I deleted the other post in favor of not inciting some kind of war (which was a valid point, thanks to people who brought it up) but I cannot help but wonder what, exactly, is bad about communicating with silly cat gifs and pop culture references? A sense of levity when arguing about feminist issues has been essential to me in my journey thus far, and I feel that with all the bad things happening in the world (and in some cases to me, to people here and my IRL ladyfriends) sometimes you just need an outlet. And sometimes, that outlet is funny gifs and snotty humor.
The other thing is that I can count on one hand the number of times I've seen someone who, after an argument on the internet, changes his/her mind about a deeply held belief. I can't even really verify that s/he has changed his/her mind after witnessing said argument, either, because I don't know these people in meatspace. And when you have two web sites full of people who are diametrically opposed to one another interacting, it's not likely that the discussions are going to end well.
At what point do we get to say, "These people are all one burger short of a Happy Meal and I won't engage seriously" and further, "In order to protect myself and keep from getting too emotionally involved, I am going to make jokes?" Every day on GT I read about someone going through something horrible or hard, and more often than not the way that we cheer each other up is to post something irreverent or silly. Why is this any different?
In all seriousness, I hate the fact that my quote was pulled for use on the site. I am not going to give it any more thought after I finish this post, but I was genuinely bothered. My thought process, though, is that those people are off the rails and therefore I really shouldn't pay them any mind. So, in order to navigate past the whole thing I am going to hit back with a bit of humor in the form of a Hiddles gif.
Maybe I don't process this stuff the way that most people here do, but I hate the fact that we must now be "logical and rational" in the face of such fuckery. I am generally a fairly reasonable person, but I also like to make jokes to keep things light. I'm not defending my post itself because I agree that it invited drama, but I am challenging the idea that we need to engage what are essentially internet trolls in a reasoned discussion of feminist ideals. Ain't nobody got time for that, at least not in my house.