It’s the time of the month to select a new Entitlement Princess of the Month. Last month’s winner was Emma Watson with 54% of the vote for her lecturing men on how they should live to be useful to women while ignoring what was going on in Rotherham.
The Entitlement Princess of the Month can only keep going with your support so keep submitting new entitlement princesses on the Entitlement Princess of the Month submission page.
This month I’m doing something slightly different. There will be voting, but all of the candidates are women who attacked Scott Aaronson. For those of you who haven’t heard Scott Aaronson is a MIT professor who wrote about how he was scared of women from his teens to his mid-20s due to the influence of feminist ideology:
Here’s the thing: I spent my formative years—basically, from the age of 12 until my mid-20s—feeling not “entitled,” not “privileged,” but terrified. I was terrified that one of my female classmates would somehow find out that I sexually desired her, and that the instant she did, I would be scorned, laughed at, called a creep and a weirdo, maybe even expelled from school or sent to prison. You can call that my personal psychological problem if you want, but it was strongly reinforced by everything I picked up from my environment: to take one example, the sexual-assault prevention workshops we had to attend regularly as undergrads, with their endless lists of all the forms of human interaction that “might be” sexual harassment or assault, and their refusal, ever, to specify anything that definitely wouldn’t be sexual harassment or assault. I left each of those workshops with enough fresh paranoia and self-hatred to last me through another year.
My recurring fantasy, through this period, was to have been born a woman, or a gay man, or best of all, completely asexual, so that I could simply devote my life to math, like my hero Paul Erdös did. Anything, really, other than the curse of having been born a heterosexual male, which for me, meant being consumed by desires that one couldn’t act on or even admit without running the risk of becoming an objectifier or a stalker or a harasser or some other creature of the darkness.
Of course, I was smart enough to realize that maybe this was silly, maybe I was overanalyzing things. So I scoured the feminist literature for any statement to the effect that my fears were as silly as I hoped they were. But I didn’t find any. On the contrary: I found reams of text about how even the most ordinary male/female interactions are filled with “microaggressions,” and how even the most “enlightened” males—especially the most “enlightened” males, in fact—are filled with hidden entitlement and privilege and a propensity to sexual violence that could burst forth at any moment.
Because of my fears—my fears of being “outed” as a nerdy heterosexual male, and therefore as a potential creep or sex criminal—I had constant suicidal thoughts. As Bertrand Russell wrote of his own adolescence: “I was put off from suicide only by the desire to learn more mathematics.”
At one point, I actually begged a psychiatrist to prescribe drugs that would chemically castrate me (I had researched which ones), because a life of mathematical asceticism was the only future that I could imagine for myself. The psychiatrist refused to prescribe them, but he also couldn’t suggest any alternative: my case genuinely stumped him.
Despite all this he remains a feminist, but that’s not the point here. What Scott Aaronson said got discovered by feminists, and they tarred and feathered him for it. Despite his clear language to the contrary, he’s accused of everything from being a MRA to being a misogynist just because of his Jewish faith. Despite his attempts to explain himself over and over again, people on Twitter are saying that female MIT students should be afraid to take his classes. Aaronson has been trashed by a lot feminists who are also entitlement princesses. I have selected three for you to select as the Entitlement Princess of the Month.
The first candidate is Amanda Marcotte. Her attack on Scott Aaronson involved slanderous accusations without evidence that Aaronson said one thing but meant another. One of the best examples is when Marcotte accuses Aaronson of meaning the exact opposite of what he said, without evidence of course:
I reminded myself, every day, that no, there’s no conspiracy to make the world a hell for shy male nerds.
While continuing to build your social and sexual identity around this specific conspiracy theory.
The second candidate is Laurie Penny. She pretends to take a more sympathetic view of Aaronson at first, but in the end says that she has it so much worse because she’s a woman. Penny declares Aaronson’s problems to be “personal” while her’s are “structural” and uses other tricks to make it look like the Aaronson never had any problems.
The third candidate is Lindsay Meisel. She says that you can’t compare Aaronson and Penny like Penny wants to do. That sounds good until you get to her personal issue where she thinks she has it worse than both of them which is being short. Meisel seems to think that short men have no problems, or that she has it worse because she’s short and a woman.
Vote for one of the entitlement princesses in the poll below. Remember you are voting for the biggest entitlement princess, not necessarily the most evil woman or the most violent woman or the most insane woman or the biggest whore. (In this particular case, don’t reflexively vote for Amanda Marcotte.)
Who is your vote for the December 2014 Entitlement Princess Of The Month?
- Amanda Marcotte (59%, 89 Votes)
- Laurie Penny (22%, 33 Votes)
- Lindsay Meisel (19%, 29 Votes)
Total Voters: 151