Personally, I think the term is remarkably apt. After all, the shrieking socialist sisters do closely resemble the eponymous winged mammals in that they habitually see the world upside down and clearly prefer darkness to light. (I could also say something about rabies but being the gentleman I am I just won't go there ...)
Some of the women listed in the poll seemed to concur with this assessment, even urging their pathetically obediant (and disturbingly numerous) acolytes to vote for them. One can only wonder at their motivation ... Perhaps they thought they were landing a blow against the patriarchy. By proudly self-defining as nocturnal flying creatures they felt they were finally "reclaiming the night"?
But not surprisingly most of the feminist trollective confirmed the humourless scold stereotype and were not amused. Take this terse reaction from Wendy Bacon (strangely absent from the distinguished list of nominees, BTW):
.@QantasAirways Your choice to ride along with Blair @newscorpaus antifeminist propaganda is noted. #frightbat pic.twitter.com/pxPlqbLgW5
— Wendy Bacon (@Wendy_Bacon) June 18, 2014
Antifeminist propaganda? Calm down Wendy. It was just a joke.
Well, as they keep saying, feminism is a broad church. So there was much impassioned debate -- at least as to the extent to which this one word coined by a humorous blogger constituted heartless oppression of all chickdom. Clearly, frightbat has divided the feminist trollective. It's this decade's The First Stone, no doubt about it!
Not only did feminists en masse fail to present a cogent position, but those who at first seemed to go along with the joke were ultimately confused in their reaction. See, after initially yucking it up, they did what they always do: turned the issue into a stupid bolshie t-shirt campaign:
@BrBabblingBooks Frightbat T-shirts are already available :-) http://t.co/QUXsbZkLUB Much mirth is being had.
— jansci the frightbat (@thereminfan) June 18, 2014
This is leftie feminist incoherence at its finest, people. These self-described frightbats are fighting back ... at, er, being called frightbats.
And they wonder why people mock them.