Clementine Ford: Femifascist of the week
|Clementine Ford: Femifascist of the week|
Everyone is familiar with TED talks. These are educational and sometimes mind-blowing talks about a variety of topics. There are so many areas of interest, from education to happiness, statistics to creativity, tech demos to illusions. Here is a list of the 20 most popular talks as of December 2013:
- Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (2006)
- Jill Bolte Taylor‘s stroke of insight (2008)
- Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (2010)
- Brene Brown talks about the power of vulnerability (2010)
- Amy Cuddy on how your body language shapes who you are
- Pranav Mistry on the thrilling potential of SixthSense (2009)
- Tony Robbins asks why we do what we do (2006)
- David Gallo‘s underwater astonishments (2007)
- Mary Roach on 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm (2009) Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation (2009)
- Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense (2009)
- Dan Gilbert asks: Why are we happy? (2004)
- Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen (2006)
- Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing your creative genius (2009)
- Steve Jobs on how to live before you die (2005)
- Susan Cain shares the power of introverts (2012)
- Keith Barry does brain magic (2004)
- David Blaine reveals how he held his breath for 17 minutes (2010)
- Pamela Meyer on how to spot a liar (2010)
- Arthur Benjamin does mathemagic (2005)
Along with TED talks, is another program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
I have seen some TEDx videos, and they are generally good, but then I came across this one:
Your vagina is not a car: Clementine Ford at TEDxSouthBankWomen
I now feel dumber for having listened to this YouTube video.
It is very, very, very SAD to see TEDx talks degenerate into promoting one's IDEOLOGY. With no statistics to back up her claims, not even a whiff of scientific study, this feminist takes the stage to rant about their favorite topic of 'rape culture'.
HighlightsSome of the key highlights for me were the following quotes from the speaker, some of my observations, and some of the thought provoking responses in the comments section.
She makes the filming of gang rape (and posting it on the internet) sound like an everyday occurrence.
"We need to keep talking about it [rape]. We need to keep disrupting people's comfortable lives with it." What a lovely environment she'd like us to live in. Everyday after supper, one should sit down and talk about rape. "Hey honey, how was your day?"... "It was GREAT! Not a single rape at work today! Our rape-free day count is up to 4,015 !"
Never once does she mention male rape victims.
"Rape Culture is raising boys in an environment and a society that teaches them they have an entitlement to women's bodies" I must of missed the memo on that one, I always thought boys are taught that if they earn enough money and jump through enough ridiculous hoops, they might gain access to a woman's body, but probably not.
"Rape Culture is pretending that Rape Culture doesn't exist" So people not acknowledging that something exists is proof that it exists. Well that's fantastic, because I'm pretty sure dragons don't exist. That sure is a handy rule you just made up that in no way could be used to 'prove' that literally anything exists.
"We live in a world where women are taught they do not have the right to walk down the street at night because they don't have access to the same space as men" Yes, taught by *you* and the rest of the feminists. You are the ones adamantly trying to teach women this so you can make a quick buck off their fear. You are the only ones trying to teach women this.
"People like to talk about rapists as evil monsters lurking in the shadows and we the women have to protect ourselves against them" She prefers women took absolutely no precautions to reduce their risk of victimization; because more women being raped means more government funding for you and your feminist friends.
"It's people preferring to believe that the women in their lives are potential victims, rather than accepting that the men in their lives are potential predators." Maybe people aren't willing to think of their male friends as rapists. Maybe not everyone is a bigot.
"I do think it's an act of terrorism to raise girls to believe that the world is not safe for them. I do not engage people in conversation about why women need to protect themselves - I just don't tolerate it" Of course not, women protecting themselves is like nails on a chalkboard for you. It means less money in your pocket.
Did you just refer to all the actions of yourself and every other feminist as terrorism? I would have stopped at 'destructive social engineering', but you're going the whole hog on criticising your own actions, good for you. The next step is to stop.
"It is convenient for people to make women afraid because it keeps them controlled" Hell, you've made a fucking career out of it.
"The only thing worse than being raped is being considered not pretty enough to be raped. Right, Tracy?" I'm not sure if Tracy's been raped and you're mocking her, or if you're calling her ugly.
This is the FIRST Ted talks I have ever witnessed a speaker use the F-Word. Way to keep it classy 'lady'. See ya later at my local Tattoo parlor or biker bar.
Some of my favorite YouTube comments
Dear feminists: Do you want to get men on your side? Stop calling an entire gender rapists or potential rapists. The vast majority of men detest rape just as much as you. We do not support, encourage, or partake in a "rape culture". We are not ready to snap into rape-mode at the moment of a rape-trigger. Some men, just like some women, are a bunch of sick fucks that shouldn't be used to generalize everybody anatomically similar to them. You are not fighting sexism. You are defining it.
No one laughs when a woman is raped, can you say the same about men who are raped?
Children aren't cars either but we teach them preventative measures for safeguarding against kidnapping. Not because every stranger is a potential kidnapper but because kidnapping happens. Do we live in a kidnapping culture?
Tell me more how all men and boys are disgusting sexual predators who like nothing more than rape women, and how society condones and encourages the rape of women and girls. Sexism is alive and well... Men can't even sit on an airplane next to an unaccompanied child because obviously, all men are child molesters. You bigots belong in the 1950s...
The majority of male rape victims have been marginalized in the most widespread rape survey, on the part of feminist Mary Koss, who argued that "only forced penetration should be considered rape". And since the FBI, and Department of Justice agree with her, I'd say that's a pretty good example of systemic discrimination/victimization/oppression of men and boys.
A wise man once said, this is the type of chick a rapist would friendzone.
If rape culture is prevalent in society, why is rape illegal?
Feminism shall not rest until they make everyone else in the world as miserable as they are. TEDx SUCKS lately.
Thanks to this video, anytime I see a Ford commercial I will cringe.
Have you driven a [Clemintine] Ford lately?