to restrict access to birth control of any type. I believe that women are born into a world with a sexual and physically aggressive counter gender and as such have a much higher burden on them.
But I loath feminists.
I was at a loss to really explain this hatred until this week and the regrettable mess that is #shirtstorm put everthing into focus for me. The super quick summary of shirt storm is after doing the impossible and landing a probe on a comet British scientist Matt Taylor gave an interview in this shirt:
The feminist response to the sexy woman shirt worn by the revolutionary scientist was that it was casual misogyny that discourages women from entering science fields. I don’t really care to argue the merits of this argument but more the beliefs underneath it.
Belief in misogyny is belief in thought crimes. The misogyny mean hatred of women. Hatred is a thought not an action. The basic feminist argument about the shirt about is not that the shirt itself is wrong but that the shirt indicates the the person wearing it (and everyone who saw the shirt and said nothing) think wrongly about women. In short Matt didn’t DO anything wrong but his thinking needs to be corrected.
The idea of misogyny gets worse when we come to the concept of casual misogyny. Casual misogyny is hatred of women that you may cause in other or giving the impression that there is hatred. Matt may love women but by wearing the shirt he may cause hatred of women in others or generally created a feeling of being hated in women who saw it.
This whole concept is just icky my sensibilities. But feminists believe that certain thoughts need to be stopped.
Stopping misogyny takes us to the idea of controlling culture. The standard way of trying to control peoples thought is to control the culture that they live in. Limit the exposure to ideas that you believe are wrong and less people will think that idea is the conventional wisdom. In this case limit their exposure to the idea of misogyny.
This is the source of feminist opposition of pornography, video games, and tacky shirt. They are trying to control a culture to change the thoughts of individuals. But because the the idea is to prevent exposure to ideas the control must be reductive. It’s not about producing positive pornography, video games and tacky shirts it must be about banning the items deemed unacceptable.
Not only do I think this approach is down right evil, I also think it’s completely ineffective. Cultural expression is a lagging indicator of peoples thoughts and ideas. Ideas cause culture, culture does not cause ideas. Yes, you can prevent people from knowing certain facts by controlling culture (for example that diamonds have no real value) but you can’t change peoples feelings, people don’t work that way.
And then lets talk about the final problem I have with feminist. Feminists want a 0% failure rate and believe the ends justifies the means. In short feminists want a world where no woman is ever oppressed or abused and are willing to do anything to get there.
There is a principal of law known as the Blackstone Formulation:
This actually comes from the bible where god was willing to spare the city of Sodom if there were 10 good men found in the city. (spoiler: there wasn’t) But lets change the Blackstone formulation by changing one word:
“It is better that ten guilty rapists escape than that one innocent accused suffer”,
The feminists that decry tacky shirts would never agree to this. And when you get right down to it this is why I hate them. I agree on the problem but the approach they apply is ineffective and evil. They are doing a lot of damage and almost no good. Their’s a lo more I could say here about the swirl of emotions I have on this issue, the way I think is the right way to address inequality and so on but it would just get too deep into the weeds. In short you can sum up my feeling on feminists like this:
It was noticed that there was a bit of a image distortion in the last page of Jin’s prologue. This is because I had to make a last minute change to the dialogue of the comic. In that I had to remove a lot of the dialog. The comic as originally scripted had a lot more talking in it. I didn’t see the flaw until I got the art back from Erwin and was confronted by the wall of words in the page.
But since you spotted my quick modifications I might as well show you the page before my self and the patreon donors (nudge, nudge, wink, wink, get it, patreon donors get special access) edited it. So yet again you get an alternate storytelling perspective. This time the art of shutting the hell up.
Well I was hoping I could work something out but it looks like we are going to get a delay in the comic of a little bit. Erwin has some personal issues that he has to deal with and I have run out off filler art to post. Added to the fact that we are one page away from the end of this story I really don’t want to interrupt the comic.
So we are probably going on a break for a little bit, (a week or two) while Erwin gets things back in order. I will be scrambling around to get some filler art from various artist. Then the question of how to avoid this is the future comes up. I’ll be trying to come up with some ways to do that. I think the first step is being more regimented in my script writing to have more break point in the stories. I will have to think about it.
Until then here is a couple cool comics you can read:
Feel free to post your own recommendations in the comic.