Does anybody else feel that people actively make Anita relevant to serve some ulterior motive? That the rage has a function for a community such as this? Or am I pulling things out of my ass?
What do you mean? Like the anti-feminist crowd using her as an effective whipping boy? I could see that.
Yea, pretty much this. Holding her up as representative of feminism (or Internet discourse, or some other such topic) only to knock it down.
well yeah, but isn't that par for the course on the internet?
Step 1: twist an opinion / argument to ridiculous levels.
Step 2: attribute that twisted argument to someone who you do not fancy.
Step 3: ridicule that person for having such ridiculous opinions / arguments.
Step 4: Feel very Superior
Step 5: repeat step 1