Yeah, yeah. It’s 11-something on International Women’s Day, and I haven’t posted anything today. Not that it would get read, what with the latest megathread going on, in which too-clever-by-half boys huffily deny that there’s any sort of threat whatsoever in dropping hints that you know what Jill’s wearing or in posting that you want to lick the sweat off a student at Yale, after you’ve encouraged your buddies to take photos of her at the gym. Oh, no. No threat there at all. No exclusion. No forcing women out of the public sphere.
I’ve actually been holed up in my office until quite recently, finishing a memo I should have had done much earlier in the day, and would have, but for the fact that the law in Alaska on the particular point I was researching is a little thin. But had I finished, I had a post I planned to write on the continuing insistence by quite a number of “progressive” men that “cunt,” among other things, is a particularly non-offensive term despite its history of being hurled as the most rank abuse against the possessors of said cunts, and while it has no meaning whatsoever — none! not a whit! — these men will fight to the death to preserve their right to say this important — nay, vital! — yet somehow meaningless and unoffensive word against the forces of Humorless Feminists the net over.
Fortunately, you will all be spared this post. Because Ilyka’s already gone and written it, and a hundred times better than I could.
A cursory read of the comments at alicublog makes it pretty plain that the commenters are reading Roy as agreeing with their position that it’s totally okay to use “cunt” whenever you want to, because the problem always lies with the silly-ass cunts who get offended when you do so; just like the problem with “nigger” isn’t its oppressive usage history, but rather the rampant-running PC Police who stir up those temperamental black folk to raise a needless fuss about it. This, for example, is fairly typical:
Here’s another way to look at it: The staggering diversity of opinion on what cunt means just on this thread makes its intent cloudy no? Could mean a lot of things — thus, like in MOST THINGS, context matters. And the context of nigger does too — obviously.
But that doesn’t even address the fact that blacks can choose all by themselves what they consider offensive, just as everyone else can.
The “staggering diversity of opinion on what cunt means,” it will not surprise you to learn, is achieved almost entirely from members of the class who have traditionally used the term, and scarcely at all from members of the class against whom it has been used. Pardon my incivility, but fuck your fake diversity, you bubbling leg-dribbles of choleric shit.
So what’m I getting out of this? Chiefly, that there are more ostensible progressives out there than I thought who want to have it both ways. On the one hand, they want to dissociate themselves from assholes like these, feign shock and horror that similar-such behavior could be occuring in our most elite halls of learning, and congratulate themselves on not being one bit like that themselves* because they appreciate and understand context, see.
On the other hand, they want to throw a motherfucking neverending tantrum, weeping and wailing and gnashing teeth all over the internet, anytime someone points out that their understanding of the context is incomplete due to the unavoidable limitations of their own lived experiences–a point which should be obvious, and which any of these jackboot-licking nerds could easily prove or disprove merely by walking up to any large man of African-American descent and explaining to him why he shouldn’t choose to find the n-word offensive. But these whiny-ass tittybabies aren’t going to do that, because deep down they know that’s going to end in an ass-kicking, with the probability of the ass getting kicked being theirs approaching 1.
So let’s take swipes at the dumb cunt feminazis, instead. What can they possibly do about it?
Here’s a hint to those performing mental gymnastics to justify their use of “cunt” as an insult, or floor wax, or dessert topping: when you start to sound like Ann Coulter trying to pass off “faggot” as nothing more than a schoolyard taunt and nothing at all sexual, it’s time to throw in the towel.
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