Commenter Junkyard Dawg described his own response to Patriarchy Chicken (emphasis mine):
That actually happened to me a number of years ago. I was in a park where there is a wide walking path. People walking toward one another from opposite directions usually each moved to the right (like on the roads) to let one another pass. I saw a woman coming my way and moved all the way to the right, to the edge of the path. I soon saw that she had no intention of moving and she also was all the way over on the right (in her case, the left), and for sure, I was not going to step off onto the grass to let her pass, nor move to the center of the path – why should I?
I didn’t know how I was going to handle it, as she was almost face to face and I didn’t have much time to consider. But just seconds before, I stopped, put on a big spontaneous smile and said, “Good morning, how are you?” (We were now both standing still, face-to-face, about a foot apart.) This apparently was unexpected and she seemed to come to her senses, said, “OK,” and then moved over and kept going, and I resumed walking.
This is perfect, because it defeats the passive aggressive intent of the “empowerment” and forces the ugly feminist to choose one of three responses:
- State outright that she is playing childish power games.
- Go around.
- Engage in a friendly conversation.
If she chooses option 1, you can then respond with appropriate amusement. But chances are she will do as the ugly feminist did in Junkyard Dawg’s experience and move out of the way. Option three isn’t ideal, but keep in mind that being friendly is pure torture to an ugly feminist, so no matter how much you would prefer not to talk to one, she is far more bothered by being polite than you are.
It is also possible that she wasn’t actually an ugly feminist at all, but instead just not paying attention. Note that this response is perfect for that scenario as well.