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Foppington's Law

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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.[1] 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."[2] She ties this to a conception of Masochistic Epistemology.[3] Within her own body of work Wynn references this rule in relation to trans women, and the incel community.[4] 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.[5] Since its creation the rule has appeared across the internet, with notable use on twitter, and reddit.[6] 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,[7] as well as other right-wing assertions in relation to the importance of the skull.[8]

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Other articles of the topic Internet : Youku, News Break, Freedom of speech, PageCarton, RazNova, Wikidata, Fedmyster
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  • Godwin's Law
  • Association fallacy
  • List of eponymous laws
  • Straw man
  • Phrenology
  • Memetics


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