Thursday, January 24, 2013

mansplainers vs femsplainers and bourgiesplainers

"Mansplaining" is the most literal example of ad hominem I've seen: Instead of addressing your opponents' ideas, you "attack the man" and dismiss them as mansplainers. The term was coined by people who, by their logic, indulge in femsplaining and bourgiesplaining—academics from the very expensive schools of the US's 1%.

I suppose pointing this out to them could be called ad feminem, but I wouldn't make that joke. Many femsplainers and bourgiesplainers are male, just as many of the people who reject identitarianism are female.