Ambivalent Skeptic

August 11, 2011

New term: ancillary ultimatums

Filed under: debate — Clint1911 @ 4:12 pm

pajamas media has a story about a “Slutwalk” in San Fran.

It’s a good read for the event that contrasts what people are doing and they are trying to accomplish. The author(with an alas of “Zombie”) also discuses many inherit contractions inherent in the protest. For example: “sex is fun but men are evil.”

However, the important lesson here is the concept of Ancillary Ultimatums.

Basically, activist protest something everyone hates and which no one will disagree with you about (like rape).

Then they demand everything their greedy hearts desire.

The trick is simple; if anyone calls them out for being unreasonable, the activist bypass the issue of demands and attacks the critics for “sympathizing” with the evil being protested.

From the article:

This tilting at imaginary windmills is intentional. The goal is to protest an evil that is universally hated. That way, if anybody dares to disagree with you or even raise a minor quibble, you can shoot back, “What? Are you FOR rape? Do you think we SHOULD blame victims? You’re part of the problem!” As a result of this stance, your cause becomes above reproach, immune from criticism.

THEN… (did you really think the strategy stopped there? Tsk tsk tsk) once you’ve assumed this mantle of moral perfection, you can start heaping all sorts of ancillary ultimatums and issues onto your list of demands, and no one is allowed to resist or complain, lest you once again neutralize them with “Blaming the victim again, are we? Pig!”

This video that one of we sluts took of a speaker at SlutWalk reveals exactly this point about ancillary ultimatums: She sprinkles in a few self-evidently true statements at the beginning to lure you in, then starts making increasingly bizarre claims that stray further and further from reality, and then arrives at her actual destination: To politicize rape and turn into a wedge issue for all sorts of progressive/feminist/leftist demands:

hat tip:


  1. Sorry to arrive so late to this party, but the “slutwalks” were also the inspiration for my recent post about bears. Beyond ancillary ultimatums, the very premise of the slutwalks is flawed: that a police officer suggesting ways a woman could decrease her chances of being raped is equivalent to blaming the victim. There’s gotta be a big, sloppy mess of entangled confusion about the nature of responsibility, risk management, and blame inside a person’s head to come away with that conclusion.

    Comment by elmo iscariot — September 23, 2011 @ 8:05 am | Reply

  2. No sweat, welcome and glad to have you!

    Comment by Clint1911 — September 23, 2011 @ 1:14 pm | Reply

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