What is Feminism to do? In many ways they are the least sympathetic of all of the officially sanctioned victim groups. Much of this is because many of their members are white; perhaps more so because most everybody sees that they have won supremacy. Women now have most of the advantages, financial and otherwise. What to do?
There is always the notion to turn up the rhetoric. Part of this comes from Selma Envy, where every new push for this or that is likened to the gold standard of campaigns, the 1960s protest for civil rights in Selma, Alabama. Part of it comes from the fact that they just don’t know of anything else to do. So they blab silly rhetoric about rape culture, unfettered free abortions, etc.
Of course, every other officially sanctioned victim group is in a similar bind, all of them striving to be loudest with the most grievances. Even when your group doesn’t air their grievances, they must support the latest cause of the day (currently transgenders in the US Military) for the sake of not being ignored. With these groups, being ignored is the worst thing possible, is it not?
All of this leads to escalation of rhetoric by all of the groups, for talk is cheap and being noticed is the key. This is why a normal person can feel that they are surrounded by grievance industry; and when you personally have your own difficulties and grievances, it all starts to fall on deaf ears. For are all of these officially sanctioned victim groups lots worse than your lot?
Back to Feminism. As the sanctioned victim group with the fewest grievances visible to average person, how can they compete? Will the competition between groups lead to a virtue signaling apocalypse? Stay tuned.
Addendum case in point
Feminist Jill Filipovic can’t figure out why no one likes feminists anymore. She’s so puzzled, in fact, that she wondered about it out loud via Twitter on Monday afternoon.
“Not long ago it felt like feminism was on the upswing. How quickly the right and the left have pushed us aside as inconvenient and uncool.”
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) July 31, 2017