Content Notice for mentions of sexual assault and rape
Anti-feminists types often take a very curious approach to trying to create false equivalencies. If a feminist argues that feminism benefits men as well as women, the anti-feminist response is “but noted feminist Andrea Dworkin said all penis-in-vagina sex is rape!” In order to combat feminism, they pull what they think is a quote from a book older than I am from a feminist with whom many feminists, past and present, disagree. Even if we were to accept that Dworkin’s views reflect feminist consensus, anti-feminists fail to engage Dworkin’s actual argument as per Dworkin herself; all PiV = rape” wasn’t what she meant to say at all.
Unsurprisingly, anti-LGBT types engage in very similar arguments.
I recently dealt with a straight man who made the following claim:
lesbian hero Stacyann Chinn [sic] writes “how to” books about creeping on straght [sic] chicks, with detailed outlines of how to derail their relationships with men and then take advantage of their emotional vulnerability in the worst possible way. Men may have invented rape but man-hating lesbians perfected it.
Not only could he not spell Staceyann Chin’s name correctly, not only has she never published any how-to books about “straght chicks”, not only is she not exactly the most well-known lesbian activist, but also? She is not exactly considered a “hero” among lesbians, who have criticized her far more than non-queer outlets do.
Here are some places that talk about or feature Staceyann Chin.
- Wikipedia: That her entry makes no mention of her “preying” on straight women rather surprises me, since Wikipedia’s lack of female representation is well-documented.
- The Guardian: Her voice is presented as it is. The headline and byline aren’t at all critical of what she has to say and in fact corroborates it.
- The New York Times: Like the Guardian, her voice is presented without criticism.
- Flavorwire: The interviewer is sympathetic and the review of her memoir a recommendation.
- Mater Mea: The piece is a rather poignant view of her life as a single mother.
- Mutha: Another positive interview about her life as a single mother.
- Huffington Post: Chin had a blogging stint about her being a mother that wasn’t in the LGBT-centric part of the HuffPo.
- The Most Cake: The author is very much annoyed with the fact that Chin’s Guardian piece was the only lesbian-centered representation in an LGBT special that the Guardian had run. She remarks that some of what Chin said sounds like The Game.
- Cellar Door: The author was formerly a fan of Chin but was disappointed by the Guardian piece.
- MelChan: Another Chin fan is disappointed.
- Bilerico: This bit of coverage of Chin’s piece calls it “How to Manipulate a Straight Woman.”
- Autostraddle: The person is a fan of Chin’s and continues to be, but is grossed out by some of what Chin said.
- Buzzcuts and Bustiers: Multiple people are not pleased with Chin.
Many mainstream outlets covered her in a neutral-to-favorable way, while the LGBT outlets were critical as hell of the very things that anti-LGBT types criticize about Chin. So much for “Stacyann Chinn” being a “lesbian hero”. As for her being a rapist, though some of what she said does reek of pick-up artist how-tos, I don’t think anyone would be willing to say that every single person that has said something that sounds like something that a pick-up artist might say is necessarily a rapist.