Pretend you had the bestest idea ever. All you had to do was utter four simple words. But only a fraction of the people you talk to signed on for it. Rejection hurts. What can you do to alleviate the pain? How about making up a mental condition based on your wondrous idea. Now whenever your
victim listener responds that your bestest, best-best idea stinks, he’s not rejecting it. Or you. He’s just suffering from mental illness!
The idea, of course, is feminism: The movement to “treat both sexes equally.” Surely nobody but privileged men would object to that? In fact, everyone who likes the idea already is a feminist-! Except only 18% of people in America want to be identified as such. Even after someone carefully explains to these Americans that they really already are feminists. That’s problematic, eh?
The female half of the population suffers from a mental condition so severe that it causes them to reject basic common sense. Let’s call it something psuedo-psychological, like internalized misogyny. The promise of feminism since the ’60s has been that women are free to choose what path they want in life. But what about women who insist on making the wrong choices? For example:
- A woman chooses marriage and children? Internalized misogyny.
- She chooses to skip college and join the family business? Internalized misogyny.
- She chooses to have a boyfriend and gets a pet that isn’t a cat?
- Or she simply rejects feminism because it stopped being about equality forty years ago?
That’s right: Internalized misogyny!
Internalized misogyny is not your fault. You’ve merely bought into the women-are-property mentality of the patriarchy. You happen to enjoy your chains and are thus betraying every vagina-enabled woman on the planet. Shame on you.
But Q, I can hear you thinking, am I not allowed to make my own decisions regarding my religious beliefs and choice of pet? No, you can’t. Not according to feminists. But count your blessings. The ones who accuse you of internalized misogyny are still somewhat reasonable, if annoying. The certifiable crazies accuse you of not being a woman at all.
Internalized misogyny is also a convenient way of disqualifying your opinion from any given discussion involving topics of feminism. In other words: everything. Disqualification deserves its own entry, but in a nutshell? It is a polite way for Authoritarians to make sure no-one listens to you, and if capable, should block, ban, or no-platform you. A woman with her own opinions about, well, anything, is dangerous indeed, and not to be tolerated. Not according to real feminists, anyway.
These columns are meant to be basic descriptions of common terms used by both the Authoritarian and Cultural Libertarian sides of the culture war. They are a little dry compared to our usual fare. For this I apologize, and will include this hilarious video explaining more about internalized misogyny. Warning: potty language.