The closest analogy I can think of is those religious people who say “God is just another word for the order and beauty in the Universe” – and then later pray to God to smite their enemies.
In the comments section of the last disaster of a social justice post on my blog, someone started talking about how much they hated the term “mansplaining”, and someone else popped in to – ironically – explain what “mansplaining” was and why it was a valuable concept that couldn’t be dismissed so easily. At this point I jumped in and commented: I feel like every single term in social justice terminology has a totally unobjectionable and obviously important meaning – and then is actually used a completely different way.
All it means is that you’re interjecting yourself into other people’s conversations and demanding their pain be about you.
So, it turns out that privilege gets used perfectly reasonably.
Yet a lot of the feminists I talk to have this feeling that this is entirely about how they think they own women’s bodies and are entitled to sex, and from their experience as attractive women it’s easy to get dates and if you can’t it’s probably because you’re a creep or not trying hard enough.
This seems to me to be something of a disconnect and an underappreciation of the pain of others, of exactly the dog-lizard variety.
Like, let’s say that a feminist woman posts a thoughtful comment to this post, and I say “Thanks for your input, but I was actually just trying to explain things to my non-feminist male friends, I’d prefer you not interject here.” Isn’t it possible she might continue to argue, and so be interjecting herself into another person’s conversation? But first, a png from racism school dot tumblr dot com. I recently learned there is a term for the thing social justice does.Maybe 18 Reasons Why The Concept Of Female Privilege Is Insane.Or An Open Letter To The Sexists Who Think Female Privilege Is A Thing.And if you criticize them for doing the latter, they say “But God just means there is order and beauty in the universe, surely you’re not objecting to that?