Feminists have banned @Nero and @bindelj from an event entitled "Does feminism have a problem with censorship."
— Allum Bokhari (@LibertarianBlue) October 7, 2015
I’m not sure what it is about social justice warriors and censorship, but if you find an SJW who completely rejects the idea of it, take a picture because unicorns aren’t that rare.
There’s a long string of wanting restrictions on speech by the social justice community. From Jessica Valenti banging the drum for the closing of comments sections, to Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn appearing before the UN to make the case that governments should use power to control search engines into only allowing content that is agreeable to feminists.
Now we have Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos being banned from a debate at the University of Manchester entitled “Does Feminism Have a Censorship Problem” because…well…he’s Milo Yiannopoulos, effectively asking and answering the question before the debate began.
“We have been made aware of various comments lambasting rape survivors and trans* people, and as such we are concerned for the safety of our students on the topic of this event,” said Manchester U’s student union in a statement. “He is a rape apologist and has repeatedly used derogatory and debasing ableist language when describing members of the trans* community.”
The underlying theme between all the examples I’ve given is: “No debate need take place. Our accusations will suffice.”
To anyone with two brain cells to rub together, the reason they do this stands out more than beauty at an Amber Rose Slut Walk. The social justice community’s entire belief system cannot survive in an environment where their claims are forced to hold water. It barely survives online, which is why they’ll go to great lengths to have the internet restricted in their favor.
This demonstrably obvious fact is often the subject of ridicule, and even the butt of many jokes. Penny Arcade, a publication that tries to take a middle of the road stance, even took a swipe at it on Wednesday.
What the social justice community, and especially the feminist community should understand, is that this alone could ultimately be the downfall of their cause. Ideas and talking points that they know do not survive in the light, can’t survive long in the dark either. Maybe they would have back in an age when the only source of news and ideas we received came from the teat of a very biased mommy-knows-best media, but we are currently living in the age of an information Niagara.
Ideas that run contrary to every other idea flow as pumpkin spice during the fall. There is no stopping it. Not even Goldsmith College’s diversity officer, Bahar Mustafa, who is facing criminal charges for her #KillAllWhiteMen tweets, will see her message stopped despite legal action.
When the Society of Professional Journalists debate about GamerGate was shut down due to a bomb threat, the conversation between sides continued in the very streets.
Hell, people relaying ideas in unconducive environments is a tale as old as time, and an integral part of how America’s revolution was brought about in particular. You can’t stop the signal, Mal. One way or another, social justice ideologies will be weighed and judged, no matter how many people you block on Twitter, or how many YouTube videos where you turn the comments off. People will find a way to say their piece, and it will find a way to get back to you.
That’s just the world we live in, whether you like it or not.
But the social justice community doesn’t have to take my word for it. They already have a great example of what happens when an ideology decides to wall their ideas off from the people while trying to simultaneously sell it to them.
As I’ve discussed in a previous piece, conservatives themselves suffered a massive deficiency in the success of their message due to the fact that they refused to participate with the culture at large. As social justice warriors label everything as racist and/or sexist, conservatives used to see an anti-American message in almost everything. I’d personally be greeted with ire and scorn for simply taking part in watching award shows, or enjoying Super Bowl halftime shows. It’s an age, I’m glad to say, that is finally coming to an end, and now the right’s ideas are seeing a wider acceptance in the public at large.
SJW feminism does what the right is starting to get over. It’s penchant for creating “safe spaces” where only certain ideas are allowed and others are rejected outright will ultimately lead to an ideological stagnation that people won’t even take a moment to even give it any credence.
And you’re probably wondering why I’m giving this advice to an ideology that I despise down to my core. It’s because below all the hysterics, emotional arguments, and self-victimization, I’ve seen what egalitarian feminism is, and I really like it. I love hearing what Professor Christina Hoff Sommers has to say. I want to hear more from Camille Paglia. Their ideas are a rational brand of feminism that needs no hysterics to digest.
I think a nasty crust has formed over what was essentially a great idea, and that crust became third-wave feminism. As I’ve written previously, women everywhere are rejecting this brand of sensationalized feminism, and want to see something else.
My advice is to wheel your ideology out and let it live or die based on its arguments. If it survives the public discourse, as the egalitarian brand of feminism has, then good on ya. If it dies, and it probably will, then it wasn’t worth subscribing to in the first place, and you can come up with better and more realistic ideas. It’ll hurt, but at least you’ll learn more about the world and possibly yourself.
Either stagnate, or get wise.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Brandon Morse has been writing about politics and culture across many websites for the last six years, with a heavy emphasis on anti-authoritarianism. Aside from writing articles, he is also known for voice acting and authoring scripts. He is an avid gamer, dog person, and has a bad habit of making vague references to things no one has heard about or seen. Follow him at @TheBrandonMorse on Twitter.
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