Monday, September 02, 2019

Greta Thunberg and the Misogyny of the Climate Change Deniers

A few days ago I wrote a post about the young activist Greta Thunberg after she completed her amazing voyage across the Atlantic. 

Only to find myself having to delete one disgusting comment after the other.

And discover to my horror that climate change deniers and other grotesque Cons all over the world have been trying to bully that brave young woman.

Even going so far or so low to mock her Asperger's syndrome, as this dirty old Trumpling does here. 

And as the renegade Con loser Maxime Bernier does here.

It's beyond belief that people could get a kick out of bullying somebody like Thunberg, but what's even more disturbing is that it's just another example of the misogyny of the climate change deniers.  

In 2014, Jonas Anshelm and Martin Hultman of Chalmers published a paper analyzing the language of a focus group of climate skeptics. The common themes in the group, they said, were striking: “for climate skeptics … it was not the environment that was threatened, it was a certain kind of modern industrial society built and dominated by their form of masculinity.”

Besieged, as they see it, both by developing gender equality—Hultman pointed specifically to the shock some men felt at the #MeToo movement—and now climate activism’s challenge to their way of life, male reactionaries motivated by right-wing nationalism, anti-feminism, and climate denialism increasingly overlap, the three reactions feeding off of one another.

“In one experiment, participants of both sexes described an individual who brought a reusable canvas bag to the grocery store as more feminine than someone who used a plastic bag—regardless of whether the shopper was a male or female,” marketing professors Aaron R. Brough and James E.B. Wilkie explained at Scientific American.

Which among other things, also helps explain why so many bestial Cons hate Justin Trudeau so much.

And the good news?

Trudeau is going to win the election and the Cons can't intimidate him or Greta Thunberg. 

“When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning!” she wrote, using the hashtag #aspiepower. 

While acknowledging that her diagnosis has limited her before, she said it “sometimes makes me a bit different from the norm” and she sees being different as a “superpower".

Which is exactly how I feel.

The dirty old Cons and the others haters of this world are running out of time. They will soon have nowhere to go.

The new generation will save our planet.

And those cowardly bullies must and will be beaten...


Steve said...

another thing about pro deniers that drives me crazy is when they mention how much energy a private jet uses. As if you cant be rich and think logically at the same time. In the case of Greta they are saying some of the crew will fly back to Germany thus negating her carbon savings. Thats not the point.

Jackie Blue said...

OT, but I had to say something about this. Did you see the Hamilton Hammer & Sickle "protest" being cheered on by Charlie Anguish and his crew of Red Rose Tea Party shit disturbers? HamOnt is a sewer. First the anti-LGBT violence and now this. False-flag tankie thugs aiding and abetting the fascists in a pincer movement over their abject personal hatred of Trudeau are going to rip Canada apart. God but I do hate the Bernie Bro agitators of the NDP and their fellow travelers. They don't care about "people power." All they care about is "owning the neolibs." They're Ford Nation with a Kim Jong Un haircut.

Their party is in such shambles that they're being eaten alive by the fucking Greens and the Bloc. They're on track to lose party status. They're financially insolvent. They have barely half their candidacies filled with maybe a week or two remaining before the writs. But instead of engaging in preemptive introspection for their inevitable bloodbath, they're getting pissed at Jerry Dias and calling him a sellout because he's not about to back a losing horse. So their last hope in a desperate grasp for relevance and revenge is to attack the pragmatic center and try to take out Trudeau. Perhaps literally, as his security team had to remove him from the event, what they consider a victory. If he'd gotten JFKed by some "grassroots activist," they'd be thrilled, they hate him so much. Oswald himself was a commie, wasn't he?

But guess who's applauding them on social media? Scheer and Bernier cultists tweeting the same stupid hashtag. Do these "trade unionists" and "FN activists" know who they're feeding into??? I read a comment from a Dipper diehard the other day who said the Liberals are "getting in our way." They are STILL ANGRY about 2015 and want their revenge as much as Harper does. This is what they want: extreme polarization with no sensible middle. Horse's ass politics, the "enemy of my enemy" even though Trudeau tries to be no one's enemy. Ridiculous. Same US 2016 populist crap that won't win any converts, but just rile up what remains of the base to let off steam. Wonder who's underwriting them. "Dasvidanye for your donation, comradeski."

Fuck these cosplay revolutionaries and their perfectionist rabble-rousing bullshit. They're as irrational, obsessive, and negative at the Ford/Scheer Cons and the yellow pests. If their sabotage proves fruitful in October they will not be forgiven. Ever.

Jackie Blue said...

They do love their bad-faith gotcha's. Some Postmafia hack or maybe it was Scheer himself tweeted about fuel consumption by Trudeau's motorcade. OK, so he should ride his unicycle to work and risk getting shot? Forkgate was another stupid accusation of "hypocrisy." Whataboutism regarding China and the U.S. All just excuses to double down on denial and do nothing.

But where I really connect with both Greta and Justin is the cruel mocking of their disabilities. Justin's mild stammer and Greta's autism. It's Trumpian, it's dehumanizing, and as a person with mental health and speech-impairment issues myself, it makes me sick.

Charles Adler is about a quarter-way on the road to Damascus. He tweeted this from the NYT about how hatred of the disabled is the canary in the coal mine and yet, the last acceptable prejudice. It needs to stop.

Steve said...

Jack Layton may have destroyed the party drunk with power. Only the NDP prevents a constant Liberal Majority in Canada. This would be a double edged sword. Just as democrats have discovered in California, a label does not mean much.

lagatta à montréal said...

Well, I could hate you back, but I don't like sectarianism on anyone's part, so I wont. Without Labour or the CCF/NDP, we'd be stuck with no healthcare, like you.

lagatta à montréal said...

Enough of that. I don't want anyone - not even Scheer, Bernier, Trump or Bolsonaro - dead, though some should do hard time. Sectarianism is NOT only on the left, as your rant has proven.

Back to Greta. Remember, she gets not only misogyny and prejudice against the neuro-diverse, she is also a borderline "little person", and people of such short stature and looks more youthful than their age are hammered with a hell of a lot of prejudice. I was an activist at her age, but although I'm very much on the short side, I was "developed" - big boobs and tusch, slender waist, and looked like a 20-year-old. This of course led to other problems, such as harassment and unwanted advances.

Some haters said she looked like a Nazi youth, and although I find "anti-white" racism rather dubious, it is certainly not her fault that she has a Nordic complexion, while being far shorter than the archetype. Remember that the actual Nazis murdered people like her, just as much as Jews, Roma, and the leftists some delight in hating.

Jackie Blue said...

Oh, and here's proof the disrupters are legit commies, being lauded by Tom Parkin, Dipper partisan hack. CBC reports they're a Marxist group and the NDP's other Angry Tom signal boosts them.

Meanwhile, another (coordinated?) astroturf campaign issues a fake-news meme about Singh getting a better response at the same event -- except the picture they shared is of a random event in Toronto and not the one in Hamilton.

So how did all that perfectionist "Hillary is no better than Trump" both-sides bullshit work out for the Americans? It sure went a long way to electing president Burnout Sandals and stopping baby cages and total economic collapse, didn't it?

Who the fuck is funding these agents provocateurs anyway?

Jackie Blue said...

This particular group apparently posed enough of a threat to Trudeau's safety that he was taken away by his security apparatus. For Parkin and others to amplify and cheer them on, and then celebrate the fact that he was forcibly disinvited from an event that he was officially welcomed at by the organizers, is disgraceful. And judging by the likes and shares, it played directly into the Rebel scum's hands. Exactly the same two-front pincer movement that took down Hillary. Bernie bots got amplified by MAGA bots and vice versa. Thread on how the left populists are being duped into playing stooge for the right.

I'd be fine with their politics if they weren't running such a dirty, desperate and divisive style of campaigning. Cheering on thugs who attempt to sow disinfo that Trudeau is as bad as any Con if not worse, and ambush him at a positive community event, is Scheermongering pure and simple. It's like they took notes on what weak Andy did at the Acadian Day festival and thought it was a good idea.

Charlie Anguish, meanwhile, has been a dick to women on social media and so has Angry Tom #2. Singh seems like an OK fellow albeit with poor management skills, and I in no way support what that racist punk said and did to his brother at the Muslim community event. But as for the party itself, it's the rest of the lot that he can't seem to wrangle, and the numbers show it. It's not Positive Politics and it's not Love and Courage, that's for sure. And it's infuriating. Liberals didn't go and brigade the event Singh's brother was at, it was a right-wing kook. Know your enemy. Why'd the lefties go and brigade Trudeau? Why not harangue Scheer at the football game instead? Within reason, obviously, and not to such an extent that Scheer ends up being "whisked away" either.

They really need to start over with a positive, teamwork-focused approach that focuses on the real enemy at the gates. Operating under the assumption that Trudeau is a more telegenic version of Scheer, going after him in public, and harassing his supporters in the digital public square, isn't the way to go. I could be wrong, but I doubt Kiefer's grandfather would have approved of this kind of monkey-wrench street-theater sabotage or troll behavior. Fighting for what you believe in is one thing, but this is disrespectful, dangerous and deceptive, and only causes more problems than it solves.

Anonymous said...

For some reason, we were meanies if a few of us made fun of Rob Ford being morbidly obese, and were finger wagged that we should stick to the issues.
But it's ok if you're a Con.

Jackie Blue said...

I don't want anybody to die either. I just want an end to shameful displays like what happened in Hamilton today, and for the progressive circular firing squad in general, to stop. So does the other half of the Great North American Bromance.

ottlib said...

Nothing proves your manliness more than attacking the physical and/or mental attributes of a 16 year old girl. Sheesh!

Jackie Blue said...

Hey Simon, love to see your take on this one. Speaking of climate policy and crazy Canadian politicians -- forget Max, how about the other end of the extreme. Lizzy Mayhem, queen of the recycle-bin dumpster fire.

After waffling on whether to prop up Liberal or Conservative minority, Green leader now says she won't prop up any party but will let the government fall and trigger a new election unless they meet her "demands": CTV interview

Well, NDP now stands for Necrotic Death Pose (nice name for a metal band), Andrew Bernier's twin-headed fascist monstrosity is unacceptable, and now we know the Greens are eco-anarchists. Justin ain't perfect, but the Liberals are about the only party of sane governance instead of irrational populist nihilism. Must be tough to be the smartest guy in the room and at the same time defamed as the bad man behind blue eyes. Everyone else is, per the title of Margaret's book, Beyond Reason.

I mean seriously, the fuck kind of platform is this? Everyone sucks and we're all going to die so let's just burn Parliament if they don't agree to crash the economy with Leap Manifesto/GND radicalism? Is she hitting the sauce with Rempel? Does she have designs on being a female BoJo the clown? Can we just send her away on an ice floe and hope it melts? Dammit Canada, I thought you were smarter than this!

Steve said...

I admit I made fun of Harpers Plastic Hair, do you notice his face has changed but the hair remains plastic

Craig Buntin said...

Bernier was never the sharpest tool in the shed (eg. leaving the classified documents in the girlfriend's apartment).

But up until now I think people assumed he was harmless, perhaps even down to earth. But ever since losing the Conservative leadership in that odd 12-ballot process to Scheer, Bernier seems to have become increasingly anger and bitter. And that seems to be causing him to lash out more & more on Twitter. This latest outburst may have been the last straw for some people.