Everybody loves feminists but nobody loves feminists more than the feminists love themselves. Unfortunately, most feminists are also highly educated and equally resistant to common sense. This results in some dubious psychological endeavors.
Just to be clear, I do not intend to rehash accusations (such as those by Phyllis Schlafly) that assert an inability among feminists to engage in rational thought and argumentation. I spent a long time in a Ph.D. program and learned that feminists are quite capable of high-level intellectual endeavors. It just seems that they also have this unexplainable fear of revealing this capability in public.
So what brilliance do most people get to see instead?
If a feminist finds your opinions unworthy, she (or he) is rather likely to simply turn her (or his) back and refuse to interact with you. Let’s review, shall we? Feminists believe that they can convert you to their opinion merely by depriving you of the pleasure of their continued presence.
We all know how well that works. When someone starts acting like an insufferable asshole, I’m always willing to do anything possible to get them talking to me more. Aren’t you?
On the flipside, they’ll often start interacting with you more when you start hinting at opinions that correlate more with their own. When they do this, they think they’re using advanced psychological techniques to move you into their corner (or something like that). The halfway intelligent person will respond to this by toying with the unwitting feminists. You raise their hopes, then you let them down, and raise their hopes, and let them down, and on and on and on because many feminists aren’t bright enough to realize that non-feminists can recognize their tricks.
As for me, a very old friend recently told me that no one can be her friend unless they’re a feminist. I’m not sure whether she thought I agreed with her but it’s telling that she sprung this on me while I was in her car as she drove us through the middle of nowhere. I complimented her on her hair instead of answering her comment and was able to avoid being stranded.
(Contrary to popular belief, feminists do care about their appearance.)
I’ll close this ever-so happy and enlightening post with an additional message to all the feminists who might still be reading this: I love all of you. The world is a better place because of all the diverse opinions out there.
Blogger’s note: My opinions veered closer to feminism until I went to graduate school and met real feminists. Suffice it to say that those women (and men) inspired me to change my ways. Who says you can’t find moral enlightenment at a secular university?