When anti-feminists attack!

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If anti-feminists looked like kitties, I’d be more open to their batshit craziness.
It’s amazing what folks come up with these days to disparage feminism. We’re blamed for girls being “slutty,” appropriating feminine colors (!), and killing babies as a way to get off. (And of course, much, much more.)
But this article is one of my faves to date. The headline alone is priceless: “Feminism’s legacy: YouTube catfights”
But it’s really the almost genius disorganization of writer Mary Grabar’s column that truly makes this article the gem that it is.
She starts with talking about the popularity of “girl fight” videos on YouTube, which she describes as a “new genre of pornography.”

This genre reflects societal trends and how women are viewed in our post-feminist culture. It’s the logical conclusion of the sexual revolution officially announced in the ironically titled “Summer of Love” 40 years ago.
The girl fights dramatize the reality behind “free love”; they display the insecurity, competitiveness and hostility that the sexual revolution has wrought. The recent trend began with girls kissing each other, as they do in “Girls Gone Wild” videos, a display made more commonplace by the infamous Madonna-Britney Spears staged tongue tango in 2003.
Both Madonna and Spears have provided the raw material for much “scholarship” for feminist professors, who have made careers of analyzing such displays of assertive sexuality as evidence of women’s “empowerment.”
As women became more sexually “free,” they had to up the ante to attract men, hence girl fights over men (at least in men’s imaginations). The young man on a college campus today is surrounded by young women, often dressed provocatively. He has his pick because today nearly two-thirds of undergraduates are female.


Grabar then (oh-so-seamlessly) mentions the boy-crisis, then the Duke case, which leads into how silly feminist classes are, which give way to an argument about how feminism has led to sexual aggressiveness in men, and then ends…well, perfectly.

Rather than being “progressive,” however, the cult of free love signaled a return to the pagan ethos, where women, while still in that narrow window of their prime, vied for the attention of men then were discarded…Funny, when cleavage-baring, twenty-something news anchors look perplexed by footage of girl fights. I’d like to tell them: This all started with your mother’s feminist movement.

Oh, well that clears it up. It’s like Grabar took every stupid feminist-blaming story she’s ever heard and just puked it on the page.
For some extra fun, check out this description of the novel that Grabar is trying to sell, “Dancing with Derrida.”

An up-and-coming feminist professor of rhetoric who conducts research by stripping at the Classic City gentlemen’s club, Tight Ends. The sexual revolutionist/moving company entrepeneur who takes his disco dance moves to the contra/Cajun dance circuit. A romantic cowboy who loves literature and his ex-fiancee. His director at the University of Athens, one of the last of the old guard, who takes his stand in the classroom for God, country, family, and the power of poetry.

Nuff said.

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24 Comments

  1. Posted August 1, 2007 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Dancing with Derrida? Is that a new reality show on The Philosophy Channel? Is Emmitt Smith involved?

  2. Posted August 1, 2007 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Wait, girls kissing girls leads to male undergrads having their pick of women because they’re outnumbered two to one? But if the female undergrads are involved with one another, doesn’t that mean there’d be fewer… Oh, forget it, I don’t understand this silly argument. Sheesh.

  3. Shadow32
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    I’m impressed. How many authors would have had the insight to realize that feminism is the reason young men go for rap?
    And ‘pagan ethos’? Isn’t discarding women for a younger model more of a Republican ethos these days?

  4. Taromeet
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Thank you for bringing this article up. The title sucked me in and it blew the start of my birthday. I believe I heard the ghost of Rev. Falwell cackling as I read. I love it when women get recruited to write this stuff. Thank you, also, for using one of my favorite phrases – “batshit crazy”. I find myself having to use it more and more these days. (sigh)

  5. Miss Modular
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    All seriousness aside, that photo is adorable.
    Fact: Being a crazy cat lady is another legacy of feminism.

  6. werechick
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Wait, wait, I can do math! (even if I am a girl) 1/2 the girls pair off amongst themselves, and the gender gap is solved! Gay men? Never mind them, they’re just what happens when uppity women demand too much from men. [/sarcasm]

  7. AnnaTwitch
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    I attended a predominately female college, and really, I’m sure I’d remember any huge clusters of women surrounding random available guys. Has the article’s author been watching too many ’80′s movies?

  8. annejumps
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Oh, Mary Grabar is batshit. She’s been covered at World O’Crap and Sadly, No. That’s actually one of her more sane columns, from what I can tell.

  9. Posted August 1, 2007 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    He has his pick because today nearly two-thirds of undergraduates are female.
    He has his pick, does he? Cuz women are only attending university in order to place themselves on display so that male students may make their girl-selection-du-jour? Oh, this woman is a dingbat.
    Of course, that’s coming from me…someone who just can’t grasp the connection of a so-called ‘cat-fight’ dramatizing ‘free love’ and thusly being labeled as pornography.

  10. Posted August 1, 2007 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    How about we “celebrate” our liberation with a cupcake?

  11. Peepers
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    If anti-feminists looked like kitties, I’d be more open to their batshit craziness.
    Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha! Can I get that on a t-shirt?

  12. Jeremy F.
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    “The young man on a college campus today is surrounded by young women, often dressed provocatively. He has his pick because today nearly two-thirds of undergraduates are female.”
    She’s right. Everyday I get mobbed by hordes of sex-crazed women.
    In bizarro world.

  13. Cola
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    The sound of the collective eyerolls of feminists everywhere have deafened the world’s population.
    I mean… what the hell? How can people be so dumb and still function in society?

  14. Cola
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Additionally, that photo is adorable. I’m going to give my kitty, who has been driving me mad by knocking things over, caterwauling, and being a pest to get attention that I can’t give him when he’s being bad, a big old snuggle because he’s still the most darling creature in my life.

  15. meegs
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, it’s extra disturbing when this kind of crap is coming from the mouths of women.
    also, MissModular:
    “Fact: Being a crazy cat lady is another legacy of feminism.”
    Hells yes. :)

  16. Rock Star
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    “The young man on a college campus today is surrounded by young women, often dressed provocatively. He has his pick because today nearly two-thirds of undergraduates are female.”
    I went to a pretty huge university. I (along with just about every other person enrolled there) wore jeans a hoodie (or t-shirt) just about every day. What college campus is she talking about?

  17. Genny
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Well, Rock Star, I do attend a college that skews heavily female and a LOT of us go around most of the year wearing skimpy and revealing clothing.
    Because it’s in Miami, and it’s hot as hell here until the end of October and starts up again mid-March.
    And yeah, I’ve never seen cat-fights over these supposedly scarce available men break out on campus, or women mobbing men anywhere. Maybe I just need to look harder, or start hanging out with different people.

  18. unklef
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Captain! I detect incoming feminists- they seem to be massing for a possible attack!
    Captain- : Deploy deflector shields and commence evasive
    action!
    Sir! It’s hopeless, we’re completely surrounded!
    [Enterprise shakes violently, most power is lost]
    Captain: Send out an SOS AT ONCE! The fate of the
    Federation and our great civilization is at stake!
    [Theme music wells up, opening credits roll- But
    wait! It seems this episode has been written by a woman! All hail- another triumph for the right wing stupid machine. Have women
    spew anti-feminist crap. It would look too obvious if a
    man did it. Tricky, real tricky.
    [Cut to commercial , gag,
    reach for remote]

  19. Posted August 1, 2007 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    This is just one of the stupidest things… If for no other reason, anyone who thinks they really understand the reasons and meanings behind fads in porn has their head up their ass. Why people are aroused by the things they’re aroused by, and why certain trends in porn and sex fantasies come and go, is profoundly mysterious, and the same scenarios and images can turn different people on for vastly different reasons.
    And I speak as a porn critic, who spends a certain amount of time trying to analyze the reasons and meanings behind fads in porn. :-) It’s an interesting exercise, but nobody really has a grasp on it.

  20. thistledo04
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    There certainly are a lot of “quotes” “around” “certain” “words”…maybe the editors forgot a few in the hailstorm of pretentious sarcasm in this column, it certainly would make a lot more sense if the whole thing had quotes around it like a massive irony.

  21. thistledo04
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    There certainly are a lot of “quotes” “around” “certain” “words”…maybe the editors forgot a few in the hailstorm of pretentious sarcasm in this column, it would actually make a lot more sense if the whole thing had quotes around it like a massive irony of the shit that spews from anti-feminist mouths.

  22. ShifterCat
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    I just bookmarked your blog, Greta Christina. :)

  23. Kaldo
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    I want the batshit comment on a shirt too :D :D

  24. werechick
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    I want that t-shirt too, but only with the picture. Without it, it just comes off narcissistic.

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