The "What About the Mens?" Fallacy
Forgive me if there is already a law like this in place. I searched and could not find.
In any case, this
In any discussion focusing on women's2 issues, the probability that someone will come around and say "men are [fill the blank], too!"3 approaches 1 the longer the discussion gets.
Can be used with marlo's corollary:
If someone posts something containing or alluding to the word "rape" somewhere on the internet, THERE WILL BE WANK.
1 Credit goes to donnaidh_sidhe for the word. I'd also like to thank her for the help on the definition.
2 May be applied to any disadvantaged group, simply replace "women" with said group and "men" with the applicable privileged group.
3 Bonus points for discussion on rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, and abuse.
4 ETA 10.28.2011: At the request of donnaidh_sidhe I have changed "phallusy" to "fallacy". She pointed out, and I agree with her, that people were focusing too much on the snarky pun and not enough on the actual content of the message. ETA 12.02.2011: donnaidh_sidhe asked me to post the following clarifying statement: "Derailing is a constant irritant when it comes to online discussions centring on social justice issues, and I have no patience for those who have such arrogance and such disrespect that they would hijack a discussion to centre the attention it gathers on their own, different cause. This said, it is not appropriate or constructive for me to make a snide swipe at the people who do it. It is better to call someone out on disrespectful and disingenuous rhetorical tactics than to make a gratuitous penis joke at their expense."
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