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Sep 21, 2018 14 tweets 2 min read
Brilliant piece by Sabrinna Valisce who explores systemic societal gaslighting framing it within established Radical Feminist Theory and Praxis. aradfemtypes.wordpress.com/2018/04/07/sys…
The essay moves the abusive technique of gaslighting from the micro – interpersonal relationships and domestic violence – to the macro – the endemic abuse of women and global subjugation of women. #WarOnWomen
The techniques of Gaslighting are:
Blocking (or Jamming)
Withholding
Diverting (the big switchero – what about____)
Countering (DARVO)
Trivialising and
Denying.
Blocking can range from refusing to debate to the MSM refusing to report women’s views or a range of women’s views.
'Withholding is when the abuser purposely feigns forgetfulness, lack of understanding or refuses to acknowledge what happened'. On a macro-level an example is when the threat of male violence and sexual abuse is written off with ‘that never happens’ against all evidence.
Valisce outlines with regards to withholding that In Systemic Societal Gaslighting we see a rewriting of feminist history and events.
'Diverting is changing the subject entirely or shifting the focus'. Often it involves the domestic abuse tactic of DARVO – Deny, attack, reverse victim & offender.
Countering ‘calls the victim’s memory into question and often draws on prior incidents of gaslighting’. Countering is commonly understood as victim blaming.
Trivialising is as it says on the tin. We see this in systemic societal gaslighting when male violence against women is presented as isolated incidents.
Denial is often accompanied with mocking. Its just banter right? Was just a joke?
One thing I really like about Valisce’s analysis is that she is placing gaslighting alongside the feminist understanding of the male gaze.
Valisce delineates how porn culture has changed the male gaze, it has commodified all women and girls. Valisce posits that the male gaze combines with gaslighting in that it is the only lens which one is allowed to view the world.
‘This necessitates that women must rearrange our own experiences to align with the mainstream narratives of reality. Our realities thus become questionable falsehoods’.
Valisce’s argument seems to resonate with the silencing of women and the attempted forced acceptance of transgender ideology. Women are being commanded by men to abandon their perception of reality, instincts, feelings and boundaries.

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