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Burn in Hell, Heat Street!

We created our own website to talk about how much we hate safe spaces.

Heat Street was not a good website. It was a very bad website, in fact, which you may be able to discern from its motto being “no safe spaces”. A failed experiment in creating a libertarian Huffington Post crafted by Louise Mensch, a former Tory who aimed for Arianna Huffington and instead briefly became a cult figure among the type of Twitter user who unironically follows Al Giordano.

Heat Street tried vainly to appeal to the young, Reddit-y conservatives of today by posting incessantly in favor of Gamergate, and defending noted racist frog meme Pepe (more on that later). But what did it in was, ironically, maybe the only decent thing the site ever did: Mensch’s opposition to Trump, which inspired backlash from such sources as Breitbart. But before you praise a conservative for doing the bare minimum possible to oppose Trump (ah, the McCain), know that Heat Street somehow fucked up attacking Donald Trump, basing their resistance on paranoid conspiracy theories about how Russians infected, not just the election, but every quadrant of society that doesn’t agree with them.

I’m sure this site is into GamerGate for pure motives & not as a vain grab for clicks.

Mensch’s ignominious farewell from the site she founded allowed for the ascent of Heat Street’s other luminary, Ian Miles Cheong, the saddest boy alive. Ian Miles Cheong used to be well-known as a woke, anti-GamerGate voice on Twitter. All that changed when a review of The Witcher 3 shook his ideals to the core by suggesting a game set in a fantasy world with dragons and magic might be able to accommodate a character who wasn’t white. Overnight, Cheong became a strident voice in favor of GamerGate and the alt-right, ready to defend Pepe’s innocence or retweet literal creationists if they attacked Bill Nye. Cheong was a brave maverick, who feared nothing except ants, seeing slightly less nudity in video games, and also everything.

Pictured: THE SADDEST BOY

Mensch’s era at Heat Street is known for causing the site to be at war with itself: one author would publish an article defending the racist meme frog, Mensch would leap in to counter them. One author would defend some creepy anime, Mensch would replace it with a piece about how it was creepy. This sounds like a bizarre, complicated way of going about the job of editor-in-chief, compared to the typical approach of just saying “hey, don’t publish that bad article you wrote”, but then again, I’m not the head of a failed libertarian off-shoot of Fox News. Luckily, under Cheong the site would flourish as a source that would drag up a few Tweets and use them to passionately defend video game breasts – truly journalism’s highest pursuit.

Heat Street was a directionless site that tried to appeal to the alt-right, and ended up appealing to no one. After alienating everyone, this failure of a site died on Friday, merged into Marketwatch. Mensch now runs her own blog to a dwindling audience, and Cheong’s pursuit of e-fame in an extraordinarily awful demographic looks like a road to nowhere.

Heat Street is in the Hell reserved for media outlets. As it arrived, it looked up into the shining sky, where on the clouds of Media Heaven, the sites we once loved frolic in peace. The Dissolve is up there, and Comics Alliance. You can almost hear the heavenly voice of The Toast regaling them with the tales of Narnia, as written by Ayn Rand, and with jokes about Sufjan Stevens song titles as described by medieval monks. Beneath is Media Purgatory, where Gawker sits under a banner reading “Yeah What Happened Was Fucked Up But So’s Leaking Sex Tapes”. Heat Street is not there. It is in Media Hell, unloved and unwanted, sitting for eternity as Grantland blathers about Boston sports and justifies outing trans people. It shall not be missed.

 

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Sexism: A Feminist Conspiracy?

The anti-social justice crowd is quite odd. Once they argued against ridiculous or misguided activism. Now, any moderately liberal belief gets one labeled a “social justice warrior”. A cultural critic who says video games might be sexist turns into a Solanasesque radical out to destroy an entire industry when see through these eyes.

Women concerned about sexism often discuss “the patriarchy”. Now, if you’re the sort of person who understands concepts you may think you know what the patriarchy is: a term for how society privileges men. When people blame “the patriarchy” for sexism, they do not believe a literal group called the patriarchy exists.

One Tumblr user thinks differently. Or, to be more accurate, several Tumblr users: their staff page lists off seven mods, including the moderator of r/TumblrInAction and I Don’t Need Feminism. Permutation of Ninjas, described as a blog that’s “dedicated to debunking SJ myths and encouraging open and honest discussion”, was asked a question:

Would you class patriarchy as conspiracy theory?

Not if you understand what words mean, no.

Feminist male-perpetration patriarchy theory shares many characteristics with what most people would describe as “conspiracy theories.”  It would not, in our eyes, be terribly unreasonable to describe many formulations thereof as being close enough to warrant the label.  (Weasel words, yes, but important ones.)

You acknowledge that you’re using weasel words, but they’re important ones, so it’s okay.

Social justice and anti-social justice bloggers are united by a mutual love for thesaurus fucking. They talk like they’re bullshitting a English essay, because that’s what they think smart people sound like. Why say “I think you could say it’s a conspiracy theory” when you can say the same thing in twice as many words?

When we look at conspiracy theories, there are a few key elements.  The first is extremely high-level efficient covert organization, the “shadowy cabal” so to speak.  The second is the clear division of the world into “good” and “bad” elements, creating an inherent moral simplicity and tracing all “evil” (so to speak) back to the supposed conspirators.  The third is the concept of overwhelming odds, the idea that the “whistleblower” group is inherently fighting an asymmetric battle against a vastly superior foe.  Two other characteristics are often (but not always) present: the argument of antiquity (ancient conspiracy), and the lack of factual or evidentiary support.  (The latter is generally present, but one example of a factually-supported conspiracy would be Watergate.)  There are many other common characteristics, but we’d describe these ones as the “core” of what makes a conspiracy theory what it is.

That’s…a decent definition, actually. Though I’d add that belief in a conspiracy theory usually means you assume that anyone who doesn’t believe is ignorant or stupid (aka “sheeple”).

So does male-perpetration patriarchy theory meet these criteria?  We would argue that the answer is probably “yes.”

Besides not believing in a conspiracy, this idea I don’t understand is just like a conspiracy theory!

The first criteria is the most obvious: patriarchy theory, in essence, makes the claim that since before the beginning of recorded history men as a class have conspired to subjugate women…

No it doesn’t. It’s not a theory. No one’s claiming that someone just invented the patriarchy one day. Hell, patriarchal attitudes don’t even need to be conscious.

…have succeeded almost completely and universally, and have done so without any evidence of such a conspiracy ever coming to light.

Who’s ever seen any evidence of society favoring men?

They’ve succeeded at doing this despite (for most of history) having no way to communicate with each other over the wider world, and have never (to current knowledge) been overthrown in any major society.

Never in human history has a concept become ingrained in societies across the world without anyone communicating.

The second isn’t hard to see either.  Male-perpetration patriarchy theory neatly divides the world into an “oppressed” and an “oppressor” group, which are conveniently split along sex/gender lines.  Virtually all the evil in the world can be ascribed to the “patriarchy,” which in context is basically equivalent to “men.”

Those silly feminists. If I had a dollar for every time a feminist blames the patriarchy for their problems, I’d have 75 cents!

So what about the “underdog” viewpoint?  Frankly, it’s not hard to see either.  Feminism is one of the dominant social ideologies of our time, receives millions (directly and indirectly) of dollars in government funding, and has more lobbying power than any other social movement we can think of.

That’s why liberals claim there’s a War on Women on the part of the Republican party – because feminists are so powerful! They’ve received millions of dollars from the US government, which they’ve run zero times. Sexism is over!

The top causes among lobbyists seem to be corporations, environmentalism, corporations, government spending, corporations, labor, corporations, Israel and corporations. I have no clue where they found any of this information.

It’s wrought incredible change on our society, both for the better and (all-too-often) for the worse, and it’s been steadily gaining influence throughout the last five decades.  Despite this, many feminists basically claim that nothing’s changed, that society is still completely against them and that they’re a small group of valiant freedom fighters rather than an extremely well-funded lobby industry feared by pretty much everyone.  Feminism, in short, ignores its own power and influence.

This movement that can’t stop people from sending death threats to women who said mildly critical things about video games is a devious, all-powerful force that crushes all in their path. FEAR THEM. FEAR THEM.

I’m simultaneously curious and terrified of learning how feminism’s made society worse in their eyes. Thankfully, they don’t actually say.

Society’s changed, and sexism is a thing of the past. What feminist causes are left besides equal pay and harassment and sexual assault and domestic abuse and industry sexism and…

The remaining two are pretty simple.  The “patriarchy” is generally accepted as coming from antiquity, no meaningful evidence of a global male conspiracy to oppress women, and much feminist evidence regarding the current status of women and men is severely tainted.

The patriarchy just means a society favoring men. It is where misogyny comes from. It is not, in any sense, a literal conspiracy. No one believes it is. No one.

If you’re wondering how the feminist evidence is tainted, keep wondering: they never actually explain how. Instead, we end on this:

Latour’s assertion that conspiracy theorism is to a degree derived from Marxist-inspired critical theory is particularly interesting given the context, as that same theory is a pretty fundamental part of most modern feminism. Surprising?  Not really.  This is something that has in the past affected a number of human rights movements.  Most, however, have largely outgrown it.  Feminism, unfortunately, has not.

Perhaps one day feminism will outgrow the conspiracy theories it doesn’t actually believe in. But unfortunately, not today.

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I don’t even need to look for weird shit anymore; it comes to me.

I have no idea if this blog is serious, but it did attack Miley Cyrus and then link to random blogs on every line of a song. I’m the “From Disney she was sold”, and the link is to the poorly-lit bald guy REPTILIAN post from earlier. Every other link seems to be to a real conspiracy blog. My guess: Googling “conspiracy theory” without actually checking what appeared.

This blog’s most used tags include “erotica” and seems to mostly be fiction and whatever the fuck this is. I’m just…what is this, and what does it have to do with me?

7 Tactics THEY use to brainwash you into not being able to astral project, or something

An opinion piece from “Humans Are Free”, whose other stories include “Billionaires and Mega-Banks are Buying Up the World’s Water”, “This Year’s Bilderberg Meeting Will Probably Discuss The Global Awakening” and “Santa Barbara Drive By Mass Shooting Hoax Exposed”. Clearly a Pulitzer-worthy news source.

The title: brainwashing

 

I love the “They” always cited by conspiracy theorists. Who is They? They is They. The site also runs the story “Maybe ‘They’ Are Not Human?” Perhaps the world is ruled by a secret cabal of Otherkin.

From birth, virtually all of us have been brainwashed through various outlets that encourage materialism, ego, subservience, control and conformity…

And as always this random blog purports to know how you’ve been brainwashed and why, as it’s always random bloggers who unravel THEIR plans.

This is just a typical article along these lines for a while, but it will later spiral out in magical new directions. (more…)