Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Anita Sarkeesian engages in hate speech

The concept of "hate speech" can be divided into its colloquial/sociological meaning, and its legal meaning. These two meanings overlap, but are not identical; something that can be considered hate speech is not necessarily considered illegal by law (in the same way as, for example, the concepts of "slander" and "defamation" may be quite different in colloquial terms than in legal terms.)

However, all dictionary definitions of "hate speech" I could find seem to pretty much agree on the definition of the term. I'll include all of what I could find, to make absolutely sure of said definition.

"speech that attacks, threatens, or insults a person or group on the basis of national origin, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability." — Dictionary.com Unabriged.
"speech disparaging a racial, sexual, or ethnic group or a member of such a group"
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
"Bigoted speech attacking or disparaging a social group or a member of such a group." — The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition
 "a term for speech that attacks or disparages a person or group of people based on their social or ethnic group" — English Wiktionary
"Speech not protected by the First Amendment, because it is intended to foster hatred against individuals or groups based on race, religion, gender, sexual preference, place of national origin, or other improper classification." — Webster's New World Law Dictionary
Now consider these tweets posted by Anita Sarkeesian and see if they fulfill those definitions:
"We need to seriously address connections between violence, sexism and toxic ideas of manhood before boys and men commit more mass shootings."
"Not a coincidence it's always men and boys committing mass shootings. The pattern is connected to ideas of toxic masculinity in our culture."
"Mass shootings are one tragic consequence of a culture that perpetuates toxic ideas of masculinity. This is how patriarchy can harm men too."
"There's no such thing as sexism against men. That's because sexism is prejudice + power. Men are the dominant gender with power in society."
"The masculine mistake: Why is America producing so many young men who are hostile to women?"
— Anita Sarkeesian
How is this not hate speech? According to any dictionary I could find, it is. But apparently according to our feminist culture, it isn't.

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