Will there ever be a meaningful reaction to Feminist madness (or “woke” or whatever you want to call it)? I’ve tried to track it since 2014-2015.
I even wrote an app for it. For years it scoured the internet to identify and process the info until, a few weeks ago, it gave up the ghost. I’d hoped for six more months of processed data so I could do a report. I looked into the coding and thought “Gordon Bleedin’ Bennett, did I really write all this?” (most of the functions came from an old betting app that I worked on for years). I put it in the “ain’t got time to fix it” basket. It’s now a matter of forgetting it or talking about it, I guess.
I made half-baked attempts to talk about it back in 2014 but it was too early for discussion. I called it “the sea change” back then. It was continually coming and going – or the signs of it were, at least. Now that 5 years have gone by, however, the signs can be threaded into something more constant. It’s not a sea change yet, but it is a big under-swell of defiance and disgust.
This under-swell, if it runs its full course, will transition from (i) (a possibility) to (ii) (a probability) to (iii) (manifest reaction) to (iv) (sea change). At this stage it is still only one of several possibilities that could transition into our future – i.e. it is still at (i). Meanwhile there are signs, not yet conclusive, that it is transitioning to (ii) (the most likely of possible futures).
As for specifics, obviously Brexit and the Trump phenomenon were the most momentous by far. There were also other significant signs that the MSM ignored. There is an abiding disgust at the spectacle that women, the woke, the Democrats, and the MSM made of themselves during the pussy marches, MeToo, the Kavanaugh hysteria, and the interminable Trump derangement syndrome.
In addition there have been a host of reactions against the LGBTQ nonsense and all the rest of the anti-science, anti-nature crap.
All up, there have been signs of the under-swell (ahem) swelling. “Big deal”, I hear you say. “I could have told you that without a computer program.” To which I would reply, Fair enough, but this is more than opinion and it shows me stuff I wouldn’t have seen – e.g. the Kavanaugh debacle did a lot more damage to the Woke than I had noticed.
Some reactionaries have been given air-time at MSM level (Jordan Peterson, Ricky Gervais, Laurence Fox et al). Although only a tiny fraction of the reaction, they are significant because they give the public clear glimpses of the under-swell. These glimpses should alarm the left a lot, but their one-eyed focus on the “progressive” narrative has lulled them into a false sense of security. The echo chamber is a pretty serious weakness.
There are signs the Woke are teetering but we don’t know how distant the tipping point is. Aligned against any real progress are the same obstructionists and resisters that Trump has to contend with every day of his Presidency: the MSM, the teachers, the politicians, the bureaucrats, the judges, the leakers, the whistle-blowers, and all the leeches and parasites and sundry slimy things that slink and slither in the swamp.
Spawny at “What Is Their Problem?” linked to the response of “Benjamin” to “Ellie Mae O’Hagan” on Twitter:
There has been resentment against the Woke for at least a decade now. Ricky Gervais accelerated it by publicly slapping the Hollywood elite in the face with it, just when they had settled down nice and comfortable in what they thought was a safe space. Gervais shocked them. I think a decade from now his timing will be regarded as impeccable.
Hindsight might give a top mark to Laurence Fox as well. Of the two, Ricky’s moment was the more definitive, but I take my hat off to Laurence for taking up the cudgel. He has put himself on a path that will demand a helluva lot of fortitude. His best is yet to come. I hope he’s up to it. If I was a praying man, I’d pray for Laurence Fox.
2020 will be the telling year. These are the alternative futures as I see it:
A) Trump loses and Feminism and the Left take over government. One of these outcomes could emerge:
- Western civilization is lost. There will be a place for some of us among the winners (Eastern Europe, Russia, East Asia) while the once great West that white men built goes San Franshitsco.
- The tyranny of the woke becomes so extreme, common sense prevails and kicks them out before #1 can happen. They will try to force straight men to date trannies, or something. They will legalize pedophilia, whatever. I know it sounds nuts, but things we thought in the past were far too ridiculous to be taken seriously suddenly became Swamp policy (800 sexes etc).
- Western civilization continues to limp along somewhere between #1 and #2, steadily losing ground to countries that don’t punish merit.
B) Trump wins the 2020. A Trump victory could (a) provoke an unprecedented level of lunacy from the left, or (b) it could knock the stuffing out of them, or (c) somewhere between a and b with the swamp obstructing and resisting unabated. If we do have a or b then we will, I believe, have the manifest reaction (iii) that I mentioned near the start.
I’m not saying (iii) will be an unstitching of Feminism. That would be (iv)(the sea change). It would require decades if not generations of work and lots of humble pie that I don’t think women are capable of eating. Feminism’s momentum could be derailed by (iii), is all.
Your opinion might be different, and you have as much chance of being right as I have. No-one can predict with confidence until this year’s water flows under the bridge.
Let’s see 2020 out. Americans can cast their votes. As to the under-swell, “clear the deck and stay on an even keel” would be good sailing orders right now. And keep a sharp lookout, me hearties.