How to Reply to a Feminist . . .

. . . if you must. This is National Offend A Feminist Week, and Allison at The New Gay finds herself angry, mystified and intrigued by the crazy dude in the Speedo:

Why is feminism still a dirty word? Why do people still regard it as a fleeting female term with no historical purpose? . . .

To which I replied in the comments:

If we are in a War of Ideas, it is important to distinguish between ourselves and our ideas. Identity politics, however, convinces some people that an attack on feminism (an idea) is an attack on people (women), just as some people confuse an attack on same-sex marriage (an idea) with an attack on people (gays).
Allison, I believe that I know more about feminism than you know about conservatism, and I certainly believe I know more about conservatism than you do. Either I do know more or I do not. But to assert my own superiority of knowledge is not a personal attack on you. There are many people whom I love and I admire who know less than I do.
What I am trying to say is that there are actual facts in this world. Not everything is a matter of opinion. And the possibility that you might be mistaken as to the facts is something you might want to consider.
Thanks for the link. Like I say, Rule 4: “Hits is hits,” and linky-hate is as good as linky-love, when it comes down to increasing blog traffic. That is a fact.
BTW, I’m thinking of an Elvis Costello song:
Oh, it’s so funny to be seein’ ya after so long, girl,
And with the way you look, I understand
If you are not impressed . . .
My aim is true
.

Which is to say, don’t worry your pretty little head about it, sweetheart. Now run along and get me a cup of coffee, hon. Cream only.

(And I think somebody wants to hit the tip jar.)

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