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.
The disconnect inside their heads must be something like - I was going to say a black hole, but that's got sexist AND racist connotations...ReplyDelete
Maybe it's more of an impenetrable membrane. Frightbats seem fundamentally incapable of connecting actions and responses. They can say what they want: that's freedom of speech. But when they get some coming back at them it's just slightly less of an atrocity than the Katyn massacres. And totally without cause.
Tim quotes this reaction from the League of the Offended at Twitter:
"So Tim Blair the rapist who can’t get it up without violence wants to blame the women of Australia for his problems"
I'd put that on the same shelf as the Chaser's Chris Kenny 'joke' and I hope Timbo goes for the lawyers just like Chris.
I think Tim is a woman hater. Gregory, you post at Blair's page.ReplyDelete