Friday, September 12, 2008

Never trust a Communist!

Well, it appears I was wrong when in my first post I described Renee from "Womanist Musings" as polite and civil. I was naive in my assessment. While I didn't know that she was a Communist at first, I should have seen the signs (such as her constant whining about "privilege"). Once she started referring to Marx, I should have known that any chance of a reasonable discussion was impossible, as it would be with a Nazi, or any other follower of totalitarian ideology. But I persisted hoping that if I couldn't reach her, maybe I could persuade one of her other readers of the wrongheadedness of her arguments. It's possible that I did and possible that I did not, though, I should have been prepared for what happened - being banned for life without warning, and then being trashed on her blog without any recourse to defend myself.

Now I will admit to crossing a line by bringing up her family. I was reacting to her mistreatment of a self-described stay at home dad seeking her approval. He was reaching out to her and she basically slapped him in the face, saying he because he is a privileged male, there is nothing he could do to earn the right to be treated kindly. Now, I suppose I shouldn't have cared, if this guy was trying to get compassion from such mean-spirited fountain of hate as Renee, I guess he should have known what to expect. Still, I did feel sorry for him and I did wonder if she treated her boyfriend and her sons this way. I also thought that she was being rather high and mighty condemning parents who spank their children, when she is so constantly filled with rage that it is hard to believe that some of that doesn't come out in her own parenting.

So, I made my comments which admittedly did contain some hyperbole. I guess I could have left well enough alone, my concern for the males in her life won't cause her to treat them any better than she does. Still, if she wanted no discussion of her family in her blog, she could have made that clear. It's not as if I attacked her family, just the way that I inferred that she treated them. I could understand a warning and maybe a temporary ban but then for someone following in the footsteps of Stalin, Mao, and Kim Jong-Il, I guess I should be grateful that I was allowed to speak my peace as long I was.


Sandalstraps said...


I say AMEN because, as a blogger with a family, I know families should be off limits. Whatever you were trying to communicate to Renee, the strategy you used was as inappropriate as that used by the troll who said that - because I believe that abortion should in most circumstances be legal in the United States - my son was lucky to be alive.

That said, I appreciate the concern you showed for me, even if I believe that its expression was in this case inappropriate.

Your comment won't post on my blog not because I was in any way offended by it, but because I deemed it to be a personal rather than public communication.

Sandalstraps said...

I should also note that I say AMEN to Renee's post because I - as a feminist man raising a son - agree with what she wrote about feminist parenting as an act of love. My parenting philosophy is not much different than hers.

Meadester said...

That's fine that you are raising a "feminist" son, which in your case I assume means seeing men and women as equals. That I agree with. It's her constant badgering people about "privilege" and her demands that everyone who has "privilege" should feel bad about it. Do you try to make your sons feel guilty about being male? How about being white? Remember Renee's sons are half-white so that is at least two things for them to feel bad about.

Meadester said...

BTW, do you think what I said deserved a ban for life and being called a "shit?"