Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Death to Feminist Buzzwords!

Nearly all the jargon of feminism ought to go in the clich├ę can. Individual words such as “misogyny”, “patriarchy” and “equality” are used in a mystificationary way, with creative latitude. I find that people who bandy these expressions are either mentally unclear about what they are saying, or attempting for underhanded reasons to conflate something with something else.

The word “misogyny” will serve as a prime example. It is almost never honestly used any more, and is typically a way of smearing or silencing whoever is deemed to have wrong opinions on certain topics. More often than otherwise, the speaker will use this word as something to hide behind.

As an exercise in semantic hygiene and intellectual probity, people ought to rethink their use of this word and even do a bit of soul-searching if that proves necessary. Every time they feel the urge to slip “misogyny” or “misogynist” into their communication, they should stop and think carefully about what they are actually trying to communicate. Then they should pick from the smorgasbord of possible meanings the one item which maps precisely to their actual thought, and use either an exact term or a short descriptive phrase to convey this. Such exercise might force people to think outside the box, but at least it will keep them on the straight and narrow.
 
Taking this to a still higher level, why not place a moratorium on ALL use of “misogyny” or its derivatives. Ditto for nearly every keyword in the feminist lexicon. After all, these are clich├ęs, so why not give them a rest?

3 comments:

  1. instead of throwing their terminology down the drain why not change it's meaning to suit ourselves?

    example "we live in a FALSE rape culture that objectifies male disposability in the pursuit of FALSE equality"

    plus you have the advantage of obscuring the original meanings of their terminology to newbies

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  2. Rape's the newest buzzword.
    A lot of meaningful and interesting conversations about real gender issues get spoiled by someone of many bringing up the specter of Rape, or "rape culture".
    Not only does this trivialize and insult rape, but it scares anyone daring to not go along wholesale with millennial feminism into silence.

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