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How stupid is Melinda Tankard Reist?

December 16, 2013

Melinda Tankard Reist is a divisive figure and it would be fair to say that I disagree with her on many topics.

I wasn’t surprised to see her railing against the Legends Football League as exploitation of women. Personally I was ready to mock it as tickle and giggle football, but on watching a game on 7Mate I was impressed  by the physicality of the game. These athletes ran hard and hit hard.   It’s no tickle and giggle exhibition.

On twitter I could see a variety of feedback, ranging from mixed support to denunciation. One that caught my eye was Tankard Reist’s.

Alex White Male Journalist
I admit I thought the quote crass and clicked on the link to see who had written it.

I was not at all surprised to find that Melinda Tankard Reist had truncated the sentence to suit her ideology. It’s a common tactic of a rabid ideologue, changing the context of the authors words.

What did surprise me was to find that the “Male commentator” Tankard Reist was so eager to demonise was in fact a female journalist.

she said alex white
Maybe Melinda was confused by the journalist’s name being Alex, but surely the “SHE SAID” should have given it away.  Maybe not. Maybe Melinda wasn’t paying attention or simply didn’t care.

Would anybody doubt that Tankard Reist was so eager to find sexist comments to justify her ideology that she would dishonestly quote a journalist, and then not even bother to check who had said it, and just label the journalist as a male in expectation?

I loathe the stereotype of the “male hating feminist”, but Tankard Reist does it no favours here. Then again I don’t consider Tankard Reist a feminist but rather a Christian puritan, so maybe it’s ok.

The lesson to be learnt here Melinda is if your goal is to bash men for sexism, make sure the person you’re criticising is actually male and actually being sexist.

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