Scold Me Maybe

I confess, I am not very politically correct. It’s not that I choose to be provocative for the sake of shocking those who are, but I find it intellectually barren and socially untenable. Knowing full well that there is nothing I can do to avoid evoking the ire of the woke, I don’t try. But like many others, this means that random SJWs feel compelled to thrust themselves into my sphere to inform me I’m horrible and irredeemable.

Big deal. Usually, I ignore them. Being goaded into a discussion of social justice with the unduly passionate is a thankless endeavor. More to the point, it’s boring. But I indulged a silly girl yesterday.

Who is this person? Beats me. Not a  follower. Not a person with whom I’ve interacted. Just some random nutjob on the twitters. But what does she mean by “so telling”? And why does a random woman feel empowered to make such a statement? Having a few minutes, I decided to play. It ultimately came to this twit:

If Glenna’s paradigm shift at first strikes you as confusing, an apparent random non-sequitur reflecting a certain chaotic inability to engage in linear thought, this is still the preface to the story. After this twit, a surprise came from the left.

The name sounded familiar, and indeed, Jamie was a follower, associated with ACLU-WV. Some might detect a note of sarcasm in my response. Jame did not. She then went on the usual passive-aggressive subtwit tear about my having quote-twitted her.

I can’t speak for other white men, but my quote-twitting wasn’t a random act of white-man republicanism, but a means to provide entertainment to anyone reading my twits. After all, why suffer such inanity alone when I can amuse others? You’re welcome.

But all of this, beyond noting the irony of women of a certain mindset feeling entitled to engage in random sexist scolding, gave rise to a prior scolding by the circle jerk of insipid self-congratulatory midgets, Appellate Twitter. I had used the word “unhinged” to describe a person’s response to a twit by Mario Machado, and the shrews went nuts, ultimately informing me that calling a woman unhinged was misogynistic. Which created a dilemma raised by the forgoing random twits to me.

If it’s sexist to call an irrational female “unhinged,” what is the politically correct word to use to describe a batshit crazy woman?

The question, for which I coin the term “Orwell’s Cat™,” is, of course, unanswerable. If any word that characterizes a woman as nuts is sexist, and it’s politically incorrect to use such a word when describing a female because of historic reduction of women’s thoughts to irrational emotionalism, then it’s impossible to describe a crazy woman as crazy without being a misogynist. And if one can’t call an unhinged person unhinged, then there is no way to communicate that they’re unhinged.

As what’s now called a “second-wave feminist,” who believes that women and men are equal and should be treated equally, this creates a conflict. The same words that would be available for use for men must be equally available for women, for to do less would be unequal. And, I note, there aren’t that many words in the lexicon that we can afford to lose any but the most needlessly outrageous and provocative. Is “unhinged” such a horrible word? I think not.

This isn’t to say that all women are crazy, or unduly emotional, or unhinged. Clearly, there are smart, rational women, just as there are smart, rational men. And obviously, the same is true the other way. But the crazy, regardless of gender, are not entitled to be unhinged with impunity because others are denied full access to the words that describe them as such.

The only alternative to avoiding any provocative word uttered in the presence of the unduly woke (see, still a smug white man, which is “so telling,” whatever that means) is to use words that apply regardless of the shrieks of the politically correct and suffer the slings and arrows of random scolds.

People often argue the virtues of political correctness, the claim that it’s unnecessary to use words that offend other people. This is a disingenuous and insidious argument, as its purpose is to deprive others of the words by which offense may be taken but accuracy is communicated. If you’re ugly, then you’re ugly. It may hurt your feelings to be called ugly, but that doesn’t make you any less ugly.

But why call anyone ugly at all? Most of us wouldn’t troll the twitters in search of ugly people so that we could randomly thrust ourselves into their sphere to tell them just how ugly they are. Yet, Glenna and Jamie did that. Much as my responses were deflected, but pointed, sarcasm, I didn’t force my words upon them. If they want to push themselves into other people’s spheres to scold people, whether white males or whoever else is the nastiest flavor of the social justice month, then they should expect a reply.

And despite the sincerity with which they proselytize the “fools” like me, it would behoove them to realize that there is a good chance that others, like me, won’t give a shit. That’s because the boys they scold think they’re unhinged, even if they’re girls*.

*Note, not because they’re girls, but even if.


33 thoughts on “Scold Me Maybe

  1. Henry Drummond

    And, I note, that there aren’t that many words in the lexicon that we can afford to lose any but the most needlessly outrageous and provocative.

    Language is a poor enough means of communication. I think we should use all the words we’ve got.

    1. SHG Post author

      There are a few words I take off the table, but that’s just my personal sensibilities. The language here doesn’t come close to being forbidden words, SJWs notwithstanding.

      1. RKW

        Inherent the Wind: Henry Drummond:

        I don’t swear for the hell of it. Language is a poor enough means of communication. We’ve got to use all the words we’ve got. Besides, there are damn few words anybody understands

          1. Henry Drummond

            I’m sure he was just being prudent. You’re located in the second circuit, where it’s not parody unless someone gets it.

            1. Xon

              This joke literally microaggressed against my lungs, diaphragm, vocal chords, and facial muscles and cJsss me to laugh. So, haha, I say!

  2. DaveL

    Has anyone been along on the Twitters yet to let you know “scold” is another sexist, misogynistic, shitlord word you’re not ever allowed to use in reference to women?

          1. John Barleycorn

            I am laced up.

            I can see all the squares si-mul-ta-ne-ous………………·ly.

            Seriously harsh-es my high though.

            The verify gate makes me want to pee.

  3. Dan T.

    But Glenna’s original jab at you was in the form of a quote-tweet; so much for that being a specifically white-male-Republican technique.

    1. SHG Post author

      A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall.

      –Ralph Waldo Emerson. Self-Reliance (white male)

  4. Kathleen Casey

    “I suspect you are mentally ill. I do not know for certain because I am not a mental health professional and this is not a diagnosis buuuut your words and deeds may justify therapy. Good therapy. Have you considered therapy? Maybe spiritual intervention? Attending services? Mass?”

    I’ve thought or said variations of it dozens of times. Then figuratively stand back when I pop out with it because things escalate usually. Fireworks.

    Delusional disorder is hard to cure anyway I understand. Because they’re delusional.

      1. Kathleen Casey

        They do! I’ve been told that I must have “gone to the dark side.” That I “support rape.” “Have YOU had therapy?” (I tell the truth. “Yes. Once. After a few weeks he said I had a handle on it and let me go. I read When I Say No I Feel Guilty decades ago. I recommend it.”) And don’t talk about religion!!!

        So much obstinacy. So much emotion. So little reason. So few brain cells.

        Cool captcha, BTW.

  5. Patrick Maupin

    Orwell’s Cat T-shirts should definitely be included into your foray into merchandising.

    But it’s difficult to envision a female circle jerk. Fortunately, google turns up a couple of reddit discussions that have a plethora of substitute terminology.

  6. B. McLeod

    Puzzling, how we have so much already, but are nevertheless driven to keep appropriatin’ and appropriatin’. No wonder the SJWs are so upset. Soon, they may have nothing left to themselves.

      1. LocoYokel

        Have some fun.

        Next time you see a black woman wearing them tell her that the blacks appropriated them from the gypsies who were wearing them for centuries. This also works when some righteous SJW starts ranting about cultural appropriation.

        Watch the fireworks.

        1. Keith

          Centuries? pffft…

          “…then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life”

          Exodus 21:6

          Tell her she’s appropriating Scott’s culture.
          Wow, that came full circle.

  7. Bruce Godfrey

    Clearly you did not “appropriate” “woke.” Your sarcasm, rather than appropriation, was clear – paralleling infringement vs. parody in trademark.

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