Why NAFALT and NAMALT are not equivalent

A key element of hate ideology is collective guilt, the idea that “if some do it, they’re all responsible.” This is a cornerstone of hate movement grievance narratives, whether there is a kernel of truth to them or the grievance is entirely fabricated. Collective guilt has driven hate movements throughout history, from ancient armies wiping out entire peoples for the crimes of a few, to slavers invoking the Biblical legend of Ham and Aryanists with their Dolchstoss myth against the Jews.

A common defense thrown back and forth between Feminists and their critics is “Not All Feminists Are Like That”/”Not All Men Are Like That,” often abbreviated NAFALT and NAMALT. The defense is intended to make the other side’s criticisms look like hate ideology by accusing them of promoting the concept of collective guilt.

The difference, of course, is that being a man is not a choice. It’s like being black or being gay. You’re just born that way. More importantly, men choose to have a broad range of beliefs, values, and behaviors. Being male is not an ideology that ties all men together morally, any more than being female, straight, gay, black, or white is.

However, Feminism is an ideology, and being Feminist is a choice. When one chooses to wear the badge of Feminism one takes responsibility for the reality and history of the movement, and not just the sloganeering façade that it’s “about equality.”

Being a Feminist is a decision to associate with a movement that took form in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, with an explicit statement of collective guilt against men, the Declaration of Sentiments, at a convention where men who had come to support the rights of others were silenced and forced to sit in the back of the room.

At this convention, celebrated Feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton delivered a keynote address that, while couched in women’s right to vote and wrapped up with the perennial Feminist slogan of “Equal Rights,” described in clearly supremacist terms (eerily reminiscent of early 20th century Aryanism) the rise of women as a “purifying power” that would create the first “truly great and virtuous nation” in the history of the Earth, because women were “silver and gold” while men were “copper and lead.” Stanton would go on to make her supremacism explicit by asserting that women “are, as a sex, infinitely superior to men.”

Being a Feminist means taking part in this tradition of using “equality” as a veil for supremacism. Stanton was joined in this tradition by other Feminist leaders like Frances Willard, Susan B. Anthony, Anna Howard Shaw, Laura Clay, Belle Kearney, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Rebecca Felton, whose supremacist hate tactics against African-Americans, as well as men, are well-documented.

Feel free to Google these names in association with racism. And, these Feminists were not part of a “radical” or “fringe” element. They represent the backbone of the movement. A movement whose tradition of veiled hate and supremacism you join when you call yourself a Feminist. A movement that, as it matured, became tied to racist eugenics, the Ku Klux Klan, and sexist, violent,  authoritarian Prohibition radicalism in the US, and tied to violent, sexist terrorism and Fascist groups in the UK. A movement that has tried to have criticism against it criminalized in Scandinavia.

A movement driven from the start by claiming to seek “equal rights” by focusing only on positive privileges, while refusing or actively suppressing any recognition of massive cultural and legal inequalities in obligation between the sexes, which constitute privileges by omission for women. This includes the male obligation to suffer and die in battle, which many British suffragists exploited during World War I to shame men into service or (in the case of the ineligible) suicide during the White Feather campaign that gives NWF our name.

Feminists continue to use this sort of shaming campaign against men, a systematic form of relational aggression, to corral men into doing what Feminists want them to: sit in the back and not express any contrary opinions, just like in Seneca Falls. When you call yourself a Feminist, you participate in this.

Even today, the Feminist movement is characterized by pervasive hate-speech lies against men in regard to domestic violence, sexual assault, and workplace inequality, Dolchstoss narratives of betrayal designed to justify massive government action against an entire class of human beings. When you choose to call yourself a Feminist, you lend support to that effort. You voluntarily wave the banner of hate, pseudoscience, and supremacism.

Men don’t choose to be men. If you’re a Feminist, you choose to associate with what has been a veiled hate movement from Day One.

NAMALT is standing up to the hate ideology tactic of collective guilt. NAFALT is a cynical dodge in defense of a hate ideology. They are not equivalent.

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  1. Mitchell
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Okay… what if I chose to be a Roman Catholic? Does that mean I’m choosing to associate with Pope Innocent III who led the Albigensian Crusade? Or if I chose to be Hindu – am I associating with Nathuram Godse, the Hindu Nationalist who assassinated Ghandi?
    Maybe Feminism is like religion – it’s all in what you bring to it.

    • Posted March 11, 2015 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

      Except that Feminism’s core concept is a hate-driven one. The core concept of Roman Catholicism (that Jesus was God and died to redeem humans for their sins) does not necessarily lead to the Albigensian Crusade. Feminism’s core concept, however, consists of a paranoid global conspiracy theory, a Dolchstoss grievance narrative based on fabricated and misinterpreted history, and a dogma of collective guilt against an entire group of human beings in order to justify political action against them as a class.

      Feminism in its entirety is more like the dark, minority corner of Catholicism that dwells on Jew-targeting “bloodguilt” grievance theories than it is like the church as a whole, which has many good (and bad) elements. Feminism is built entirely on a class-targeting grievance theory, and has been since Seneca Falls. Feminism is like the Crusades and the Inquisition without the rest of the Church.