Our good friend and fanfic author, LaidNYC, is back with what might be the best piece of MRA/PUA logic I've ever heard.
The Quickest Way to Win an Argument
You can destroy any argument with one sentence.
"Correlation does not equal causation"
Got you, sucka! Get your "data" and "evidence" outta here.
Ever argue with someone, present data and then hear them spout this off, as if it INVALIDATES the data completely?
They get to say these magic words and *poof* your data no longer exists.
The phrase has been so misused that now it means "I don't like your conclusion so your correlation means nothing".
Yes, correlation does not defacto equal causation. But its either (1) a pretty fucking good hint or (2) a hint that some other closely related variable produces the causation.
Anyways, just a trend I've noticed that people who hate correlations tend to be on the wrong side of the argument. The two are correlated, you might say.
Let's ignore the fact that I've seen far more anecdotal evidence coming out of the MRA/PUA camp than I have its opposition. Or the fact that their data is almost always taken out of context or reaches a conclusion that makes no sense.
Nope, if you try to apply a basic logical truth, they'll know you're just another fact-dodging feminazi.
The simple beauty of this level of ignorance was something worth sharing, I thought.