Hashtags are the best self defence, apparently

The last week or two, in South Africa, has been quite dark. A lot of violence occurred, which kind of makes it no different to any other week in South Africa.

Nevertheless, a huge focus in mainstream media circles suddenly has been centred around violence against women. There have been street protests, talk shows, and the most devastating counterblow of them all: a hashtag.

#MenAreTrash

Talk radio stations 702 and Cape Talk even removed all female staff for a day, to apparently teach “the patriarchy” a thing or two about something something importance of women something something. Other than, perhaps more woke listeners to appease the woke advertisers, I’m not entirely certain what was achieved.

I’ve been ridiculing most of it because it’s all typically liberal victimhood culture. It’s intellectually lazy, which is probably why the social justice mobs love it.

Here’s my unpopular opinion.

None of it achieves anything.

But I get that it’s politically correct to excitedly nod in agreement; we must toe the line; we must throw our fists into the air and shout catchy slogans; we must clap our hands in celebration and dare not criticise any of it; we must blindly follow the herd; and we must stick to the script.

The cult does not tolerate dissidence within its congregation.

This kind of illogical thinking permeates the zeitgeist, unfortunately.

This “society must consciously change” notion is everywhere. Yes, society must consciously change. Nobody disagrees. But it won’t, which is why we have walls around our homes; locks on our doors; burglar bars on our windows; electric fencing around our housing complexes; road signs warning us about hijacking zones; metal detectors at airports; and so on and so forth. I don’t know a single person who loves spending money on a Trellidor. But they do it anyway, because writing angry posts on Facebook doesn’t stop break-ins.

So, in the meantime, while we wait for the arrival of La La Land, it might be a good idea to assume personal responsibility on matters of safety.

Let’s break it down.

  1. Obviously I oppose violence against women. I shouldn’t even have to type this.

  2. Running around with a placard telling men not to rape women, will not stop men from raping women. Including vulgar language just makes you look common (although it will get you those extra ‘likes’ on Facebook, but nothing more).

  3. Shouting “men are trash!” might make you feel like a winner, but is too generalised and inconsequential to win any battles. It’s a losing strategy.

    The men who flew planes into the Twin Towers, didn’t commit terrorism simply because they were “men”.

    The men who slaughtered a million innocent people in Rwanda, didn’t commit genocide simply because they were “men”.

    The men who put black and Afrikaner families into concentration camps, didn’t enslave others simply because they were “men”.

    Solving such problems requires research and depth, which is clearly too much effort for the outrage-pimping evangelical left.

  4. An argument often used is that all of this creates “awareness”.

    No, it doesn’t.

    If you live in South Africa, then you are acutely aware of the daily dangers surrounding all individuals. Everybody knows somebody who’s been a victim of violence, be it rape or murder or armed robbery or whatever. We’re all 100% “aware”, and can’t be more “aware” than we already are.

  5. The government doesn’t care about you or your safety. You’re a dimwit if you naively think a group of political elite have your best interests at heart.

I have been giving solutions, but social justice warriors don’t care about solutions.

My solutions don’t revolve around hashtags and shouting at men and waving signboards in the streets. My solutions don’t revolve around Utopian ideals and rainbows and unicorns and bunnies frollicking in the meadows. My solutions don’t revolve around waiting for the government to “do something”.

And here’s the best part. My solutions aren’t mine. In fact, I’m merely parroting the solutions shared by many men and women.

Anika Rossle, a gun rights lawyer, joined me on Jerm Warfare a few nights ago, in which she explicitly stated that guns are the great equaliser, rendering women just as powerful as men in dangerous moments. She - and many women like her - believe that women should know how to defend themselves.

And no, this is not victim blaming. It is precisely the opposite. It is empowerment.

For some weird reason, expecting women to take responsibility for their own safety - just like men do - is unacceptable in the mind of the hashtag warriors.

They want gender equality, but then they don’t want gender equality.

Somebody on Twitter made the following clip. It’s hilarious.

Most women I personally know, echo Anika’s views. My mom was the captain of her target shooting club. Both my sister and wife enjoy shooting guns and, more importantly, believe in self defence whether it be a firearm or mace or punching.

It’s not ideal, but it’s practical.

And it’s reality.