guest post by Stevie J. West
Brooks Bayne calls himself “The Patriarchy”. Seriously.
It’s entirely possible that Brooks Bayne’s severe superiority complex could be passed off as a “joke”, at least with regards to the way he behaves toward women working with him. (It’s impossible to describe my time at The Trenches as working “for” Bayne, since unlike some of the men, I was never paid.) In any case, perhaps he believed that referring to himself as “The Patriarchy” in almost all communication with me was just a cute thing to do and took my replies in kind as the cutesy he was looking for instead of the mockery it was.
It is also entirely possible he truly sees himself as “The Patriarchy”, some kind of big strapping federalist who slays eunuchorns while flying the American flag upside down and patting women on their pretty little heads. Indeed, while I cannot be entirely sure because I lack the ability to rationalize the irrational, it seems that this is the more likely scenario. The longer we worked together, the deeper he spiralled into this delusion that the empty-headed female editor he “hired” was good for things like shielding The Patriarchy from accusations of sexism when we were targeting leftist females but not too useful for things like “thinking” or “having ideas”.
I have never suffered from the belief that being a woman puts me at a disadvantage. I find knee jerk accusations of sexism to be wildly obnoxious. I do not believe there exists a societal norm that inherently oppresses women and I certainly reject the stereotype of conservative misogyny that the Left loves to advance at every opportunity.
That’s why it is especially frustrating to see someone who claims to be on the Right live up to these stereotypes. So frustrating, in fact, that I hesitated to highlight it. I hate to give ammunition to the Left, which is why I initially decided to stay quiet about this, but it occurred to me it is not my discussing the behavior that provides the ammo. It is the behavior itself.
We are not leftists, which means we cannot embrace our radical fringe; we must distance ourselves from those who engage in antics that hurt, rather than help, our movement. We must denounce bigotry vehemently and swiftly cast aside any who claim to be on our side but insist on the validity of such vile behavior. After this culling of the herd is complete, when we have sent the message disagreement is welcome but hateful fanaticism will not be tolerated, we must refocus our energies on combating the cancer of leftism.
I have no intention of mentioning Brooks Bayne or The Trenches from this point forward. I would encourage everyone else to do the same; he doesn’t need our help destroying himself. He is doing a perfectly adequate job of imploding all on his own, and we have a war to wage.