April 04, 2005
Feminism's Big Lie
Charlotte Allen has an excellent piece on feminism's big lie (free registration req'd, but it's worth the trouble) in the Dallas Morning News:
Harvard University President Lawrence Summers gave a speech in January speculating that innate differences between the sexes may have something to do with the fact that proportionately fewer women than men hold top positions in science.
Even if you're not up on the scientific research – a paper Mr. Summers cited demonstrating that, while women overall are just as smart as men, significantly fewer women than men occupy the very highest intelligence brackets that produce scientific genius – common sense tells you that Mr. Summers has got to be right.
Unless you're at Harvard. There, the professoriate – quickly joined by academics and media intellectuals from all over the country – has deemed Mr. Summers' mild references to innate sex differences to have been so outrageous as to deserve severe censure.
The reason? The statements violated the central tenet of feminist ideology: that the two sexes are intrinsically identical except for a few superficial physical characteristics and that any perceived differences between them can be blamed on sex discrimination and social conditioning.
Radical feminism has somehow become modernity's sole triumphant totalitarian ideology, at least in the universities and other elite-culture hothouses where it counts (the vast majority of women shun the label "feminist," but they don't control public discourse).
As with the other leading totalitarian ideologies of our time, Marxism and National Socialism, the tenets of ideological feminism need not be argued but merely asserted – and then enforced by any means necessary. Critical examination of those tenets is not permitted, as Mr. Summers has learned to his detriment.
On a university campus or on the pages of The New York Times (or Time or Newsweek) you are not allowed to question the feminist dogma that "gender" – that is, the assertion of distinctive masculine and feminine traits – is merely a social construction, and that all such reflect nothing more than a patriarchal society's behavioral dicta designed to weaken women and reinforce male hegemony.
You must believe – on pain of ostracism – that most men have been socialized to ruthless competition and maladaptive hyper-aggression but can be changed with sufficient re-education, while most women have been socialized to a nurturing, pacifistic egalitarianism that society ought to make the norm for both sexes. These are non-negotiable propositions.
It's really quite good - I hope you'll make time to read it all. My confusion with feminist dogma has never gotten past this basic contradiction: if women are exactly the same as men and gender differences are mere social constructs, why on earth should employers have "mommy-friendly" policies and "gender-sensitive" language in the workplace? Why all the molly-coddling?
Seems we ought to be able to get right down in the mud and compete right up there with those big meanies.
Posted by Cassandra at April 4, 2005 08:54 AM
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Why the emphasis on "domestic" violence too? Does the presence of a vagina mean that you're somehow incapable of taking care of yourself so special laws have to be inacted to protect you?
Posted by: Lisa at April 4, 2005 09:16 AM
The applications of feminism are contradictory because its many adherents are confused as to just what they are.
Equality of rights in the minds of the ignorant and unwashed (or shall I say, un-douched?) gets blurred to become "identical in every fashion", which is absolutely not the case, and thank the gods for it not being the case. When those bereft of reasoning ability hear "fewer women are top scientists because their brains are different", they HEAR something akin to "women are inferior", which sets off their alarms bells, whoop whoop, "second-class citizen alert, man all battle stations!" What it would really mean is that the feminine brain has strengths in other areas besides science, IF it were to bear out in rigorous scientific study, to be the case (which hasn't been clinically established--merely posited by the poor unfortunate Doctor Summers).
What is more likely to be the case is that fewer women have an INTEREST in science, rather than having brains less equipped to HANDLE science. And a difference in interests is far more defensible than a difference in capability, and quite a bit less likely to rouse the rabble on the street with pitch-forks and torches with alarm bells of revoking women's suffrage and relegating them back to the kitchen, barefoot and preggers.
The irrational elite of our diseased nation's pseudouniversities and other institutions of pseudolearning, will always campaign against common sense, but then that's why we love them so. They make us seem so RIGHT all the time.
Posted by: Ciggy at April 4, 2005 09:20 AM
Shame on you, Lisa... you have obviously been subverted by the dominant patriarchal hegemony.
I demand that you surrender your unearned race and gender privileges immediately.
Posted by: Sistah Toldjah at April 4, 2005 09:20 AM
"Man all battle stations!" Talk about gender-normative. I should, of course, have said "PERSON all battle-stations!"
Posted by: Ciggy at April 4, 2005 09:24 AM
Who is this "Ciggy" person? His so-called thinking is obviously controlled by his penis... how predictable.
This "logic" is a purely male construct, perpetrated on the sistah-hood to deny our righteous demands (such as total emasculation of man in the workplace and complete submission to our slightest whim).
As we all know, violence is the male answer to everything, unlike women who are inherently peaceful and nonaggressive. Now where did I put those scissors...
Posted by: Sistah Toldjah at April 4, 2005 09:24 AM
OH! Please excuse me, shameless harlots of the Great Satan! I thought this was the class on "How to please Allah by beating your wife". I must have the wrong room.
I must say, though, that you seem to be wasting your time here. Feminists are liberals, and liberals seek to do everything in their power to prevent a successful conclusion to the War on Terror. Feminists therefore are actually assisting our Jihad against the infidel dogs of the West.
Naturally, once we take over, we will kill all the feminists immediately, as it is written in the Koran. They are a stench in the nostrils of righteous muslims! Feminists, therefore, apparently have a death wish or are suicidal.
Either way, all of this blasphemous "feminist" talk will soon be academic, when the streets run red with their blood. Allah Akbar!
-- Mullah Omar Abdullah Mohammed
Posted by: a former european at April 4, 2005 10:16 AM
afe, you ignorant slut.
How dare you speak in the presence of the Eternal Feminine! Go to your room immediately or we will be forced to spank you.
Posted by: Sistah Toldjah at April 4, 2005 11:11 AM
No afe, you mustn't. It's too perilous.
Posted by: Masked Menace© at April 4, 2005 11:58 AM
Mr. Menace, you are next in line.
Posted by: Sistah Toldjah at April 4, 2005 01:41 PM
As the resident Menace it's my job to sample as much peril as I can.
For quality assurance purposes, of course.
I mean, we can't have anyone thinking we're not a villianous company, can we now.
Posted by: Masked Menace© at April 4, 2005 03:10 PM