Tag: hypocrisy

The difference between hypocrisy and evil

When Republican senators Mark Foley and Larry Craig were forced to resign because of sex scandals just over a decade ago, Byron Williams accused them of harboring “the hypocrisy of the hypocrisy.” Articles about the right-wing’s biggest sex hypocrites flood out every time a Donald Trump is exposed as having sexually assaulted someone or a Roy Moore is found to be a child molester.

The primary problem with Foley, Craig, Trump, and Moore, however, isn’t hypocrisy but immorality. Foley abused his power to proposition a page for oral sex. In addition to sexual harassment and abuse of power, Trump and Craig also committed adultery.

Sexual harassment and assault is a crime and an immoral violation of one’s rights no matter what one’s ideological or moral values system one follows. If a sexist man who believed that it was his right to grab women anytime, anywhere committed sexual assault, it would still be immoral despite the fact that that evil man wrongly believed it was his right.

To focus overwhelmingly on the “hypocrisy” aspect could have the unfortunate effect of downgrading immoral acts committed by immoral men. In effect, we are giving a free pass to the worst of the worst.

A common refrain from Trump supporters when Trump is caught lying, speaking like a 5th-grader, or having a temper tantrum at 5 am, is that, “We knew what we were getting with Trump.” Why, we did indeed know that he was guilty of multiple character flaws. He still is. Period.

If Osama bin Laden had been caught and brought in front of a judge, should he get off if he argued, “I have directed terrorist attacks for years. I openly talked about it and threatened it in propaganda statements. You already knew this”? Pathological dishonesty, incompetence, corruption and the like are in and of themselves.

When hypocrisy really matters

The Republicans just passed a tax bill that increases the deficit by $1 trillion and repeals the mandate that individuals purchase health insurance.

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#InternationalMensDay activists take up feminist tactics in the name of men

Feminists and anti-feminists seem to have a kind of war going online if you pay attention to Twitter. Feminists say women are being victimized by a patriarchy. Anti-feminists mock feminists for thinking all of their problems are caused by “the patriarchy.” And back and forth and so forth.

But today is #InternationalMensDay, and if you search the hashtag, you can see that not all anti-feminist activists are really so. Indeed, many anti-feminists and MRAs are just feminists in pants. Or, feminists without boobs, to borrow a term from noted video games feminist Anita Sarkeesian.

They are using the same tactics and the same victimization tropes as the kinds of feminists they deplore. They post a social problem and then try to turn it into a gender-related problem. They take a facts and statistics out of context, presenting them in a one-sided way. They apply stereotypes to an entire gender and ignore that many of the problems individual men face are caused by individual factors that can be solved as individuals.

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