You ever wonder how angry, unselfconscious misogynists react to intelligent, outspoken women?
Now, I should give some credit here. Not all bullies are willing to try to pick on someone substantially bigger and more popular than they are. My own experience with the sort of men who engage in the kinds of behaviors under consideration here is that macho overconfidence on the surface masks deeper insecurities. I’m not sure what the specific sources of inadequacy might be in this case, but as someone who is almost constantly aware of my own intellectual and rhetorical shortfallings by comparison to these women, I can certainly sympathize. But having said that I should also make clear that there’s still nothing remotely heroic or courageous or manly about this behavior. I’m not going to substantively defend either Kristine or Joanna against these small-minded attacks, for two reasons:
1) they’re both far more capable of such a defense than I am.
2) bullies with schoolyard crushes don’t particularly deserve to have their taunts engaged on their merits.
Before concluding my little tirade, an admission: I acknowledge the irony of condemning chauvinistic, bullying behavior by writing a post in which I, well, bully the bullies. And you know what? I am 100% okay with that.
Finally, you definitely should not consider the fact that Joanna and Kristine have (wisely) elected not to directly engage your attacks as evidence that efforts to publicly excoriate and shame them are having the desired effect. Their unwillingness to throw rocks back is not a sign that you are winning.
It is a sign that these sisters are simply better men than you.