For example, in a 2020 piece I wrote titled “Feminists Reveal Their ‘Even If Biden’s a Rapist, I’ll Vote for Him Anyway’ Strategy – and It’s Ugly,” a number of self-styled “progressive” women, some who said they had been victims of sexual assault themselves, proudly and loudly admitted they would be voting for Joe Biden anyway even if Tara Reade was telling the truth in her story about how he allegedly sexually assaulted her when he was a Senator and she was a staffer — all because Orange Man Bad.
There are many such similar cases where “feminists” turn out to be their own worst enemies. In another, we turn to the Twitter machine, where we can always count on these people to thoroughly embarrass themselves and in the process make the lives of normal, non-woke folks like you and me a whole lot easier.
Author Jessica Valenti, who rose to prominence as the co-founder of the “Feministing” blog (where she wrote from 2004-2011) and who later went on to write for major news organizations like The Guardian and The New York Times, got Big Mad at the sight of diapers being placed behind locked doors at a drug store. She was so incensed that she wrote an entire Twitter thread on it.
Below was the first tweet, where she suggested that such actions were demonstrative of how women were so oppressed in America or something. “It really is such a perfect encapsulation of American motherhood,” she wrote in her next tweet:
This is the baby aisle at my local Rite Aid.
We're a country that wants to force women into childbirth and then lock up diapers. pic.twitter.com/AfT8VqxffM
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) December 6, 2022
Now, most sane people don’t look at locked-up diapers and think “patriarchy!” and/or “racism!” But Valenti is exactly the type of perpetual victimhood proponent who sees something nefarious in pretty much everything.
She then went on to advocate for mothers to be able to steal the diapers if they needed them.
“On a more practical level: How about you just let people steal the f*cking diapers if they need them? I would hope that ensuring babies don’t sit in their own filth is a universal value,” she demanded before adding, “Law enforcement (esp in NYC) would like us to believe that there are roving gangs of shoplifters who are interested in diapers for reasons beyond keeping babies clean. It’s disgusting.”
In her final tweet on the subject, she insinuated that the diapers were kept away from customers because Rite Aid – which chose to put a location in that spot – was prejudiced against low-income women.
“I’d be curious to know if diapers are locked up in other parts of NYC. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that my local Rite Aid happens to be the closest one to a public housing development,” Valentic concluded.
The bad news for Jessica is that there’s this little thing called “Google,” where we learn of actual examples of why things like diapers and baby formula are typically kept under lock and key whether sold in low-income locations or not:
POLK COUNTY, Fla. – A group of men and women worked together to steal more than $84,000 worth of baby formula, diapers and other high-priced items from grocery stores across Florida so they could then be sold on the black market, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said they’ve made seven arrests in connection with the investigation that began in August 2019 and they’re still looking for one suspect, Beatrice Johnson.
From a 2011 ABC News story:
The baby food powder has become a formula for organized crime because it sells at prices ranging from $15 to $30 a can, a relatively expensive item that can give theft rings a good profit.
“The criminal groups are looking for products they can steal and they know based on market conditions, they can flip those products quickly and in a secondary market make 30 to 80 cents on the dollar depending on where they liquidate the money,” LaRocca said.
Drug dealers sometimes use the powdered formula to dilute heroin and methamphetamine or to stretch the product when supplies run low.
And something Valenti conveniently left out of her rant is that it’s not just diapers and formula that are sometimes locked up; it’s also other “hot product” items like cigarettes, high-priced OTC meds, and liquor:
The most commonly stolen items at US stores include cigarettes, health and beauty products, over-the-counter medications, contraceptives, liquor, teeth-whitening strips and other products.
Drug stores have a higher proportion of the items that are “hot products,” so they have more stuff under lock and key than other retail formats, Beck said.
In other words, in the real world, there are serious problems with organized retail theft rings to the point retailers have no choice but to lock things up to try and keep their stores profitable, their employees paid, and their communities served.
But since Jessica’s Real World mindset obviously departed long ago, I guess we can forgive her just this one time for her apparent lack of knowledge on why protecting the goods is actually a pretty normal thing.
Because I mean surely she knows if the stores did as she suggested and just let people steal stuff they “needed” that the stores would go out of business, which would mean on down the line that the low-income communities she proclaims to champion might not get the goods and services they need because retailers won’t want to take chances there, right?
Those are rhetorical questions, of course. Because we all know that even if Jessica could shoplift a box of clues from her local drug store, she still wouldn’t get it.