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We shouldn’t listen to teens for the same reason we shouldn’t listen to women, declares woman who wants people to listen to her

Janet “JudgyBitch” Bloomfield, explaining why no one should listen to her

By David Futrelle

Attention-seeking alt-lite antifeminist Janet “JudgyBitch” Bloomfield has managed to get the attention of Vice News for the second time in four years, starring in a recent Vice video (embedded below) as “the woman against women voting.”

It’s a familiar role for her, as she’s been going on about the evils of the 19th Amendment for as long as I’ve known about her. Her argument is a simple, if ridiculous one: If women aren’t subject to the draft — if they aren’t at risk for being forced into combat for their country — they shouldn’t have a say in how the country is run.

Never mind that no man, in the United States at least, is subject to the draft right now. There is no draft, and hasn’t been since 1973, making draft registration (required of all 18-year-old males) largely meaningless. Were the draft reinstated, a highly unlikely development, it would almost certainly be extended to women as well.

Also, as we all well know, there are a lot of ways other than war that the government affects our lives, and it kind of seems like women would have an equal right to have a say in them, but never mind, because Bloomfield’s argument isn’t really based on logic; it’s an extension of her what appears to be her own deeply embedded internalized misogyny.

Bloomfield — real name Andrea Hardie — returned to the women-shouldn’t-vote theme on her blog JudgyBitch yesterday. In a post clearly meant as a backhanded slap at the Parkland students speaking out so eloquently for gun control, Bloomfield extended her “no draft, no vote” argument to high school students, declaring in a headline that “[t]he reason we don’t listen to 16-year-olds is the same reason we shouldn’t listen to women.”

Attempting to rebut a CNN opinion piece arguing that “Parkland students show why 16-year-olds should be able to vote,”  Bloomfield mocks the idea that

16 year olds are brilliant analysts of constitutional amendments and no one is more qualified to parse the intentions of the Founding Fathers of the world’s most successful nation better than kids who also eat Tide Pods and think $300 Supreme Hoodies are a wise choice.

Huh. If dumb decisions by some members of a certain demographic were enough to disqualify everyone in that demographic from voting, surely the election of Donald Trump should disqualify all Americans who were of voting age in 2016 from ever voting again.

Bloomfield continues:

16 year olds should vote!

Yeah, okay. Great idea, on one condition: if 16 year olds can vote, then 16 year olds can be drafted.

Old enough to vote? Then you are old enough to die. Voting has consequences, and only the people paying those consequences have a right to  choose them. …

16 year olds should not vote, unless we are going to draft them., That means only boys should vote, because we can’t draft women at all. Pregnancy will always exempt women from the draft.

Of course there are plenty of medical conditions that have gotten men exempted from the draft as well. Trump famously escaped the draft because his doctor told the draft board that the future terrible president had bone spurs. Should all men with (possibly imaginary) bone spurs also be denied the vote? Should they also be banned from the presidency?

There are ironies galore in Bloomfield’s stance here, but the biggest irony is about as basic as it gets: the woman here arguing that “we shouldn’t listen to women” on political issues spends much of her life loudly expressing her political views … and trying to get people to listen to her.

The Vice video reveals another rather astonishing bit of hypocrisy on Bloomfield’s part. Skip ahead in the video to 2;46, the point in the video when we are introduced to a fellow named Leo Oja, identified as “Janet’s Husband.”

Wait, what? I thought she was happily married to someone named Tim.

A quick bit of Googling reveals that Mr. Oja is a martial arts instructor specializing in Combat Hapkido.

Well that’s … interesting. A couple years back, you see, Bloomfield started posting excited reports about her new passion for martial art training, starting with Krav Maga and moving on to, you guessed it, Hapkido. Her posts on martial arts and the alleged beauty of violence grew stranger and more rhapsodic.

The strangest of these posts began with her announcing that “I am a troubled and haunted woman of late” before going on to describe her immersion in martial arts in almost religious terms.

The past year has seen some fairly momentous changes for me. Momentous in terms of my rather quiet, small life. … It begins with martial arts. … this was an utterly transformative experience for me, and it continues to be. 

Apparently.

She went on to explain what was making her so troubled.

I am training 5 days a week now, and often for 5 or more hours a session. …

My husband refuses to join me. He wants nothing to do with this. There is no part of his being that relishes or enjoys violence, and he does not want to learn the brutality and savagery that sets my blood on fire. …  He is not fine with it.

She concluded by announcing that she would be writing a book with her Hapkido instructor.

The book never happened. But something else did: Bloomfield left her college professor husband to marry the aforementioned Hapkido instructor. Or maybe her husband divorced her. I don’t know the details, and I don’t really care.

What makes this worth mentioning is Bloomfield/Hardie’s incredible hypocrisy here. As JudgyBitch, she has repeatedly directed her famed judginess at divorced and divorcing women, depicting them as lazy, ungrateful golddiggers happy to tear families apart in hopes of scoring sweet, sweet child support money and possibly even sweeter alimony. “It’s almost like the whole alimony thing is a giant scam orchestrated by gold digging women who do not want to do the work of marriage,” she wrote in one post, “but who wish to continue to fleece the men foolish enough to marry them.”

Even more disturbingly, she has regularly cast aspersions on pretty much any woman who charges her husband with child abuse or domestic violence when filing for divorce. When, during the messy divorce of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, reports circulated in the media suggesting that Pitt had been abusive to their adopted children. Bloomfield wrote with obvious sympathy that Pitt “probably understands, this morning, why some women end up dead when they ask for a divorce.”

In a thoroughly repulsive post titled “I kind of hope Johnny Depp DID punch Amber Heard – I’m guessing she begged for it,” she went after Heard, who had just filed for divorce from Depp, declaring that her charges of domestic violence “smell[ed] like gold digger bullshit,” adding “why the fuck shouldn’t [Depp] hit Amber, if she asked for it?”

Alongside these overheated excoriations of divorced and divorcing women (and the domestic violence apologias), Bloomfield also wrote glowingly about her own marriage and how much she loved submitting to the authority of her husband and fulfilling her marital “obligations,” including cooking, cleaning, and sex.

“My sphere of decision-making is domestic,” she explained.

I am extremely happy to live the life I do, and I feel no resentment or lack of fulfilment because I don’t make decisions in the larger world outside my home. Quite the opposite: I’m very grateful I don’t have to do that. I understand what a privilege and luxury it is.

Guess what? The happiest couples are ones in traditional, conventional, patriarchal marriages. Women and children are physically safest under the care of a husband and father. Women who restrict their participation in the broader culture report themselves to be the happiest in the world.

I guess not always, huh?

“[W]e are dedicated to keeping our family life and our marriage intact,” she wrote in another post.  “Divorce is not an option.”

Apparently it was.

You might think a development as momentous as this might cause here to reconsider some of her old dogmas. Apparently not. I don’t think she’s ever even mentioned it on her blog.

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Pretty Pink Punanni Princess
Pretty Pink Punanni Princess
2 years ago

These alt right, right wing women are just too precious. If they had to live through a single month of being subjugated to their man counterparts little utopia, they’d be clawing their own faces and bashing their heads against street curbs, asking themselves what the hell did they do? XDPretty Pink Puna

Shartheheretic
Shartheheretic
2 years ago

I was having issues with those same lovely pop up ads “Congratulations! We’ve now taken your phone hostage!” I think the one I had was for either a Samsung Galaxy 9 or the new iPhone.

I just turned my ad blocker up a few notches, and no more issues.

dawnpurityseeker
dawnpurityseeker
2 years ago

Does JB not realize that you can be subject to a military draft without having sent anything to the selective service? Or that some women can’t get pregnant?

No, apparently she does not.

Ash Pariseau
2 years ago

Damn, so she’s not with her kids father then? Heh.

She also recently claims on her blog that you’re not a “woman” until you’ve had babies.

Flora
Flora
2 years ago

I thought JB lived in Alberta? I’m not sad if she’s gone out East(that studio is in Thunder Bay), the less association by proxy I have to her the better. I feel bad for her kids, thoigh. Anyone whose parent fetishizes violence this much cannot have a good home life. I hope they came through the separation okay and have the support they need.

bekabot
bekabot
2 years ago

I am extremely happy to live the life I do, and I feel no resentment or lack of fulfilment because I don’t make decisions in the larger world outside my home.

So happy to hear it, but then where did all the savagery and bloodlust come from? Just asking.

PeeVee the Tired
PeeVee the Tired
2 years ago

Hey, Jack! Long time no see! How are ya? *Waves*

I get those stupid “congrats you won!” crap ads only when I click on David’s articles from his Twitter posts.

As for Judgy Bitch, well. There’s somebody I haven’t thought of in a while.

Also, fuck her.

Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, FemiNest Collective agent, Hell Toupee keeper & Intergalactic Meanie
Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, FemiNest Collective agent, Hell Toupee keeper & Intergalactic Meanie
2 years ago

Where is the adblocker for Safari? And for other assorted browsers? (I have several on assorted devices, though I don’t use many of them all that often.)

Hypatia's Daughter
Hypatia's Daughter
2 years ago

Last year Ann Coulter cheerily said that women shouldn’t be able to vote. (Of course, her beef is that women aren’t lemmings who will mindlessly follow the GOP off a cliff.)
The show host pointed out that SHE wouldn’t be able to vote. And AC said “That’s O.K. I can still write and speak out about political issues.”
I wish the host had asked why she thinks these conservative regressive men care two flying fucks about her opinions. A woman’s sole purpose is to feed them, fuck them, wash their dirty socks and raise their children – not to have opinions or waste time writing books when there are floors to be scrubbed.
The only reason anyone in the GOP gives AC five minutes of air time is because women currently CAN vote and the GOP thinks that giving women platforms will make the party look more appealing to women voters. If women lost the vote, the party wouldn’t bother promoting women in the party.

Podkayne Lives
Podkayne Lives
2 years ago

I think for a lot of the women who get deeply into the whole submissive housewife trip, it really is a fetish more than anything else. If the husband doesn’t continue to play along, or doesn’t provide the excitement of, um, Hapkido, the sense of obligation to submit to his headship or whatever the hell seems to fall by the wayside.

Hypatia's Daughter
Hypatia's Daughter
2 years ago

As to male only voters – It grinds my gears that taking the vote from women, blacks and other minorities gets bandied about by shitlords who claim that the Founding Fathers never intended that these groups should be enfranchised in the first place. They assert that disenfranchising these groups is just correcting a mistake that never should have been made.

Sorry boys, most of you are in the same boat as these groups. The Founding Fathers didn’t really think that very man MEN should have the vote, either.
After the American Revolution, voting was restricted to property owners— most of whom are white male Protestants over the age of 21. Voting rights were based on state laws so the right to vote varied widely in post-colonial America. Catholics and Jews were forbidden to vote in some states. Others permitted free black men and women to vote.
In frontier areas, seventy to eighty percent of white men could vote, while some cities, the percentage was just forty to fifty percent.

If we returned to the good old days, many good old boys would be shocked to find themselves turned away at the voting booth.

Arctic Ape
Arctic Ape
2 years ago

Four months’ service doesn’t seem like it’s worth the administrative & bureaucratic effort.

Over here in Finland, administrative & bureaucratic effort is the most noble of sacrifices 😀

A recent poll showed that about a third of Finnish people would prefer a gender-neutral service over the current male-only service. Not that people here don’t generally appreciate equality, but the proposed gender-neutral solution would be deeply impractical and not a great improvement on human rights either.

Notably, the gender-neutral proposal is somewhat more popular among women than men. Of course, we need to consider that a) it’s not likely to happen in foreseeable future b) there’s no current threat of war for the male draftees c) most respondents wouldn’t be personally affected, being too old, and d) military service is for many men a traditional source of masculine pride.

Still, wars and militarism and male-only draft aren’t generally something that mostly women want.

EJ (The Other One)
2 years ago

@Podkayne Lives:
I think you’re right, that’s a good way to pit it.

Annoyingly, too many people confuse their fetishes with real life.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

We had some trolls who were a Christian discipline couple. It was before my time and I just saw it in the archives so I’m having trouble remembering the names. It think the man was something like Complementarian Loner? Something with complementarian in it anyway. Anyway, they would TMI all over the place about their BDSM sex life and as much as they used the language of traditional Christian conservatism to justify it, it was so clear that they just had a kink (which is fine) and were trying to push that kink on others who didn’t consent to that (which is not fine).

Carrie
Carrie
2 years ago

Sorry if this has been posted here already somewhere… but I Googled Leo’s name along with Judgy Bitch’s, and they are running a computer repair place together???

http://mentorcomputers.on.ca/temp/tag/leo-oja/

Replete with photos and videos of her speaking in glowing terms of the company.

Rahu
Rahu
2 years ago

What I don’t understand is how a man of whom JB approves, would have anything to do with her. She is way past hitting the wall, speaks when men are present, expresses her opinion without getting and showing obvious OK from her husband…

Oh, and OT, but Alan Robertshaw – you wrote a bit about the Titanic a couple of posts ago that was absolutely fascinating and spun me off into a lot of web surfing so that I know way more sea lingo now than I did an hour ago. Thank you!!!

And final OT – a friend on FB recently posted a tweet from @lunafae_eclipse that I thought would go well here – “‘Alpha Male’ the early version of a male, before testing and bug fixes. Unstable and not suitable for the public.”

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

I can’t imagine taking my computer to be repaired by JB. She’d probably install a screensaver that said “whore!” in a bunch of different fonts of colors. I wonder if calling people whores on twitter is going to be her PR strategy for the computer place. It worked so well for AVFM after all.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
2 years ago

@Carrie

Wow — I just took a quick look at the website and there she is. But I don’t see Janet’s name on the staff listing. (Unless her name is now Anita and she’s the president of the company? With her, one never knows.) And the company is, IIRC, in the same tiny college town where Janet lived before divorcing.

PeeVee the Tired
PeeVee the Tired
2 years ago

Kat,

If you look at the “Contact Us” page, she is listed as Andrea, “Web Wench” and gives an email addy as andrea@___________.

She is not Anita, who is listed as “Monkey wrangler.”

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
2 years ago

@Rahu,

I saw that on Twitter and I’m still chuckling. Apparently it’s been around for ages, and I’m not surprised – it’s evergreen 🙂

@PeeVee, Kat, Carrie

Get out of that website now, before it’s too late!!! Send flares if you need assistance.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
2 years ago

@Carrie, PeeVee, Mish
Oh yeah, now I see her name. Thanks, PeeVee.

Mish, you make all kinds of sense. Will send up a flare if I find myself lingering on that website.

Carrie, what a find!

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
2 years ago

Isn’t it interesting that Andrea Hardie (aka Judgy Bitch, Janet Bloomfield — but not, apparently, Anita), who espouses Nazism, a philosophy that preaches hatred of all kinds of people, is right out there in the open in her town? With no fears of a boycott? Or doxxing?

To be clear, I’m not advocating doxxing her — we’re better than that.

But I do find it interesting that Andrea Hardie is relying on the fact that the left is much more honorable than the right, particularly the extreme right.

PeeVee the (Perpetually Ignored, Invisible but Noice) Sarcastic
PeeVee the (Perpetually Ignored, Invisible but Noice) Sarcastic
2 years ago

I’m already off of that site, no worries, Mish. 🤗

Kat, you’re quite welcome.

And Kat, you’re right; I doubt anyone on the left would doxx her…she’ll out herself, sooner or later. And if *she* doesn’t, it’s far more likely that somebody on her own team would turn on her; we’ve seen that again and again.

Carrie
Carrie
2 years ago

HUGE content note/Trigger Warning of video violence resulting in death
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Holy eff. I just re-perused JB and her new husband’s computer repair website and saw they have a Facebook page (like most businesses do).
There is an HONEST TO GOD snuff video on it. Uploaded yesterday at 7:21 p.m. so maybe (???) they haven’t yet noticed it to remove it.
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Video content: It’s of a man and woman walking and suddenly an errant car tire comes bouncing violently and very fast from a nearby street, striking the man dead. And it replays. It’s traumatizing and I wish I hadn’t seen it, their warning was ‘this video may show violent or graphic content’, which piqued my curiosity since I thought, “Meh, what violence could a computer repair Facebook page have, lulz”.

I’m only reporting this to show what a thoroughly gross Facebook presence they’re portraying.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Oh, Facebook. Snuff videos are okay but breastfeeding photos violate the TOS. I have to say, I was less surprised than most people that they just let a very shady company take the data of non-consenting people.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
2 years ago

@Carrie
Whoa! It’s still there but I didn’t open the video. I’ll take your word that it’s extremely disturbing. Andrea Hardie loves violence — so maybe this is her idea of lighthearted fun?

Jay Reardon
Jay Reardon
2 years ago

First time visitor to your blog! As I read through this post about Ms. Janet, I kept thinking, “I bet she attracts lots of cheap, shallow gene pool dick”……then I saw the pic of the current husband. Priceless.

Fruitloopsie
Fruitloopsie
2 years ago

Another MRA (aka meninazi) who doesn’t know history or anything for that matter, this country was already occupied by other people until white people came.

And America is behind other countries but is number 1 for the highest incarceration and gun murders.

Andrea is a very evil hypocrite and I hope her kids are staying away from her.

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy

Exactly as you said. I have nowhere near the experience you do, but I did Tae Kwon Do for years and got to basic black belt level.

High five, I’m a blue belt I wanted to get my black belt but money was tight so hopefully one day I’ll get it.