Not long ago, the word “safe” had a definition that most everyone could agree on. Were you in imminent danger of being violently attacked or otherwise physically injured? No? Then we call that being safe. Easy, simple to remember, and meaningful.
Unfortunately, “safe” has become yet another buzzword redefined by the destructive feminist movement in 2015. And as a corollary, the word “violence” has changed as well. You don’t have to hit someone to be accused of violence these days. Just insulting someone can qualify. Hell, you don’t even have to be in the same room. Just disagreeing with a feminist online can qualify as violence in some circles.
Well, sure, there are some fruity moonbats out there, but are they really worth worrying about? It’s not like they have an audience in front of the United Nations or anything.
Think again. This week, UN Women released a report called “Cyber Violence Against Women and Girls: A Global Wake-up Call.” In this report, the UN calls on the governments of the world to scrub the internet clean of any content that might make women feel “unsafe” while surfing the Web. The focus of the report – and the accompanying launch – was online harassment, a scourge so terrible that we have to eliminate free speech so that women can use the internet in peace.
Front and center at the launch was Anita Sarkeesian, a video-game blogger who has made a name for herself by attacking gender inequality in the gaming industry. Sarkeesian (who UN Women actually described as a “survivor of online violence”) said that harassment wasn’t just about threats; it was “also the day-to-day grind of ‘you’re a liar’ and ‘you suck,’ including all of these hate videos that attack us on a regular basis.”
In 2012, nearly 500,000 people were murdered internationally. But no, let’s keep the focus on the important things, like whether or not deliberately controversial women like Sarkeesian have to put up with insults from behind the safety of an internet connection.
But of course, there is no such safety when “a cyber-touch is recognized as equally as harmful as a physical touch,” as the UN report claims. Uh-huh. Ask women who have been raped or otherwise violently assaulted if they agree with that assessment. Ask them if they would rather go through that ordeal again or put up with some immature teenagers in the YouTube comments section. Something tells me they would not describe the two as “equally harmful.”
This dangerous version of feminism is not about gender equality. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Women are so weak and helpless that they cannot hope to succeed in life unless men stop saying mean stuff to them on the internet. This movement is not only a threat to free speech, it is a threat to any woman who wants to escape the old notions of masculine superiority.