Or an I hate you letter to Nanny Ophelia. For the sake of relevance to my point, I only used laws that bear directly on the progenitor of today's target: the laws of Washington state. Seattle in particular as that's where Nanny Ophelia lives, and these are some of the laws she apparently feels free to disregard on a regular basis.
Anyway, the same holds true of offense. The most polite, sincerely friendly person one meets will say something that will be found offensive somewhere by someone. And Ophelia is no different - there's no particular difference between her and any other group who mean to cause offense. She might not be as violent as the KKK, but she's no less offensive than the KKK. And she's quite proud of this.
She lambastes religion and its adherents on a daily basis. She leads her life in utter fear or hatred of religion and for its practitioners. It's difficult for her to say that she hates religion, but not the religious. It's kind of like the church's dimwitted response to loving the sinner (the fag), but hating the sin (fags doing anything). She hates all that some random parishioner holds dear and everything they do because of it, but it's only the religion she hates - not the religious. Nonsense. She hates religious people just as much as the religions they propagate.
At least the local clansman is honest enough to let you know it's not some vague, abstract idea of niggerarchy he hates; it's each and ever nigger. And Jew. And Catholic. And faggot. The KKK has a lot of people to hate even if they managed to off all the blacks.
Who will Ophelia hate if we got rid of every religion? The same people she hates right now - including her own dried up shell of a person.
She's not racist such as I know, but she's very much not keen on people who are different than she is. It's not a matter of race that gets up her nose. No. For instance, one of her most casually hated groups is people who aren't as close to being dead as she is. She just hates young people. Look, hag, it's not my fault you were born first and are thus statistically closer to dropping dead than I am.
I don't think that matters in terms of a person's value. I value old people as much as much young people. Ophelia thinks otherwise. How do I know? I read her intellectually bankrupt blog. Let's take a non-random sampling of her bigotry. I bet I can find something in the last couple of days where she's bashing young people for being, you know, not old and sophisticated as she is. Well, she'll be partly right - I'm not as old as she is, but sophisticated? Well, we'll just see about that.
Ah, here we go!
I’m not fond of ERV’s infamous “Twatson” slur. Elevatorgate is a tricky issue for feminism in our community already, and to insert an inflammatory sexual insult into the discussion seems to me to be counter-productive at best. Then again, the ERV blog has a humorous, irreverent, youthful tone to it. ERV’s shtick is to blend serious topics like politics and gene research with the unfiltered language of youth culture. And I hate to break it to you, but the kids are still saying pretty much whatever they want whenever they feel like it.That didn't take long at all. Get off my lawn, you kids! What are the things that are important to Ophelia? Well, censorship and groupthink are held in high esteem. So is formality and style. For instance, what is entailed by this youth culture? What is it to be, say, a woman worthy of respect? Apparently, being different than Abbie Smith (ERV) who is nearly finished with her PhD in virology, and immunology. This is an impressive feat all by itself. My PhD is in mathematics, which people find impressive. But it's not all that impressive really. We have a luxury people in Abbie's field do not have: time. Lots and lots and lots of time.
In my field if we can't solve a problem, we can walk away from it and just let it hang for a few centuries until someone else gets around to figuring it out. No biggie. It's just math. If Abbie and her compatriots do that, hundreds of millions of people die in the most painful, unimaginable ways possible. They can't sit around and just wait it out. No matter how hard of a wall they're up against, how confusing the problem, how impossible the task, she and her colleagues wake up every day undeterred by a lifetime of not solving the problem. These scientists have the kind of passion and desire for self-sacrifice enviable by all but the most dedicated of suicide bombers, which doesn't diminish over time for any reason other than a cure.
So, what is it that Abbie Smith does to make her lose esteem in the eyes of Nanny Ophelia? She said bad words. She doesn't play the poor helpless damsel in distress. She doesn't put her own "image" as being more important than any potential issue. This "youth" culture has a lot to do with not being so Victorian as Ophelia insists we must be.
Let's compare a response each our of test subjects have taken, as a matter of public record on topics they care about, shall we?
Nanny Ophelia cares an awful lot about tone (and tone trolling as it turns out). But for a substantive issue, she cares a lot about how women are treated, or appear in public (and she writes about these topics for a living, so we can conclude they're important to her to the point of deciding if she eats or not).
Abbie Smith (ERV) cares a lot about curing, in general, diseases that kill and harm people, and HIV in particular. As such, she's working on that petty, crackerjack-easy PhD in immunology and virology (and writes a blog on these topics, as well as other issues of curiosity, concern to her).
Each test subject earns money from the her blog, and as such has some financial interest in these blogs being read - part of which is to make the blog unique and marketable. Drama does that.
So, given the disagreement of some people over a topic very important to our test subjects, what happens:
Nanny Ophelia puts up the following post about those with whom she disagrees:
Ha ha! I'm only joking about all of the banning, editing, and censorship I've done and endorsed. Joke's on you for thinking I meant it! Hahahaha, but you still can't post here, or on any of the blogs I can bully into obeying me.
Anybody who posts supportive comments at ERV is likely to be blocked from posting comments here.
Note: this is not a genuine “rule.” It is an explanation for the ostentatiously obtuse, added in a spirit of levity. It won’t be here long.
What does young, dumb, morally corrupt, intellectually vacuous Abbie do regarding addressing people who are antithetical to her lfe's work? She meets them on their own terms and removes all bullshit barriers they claim prevent them from taking her position seriously.
I think Ive figured out why youve been... unresponsive... to the Skeptical communitys efforts to educate you on vaccines.Ha ha - I have no self respect, so I want to strip naked and be ogled by an old white guy for no reason! Or, maybe, just maybe, haha - what I'm wearing doesn't matter as my intellect and sense of pride in myself are strong. In fact, I can lecture standing butt-ass naked and the correctness, poise and dignity I have aren't diminished in the slightest.
All the people addressing you have been cranky old men.
Apparently you dont swing that way.
I hearby offer to give you a personal crash-course in immunology, virology, and why scientists are so 'into' vaccines.
In my bikini.
Skeptic community gets you to quit spouting anti-vaccine BS on TV (and 'Twitter'), you get an out for admitting youre wrong ('34D! Id believe anything she said!') and can put this topic behind you.
Fucking youth culture, man! If Abbie were 150 years old like Nanny Ophelia, then she'd really understand how insulting to women it is for her to wear a bikini and talk about things other than getting airtighted. Why, if you talk about hard subjects without wearing this here virtual burka, you're a gender traitor who should be shunned! Don't you dare go off being attractive and smart.
It's not fair to people like me - I'm ugly and not as intelligent. Diminish yourself as I can feel adequate standing next to you.
Note to Ophelia - I'm going to call this all a joke so that you can't whine that you didn't know. You lied (unsurprisingly) about the tone and intent behind those of us as who debase ourselves being seen in publicly (online anyway) in the company of the ugly, ugly, stupid, bad and young Abbie Smith saying there is hatred and anger . . . of women.
You are so full of shit. We are angry at a couple of people. Being angry at your lies and fascism doesn't make us misogynists. Indeed, the only way that's true is if your dumb, unlettered ass is hired to represent all women. As it is, like a couple of dozen in the entire world have seen fit to elect you as being smart enough to replace their own thoughts and decide for them what they think.
Resisting this doesn't make us hate women. It just means we don't like you. Stop conflating the two. It has nothing to do with your having a vagina. It's because you're a liar. You have no value or values.
Also, it's good to know you've finally come out publicly and admitted how disgusting you think gay people are. It wasn't hard to figure out, but thanks for finally admitting it.
Also, your claim that were this a "racial" issue instead of a "sexist" issue, we'd probably be all talking differently is trivially dealt with.
When one "race" of people start claiming superiority over other "races" of people, we generally put a stop to it. Something like 100 or million people died in the last big conversation the world had on racial equality. Almost all cultures are willing to sacrifice a significant portion of resources, including the blood of its citizens, to drive home the point that no race is entitled to own other races.
We also see a fairly common response when someone cries racial oppression when they're dealt a bad hand and happen to be of a particular color. They are almost universally laughed at. When the claim is meritorious, we here in the states have a very nagging habit of making that oppression extremely expensive for the agency/group doing the oppressing. See Rodney King verdict for a good price tag we place on actual incidents.
It's not perfect, and some people get lost in the shuffle. That's the problem of having so millions of people - we can't always perfectly deal with every single instance of something bad happening. But we do try.
Also, I don't see groups of, say, black people meeting with one another where the speakers attack the younglings for being stupid about what it means to be black. For being the cause of harm and discrimination befalling the blacks.
If that were the case, the same group I'm running with right now would be deriding the offenders just the same as we are doing with the hobby horse you're riding right now. Why? Because it's wrong. Plus, we've demonstrated that neither nigger, nor kike, nor faggot, nor dyke, nor any other naughty word is beyond use and ridicule.
In short, you're just lying. You're a joke, and we'll continue laughing at the punchline you'd prefer to call "thoughtful" and "nuanced". It's claptrap. We recognize it as such. And that's why you're our whipping bitch right now.