How to deal with fake feminism? Pour cold water in its lap | Zoe Williams

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It was obvious from the start that a Russian video of a woman on the metro throwing ‘bleach’ on men was a hoax

A woman boards the St Petersburg subway, carrying a bottle. She is beautifully groomed, in an anti-feminist manner, and yet she is about to commit an act of feminism. She approaches a classic manspreader, a guy casually occupying a seat and a half in homage to his gigantic tackle, and pours what we discover is diluted bleach all over his crotch.

When a video of the incident inevitably went viral, media outlets asked: “Has she gone too far?” And broadly speaking, most people thought she had, who knows what Russian bleach is like,: it might be like our modern bleach, not terrifically dangerous, only there to make things smell as if someone’s been cleaning. Wherever his punishment fell on the spectrum from getting wet to permanent injury, it was disproportionate.

Scepticism always kicks in eventually, via the simple wisdom that anything sounding astonishing probably didn’t happen

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