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Karen memes are pro-Trump propaganda: Fight me.
Sep 23, 2019 - 7:29 PM - by lisarea
I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this briefly before, but I'm going to mention it not-briefly now because holy shit, these memes have infiltrated just about everywhere, including supposedly progressive and left-leaning places, and holy shit, I don't get how nobody seems to notice that these memes are explicitly and virulently misogynistic.

Here is Time magazine just today reporting on a bunch of 'humorous' tweets about Tropical Storm Karen, and providing a helpful explanation of the joke for those who weren't already familiar with it.

The stereotype of the annoying, entitled middle aged woman existed before Trump and before the Women's March and before women started running for office in record numbers to do their part to counter Trump. People have always been dismissive of women, especially women they consider past fuckable.

So there's always been a stereotype threat hanging over women's heads right around the same age that men start being perceived as sage and experienced. But I have never seen that stereotype so saturated before. It's usually been limited to MRAs and sometimes customer service forums where retail workers post exaggerated stories about them owning customers.

But it's everywhere now, along with the 'ask to speak to your manager' haircut memes and even the outsized representation of "Becky" in jokes about racist white people. Hell, there isn't even really an agreed-upon name for a panicky racist white man. But it was panicky racist white men who called the cops who murdered Tamir Rice and John Crawford, which I only remember because I had to correct people about those ones. And of course, it was panicky racist white men who murdered them, too. I've seen them called Chad, but that's just a repurposed incel... [Read More]
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Authoritarianism
Sep 23, 2019 - 7:39 AM - by Kamilah Hauptmann
Need thrad for topic. Authoritarianism doesn't stop at Trump.

So I been futzing around wondering where Kim Campbell got to, I like to check in on what she's commenting on from time to time, her being what I like to call the last of the sane conservatives before the whole thing turned to shit. Found this thrad:

Thrad: 1. The generation of #AltFacts and post-truth conditions is a form of gaslighting on a large social scale endemic to authoritarian regimes.


And thus started exploring there for writings and stuff. Found this (A thing I'm familiar with and think it checks out, so for anyone else's reference):
Christian Dominionism: A Beginner’s Guide to Terms and Context

And this thing:
Authoritarianism is abuse. And as I wrote in 2017, "Fundamentalism is authoritarianism in microcosm, or on the margins. Fascism is essentially fundamentalism in power." Evangelicals have been doing "alternative facts" since before it was cool.

I'm gonna be delving this writer for awhile, I think.
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