sometimes i think i can write but then i see what other people write and
when you see your reflection on your laptop screen and you just look
It’s not your fault.
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don’t ever assume someone likes you because 10/10 times they don’t
r u ever scared to walk past a group of teenagers even though you are also a teenager
r u ever scared to walk past a group of people even though you are also a people
wrote me out of history
have you ever had a game you wanted to replay but then there’s just one part that you fcking HATE and it’s just not worth it
You didn’t think too deeply about this did you? Of course not. If you were prone to thinking deeply about things… you probably wouldn’t be a Feminist, now would you?
I’m screaming “THAT’S THE POINT THAT’S LITERALLY THE POINT YOU JUST MADE THE EXACT POINT” at my computer screen right now.
Of course he made the point. This might be circular reasoning (I think), but it is also definitely a fallacy of false authority.
I’m going to guess Helen Lewis was addressing negative comments that attacked feminism when she made this observation. In which case, why would having a negative opinion against something warrant it’s existence? Getting mean/hurtful comments is not any indicative of why a movement fighting for gender equality should exist. Why? Because internet comments and the Internet itself has it’s own nuances which can’t neccesarily be applied to the real world. Internet comments are not a unanimous indicative of a worldview, either. They only indicate that the people who read a piece on feminism have an opinion on it. Or that your readership is not in accordance with feminism.
Lest we assume that people literally hate women, which is not to be confused with feminism. I’ve yet to see people on the Internet hate a person solely because of being a woman. I’m sure the possibility exists and that it has most likely happened. But in recent cases, it is not because the person is of the female gender.
I’ve seen the Internet turn into a black pit of darkness hellbent on devouring those who they find obnoxious or those who do something outright “stupid”. With no mercy in regards to their gender. And I have seen a borderline vitriolic hatred of feminism.
Why all this hate you have to wonder…but perhaps the answer is right here in front of us. Images like these which serve to perpetuate and immortalize a negative image. I’m not implying Lewis meant any harm with her statement, but this firing of shots feminism does is akin to a religious person trying to convert you. I do apologize for the comparison, but if sites like Tumblr and Jezebel are indicative of the modern day feminist, then I shudder at the thought because it’s all cognitive bias everywhere. There’s no underlying studies. Women are oppressed and that’s that. There’s nothing else. (again, I apologize. I know not every feminist is like this but I provided reasoning to my thinking)
This image assumes women aren’t treated equal because of Internet comments. Which is a completely ridiculous notion. The Internet is a bastion of free thought and ideas; good or bad. Political correctness tends to often be in complete opposition of that. Maybe that’s why feminism is often met with opposition in the virtual world? Or maybe it’s the accusatory tone some feminists use; often excused because they don’t have “Priviledge” so it’s okay to fire at will (protip: if your end goal is equality, you shouldn’t be insulting anyone or accusing anyone considering they should be your potential future equals)? All of these are just possibilities. They’d have to be discussed further, but it might be worth it putting it out there.
Now onto Lewis’ Law:
Lewis’s law is an observation she made in 2012 that states “the comments on any article about feminism justify feminism.” Lewis has written frequently about misogynist hate directed at women online. - Taken from Wikipedia; google Lewis’ Law.
I’m going to call it out on the basis that correlation is not causation (in regards to feminism equalling women; which is what this observation seems to imply). The only certain thing you can determine here is that feminism will have its detractors. Good or bad. Reasoned or Dumb. Then again calling it a law might be fitting. It’s not a theory, it’s only an observation. A very narrow observation, I think (calling it a law seems a bit of a stretch considering how scientific certain laws are; with diagrams and calculations, ect). It in no way justifies the existence of a movement.
putting a picture with vague statements and dubbing it a law to give it more credibility seems dishonest , I’m sorry. I could make a scientific law saying that the earth is flat because we never fall off. The truth says otherwise. Gravity says otherwise.
When I first read the comment I just brushed it off because Mr. Cappadochia didn’t explain anything and I thought most people would ignore his comment because it just seemed inflammatory. But then a second comment on his comment popped up. The fallacy (this law) is a trap; if you stay silent it will leave people ignorant. If you speak out, you will be an example because of how vague and broad this “Law” is.
Point being, if you believe everything due to cognitive bias, you’re just filling the cracks with your interpretation. What you want to believe. Which can also be called faith. Should feminism really be like religion, lead by faith? No, because if you really are trying to aim for equality, you cannot be lead astray by what you want to believe. Facts need to be found, studies need to be made. Statistics, theories all that jazz.
and before anyone says anything, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with faith and beliefs until you force-feed them to people. Beliefs don’t equate to what is. I also don’t have a problem with equality, nor with women focusing on women’s issues. I just think this image is vague and misleading, and I only wish I could explain why in better terms and with less words. I’m not calling anyone out or trying to start anything, so I’m sorry if it comes off that way.