The familiar sequence is this:
1. People did something stupid.
2. Those people self-identify as feminists or I label them as feminists.
3. Feminists are stupid.
4. [A week later] Feminists say we should do xyz. But remember how stupid feminists are? Extremely stupid. Ha ha. So clearly we shouldn’t do xyz.
You could plug anything into that to replace “feminists” and recognize it as common discourse. It’s nonsense. It distorts the way we interpret things: it makes our focus not “what’s a reasonable interpretation of this comment/incident” but “how can this comment/incident be of use to me.”
But it’s so seductive and fun. That’s why we do it.
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