One of my favorite philosophers, if one actually has favorite philosophers, is David Hume. If you don’t know David Hume, watch this helpful video.
David Hume was an Empiricist. Empiricism is the idea that you derive “knowledge” from EVIDENCE. EVIDENCE includes facts, information, and data that demonstrates that a particular belief is “true” or valid.
My favorite thing about David Hume is that he took ideas to their “logical extreme,” rendering them “batshit insane.” Of course, he wasn’t insane and he lived his life as a human does. But the idea that you need data to prove your beliefs, that you cannot simply state “I (am a Man) think(ing), therefore I am (right)” and expect people (Women) to believe you (I’m looking at you Descartes) is a powerful idea, one from which, Women, in particular, stand to benefit (because the Evidence of Women’s oppression is overwhelming. Seriously. Try not seeing it. It’s impossible, once you know the shell games used to hide it, unless you are willfully ignorant).
Radical Feminism is an Evidence-based philosophy. The Evidence suggests that there is a Class of Humans (Women) made subordinate by and to another Class of Humans (Men). The Evidence suggests that Men want to keep it this way, and employ tactics and establish systems to ensure it stays this way. The Evidence suggests that Men commit a disproportionate amount of Violence against Women (Male Violence).
A favorite tactic of Men’s Rights Activists and Trans Activists used to Silence Women who rely on Evidence to support assertions like Penis=Male, Male Violence against Women is an overwhelming problem and Trans Women are Men is the claim that Radical Feminists aren’t “Rational.”
Rationality: Reason, Reason, who has the Reason? Who has what my mother and yours calls “common sense”?
Men’s Rights Activists, Trans Activists, Manarchists and Atheist Bros (and Laydee Atheist Bros like Natalie Reed) all cling to RATIONALITY as the big club to demonstrate that THEY have the Reason and Radical Feminists have the Hysteria.
They haul it out and club away, comfortable in the “knowledge” that if they say it often enough, many Women will “shut up” because they don’t want to be accused of being an Irrational or Hysterical Woman.
In hauling out the Big Club of Irrationality, these Manly Observers willfully ignore Evidence that supports the claims of Women (and – gasp – many Men!) that Women suffer at the hands of Men, that Male Violence is a problem, that Men rape Women, and that only Women can get pregnant. Instead, they focus on “Evidence” like “I feel like a Woman,” “My Brain is Female,” and “It’s just mean not to cater to men’s delusions.”
Indeed, these “Rational Men” (ahem, and Laydee Men) are wholly disinterested in a empirical assessment of the Facts as they are. Instead, they create propaganda like Rational Wiki to catalog the horribly irrational men and hysterical women who disagree with them (not shockingly, many Trans Women, like Miranda Martell, participate in this disinformation project). I have a Rational Wiki page, as these “Rational Men” dislike me because I say illogical things like Penis=Male and only Women can get pregnant.
Ironically, it’s Transgender Ideology that is based on a lack of Evidence and, instead, depends for support on an Abundance of Feelings.
“I FEEL like a man, therefore I AM a man.”
“You are just mean to not call me a Woman”
Feelings have their place in the world. Even David Hume had feelings, although he was kind of a judgey snob about them and clearly valued Evidence and philosophical inquiry more than Feelings, saying things like “The feelings of our heart, the agitation of our passions, the vehemence of our affections, dissipate all its conclusions, and reduce the profound philosopher to a mere plebeian.”
So it turns out that it’s Radical Feminists who rely on Evidence to support our assertions and it’s Lefty Bros and Laydee Bros relying on their feelings to club away at those of us who ask questions like “Do you know where babies come from?”
It’s not the only tactic these Manarchists and Trans Activists use to silence Hysterical Irrational Women. Indeed, these dudes claim that understanding Biology means that Radical Feminists believe that immutable characteristics derive or flow from said Biology. In other words, Radical Feminists, in the view of Trans Activists, are “Biological Essentialists” who believe that some other meaning is inherent in the ability of Women as a class to carry a fetus to term. Of course, it’s not Radical Feminists who ascribe some other meaning to this Biological Fact. It’s Right-Wing Assholes. But Trans Activists and Manarchists kind of stumble when asked to provide Evidence to support their assertions.
To illustrate, making the statement Only Women can get pregnant does not lead to the inference that All Women SHOULD get pregnant, or that All Women are happier when making a man a sandwich or All Women should kick Trans Women in the nuts. Those are false conclusions – and it’s not Radical Feminists making those false conclusions.
It begs the question, if you have Teh Logic on your side, why do you have to resort to such illogical tactics?
It does not compute.