Looking at the conversation between Joe Varadi, Allan Ishac, Papa Kitty and Poe, and others I may have missed, I think the issue here is Hipster Sexism. You may or may not agree that this is a thing or, if it is, that this piece falls into that category, but, as with Hipster Racism, precisely where the lines are drawn is clearly not a settled issue.

An analogy to this that I always think of is the trending of the #CancelColbert hastag from a few years ago. This was a Twitter event in response to a Colbert Report segment in which Colbert made satirical use of an anti-Asian racial slur in an attack on Dan Snyder, predicated on his hypocritical insistence of continued use of the R-skins name for his football team.

There are obviously differences between this and #CancelColbert, but there are similarities as well. We see the same arguments emerge in all events like this, too — “but it’s satire” or “we’re on the same team” or “you should attack like this, not like that” or “let’s focus on the real problems” or “free speech” or “SJWs ruin everything” and so on and so on.

I (obviously) think much of that is noise, and the only questions one needs to answer in order to make an honest effort to understand the ultimate value of this type of satire are:

  1. Is satirical sexism still sexism?
  2. Whether it is or it isn’t, is it overall worth it to employ satirical sexism?

You can try to answer those questions in general and for this specific case, and, if you are at least somewhat intellectually curious, you may very well find these deeply interesting to think about. As with so many things, it is very likely answers will vary from person to person.

Just the facts: Writer. Gamer. Feminist. Educated in Astrophysics. Professional Gambler. Student of Language. Satanist. Anarchist.

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