Today’s political and cultural Left isn’t just wrong, it is stark, raving mad. Today’s example, via NewsBusters, comes from an interview of four feminists on NPR. The subject of the program was “mean girls on Twitter.” You have to read it to believe it:
The uber-feminist actress Martha Plimpton (a star on Fox’s sitcom “Raising Hope”) hilariously came under attack because promoting a pro-abortion event called “A Night at A Thousand Vaginas” was cruel to “trans men” who don’t have vaginas:
Plimpton was surprised when some offended Internet feminists urged people to stay away, arguing that emphasizing “vaginas” hurts trans men who don’t want their reproductive organs coded as female.
You are living in a very special world if you think that reproductive organs need to be “coded” as male or female.
“Given the constant genital policing, you can’t expect trans folks to feel included by an event title focused on a policed, binary genital,” tweeted @DrJaneChi, an abortion and transgender health provider.
“Policed, binary genital…” You get the sense that these people don’t have a whole lot of fun.
The actress who used the forbidden word “vagina” pushed back, but couldn’t resist dragging conservatives into the picture:
Plimpton takes intersectionality [Ed.: Don't ask.] seriously—A Is For is hosting a series of discussions on the subject this year—but she was flummoxed by this purist, arcane form. “I’m not going to stop using the word ‘vagina’ for anybody, whether it’s Glenn Beck or Mike Huckabee or somebody on Twitter who feels it creates a dysphoric response,” she tells me.
Needless to say, she hasn’t been hearing from Beck or Huckabee; only from deranged feminists.
The NPR host, Michel Martin, didn’t seem to realize that the discussion was insane:
Martin turned around and praised all her guests: “I have to apologize for that because we only have about four minutes left. And this is obviously a rich discussion, and you’re all big thinkers. And you’ve thought a lot about it and stuff.”
There was a time when NPR was on the Left, but at least retained a certain level of quality and competence. But it is hard to imagine even the lamest local radio talk show host coming out with “you’ve thought a lot about it and stuff.” This is the final question with which Martin wrapped up the program:
There’s a feeling that there’s some people who either, like, enjoy being very cutting or that they’re kind of replicating the same kind of aggressiveness that some people associate with – that a lot of people kind of associate with the Internet world at large.
I mean, I don’t want to be, you know, reductionist and say kind of white men, but just for the sake of, you know, being reductionist, you know, the white male power structure, right? I mean, that people will say, look, gee, you’re just replicating kind of the white male power structure, which basically puts people down if they don’t agree with them and make them feel stupid and, you know, so forth and so forth like that.
It’s hard to say which is worse, Martin’s gratuitous beating up on “the white male power structure,” when the show had been all about crazed feminists, or the pitiful manner in which she wound down: “and, you know, so forth and so forth like that.” Dark days at NPR.