I’ve had a few drive-by commenters making ad feminem attacks on me, unsurprisingly. Like the psychologist who gave his professional opinion that reading a couple of hundred books and piles of articles, spending years pondering and experiencing a field, gathering large amounts of data and references, and synthesizing them into a coherent essay is “an exercise in unfettered self-indulgence”. (For a nerd, perhaps it is.)
Some of them have only read one of my posts because it came up in a search and apparently expect me to outline my entire belief system in every single post. “Oh, yeah? What about such-and-such, huh??” they demand. I blogged about it three months ago, that’s what.
In one sense, they’re right when they accuse me of not supporting every single statement I make. This is because I’m really writing for people who already share part of my context. You might not be capitalists, but you already know that socialism is bad. Whether you are religious or not, you recognize the immense value organized religion has for society. Whether you learned it from religion, science, or sociobiology, you’ve already discovered and accepted the fact that men and women are biologically different. Most of you probably have similarly noticed the seeming paradox that traditional women are far more competent – even at masculine fields of endeavour – than feminists. I cannot find the link, but a couple of years ago I read an article by a man whose daughter-in-law had been a highly paid and successful engineer before she quit to be a full-time wife and mother. He rhapsodized about her gourmet cooking, which was excellent because she approached it with the same precision with which she had engineering. He said that he wasn’t about to tell his son that he’d been had because then he wouldn’t get to enjoy her cooking anymore.
So I don’t need to explain these basics to most of you regular commenters. But not everyone who finds this blog on a random Google search is going to have that context, so they are genuinely shocked that I recognize in passing that men and women are different (specifically, that women are not as good at a lot of things as men) without giving them a truckload of footnotes, not that they would pay them any attention if I had. (I listed a couple of dozen references to support my debunking of psychology, and it was dismissed as “self-indulgent”.) But why should I do over the work that Steven Goldberg has already done so thoroughly?
Really, what these drive-by commenters are doing is policing the web for thought crimes. They see it and they call me a few names to remind me that outdated thoughts are no longer allowed.
Two of them accused me of being a man, because I oppose feminism. One of them challenged me to prove that I was a woman by posting a photo on “this hatefest”. As if a man couldn’t just upload a photo of his sister or some woman he works with and claim it was his own.
Of course, I have no intention of providing any identifying details about myself. I did reveal the year of my birth because it’s relevant to what I’ve observed, and yes, I really am female. But I intended this blog to be a place where I could say what I thought without scandalizing my mainstream conservative friends, or being stalked by those commenters who are so infuriated that I dared to voice such heresies, or maybe getting arrested in a few years if things keep on the way they’re going. So I won’t reveal my real name, my profession, my familial status, what area I live in, or anything about my personal life unless I decide to use it to support a point.
I didn’t set up this blog to moderate comments, but sometimes WordPress moderates them for me and they don’t appear until I approve them. I usually do unless they’re clearly irrelevant stuff like advertisements, or if it’s just a content-free insult.
I don’t know what makes WordPress choose some comments to withhold until I approve them. I do think one of its triggers is certain words, such as profanities or derogatory terms. For instance, the one that speculated that I am not actually a Jewish woman, but a “male redneck”. Because, you know, lots of rednecks spend their weekends writing essays about the Hegelian dialectic and paraphrasing Elizabeth I in a blog that derives its name from an expression of umbrage that was common among English gentlemen a century ago.
There’s two comments on my blog that are still awaiting approval or deletion, both by the same person. (The commenter claims to be a woman, but maybe she’s actually a redneck man!) I’m of two minds. They have very little content, but they do have some, chiefly in the form of the commenter’s hearsay about her own personal experience which conflicts with my statements, according to her. She does attempt to discuss my post about how feminism endangers women; not very well, but she’s clearly trying to form a reasoned argument, before she finishes up with a personal attack. The rest of the two comments, though, are personal insults, accusations that my beliefs are compensation for my personal problems, and personal questions I have no intention of answering.
I am asking you, my regular readers: should I approve this sort of comment? That has some content but is also full of facile insults? I am not going to trouble to answer their non-personal questions, which they could easily answer themselves if they read a better class of book. Years of experience arguing with progressives has shown me how futile such arguments are. If they want their worldview rebuilt from the ground up they need to go to Mencius Moldbug, not me. I have limited time for this blog and I will use it to discuss the matters that really interest me, not to try to convince devout liberals that their articles of faith are mistaken.
So if I approve that kind of comment, you, my esteemed regulars, will be the ones engaging with these people, if you choose to. Will it, in your view, enhance your experience? Should I let their slurs and their speculations about my personal life show them for what they are? Or would you rather the tone not be dragged down by comments that include declarations that I am a redneck and a man and that this blog is a hatefest?
Please, tell me your thoughts.