Duncan Riley hit a familiar chord for me in his post on the blogosphere, and the actual level playing field it provides.
He said, “If we want to talk about gender issues lets talk about how to resist the small minority who are obsessed with notions of gender and race.”
As well we should. I haven’t mentioned anything about the BlogHer conference, because I feel those kinds of events are ultimately exclusionary, and divisive. Part of the problem as I see it lies in the fact that the definition of the word, “equality” has been changed over time by radical feminists to mean “supremacy” or to refer to some kind of special consideration based on gender and nothing else.
What’s happened is that those obsessives Duncan refers to simply can’t (or won’t) figure out a way to stop seeing everything in terms of somebody being oppressed or suppressed, no matter what the facts tell them. Just like hardline conspiracy theorists, who see black helicopters spraying viruses in the air in every commercial transport, and UFOs in every unusual cloud formation, the obsessives see their variety of gender bias in every collection of people. If that group of people is not at least 50% female or above, then they presume, because that’s their fixation, that some nebulous “they” is at work again to “keep women down.”
If that were true, of course there’d be no female bloggers, quietly (or not so quietly) doing their thing and chalking up millions of readers, collectively. Yet those women are out there, and most of them don’t feel they have anything to complain about.
The way I see it, the whole issue has been constructed to give credence to an erroneous and passé idea that will benefit a few self-involved individuals at the expense of everyone else. The sad thing is that so many otherwise intelligent people with honest concerns for fairness get sucked in by those who really only want a little easy publicity for their collective neuroses.
I think the self-correcting nature of the blogosphere will ultimately expose these frauds for what they are. They have depended for decades on hysteria backed by very little in the way of provable fact, and there’s just too much evidence available for them to maintain their fictions much longer.
Update: More on this at Buzzmachine