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Meanwhile, there is this:
It’s really something the way Douthat can barely hold his nose to mention the monstrous “left leaning and feminist” among us, but it’s outstanding that he can then go on to leap from “the overweight and disabled” to internet trolls.
You want to have a conversation about sexual agency for marginalized groups, I am there for it. Surrogacy, self-pleasure, community: awesome. We are all entitled to healthy, safe, consensual sexual expression. But (grudgingly hoists megaphone): YEAH, THESE GUYS DON’T WANT THAT.
This isn’t rocket science. Men who idolize mass murderers do so because they hate women. They feel they have a right to their bodies. It enrages them when women do not behave in a sexually conciliatory way toward them. It enrages them that other men can obtain what they cannot, because they don’t see sex as a mutually pleasurable experience but as a reward they have been deprived of. They see themselves apart from the “Chads and Stacies” and “normies”—their version of the popular kids—and take comfort in posting memes about evil females and their precious man spaces. Oh, no, you’ve got us all wrong, they argue, I just want a nice girlfriend, and why can’t these ungrateful bitches understand that?
Douthat’s willful ignorance is telling. He hilariously believes that “The sexual revolution created new winners and losers, new hierarchies to replace the old ones, privileging the beautiful and rich and socially adept in new ways and relegating others to new forms of loneliness and frustration.” Because nobody wanted to screw good-looking people before disco and the Pill were invented. He sees the sexual economy in blanket terms, ignoring that the perpetrators of mass violence are generally not, say, women in wheelchairs. He visualizes “commerce and technology . . . harnessed, as already in pornography, to address the unhappiness of incels.” My dude, these guys don’t want to BUY sex. They want to be GIVEN sex. A big part of the incel mindset is a revulsion of women who are sexually independent. As Jennifer Wright noted recently in Harper’s Bazaar, “There’s a lot of slut-shaming.” No hypothetical robot is going to cure that.
Sexual . . . behavior . . . agency, distribution, economy, expression, revolution? Sexually conciliatory? Sexually independent? Sexual entitlement. Sexually entitled. It seems somehow significant that once upon a time we argued the sexual entitlement of those who took liberties; here, at the threshold of time being up and justice being for her too, we find another, even more craven iteration of entitlement for men who just have not yet had sufficient opportunity to take liberty. Harass. Molest. Exploit. Rape.
Image note: Detail of frame from Attack on Titan episode 6, ‘The World the Girl Saw: The Struggle for Trost, Part 2’.
Marcotte, Amanda. “Sexbots aren’t the answer to misogynist incel rage”. Salon. 4 May 2018.
Wright, Jennifer. “What Are Incels?” Harper’s Bazaar. 27 April 2018.