“You misrepresent true feminism by focusing on the bad feminists”

Feb 24, 2013
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Im not really into the whole “feminist” thing. Its not that I dont care about women’s rights, its more that most of the so called “feminists” Ive come across are just attention starved chicks who dont practice what they preach..I have a list of a few blogs i read and Furry Girls is one of them..Normally i can read and understand only half of what she says thou..Mostly cuz she uses her SAT words. This last post is pretty good tho..

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Frequently Addressed Accusation: “You misrepresent true feminism by focusing on the bad feminists. They’re not real feminists anyway!”

One of the most common replies I get on Twitter, via email, and when I allowed comments on my blog has been some variant of the No True Scotsman fallacy.

In this form of faulty reasoning one’s belief is rendered unfalsifiable because no matter how compelling the evidence is, one simply shifts the goalposts so that it wouldn’t apply to a supposedly ‘true’ example. This kind of post-rationalization is a way of avoiding valid criticisms of one’s argument.

Example: Angus declares that Scotsmen do not put sugar on their porridge, to which Lachlan points out that he is a Scotsman and puts sugar on his porridge. Furious, like a true Scot, Angus yells that no true Scotsman sugars his porridge. [Source]

This line of thinking is constantly deployed by the sex-positive feminist crowd who want to distance themselves from the myriad embarrassments of mainstream feminism. The tiny, powerless minority of sex-positive, pro-autonomy feminists rabidly insist that they are the one truly true feminism, and that all the other feminists are splinter sects that simply don’t understand “real feminism.” (As an ex-feminist myself, I’m embarrassed that I wasted untold hours of my young life having these exact same conversations. So I know them inside out, from both sides.)

Why do I hate these comments with such a passion?

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