Conversations with Women (and Girls)

I spoke briefly to a woman at the “meet the teachers” event at my son’s school. She asked me if she was in the correct room (a waystation for parents when a teacher was absent), I replied, “Yes,” and then asked the name of her child. She replied, and that was the end of the conversation: no reciprocal question about my son, no introductions, no small talk. We sat in silence together for the next 10 minutes.

Initially, I considered this antisocial behavior odd, but then I read a(nother) blog post here at WordPress regarding the alleged phenomenon feminists label as “mansplaining.” I’m observing hostility from women in both public and private encounters whenever the cordial conduct necessary to accomplish customer-vendor transactions isn’t necessary. If hostility followed conversations more complex than “Hello” I’d worry that perhaps my social skills had entirely vanished, but the moment of shunning really has developed to be the moment a woman recognizes she’s speaking with a man.

I’ll keep an eye on this strange behavior, but it may be a relief to join the custom of mutual shunning.

It’s not like I’ve met many women with anything useful to say.

White Supremacy is a Hoax

The latest move by Conservatism, Inc., is to say, “There are no White Supremacists. Tucker Carlson started the meme yesterday, and Rush Limbaugh gave the claim a boost today. So, I tried a tactic ya’ll might appreciate: I called in and identified myself as a “White Supremacist.” Predictably, Limbaugh didn’t want to talk to me, but that’s not what caught my attention.

When I claimed to be a White Supremacist, the call screener – not Snerdly today – tried to argue with me and tell me I’m NOT a White Supremacist. It was bizarre. She actually pushed the talking points about people coming from all over the world to become Americans, among other civic nationalism arguments.

Watch for this is the coming months: the next push in the “Republican Party” will be to absolutely deny the possibility that anybody can be a “White Supremacist” because such people don’t exist.