“He’s right! I did mention gender while discussing gender problems.”
#7. The Semantic Quo
Assholes will try to disprove your points with all the obsession and specificity of someone proving Green Lantern could totally beat Superman. But less connection to reality. They’ll apply more minute attention to detail than the search for the Higgs boson, and act like their results have more massive effects on reality.
These commenters are Kings of Polysyllabilogic (the art of proving a point with really long words they aren’t actually using correctly). They write like Vulcans cheating at Scrabble. They try to sound like alien energy beings who’ve never even heard of these hu-man “testicles” but feel an altruistic compulsion to list impossible errors in anything threatening their scrotal sanctity. As if the desire for equal rights was a Star Trek computer malfunction that could be exploded if you convince it of one mistake.
Sexism isn’t a scientific proof: Someone can’t unravel the whole thing by picking at one point. And unless they’re a wizard they can’t reshuffle syllables until reality changes. Sexism isn’t “identifying that a gender exists,” it’s “unfair treatment of people because of that gender, especially women.” It’s such a universally understood problem it’s in the dictionary. It doesn’t matter how much someone obsesses over the exact phrasing of a Twitter rape threat: A thousand more have been posted since. The Semantic Quo is an extended waste of time. Because when someone’s arguing semantics from the side of the status quo, wasting time is all they need to do.