This ‘clitoris has 8,000 nerve endings’ meme takes on white male fragility

White male fragility is everywhere you look these days, despite the fact that white, straight, cisgender men continue to be the least suppressed demographic in the United States. Look no further than recently sworn in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh huffily answering to his behavior as a teen—not to mention the response of other white men who saw Kavanaugh as the real victim.

Thanks to the anonymity of the internet, white male victimization is particularly rampant online on Twitter, Reddit threads, and comments sections, which can probably be best summed up by Twitter user and self-proclaimed intersectional feminist @Xlayre, who went viral last week with the following observation.

“The clitoris has 8,000 nerve endings and still isn’t as sensitive as a white man on the Internet,” she not inaccurately tweeted.

As the tweet spread like wildfire, it didn’t take long for Piers Morgan to weigh in with a predictably ghastly take of his own. Within 24 hours, the professional troll fired back, claiming that he would be “banned from Twitter and fired for racist toxic masculinity” if he were to turn the tables and make the same statement from a white man’s point of view.

Aside from the fact that Morgan was incorrect in his basic claim about the nerve endings in a penis (the glans of a penis has half the nerve endings of a clitoris, but what are facts?), he also essentially proved her point.

God forbid Piers Morgan of all people to be able to take a good, hard look at himself without jumping the gun and lashing out at a stranger on the internet for hurting his feelings.

But as the dueling tweets continued to go viral, it didn’t take long for it to become a Twitter meme, as others came up with other examples of things that are not as sensitive as the 8,000 nerve endings of a clitoris, or just general jokes riffing off of the original tweet.

https://twitter.com/alexdanvers22/status/1088231559235321856

And of course, it didn’t take long for someone to turn it around on Piers:

On one hand, it’s best not to feed the trolls, on the other hand … nailed it?

Stacey Ritzen

Stacey Ritzen

Stacey Ritzen is a reporter and editor based in West Philadelphia with over 10 years' experience covering pop culture, web culture, entertainment, and news. You can follow her on Twitter @staceyritzen.