If Not Agree, At Least Understand

In my bid to try to understand feminism, I follow a few accounts on Twitter and Instagram.  I don’t know why I do because, more often than not, they annoy me.

My most recent ire was caused by someone called Sofie Hagen.  I’ll be honest, I have no idea who she is but I gather that she has some form of fame.  I think, though, from the little I read of her Twitter feed, if she read this post she’d just call me a typical man and therefore that I am everything wrong with the world and everything is my fault just because I am who I am and am how I was born whatever my opinion is on anything.

I’ve tried tracing back to the start of a conversation / argument that she had with a follower last week in response to terror attacks.

One tweeter asked Sofie why she didn’t believe terrorists when they said that they did what they did for God or Islam.  Sofie’s reply is:

This tweet was capped and published by FeministVoice on Instagram and got quite a few likes, hopefully because of the reference to Leo than because the followers agreed with the sentiment, because Sofie completely failed to answer the question.

Even the vast majority Muslims will admit that the Quran does not suggest that people will be rewarded for suicide bombing in the name of Allah.  That makes it a bad excuse, yes.  The problem was what the original tweeter pointed out – they believe something whether it’s right or wrong and act sincerely on those beliefs.

I don’t know whether Sofie’s way of dealing with this is a good thing or not.  On the face of it, I’d say it isn’t.  I don’t think anyone who has no inclination at all to understand because something is at odds with what they see can be constructive.  You will never rid the world of c*nts, to use Sofie’s own terminology, if you don’t at least try to do something about them by understanding why they do things, rather than just knowing that they do.

I have even less time for someone who then chooses to tell people they don’t know what they’re talking about, apropos to nothing, rather than discuss the issue.  It took Sofie another four tweets before she provided any semblance of a good answer to the original tweet, and it could have been such a good answer if she had not have viewed being challenged as a personal affront in the meantime.

Sofie asked why someone could call themselves a fan of hers when they disagreed with what she said.  That’s everything that’s wrong with liberalism nowadays, that we can’t challenge.  If that was the case, there would be no way to deter people away from radicalism.  Apply Sofie’s logic to radical Islam and there will never be any way to triumph over it.

“I have an opinion and it’s right and I don’t care what you think and don’t want to discuss it” – that’s what the terrorists say and it does no good in the advancement of any cause.

The original tweeter summed it up perfectly:

I met one man who was wounded in love
I met another man who was wounded in hatred
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan

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