I really agree with this and would take it a step further to say that this sort of flawed logic that women are inherently sinful and lustful and men are — dichotomously — super logical and also not in control of their desires feeds into an unequal power structure. I recognize that the “twit” you’re talking about is a woman and I’m increasingly buying into the theory that particularly white women will sort of perpetuate this nonsense to delineate themselves from other women and ally themselves with powerful white men.

The message she’s promoting is inherently misogynist and actually manages to be sexist towards men as well which, given the power structure favors men is quite the accomplishment. But because she’s a woman saying this it’s much harder to say, “this rhetoric is misogynist.” It clearly is, but she’s basically putting up a bulwark to that criticism by weaponizing her gender identity. Obviously, she’s allowing herself to be victimized along with other women, but her willingness to be used in exchange for proximity to power does make the structure more difficult to dismantle.

Ultimately, she’s letting herself be tokenized in order to perpetuate discriminatory behavior. And as annoyed as I am with her and what she’s saying, I also feel really bad for her.

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