Last week, previously unknown radical feminist Sarah Alcid of the leftist Reproductive Health Technologies Project (an organization so secretive it declines to identify its supporters) came to wide public attention for her ill-considered Twitter attack on a well-established conservative journalist, Robert Stacy McCain — and her subsequent claim, and those of her friends, that by writing about her in response, McCain was “stalking” and “harassing” her.
Even more interesting than the attack by Ms. Alcid and her friends on McCain is the moniker they collectively employ. Given their feminist orientation and interest in abortion, they proudly call themselves “#AbortionBitches.”
Based on McCain’s analysis of Ms. Alcid’s biography and various writings (here, here, and here), one might conclude she’s a bit of a kook. But to be fair, one must avoid reaching any final conclusion about Ms. Aclid based solely on the materials examined by McCain. For example, there’s no indication McCain reviewed any significant portion of her Twitter feed (@SaraAlcid), which stretches back more than three years.
And when one reviews Ms. Alcid’s Twitter feed as a whole, it turns out there’s nothing particularly unusual about her. In fact, it turns out that she’s a perfectly normal American women with a broad range of interests — one who has no tendency to put intimate personal details on the internet for complete strangers to read, and no odd obsessions. Just spend some time on her Twitter feed (3,106 posts and counting), and you’ll see for yourself. Honest!
Here are a few illustrative tweets (and excerpts from blog posts referenced in them):
ON THE COLD, “ANTISOCIAL,” DISRESPECTFUL DAD WHO PAID HER BRYN MAWR TUITION:
Post archived here; excerpt (bolding added):
I wrote this a few weeks ago with an eye to The Good Men Project, but ended up leaving it cooped up safely in a Word document because of my hesitancy to share something so personal with all internet-goers.
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About a year and a half ago, my mother, also my best friend and closest confidante, passed away after a three year battle with cancer. . . . I was rudely awakened to the reality that I barely had a relationship with my father.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why I don’t have a close relationship with my dad [Michael Alcid]. He was by no means the angry, abusive, absent father that could spawn such a weak relationship. In fact, he worked extremely hard to provide the funds for my sister [Alice Alcid] and I to attend private school. He was an excellent provider . . . . But . . . [h]is parenting blueprint . . . was laden with coldness and silence.
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When my mom passed away, he was forced to step beyond the sidelines and attempt to be our parent. It was a rocky, quick adjustment, but it seemed to be going relatively well. . . . After him mentioning several times that had been spending time with my mom’s friend and the woman that read prayers at her memorial, I asked my dad if he was dating her. The answer was yes. I was astounded and devastated that he could move on from his thirty year marriage with my mom in a few months. I felt he was disrespecting my beloved mother.
Everyone told me this was “typical” for men to do. But it was shocking that my shy, antisocial father had found a girlfriend shortly after his wife died. The attention both he and I had been paying to developing a close parent-child relationship was suddenly cut short as he went on to spend the majority of his time with his new girlfriend. . . . This romantic relationship of his is still an impediment to our relationship and I often feel like one of his lowest priorities.
ON HER “NAUGHTY NANNY” #ABORTIONBITCH MOTHER:
When my mom [Bridget Hope Gilmour] became unexpectedly pregnant as a young nanny prior to Roe v. Wade, she called the National Organization for Women in search of a safe abortion.
ON BEING A BI-SEXUAL WHO’S UNLUCKY WITH MEN:
Post archived here; excerpt (bolding added):
“So you’re not a lesbian?” That’s another line we’ve all heard a lot. No, not all feminists are lesbians. . . . I’ve been part of my fair share of dysfunctional, unhappy partnerships. . . . I’m currently in a committed, loving relationship with a woman that admires and fully supports that fact that my world revolves around feminism [apparently Meagan Border]. To be completely honest, I’ve found it far easier to be in this relationship than my prior ones with men. I think our shared experience as women in a patriarchal society has allowed us to build a relationship upon feminist values. This isn’t to say that men can’t be wonderful feminist partners, but I just never had much luck finding one. . . . Oftentimes, men thought I was being “too uptight” when I made a fuss about things like street harassment or sexist advertising.
ON RACIST, WIMPY WHITES WHO MAKE A BIG DEAL OF THE BOSTON BOMBING AND THE NEWTOWN SHOOTING:
[T]he way we reacted to the Boston Marathon bombings is tinged with racism and xenophobia . . . . [I]t is critical to call our privilege into question. . . . Part of why white folks are so jolted by tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombings and the Newtown school shooting is because we don’t often see other white people as victims of terrorism and violence . . . . The fact that we’re jolted by terrorism and violence in primarily white spaces, like Newtown and the Boston Marathon, speaks volumes of our “peace privilege.”
ON SOCIETY’S PERVASIVE MISTREATMENT OF WOMEN:
ON WHAT’S WORTH CELEBRATING:
[T]he mainstream understanding and celebration of Valentine’s Day is certainly flawed. . . . Heteronormativity and gender roles . . . rear their ugly heads on Valentine’s Day.
RANDOM, TOTALLY NORMAL STUFF: