An online satirical feminist magazine is giving up this week because it determined that there was nothing so ridiculous and crazy that it could post that would not immediately be gobbled up and reproduced by actual feminists. Medusa Magazine did not exactly come out and make it obvious that the website was supposed to be satire – the owner thought it would be clear from the absurd nature of the articles. But time and again, he found his satirical points about social justice taken up by mainstream feminist outlets and championed by actual liberals.
(Side note: We don’t actually know whether the founder of Medusa Magazine is a man or a woman, but we’re going to proceed with male pronouns).
“It has always been and will always be satire…. but I don’t blame anyone for thinking otherwise,” said the site’s owner, who has not yet revealed his identity. “This has been fun, but all good things have to come to an end. I am shutting down this website because recent events have proven to us that it is no longer possible to satirize the Feminist left.”
The blogger started the site for fun because there weren’t any other online magazine mocking the modern feminist movement in an “Onion” style. But he quickly found that there was nothing he could post that was more ridiculous than the material coming out of Jezebel, Huffington Post, and other tried-and-true feminist publications.
“About a week ago we put out an article titled ‘Why we should believe women who accuse right wingers of rape more than those who accuse liberals,’” he said. “The article is a total caricature intended to be as ridiculous as possible, basically arguing that because liberals are good people, we should forgive them when they rape women. We thought no one in the world could possibly hold views as ridiculous as that, so we wrote it as satire and published it.”
And guess what happened?
“So imagine our surprise when an actual Feminist and self-proclaimed expert on ‘rape culture’ wrote an article for The Washington Post no less, using the same rational and reasoning as our satirical article that was written just a few days before,” he said.
This incident was compounded when ABC News political expert Matthew Dowd said, of the sexual harassment allegations coming out about Al Franken and other Democrats: “Every leader (and each of us) is human and flawed and makes mistakes, but there is a difference between those who are flawed who work for the common good and those who are flawed who could care less about the common good. Huge difference.”
In other words, exactly the (satirical) point that Medusa Magazine was making in its outlandish parody of feminists.
At that point, the creator of the site said, the writing was on the wall.
“There is no point in operating a caricature website of Feminism anymore when real life Feminists are now more insane than any caricature we could ever dream up,” he wrote. “If you enjoyed our content and are sad to see us go, then just go follow any legitimate Feminist blog or any of the many obnoxious Feminists on Twitter. Their content is the same as ours.”
For a movement that still had even one pinky toe in reality, this would be a real wake-up call. But since that does not describe modern feminism in any way, we assume it will make no difference at all.