Feminists claim to stand for all women, but when push comes to shove, they are only too quick to eat their own. When a member of the tribe accidentally comes out with the “wrong” opinion about one subject or another, watch out. Feminists have to march in lockstep, armed with all of the theories and buzzwords that keep them from ever having to engage in an actual intellectual argument. This shorthand makes it much easier to join the social justice revolution and requires much less of that ugly, cumbersome thing we used to call “thinking.” Hence, you see a lot of the country’s dumbest women on the forefront of the feminist movement.
But boy oh boy, are they vicious when someone steps out of line.
Take Mayim Bialik, the star of TV’s “Big Bang Theory” and the former child star of “Blossom.” She wrote an op-ed in the New York Times last week that turned out to be one of the few articles on the Harvey Weinstein debacle that actually had an interesting point of view. How many articles, blogs, and op-eds do we have to read that say the exact same thing? Weinstein was a monster, Hollywood has a sexual harassment problem, we get it, say something original. Fortunately, Bialik did.
As a woman of faith, Bialik decried Hollywood sexualization and objectification before going on to explain how she had avoided the fate of many other actresses.
“I still make choices every day as a 41-year-old actress that I think of as self-protecting and wise. I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy,” she wrote.
A thousand feminist blogs and a million Twitter Twits went off on the TV star, calling her a victim-blamer, a slut-shamer, and all the other handy terms feminists have come up with to ostracize anyone who doesn’t toe the line. Many, clearly having failed to read the entire essay, accused her of missing the fundamental truth about sexual harassment, which is that it’s about power, not sexuality. Many accused her of believing that only girls who act a certain way get harassed, abused, or assaulted. Bialik said none of those things in her op-ed.
She merely talked about her experiences in Hollywood and her rejection of those things that most, if not all, of Weinstein’s accusers happened to embrace. If there is a correlation between flaunting your sexuality and being targeted for your sexuality, Bialik didn’t explicitly make it. Nor did she insinuate that any of Weinstein’s victims deserved their abuse. Not even close.
She did, perhaps, ride up to the line of advising women to think of themselves as something more than just a hot body.
But in 2017, telling women they have ANY responsibility for their “sexual selves” is akin to burning witches at the stake. If you want to flirt your way into every dorm room in the frat house and then call a stop to the action right before the condoms go on, you have that right, SISTER! And no, we’re not saying that any guy has the right to “go all the way” once they get to a certain point with a girl. OBVIOUSLY. But this culture where women want to be free to make any choice without suffering any consequence…well, that sounds like a great world, but it ain’t this one. And if feminists can’t offer any better solution to the problems of sexual assault than to tell rapists and pigs to stop being rapists and pigs, then they will never, ever change a thing.