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More Failures of Twitter Feminism

I’m starting to remember why I walked away from Twitter, it’s still the same old irrational cesspool that it always was.  Trying to engage with anyone there is utterly ridiculous because I find it difficult to find anyone who can actually discuss anything rationally.  Take this case for instance.

Someone posted something about the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, that it was so great that girls have an “empowering” character that looks like them.  So, stupid me, I have to ask why it’s important that people have an “empowering” character that looks like them.  Can’t they just find their empowerment in any worthwhile character?  Why does it specifically have to be female?  They come back saying “oh, I just meant that it’s great that this wonderful character is getting a movie” as they run for the hills.

That doesn’t answer my question though.  That’s also not what they said.  They did not say “it’s great that this deserving character is getting a movie”, they said that it was great for girls, specifically, that a female character, specifically, is “empowering,” specifically.

I even agreed, I like Wonder Woman and I’m a man.  Am I not allowed to be “empowered” by a female character?  Are women not allowed to be “empowered” by male characters?  Are blacks not allowed to be “empowered” by white characters and vice versa?  Why does everyone need someone that “looks just like them” in order to get anything beneficial out of it?  I don’t get it.

And neither does this poster, who as soon as I pushed the issue about empowerment on racial or gender lines, suddenly stopped responding.  I get it.  They got caught with their pants down and realize there is no winning outcome for their philosophy so they ran away to their safe space to hide.  It isn’t like they stopped tweeting, they were active, they were just ignoring me.  No surprise there.

So since the feminists won’t address it, I guess I’ll direct the question to the blog audience.  Why do people need to have “empowering” characters that look just like them?  Why can’t they just be “empowered” by worthwhile characters, regardless of their gender or race or sexual orientation? Can someone explain that to me please?  I’d really appreciate it.