At some point early on — so goes the word on the street — feminism was about women’s inner strength and equal opportunity.
Somehow, that’s been traded in for entirely different things.
Such certainly seems the case for Caroline Rothstein, writer for BuzzFeed, Marie Claire, and Cosmo.
On a recent flight, feminist Caroline was triggered by a terrible thing: a gentleman.
As expertly covered Monday by RedState’s Kira Davis, to the author’s horror, someone bigger and stronger than she offered to perform more easily the chore of taking down her luggage from the overhead compartment.
And it gets worse: The guy offering to help her was…hold on — let me make sure no one’s coming…look left, look right…okay…try to not make any loud noises…but the guy trying to be considerate was…white.
Yes — it was that bad:
Saying, “No thank you, I got it,” to the middle-aged white man on the airplane who offered—and began—to take my suitcase out of the overhead compartment for me was a quickly calculated act of resistance.
— Caroline Rothstein (@cerothstein) July 31, 2019
He was one of them middle-aged whiteys.
Oddly, Caroline is white, too.
But just ’cause you are one doesn’t mean you have to like ’em. Woke up, cracker devils.
Still, some Twitter users gave her mucho grief:
Yes, thank Caroline. You're the sort of insensitive, ridiculous person we need in today's uncaring society.Someone offers a helping hand & gets insulted & ridiculed! Well done. Another notch in the endgame people helping people. Hope the next time you need help, no one offers.
— 🇦🇺💧🍍Maggie Mae🍍🇦🇺 (@MillyMolly300) August 4, 2019
1) Why did you identify helpful male as 'white.' You a white racists generally or just a white, male hating racists?
2) When some kind person, male/female, (note colour not important to me) I just say, oh that's kind. Thank you.
It's what normal, well mannered ppl do.
— Anne Reynolds (@CandaerReynolds) August 4, 2019
Tipping Point’s Liz Wheeler got in on the action:
On four flights today & yesterday, I not only accepted help from the nice white man who hoisted my carry-on into the overhead, my 105lb, 5’4 self smiled & ASKED for help… because I’m a woman & I’m secure in my womanhood. 😉
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) August 5, 2019
So did RedWhiteAndFYou’s outspoken Mindy Robinson:
Feminists are just unhappy women that have convinced themselves they‘re “empowered” to hide the fact that they’re actually miserable, insufferable b*tches that absolutely no one wants to be around.
— Mindy Robinson for Congress NV03 🇺🇸 (@iheartmindy) August 5, 2019
Buzzword Studios pointed out the whole pot & kettle part of the situation:
Yes… we must resist… kindness and civility.
I'm honestly just here for the most amazing ratio I've ever seen on Twitter.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) August 6, 2019
Here’s a really good one:
As I heard a woman say, you don't have to help me because I'm a lady. He replied, I wasn't, I was helping because I am a gentleman.
— martin (@martinw32693026) August 4, 2019
Well, there’s news: Following the fallout, something incredible happened. Caroline, essentially, printed a retraction:
I clearly miscalculated the impact this Tweet would have. I really appreciate your words and what you do and share on Twitter and have for quite some time. My Tweet was meant to be tongue and cheek but clearly that was not at all the impact. Hearing your thoughts here.
— Caroline Rothstein (@cerothstein) August 5, 2019
Nicely done. Honestly, it was really good.
But what a wacko time in which we’re living, when someone’s attempted assistance can be met with anything other than gratitude. And what a ridiculous place we’ve reached, where a white person thinks they’re hipper by fighting the power of other people’s whiteness. And my, some modern feminists, what a big sexism you have. “The better to be a goofball with, my dear.”
If you’re impressed with Caroline’s mea culpea — as am I — follow her on Twitter and not only learn about feminism, but other things, too:
The term “feminine hygiene” has ALWAYS bothered me. 1) NOT ALL FEMALE-IDENTIFIED PEOPLE MENSTRUATE. NOT ALL PEOPLE WHO MENSTRUATE ARE FEMALE. 2) “Hygiene.” Like bleeding from the womb every month needs to be sanitized or cleaned. pic.twitter.com/OUObUrAad3
— Caroline Rothstein (@cerothstein) August 2, 2019
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