Feminists rant a great deal about how evil and abusive men allegedly are, and yet, they have done everything they can to make sure that women are in as much danger from them as possible.
Last year Pippa Bacca, a 33-year-old Italian performance artist, decided that she would don a wedding dress and “hitchhike from Italy to the Balkans to the Middle East to send a message of peace and ‘marriage between different peoples and nations.’” Her website said, “Hitchhiking is choosing to have faith in other human beings, and man, like a small god, rewards those who have faith in him.” After three weeks of hitchhiking, her naked corpse was found in Turkey.
Didn’t her mother ever tell her that hitchhiking is dangerous? The article gives no indication that it occurred to her family that she might have behaved unwisely.
A couple of years ago, Jennifer Moore, a New Jersey teenager, went bar-hopping in Manhattan wearing a miniskirt and halter top. Her car was towed because it was parked illegally. The attendants at the impound lot refused to give her car back to her because she was clearly intoxicated (even though she was below the drinking age). She got into a taxi with a strange man. She couldn’t have known that he was a convicted drug dealer as well as a pimp whose neighbors routinely heard him beating his girlfriend, but she did know that he was twice her size. Two days later her raped, sodomized body was found in a dumpster.
Didn’t her parents tell her to be careful of strange men? And not to wander dangerous areas of New York in the middle of the night dressed like a hooker? Or that getting drunk is a lot more dangerous for women than it is for men? Apparently not. Her father described her: ”She was somebody who was trying to carve out her own personality as a strong, independent woman,” and added, ”maybe too strong, maybe a little too independent.” Ya think?
A 17-year-old English girl named Cara Marie Burke went to Brazil to live with her boyfriend, a drug dealer named Mohammed D’Ali Carvalho Santos. One day they quarreled and she threatened to report his activities to the police. He prevented that by beheading her.
Do parents these days just let their underage daughters run off to foreign countries to shack up with drug dealers?
It took feminists decades to persuade families to endanger their daughters with this kind of “freedom”. They started at least as far back as the 30’s.
In 1931, Ruth Benedict pressured professor and mentor Franz Boas into giving graduate student Henrietta Schmerler permission to do anthropological field work on an Indian reservation with a reputation for being dangerous. The young woman was sent alone, without companions or adequate warnings about the possible perils. She was raped and murdered. “The verdict of the local authorities was that Schmerler had violated Apache mores by behaving provocatively, asking questions about sexual practices and accepting an invitation to go riding with a young man.” [The Road to Malpsychia by Joyce Milton.] (Among Apaches at that time, only married couples shared a horse.) Miss Schmerler’s family demanded to know why she had been sent out alone and without sufficient information. Unsurprisingly, public reaction was to point out that sending a woman alone among people from a culture different from her own is perilous. In a letter to her friend Margaret Mead, Mrs. Benedict mourned that the trial “has carte blanche to play up the motifs of sex and race!” She refused to consider that the notion that the public reaction might be the simple truth, even after her decision caused the death of an innocent if foolhardy young woman.
Feminists are still convinced that it is more important that women be as “free” as men than that women not be murdered. In 2006, Catherine Jane Lavender wrote: “Women anthropologists may have also had a second reason for not discussing the difficulties of doing research among patriarchal cultures.” Aside: all known cultures are patriarchal. “In essence, women anthropologists were fighting for the legitimacy of their research, and fighting against chivalric arguments against the propriety of women doing fieldwork.” A woman who fights against chivalric arguments has a hole in the head. Chivalry is the only thing that gives us any safety in a world populated with humans who are larger, stronger and more aggressive than we are. Well, chivalry and a Colt .45, but a girl’s gotta sleep sometime. Then, consider the word “propriety”. Miss Lavender is talking as if the concern was that these female anthropologists might not be able to make a good marriage after being seen in the company of braves without a duenna, not about rape and murder, even though the very next sentence is about the murder of Henrietta Schmerler: “The several reactions that followed the murder of a female anthropology doctoral student from Columbia University on the Whiteriver Apache reservation in Arizona in 1931 reveal why they might have felt it risky to discuss this topic in public.” So wandering far from everyone who knows you into a culture about which you know almost nothing, and by many accounts behaving in a way that brands you as a “loose woman”, is not risky, but discussing the problems with such research is. “Just because a woman was raped and murdered, they’re talking as if women are at risk of being raped and murdered!” People do tend to jump to conclusions that way. Unfortunately, Miss Lavender is working on a book about the Schmerler murder, in which she will likely continue to dismiss the importance of Miss Schmerler’s murder and argue that it is no reason we should not continue to put women in similar peril.
Why are feminists so eager to endanger other women? Aren’t women supposed to try to improve the lives of women?
Well, no. Feminists actually do not give a damn about any actual, flesh-and-blood woman. What they care about is the abstract notion that women should have all the same options as men. Regardless of any valid reasons that granting women these options might not be a good idea. A man can roam New York drunk and scantily clad after midnight without being worried about anything other than losing his wallet, so dammit, women should get to do the same thing!
Take what second-rate fantasy authoress Robin McKinley said about The Sheik, a popular and appalling 1919 pulp novel. The story is of a stunningly beautiful English girl who takes it into her head to go on safari in the desert alone. That is, she is accompanied by a few Algerian servants, but no one who knows her, no one of her own nation, no one who has any reason for loyalty to her. A sheik bribes her guide to cooperate with the sheik’s kidnapping of her. Miles from any men who have any reason to protect her, she has no escape from months of rape at the sheik’s hands.
Miss McKinley interprets it thus:
It’s about the punishment a woman who tries to do a man’s job — i.e. ride off into the desert and have adventures — necessarily calls down upon herself and how if she’s punished long and hard enough she’ll learn to like it and embrace it as her fate as a woman.
Miss McKinley apparently imagines that a white woman can gallop into the Algerian desert with only a few Algerian servants who don’t know her from Eve in perfect safety, and only the misogyny of a novelist prevents her.
Actually, the novel is about the inevitable consequences that would have been encountered by any woman foolish enough to venture among uncivilized males. This isn’t the author punishing the girl for stepping out of her place, it’s what would have happened to any girl who did this in real life. But a huge part of the feminist scam involves ignoring threats to women’s safety that exist in real life – while of course manufacturing imaginary threats from the civilized men who normally would be our protectors.
I can’t find the link now, but I also came across some (feminist) idiots who were aghast at statistics showing that women from the ages of 15-25 are at much higher risk of being raped than anybody else. They were mad because they “would prefer to think” that rape was a risk shared equally by all. I guess the ACLU should get on the case of those rapists who are discriminating against old, unattractive women. Everyone has an equal right to a fate worse than death!
Give me patriarchy any day. Feminists get women killed.