Reddit’s socialism community, /r/socialism, is categorically run by a bunch of nutjobs, even by the standards of 21st-century socialists. In December Heat Street covered the moderators’ Stalinist crackdown on “ableist” language like “crazy” and “idiots.”
Now the mods have waged war on an even more destructive societal illness: animated cat-eared women.
The crusade began when the moderator team banned a female artist from the community for the sole fact that she likes to draw women with cat ears in her free time. The artist (a three-year veteran of the community) had previously designed the banner image for the subreddit, but had lost favor with the mods for her alleged “misogyny.”
Here is a sample of some of her work:
When the artist, who goes by Catgirl Drawgirl on Twitter, asked one of the moderators why she was banned, they responded with this unfathomably ridiculous statement: “The argument for cat girl misogyny is that it’s turning women into domesticated animals.”
In a separate post where the community debated about whether or not the ban was justified, one user further elaborated exactly why drawing cat-eared women is an act of misogyny.
So to summarize: women who are fully cats (like Princess Caroline) are not sexist, but “cat girls” or human women with cat ears certainly are.
Cat-eared women being a reactionary boogeyman of the left isn’t even a new phenomenon.
In June of 2016, a writer at the lefty blog Forward freaked out because a bunch of Trump-supporting trolls were sending him pictures of the anime girl Asuka with cat ears and a Make America Great Again Hat.
He then wrote almost 1,000 words attempting to decode what he considered an “anti-semitic,” reactionary meme, but was in reality just a character from Neon Genesis: Evangelion with a Trump hat photoshopped on, and the guy looked like a total idiot.
Back to the current drama, Catgirl Drawgirl then took to 8chan’s /leftypol/ forum to complain about her banning from /r/socialism. Leftypol is a politically incorrect forum where socialists and other leftists can talk about politics, a stark contrast from the prudish language police at /r/socialism. The thread prompted a lively response from Leftypol and some of them allegedly went to /r/socialism to troll the moderators.
The mods went “on strike” temporarily because they were butthurt that people from Leftypol and other “reactionaries” were saying mean things about them.
Many users from /r/socialism also took aim at the mods for what they considered an unfair banning, but the mods deleted or locked many of the threads criticizing them.
After a widespread public revolt, the moderators have agreed to reform the formerly socialist dictatorship into a democratic socialist state, and will now institute a democratic process for issuing bans.
If only such an orderly transition of power could have happened in other socialist states throughout history.