Trash, and Purveyors of Trash

Update: In response to the concerns raised in Comments, I am reposting this piece, as titled above, with portions of my original post that were inaccurate struck out. I apologize for the inaccuracies. -- Kathy

Yesterday, Dan Riehl put up this post, entitled "Are Some Radical Feminists Child Abusers?". I'm quoting most of the post here, but linking it from Memeorandum so he doesn't get traffic he doesn't deserve:
I've wrestled with making this post, based upon a tip. I have no real connection to the people involved on either side of the issue. But given that this is linked to a radical feminist the Lefty blogs, including Amanda Marcotte, Majikthise, Feministing and others raised up to suit their purposes, I wonder, has any of them considered that basically teaching a young man he is evil and destined to rape women simply because he was born with a penis might actually rise to the level of child abuse? If the Lefty feminist blogs know this person and know her mind and this is it, I hope some of them have had the decency to advise her to get some help.

Should a Mother post something like this below on the Internet, simply because her teenage son was caught looking at Internet pornography?
"(I) hate myself for not pouring him down the sink at Planned Parenthood or grabbing a rusty coathanger and doing the job myself even if it killed me."

Or this and the other items below?
I've had him read Dworkin, my site, and other places (namely OAG's site) and I still can't unseat this problem. He can recite feminist literature all day long, he can understand the tenets, the ideas behind it, how it links together but he will not allow this knowledge to stand in the way of his porn use.

"I know, that as soon as my child leaves my home and moves into his own place that he will be looking at porn immediately. I know that I am raising a problem for women. I know that this child will one day grow and will fully absorb the messages that porn sends to men. I know that my child masturbates to degradation of my people (when I use that phrase I mean womyn) and that with every orgasm he will further solidify his own hatred of and superiority over, women.

"I know that there will likely come a day where my son coerces a young woman into sex (rape) and there isn't a damned thing I can do about it. I look into the eyes of my son and they still sparkle like they did when he was a baby, but he's not a baby anymore, he's growing into a man and that man will have trained himself to degrade women before he leaves my home.

Maybe you remember "Biting Beaver," a blogger who had her caused [sic] pushed by Amanda Marcotte and others? They even raised money for her.

Biting Beaver's "cause," as Riehl dismissively terms it, was an unplanned pregnancy as the result of being refused emergency contraception until it was too late.

Riehl again:
Evidently there's a war going on around her "Women's Space" Why Men Hate Us. ...

The "Women's Space" post is titled "The Way Men Hate Us" -- not "Why Men Hate Us." And when Riehl writes, "Evidently there's a war going on" around that post, "war" refers to the fact that anti-feminist trolls had registered as users on the Women's Space/Margins message boards for the purpose of intimidating and terrorizing BB and the other women posting there.
As of about 10:00 p.m. on the day of this post, there were three registered users on my Women’s Space/Margins boards, which women I care about and I created in 2000 and which have been a haven for all sorts of women since then. We’ve supported one another, been friends with one another, cared for one another there for seven years . These three registered users were:

Rick Astley
N***** N*****N*****
B**** Slap

They changed titles of threads from “Who was your mentor?” and “Warm Fuzzies,” to, for example, “LOL, I rape u” .

Riehl (of course) is not honest enough to mention the rape threats, but he obliquely references them in his very next line (I have removed the links he mentioned and reinserted them below his quote, for reasons that will become obvious after you've read it):
Allegedly it [meaning, the rape threats] came about after posts like this were discovered:

writing about her teen-aged son -- because she caught him looking at Porn on the Internet:
But he is not and the way he treats his girlfriend, his sister, his grandmother, and myself make me hate myself for not pouring him down the sink at Planned Parenthood or grabbing a rusty coathanger and doing the job myself even if it killed me.

And unfortunately, it seems to mirror much of her other writing:
My boys are good boys, they're smart boys, but they are boys and as such, the Patriarchy want them. The Patriarchy is doing it's level-best to assimilate my boys and bring them into the folds of Male Power and Privilege and it's my job to put the spark of empathy, the fire of self-determination and respect into their young minds to make women safer. To make their wives and girlfriends and fuck buddies safe from them, because left unchecked they could rape, they already have the equipment.

Now, if only I can figure out what to say *sigh*

Only one problem: The actual female blogger whose blog is called The Biting Beaver did not write any of this. Here is the source for Riehl's first quote, about the teenage son. And here is the link to what Riehl calls "much of her other writing."

Anyone with half a brain (which lets Riehl out, I know) could see instantly that both links are to material written by the woman-hating men who have been attacking and threatening Biting Beaver. The content is over-the-top vitriolic misogynist crap, and the first link, especially, pretty much announces its authorship straight out.

Not to take anything away from Dan Riehl's lack of intelligence, but I think he knows this garbage was not written by the woman who writes Biting Beaver. I think his claim to have "wrestled with making this post" is pure bullshit. I think his intentions were malicious -- and if his post is not libelous, it would only be because the viciousness of the parody is too obvious to be taken seriously.


"Are Some Radical Feminists Child Abusers?" is cross-posted at Right Wing News, and was commented on approvingly by Sister Toldjah (linked from Memeorandum again):
This is what happens when you allow irrational hatred to control you. Essentially, you become that which you abhor. You whine for years about how men supposedly hate women, but then you turn into a hater yourself. It becomes even worse when you transfer that hatred to your children by using them as proxies for the object of your disgust.

These are the same types of people who would join marches on Washington if a prominent black or gay figure were to be severely maligned by a conservative in Congress. But in the radical feminist’s world, it’s “acceptable” to hate - as long as it’s a man you’re hating.

This is representative for an even bigger hypocrisy not just amongst radical feminist women, but against liberals on the whole: They’ll rip a conservative up one side and down the other for ‘broad brushing’ (no pun intended) an entire group of people - specifically “minorities” - but they have no problems whatsoever broad brushing the entire male gender. Oh, and they do the same thing with the military. But then again, the military is comprised primarily of alpha male men, so of course it’s only natural that the left would come down against them as well.

Can’t have any examples of strong, accomplished, upstanding alpha male men out there, because that would destroy the stereotype radical feminists and others in the Democratic party wildly embellished in order to use as an instrument of fear amongst fence-sitting almost-feminists and female voters in general, respectively.

This, from one of the right-wing bloggers who jumped like a pitbull on The New Republic and Scott Thomas Beauchamp for sloppy journalism, for inadequate fact-checking, for printing "lies" about the U.S. military. This, from someone who "allows irrational hate" for Muslims, for an entire religious faith practiced by roughly 1.5 billion people, for immigrants, for liberals and anti-war activists, for John Edwards (a special target for her venom: she lives in North Carolina), to control her with every post she writes. Imagine -- lectures on "becoming that which you abhor" from someone who thinks the abolition of habeas corpus is a good thing, who supports kangaroo courts for Guantanamo detainees, who sneers at human rights for humans of whom she disapproves, who thinks there is nothing wrong with torturing people if the U.S. government decides they are bad people.

Anyone who fancies herself or himself to be fair-minded and truthful, and an advocate of civil, reasoned political discourse should be flooded with shame at publishing a piece of writing, or expressing approval for a piece of writing, that is so clearly lacking in even the most rudimentary fairness, truthfulness, civility, and rationality. In my view, a person who would publish or comment on the kind of trash Dan Riehl wrote without making even a token effort to check the facts is a person totally lacking in integrity.

Postscript: The "radical feminist" to whom Riehl refers had to close down her blog to public view because of the hatred and physical threats that were directed her way after she wrote about her Plan B nightmare experience and her unplanned pregnancy as a result, as Lindsay Beyerstein noted in October, when all this occurred: "Biting Beaver's words have reached thousands of readers over the past few weeks. She's putting a human face on the emergency contraception issue. But Biting Beaver sacrificed a lot to share her story. She's been chased off her own blog by vicious trolls, including people who are sending her recipes for poisons and telling her she doesn't deserve to live." Unsurprisingly, Riehl does not tell his readers this when he links to the "radical feminist's" no-longer-available blog.

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