Sponsored Content
The Morning Rant | Main | Judge to Mueller's Team in Manafort Case: "Come On, Man," You're Just Trying to Railroad Manafort to Get to Trump
May 04, 2018

FAQ (Feminist-Asked Question): Is Giving Someone a Compliment The Same as Sexually Harassing a Stranger?

Short answer: no.

Longer answer: Also no. (That contains twice as many words, hence, "longer answer.")

Sexton's piece on this is good. Also worth considering is this observation noted the other day by Instapundit:

Social groups create their own tropes and codes of behavior. The internet has empowered a group with a fringe fascination for finding "problematic" behavior where no problem exists. They get valorized for this, retweeted and praised, which then encourages other people to similarly get offended by every fucking thing.

If you subsidize something, you get more of it.

I'm aware that there is a possible "bullying" aspect to telling these people to grow up, butch up, and shut up. Piers Morgan lit this woman up, and, presumably, a mob then joined in and told her to shut up.

That, I have to admit, tends to pressure her to remain silent.

However, people like her have had an open field for leading mobs to get other people to remain silent. We're all walking on eggshells due to them, wondering when the time comes that we get savaged by a mob.

While I would tend to offer the advice, "Let her have her speech, unencumbered by jumping down her throat just for expressing an opinion you don't like" in ordinary circumstances -- circumstances in which the Censorious Left (joined by their enablers in the Speech Patrolling Right) did not have such excess power and did not condition so many people to adopt their group norms of never-ending speech patrolling and mob-shaming -- given that these people do in fact have an open field for constant social mugging of everyone else, I think it's acceptable, bordering on necessary, to mob up on them and tell them to grow up, butch up, and shut up until people can once again express a trivial sentiment ("Tell someone you see something beautiful in them") without having a pack of pussyhat hyenas hounding them.

Once social norms have been changed so that this kind of behavior is not valorized and not encouraged, then we can let the fringe idiots who still love speech patrolling do their thing without bothering them about it.

There's a saying in medicine: It's the dose that makes the poison. Many, many substances are potentially poison, but only in high concentrations. Even water is poisonous in very high doses.

A society can afford to let loudmouthed, perpetually aggrieved neurotic malcontents shriek hysterically about everything to give their empty lives some sense of struggle and purpose. But only when the dose of that is beneath the level that makes it a poison.

The current dosage of this is well and truly poisonous, keeping us from speaking freely. Hell, keeping us from thinking freely -- how many of you have stopped yourself from writing something because your Survival Instincts kicked in and warned you "You'll get incredible grief for expressing this inoffensive, normal opinion"?

I double-think myself all the time: And I hate the League of Censors (on both the left and right) for this.

Until the dosage of this brain-crippling poison is brought to low, nonlethal levels, I think it's fair to begin offering the antidote, which itself does, I admit, include some possibility of shaming and making people walk on eggshells, and hounding these people until they begin observing the Silver Rule of Leaving Other People the Hell Alone Unless You Have a Really Good Reason to Bother Them (and No, Your Outrage Over Every Trivial Thing is Not a Really Good Reason).

digg this
posted by Ace of Spades at 12:22 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
Wolfus Aurelius [/i] [/b]: "[i] Sucks that adopting a pet can be such a PITA. ..."

JQ: "Nefarious doings? Well, no... just staying up too ..."

Wolfus Aurelius [/i] [/b]: "[i]Jack Cassidy was the best Columbo murderer. Pro ..."

Wolfus Aurelius [/i] [/b]: "Hullo, JQ! What nefarious doings bring you up and ..."

Wolfus Aurelius [/i] [/b]: "Petfinder shows a cute black fluffy girl kitten fo ..."

JQ: "Mornin' Wolfus! ..."

Butthead: "Heh. Heh heh heh, hey Beavis, he said 'snatch' heh ..."

Wolfus Aurelius [/i] [/b]: "Morning, folken! Are we all still here? I got ..."

JQ: "Had to laugh at raindumbo's coat hanger remark... ..."

JQ: "Good morning, all ..."

Skip : "JT see Bad Blue? Thought some good ones in there ..."

Skip : "Cat napped a little ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64