OPINION: Once upon a time, feminism was a philosophical discourse on the equality of women.
And then 'MeToo' happened and 5th Wave Feminism, non-binary activists, Critical Race Theorists and Critical Gender Theory amalgamated with an easily triggered new generation brought up to believe 'everyone is special' rather than 'do your best' and became manipulated by social media algorithms to become a faith based religion.
In this faith based religion, one can simply win an argument by feeling it more. This blancmange of intersectionist victimhood birthed woke identity politics has become a puritan middle class exercise in virtue signalling which cancels anything that triggers them.
Like the Church pre-reformation but on meth.
The Holy Trinity of Woke Dogma is all white people are irredeemable cross burning racists, ALL men are rapists, and anyone supporting free speech is a uniform wearing Nazi who hates the trans community.
NOTE: There is NO wriggle room in that holy trinity and making jokes about the rigidity and ridiculousness of those assertions makes you a heretic who must be immediately deplatformed and cast out.
Post 'MeToo', the classic novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is now a hate crime for centering heternormative white cis males. Due process is patriarchal privilege and the evidential threshold is whatever a woman says on Twitter.
The Salem witch trials had more jurisprudence than most woke lynch mobs.
Woke dogma argues women are morally superior to filthy lying toxic masculinity males because women would NEVER lie.
Hence one must B-E-L-I-E-V-E women whenever they tweet or post.
It is against this current cultural landscape that the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp trial is playing out.
Amber Heard is the perfect poster child of the Woke, she became an ACLU Ambassador and penned a powerful 2018 opinion piece declaring herself to be the face of domestic violence and how she would challenge toxic masculinity and rape culture.
She detailed domestic violence from her past without mentioning Depp but willfully insinuating it.
Amber Heard was declared a 'MeToo' Feminist Icon and Depp was revealed to be a dirty filthy wife beater.
"B-E-L-I-E-V-E women," the Woke screamed.
The British defamation case which puts the burden of proof on proving the accusation is false went in Heard's favour in so much that the Newspaper wasn't successfully sued, but the case in America shifts that burden of proof on proving that the accusation is true and in that case, Amber has lost in the Court of Public Opinion.
Heard offered the ACLU $3.5 million in a donation to become an ambassador and they ghost wrote and shopped her 2018 opinion piece around to maximise media attention at the launch of her new film.
Her lack of actual evidence to any physical abuse alongside the distasteful accounts of her actions alongside recorded evidence of her screaming at him suddenly made "B-E-L-I-E-V-E women" look very, very, very thin in terms of a main plank to a faith based morality code.
Heard's testimony to date makes her look like the girl who cried wolf who then rode a 'MeToo' social media campaign for her career. If she loses it will be an enormous blow to Wokeness and its "B-E-L-I-E-V-E women" mantra which will start triggering questions about other woke assumptions, so expect the Middle Class Identitarians and their woke gatekeeper journalists to frame the loss not as a rebalance of justice, but proof positive the patriarchal heteronormative cis male privilege hates women and seeks to enslave them.
The embarrassing mainstream media coverage of the trial which always seeks to prop up the failing B-E-L-I-E-V-E Women mantra with a thousand reasons why Amber Heard really is the victim is in stark contrast to the comments by the millions who are watching the trial and their response to the evidence.
The greatest crime in all of this is that Amber Heard playing the victim has eclipsed all those women and children and men living in real fear of domestic violence who now won't be taken seriously when they are in trouble.