Friday, 30 August 2013

#killallmen

non sequitur. cil-lawl-menn

As is well-known, if there's one thing that's frowned on in intersectionalist circles, it's a pedantic, over-literal interpretation of linguistic statements. And if there's one thing that's really frowned-upon, it's hyper-sensitive howls of outrage about such linguistic issues. Therefore we're absolutely amazed that some touchy idiots have taken offence about the hashtag #killallmen. They seem to think that when we say #killallmen we mean, "kill all men"; or, "Men. Kill them. You know, all of them."

We also stress the importance of not casually flinging about statements that might be triggering to people who have experienced abuse or trauma. Obviously #killallmen is fine in that regard, because at no point in history have any men had to face up to a threat of being killed. Apart from gay men, obviously. And transgender men. And Muslim men. Jewish men. Men who've fled conflict zones as refugees. Men who've been conscripted into wars they barely understand the politics of. Men who have the temerity to be Catholic in the wrong part of Belfast. Men who have the temerity to be Protestant in the wrong part of Belfast. Men who look the wrong way at some guy in the pub.....Other than that, absolutely no men have cause to fear meeting a violent death.

It's obvious that statements have meanings that can't be interpreted in a literal way. For example, the other day Helen Lewis tweeted, "I'm just going to make a cup of tea." Clearly this actually meant, "I am a racist, transphobic privileged bigot who hates feminism and I kick small babies to death." In order to be helpful to her and aid her understanding, we spent several hours piling-on to her, until she ungratefully declined our kind, constructive criticisms by flouncing. No, we don't understand the basics of defamation law.

So, as is clear to see, #killallmen is our invitation to male allies. Hang around with us and we will delight you with threats of murder! It's also intended to be fun and welcoming to those who are transgendered or have non-binary gender identities. See how impressed this genderqueer person is with #killallmen!


Ultimately, it's just an ironic statement that isn't meant to be taken seriously. Kind of like Valerie Solanis' SCUM Manifesto that she wrote before ironically shooting Andy Warhol with sarcastic bullets.

[Note: this is a serious post, but there's a parody version of it here.]

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