Foppington's Law is an internet adage, not unlike Godwin's Law, created by Youtube philsopher Natalie Wynn and first asserted in reference to a character of her creation, Lady Foppington, who is used in Wynn's videos to represent various pseudoscientific beliefs of the Enlightenment. Lady Foppington may be named after Lord Foppington, a character in John Vanbrugh's comedy The Relapse. although this has never been made explicit. Foppington's Law asserts that "Once bigotry or self-loathing permeate a given community. It is only a matter of time before deep metaphysical significance is assigned to the shape of human skulls." She ties this to a conception of Masochistic Epistemology. Within her own body of work Wynn references this rule in relation to trans women, and the incel community. Within her own parasocial community Foppington's Law has become a popular reference, regardless of its perceived accuracy, and now has merchandise related to it. Since its creation the rule has appeared across the internet, with notable use on twitter, and reddit. While once confined to Wynn's work the term has since become commonplace within broad online communities centered upon either transgenderism or left-leaning political discussion, such as discussions on transphobia, as well as other right-wing assertions in relation to the importance of the skull.
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