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Whitlock: Reaction to Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition reveals men value ‘freedumb’ and women value safety

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In America, there is no free without the dumb. Freedumb – not freedom – defines America.

Our level of free is directly correlated to our tolerance of dumb. The elimination of non-harmful dumb activity restricts freedumb and de-incentivizes the risk-taking that made this country great.

Our founding fathers innately understood this. That’s why the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protected freedumb of speech alongside the free exercise of religion, freedumb of the press, freedumb of assembly, and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.

Had mothers founded America, freedumb wouldn’t be our highest priority. The First Amendment would likely focus on safety – the right to speak safely, assemble safely, and worship safely. We would be the land of safe spaces, not the land of the free.

Women value safety more than men do.

That is at the root of the hyperbolic reaction to Elon Musk buying Twitter. Musk believes in good old-fashioned American freedumb. He’s stated he’s only interested in censoring speech that violates American laws, tweeting:

“I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law. If people want less free speech, they will ask government to pass laws to that effect. Therefore, going beyond the law is contrary to the will of the people.”

Musk is willing to allow Twitter to wallow in dumdness, stupidity, and high-risk speech. He recognizes stupidity’s essential relationship to freedumb. Words aren’t sticks and stones. Words have no ability to harm unless we grant them that privilege.

Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s top lawyer and the person described by Politico as the app’s “moral authority,” has steered the platform toward existing as a safe space for women, the LGBTQIA+ community, and people of color who support the Democratic Party. Gadde sets the tone and is the ultimate decision-maker when it comes to harassment and “dangerous” speech on the platform.

In 2015, she wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post that made clear her vision to ensure the safety of groups she deemed worthy of a special level of protection.

“I’m often inspired by the vigorous debates on controversial issues that occur on Twitter,” Gadde wrote, “but I’ve also been seriously troubled by the plight of some of our users who are trying to silence healthy discourse in the name of free expression. At times, this takes the form of hateful speech in tweets directed at women or minority groups; at others it takes the form of threats aimed to intimidate those who take a stand on issues.”

Twitter’s moral authority envisions the platform as an inclusive safe space.

She’s not alone. All aspects of American culture are focused on eliminating risks and being inclusive. We’ve been brainwashed into believing that the founding fathers were misguided and set up a system that overvalues freedom and undervalues safety and inclusivity. America needs to reflect the sensibilities of women.

You know what would make the NFL better? Women playing, coaching, and managing the game. At our current pace of feminization, the NFL will outlaw tackling and blocking by 2040 so that Lizzo’s daughter can play nose tackle.

We will lie to ourselves that football never needed contact to be exciting. We were stupid for being entertained watching men risk their physical well-being to play a game. Football needs safety and inclusivity. So does America!

We foolishly think that in order for America to be fair, all things must be for everybody.

I don’t believe that. Our founders didn’t believe that.

The people – men or women – bothered by Twitter’s rough discourse should exit the platform. Healthy public discourse is a contact sport. Rude, disrespectful, and uncomfortable things will get said. Human beings lack discipline. We cross lines and make mistakes. It’s the price of freedumb.

Not everyone is built for public discourse. We shouldn’t soften public discourse to make room for everybody. The voting booth is the safe space for public discourse. America appropriately changed its laws to allow all of its citizens access to vote safely without fear of intimidation or violence.

Twitter isn’t a voting booth. It can’t be made safe without severely damaging free speech. I’d rather protect free speech than protect the fragile feelings of women (or men) on Twitter.

American freedumb is irreversibly tied to free speech. Feelings? They’re random, emotional, and illogical. They equally provoke love and hate. A properly functioning society or social media app can’t cater to feelings. Indulging feelings leads to chaos.

Elon Musk is a threat to the matriarchy and the continued feminization of American culture. The world’s richest man boldly planted a flag that he stands with the founding fathers and America’s founding principles. Proponents of the matriarchy will frame Musk as sexist, racist, and homophobic. Cowardly men will slander him, too.

Are you a coward? Are you afraid to admit that, in general, men and women have different sensibilities? Afraid to acknowledge that it’s a mistake to feminize every platform and industry to make room for women? Too controlled by racial idolatry to recognize that Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and the other flawed founding fathers conceived documents that created a system that works better than any other nation’s system of governance?

If so, you’re not man enough for this world. Delete your Twitter account and join Hillary Clinton, Stacey Abrams, Joy Reid, and Rachel Maddow’s group text string.

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