This blog exists to pose questions about how the world works, in an attempt to make people challenge their beliefs about the ways in which feminism does, and more importantly, should operate. Admittedly it is done in a rather….confrontational manner, but all the same.
It’s rather disheartening when we see sixty or seventy reblogs all just repeating a single badly-formed and inaccurate criticism of something that’s been said, but only ten or so of the response to that criticism….especially when not a single one of those presents any rebuttal to that response even by the author of that criticism. When we are proven wrong we’re entirely willing to admit it, but rarely if ever do we see a response that comes even close to doing so.
The point of debate and discussion is not to attack and overpower, but to reach the truth. Simply latching onto the first statement that supports your own ideology and screaming it loud and long for all the world to see in no way advances that goal. We present questions, and offer a chance for people to answer them. We like answers, because sometimes we can learn from them, and even if we can’t perhaps others can. However, when those answers are inadequate, poorly-formed or just out-and-out wrong (and being honest that’s the majority, plain and simple) we provide a response and rebuttal to those answers. Overwhelmingly, those responses are ignored.
We offer a chance for debate, and rarely if ever do we fail to answer a criticism or comment on a matter whether privately or publicly. Considering the number of responses we get that’s often not a small task, though made easier by the fact that often the first response, no matter how bad, is parroted endlessly by people too lazy or incompetent to use some critical judgment or creative thought. We stand behind the words that we write, even when doing so involves writing five or ten responses to similar and equally mistaken criticisms. It’s somewhat depressing that people are unwilling to stand behind theirs enough to write even one response, let alone more.
It’s a sad state of affairs when adults cannot carry on rational and sensible debate in an open forum. It’s a worse state when people claiming to be adults are incapable of understanding how debate and discussion work and that one must either defend one’s position or concede it, rather than simply placing one’s fingers in one’s ears and screaming buzzwords until the nasty mean logical person goes away. It’s beyond worrisome when people are incapable of functioning when actually expected to defend what they say, or to present evidence backing up their claims and buzzwords. It’s outright scary when the reaction to claims made using logical argument, with citations and scientific proof to back them up, are simply ignored because they contradict ideology, left unaddressed because facts and statistics cannot be invalidated simply by yelling at them. It’s no less than terrifying when ideology becomes so accepted that the very idea of questioning it and applying some form of rational thought to the theories and practices is considered subversive and offensive.
There is a reason we question whether feminism can possibly be saved….and you are it.