There have been times in my life when I have “pushed my luck” and eventually suffered the consequences. Life has a way of giving you a painful “reality check”. A friend of mine used to call it the “cosmic NO”, when the universe tells you that you need to rethink your approach.
The thirty-year-old graduate student with no prospect of tenure; the thirty-year-old unmarried woman whose youth is starting to leave her; the worker whose career is a string of angry confrontations: there are plenty of people who will likely hit the wall one day. Or, as we used to say, they are “riding for a fall”.
Social movements also sometimes “push their luck” and behave in provocative ways, intentionally or unintentionally.
A comment I have just spotted on another blog: “The tranny brigade is making it impossible for normal people to ignore them. Not the best long term survival strategy.” Well, no.
The safest strategy for a group that is weak or unpopular with some people is to keep a low profile. There is no legal impediment to women indulging in “slut walks” or homosexuals whooping it up in clubs in Florida. But you may attract the wrong kind of attention. Predators single out the prey that stands out in some way, especially if it is noticeably weak.
There is also no impediment to feminists continuing to insult and deride men; but there may come a point when they need those men. (I saw a woman on Facebook today – one of those “feisty single ladies” – in a panic because someone had left a nasty note on her car. I am sorry to say that one of my thoughts was, “maybe if you had a husband to protect you”.)