By now we have all seen the overtly ideological Gillette ad urging men to be better. No one seems to disagree that men could be better, but the ad’s male-bashing and shaming were not countered by any positive images of men. It was a propaganda film right out of the mind of feminism’s own Leni Riefenstahl, Kim Gehrig, and Orwell’s 1984.
Whether it is ultimately good or bad for society, it struck me as a desperate exercise in finger pointing by feminists. It tackled issues that are human, bullying and sexual harassment, but blamed them squarely on men. Why? Because women actually have a lot to answer for where “toxicity” is concerned.
Women learn the Middle School Mean Girl Guide to Toxic Relational Aggression by heart as girls. Girls also physically bully (is it toxic masculinity when they do it?), but female-style relational aggression is more insidious and safer than the straight-forward male physical version. It is all about manipulation. It consists of “frenemies” destroying relationships and self-esteem through rumors, lies, innuendo, false accusations, criticism of clothes and appearance, and shunning or exclusion. Many of these behaviors occur behind the victim’s back.
Continue reading “Toxic Masculinity Furor: More Feminist Projection”
“The law of gravity is nonsense. No such law exists. If I think I float, and you think I float, then it happens.”
—O’Brien, talking to Winston Smith in 1984
Grievance scholarship is ideologically focused scholarship, not legitimate inquiry into topics like race or gender. In that sense, grievance studies are no different than university study under a totalitarian regime like Naziism or Stalinism. Or Big Brother. The point of inquiry is not increased knowledge, it is to advance the ideology. It is propaganda to advance the Big Lie. Grievance studies professors are not so much liberal arts scholars but missionaries: they do not exist to investigate the world but to change it.
The Big Lies around which all grievance studies are organized is the theory of intersectional group oppression and its solution—“equity.” They are just-so stories appropriated from Marxist theory that contain a kernel of truth, but also massive, fatal flaws. The theory’s essential purpose is to justify the ressentiment (in the Nietzschean sense) of the theorizers. You can tell this by simple reasoning: “Hate” in itself is not a societal problem for grievance theory. Only the supposed hate of men for women or whites for blacks is a problem for society. The very real hatred of (some) women for men and (some) blacks for whites is never an issue. Continue reading “Grievance “Scholarship””
The Brett Kavanaugh hearings were devastating in terms of exposing the Cult of Intersectional Oppression (CIO), especially its feminist faction, the Our Lady of Perpetual Martyrdom Cadre, and their meltdown is epic. This is a moment in history when Democrats, especially their “progressives,” have shown us who they really are.
Do any Democrats really think their handling of this episode was good for the Party? Feminism? Women?
For Democrats the key objectives seem to have been to derail the nomination and whip up their base for the midterms. Clearly the first objective was not met. As for the second we have to wait and see, but there are some early signs.
The Democrats now have a new issue for November—investigation and impeachment of Kavanaugh—but they also handed their opponents several issues. Continue reading “The Empress Has No Clothes”
The entertainer John Mayer, ironically a well-known serial womanizer, responded to the Kavanaugh hearings and #MeToo by saying we should tear up the social contract between men and women and replace it with a new one in which men were expected to behave better. I agree with him as far as he goes, but not out of male guilt. We need to tear up the contract and renegotiate a whole slew of things between men and women. Continue reading “Tear Up The Contract”
In a previous post, I outlined why I think “Believe Women” is profoundly misogynistic and misandrist at the same time. Evil. It infantilizes the women who make accusations, emotionally manipulates other women and men, and is a declaration of man-hate all in one. It is a regressive witch hunt logic that sets basic ideas of justice back a millennium.
But it is also just profoundly stupid as a practical matter. For three main reasons:
1.Some women lie about rape.
Let’s just get this one out of the way. It should be obvious, but for some reason it is controversial.
Women have the same capacity for lying as men. We don’t know how often they lie about rape, in terms of a percentage of cases, but we know some women do. Why would a woman lie? Continue reading “Unpacking “Believe Women!” – Further Thoughts”