Bullying Feminists Devolve Into ‘Revolution-Eats-Its-Own Irony’
NPR’s afternoon talk show “Tell Me More” spent 17 minutes on Thursday on a cover story in The Nation entitled “Feminism’s Toxic Twitter Wars” by Michelle Goldberg, a contributor to The Daily Beast. They called it “Mean Girls Online.”
Host Michel Martin interviewed four feminist radicals about nasty online fighting along racial lines, and even “transphobic ” lines. The uber-feminist actress Martha Plimpton (a star on Fox’s sitcom “Raising Hope”) hilariously came under attack because promoting a pro-abortion event called “A Night of a Thousand Vaginas” was cruel to “trans men” who don’t have vaginas:
In a revolution-eats-its-own irony, some online feminists have even deemed the word “vagina” problematic
. In January, the actress and activist Martha Plimpton tweeted about a benefit for Texas abortion funds called “A Night of a Thousand Vaginas,” sponsored by A Is For, a reproductive rights organization she’s involved with.Plimpton was surprised when some offended Internet feminists urged people to stay away, arguing that emphasizing “vaginas” hurts trans men who don’t want their reproductive organs coded as female.“Given the constant genital policing, you can’t expect trans folks to feel included by an event title focused on a policed, binary genital,” tweeted @DrJaneChi, an abortion and transgender health provider. (She suggested “internal genitals” as an alternative.)When Plimpton insisted that she would continue to say “vagina,” her feed filled up with indignation.“So you’re really committed to doubling down on using a term that you’ve been told many times is exclusionary & harmful?
” asked one self-described intersectional feminist blogger.
Plimpton takes intersectionality seriously—A Is For is hosting a series of discussions on the subject this year—but she was flummoxed by this purist, arcane form. “I’m not going to stop using the word ‘vagina’ for anybody, whether it’s Glenn Beck or Mike Huckabee or somebody on Twitter who feels it creates a dysphoric response,” she tells me. “I can’t do that and still advocate for reproductive freedom. It’s just not a realistic thing to expect.”
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Reproductive freedom is a particular concern of those who can get pregnant. They do so by vaginal intercourse. Discussing reproductive choice without using that word is like discussing bicycle riding without mentioning wheels. Could it be that those who lack bicycles feel left out of such a conversation? Possibly, but to insist that non-bicyclists carefully avoid the use of the word “wheels” to avoid hurting the feelings of those without bikes rather begs the issue, doesn’t it?
That’s the best analogy I’ve heard yet on this issue.
The entire mater reminds me of this fine column on political correctness, ‘inclusiveness’ and the language police, written by Maggie McNeill: