I get two questions, I post them and answer them. This is the fifth edition, so it’s number 5 (to read previous editions, click on the “Q&A” tag). Here we go!
Have you considered doing an interview with alternative media creators who disagree with you, for instance Aurini (www.youtube.com/user/Aurini), Jay Dyer (jaysanalysis.com) or Peter Joseph (peterjoseph.info)?
I’m afraid I don’t know any of these people. How do they disagree with me and why should I do an interview with them? I mean, what topic are you talking about? I write about a number of things on here. I am willing to write refutations of things other people write, but just pointing me to someone’s blog is kindof a vague reference.
Name: Thomas Eisenecker
Comment: Dear Mr. Tremblay,
while I have to say that our views (concerning radical feminism, atheism and anti-natalism; regrettably, I haven’t given much thought to anarchism) are astoundingly similar, I feel that I have to object to how you respond to some women in your articles.
The most glaring example of what I mean is your article on BDSM as a patriarchy manual. Did you really have to talk to the pro-BDSM woman like that? Even though I passionately disagree with liberal feminism (and with her, for that matter), you, as a man, are in absolutely no position to tell a woman that she is doing feminism wrong, even if you happen to have the better arguments.
And calling her an “incredibly self-righteous C U N T” (emphasis mine)? Are you joking? I don’t really care how you meant it. It is a profoundly misogynist slur and you should abstain from using it.
If it was a dudebro posting pro-porn, pro-BDSM, pro-[insert misogyny here] screeds, it would be entirely different. (Deliberate) ignorance of feminism, especially when coming from men, is to be expected. I would even flame some of those dudebros myself.
I would really advise you to change how you disagree with women and to at least try to show some solidarity with women (even with the ones you most fervently disagree with).
Thomas Eisenecker, from Germany
First of all, I admit I went a little overboard in my comments to the pro-BDSM advocate in question. I apologize for using the word in question, it was far too exaggerated. Not trying to excuse it in any way, but it was the end result of a frustrating “dialogue” with a troll (because let’s face it, anyone who comes on your blog, says they have evidence for a position opposed to yours, and then repeatedly refuses to give that evidence, is pretty dang trollish), and frankly I thought I was pretty patient with her.
That being said, I am absolutely not required to act in solidarity with women who are not only not radfem, but have no consideration whatsoever for women’s well-being. Why would you possibly think I am? Do you seriously think I should respect Sarah Palin and Andrea Dworkin equally? Should ally blogs give equal time to Sheila Jeffreys and Beyonce? If you seriously think that, then I’m afraid you are quite deluded indeed and have bought into the liberal feminism-for-everyone ideology.
Frankly I am astounded at the male allies who seem to believe such things and try to convince me to follow their party line. Any feminism that shows solidarity with male class interests because they are presented by women is not an ideology worth following. If this is what it means to be a male ally, then count me out. But I’m pretty sure (unless radfem tell me otherwise) that’s not at all what it means to be a male ally.
Actually, as I understand it, my main role as a male ally is to tell other men to stop indulging woman-hating, so here I go: Thomas, stop claiming that woman-hating should be respected on the same footing as radical feminism.
Francois Tremblay, from the Internet