Oh, brother. A couple of feminists have discovered my blog post about feminism recklessly endangering women. Maybe I got linked on some feminist blog or something and I’m about to get dogpiled. Yawn.
Anyway, they’re denouncing me. They’re really mad at me for saying that women shouldn’t go to Taliban-ruled countries or cruise bad neighborhoods in short skirts in the middle of the night; not that they disagree, just, I shouldn’t have implied that women don’t “have the same rights and privileges in society”. Also, the quotations that appear in my post aren’t actually there.
As Da pointed out, liberal arguments never vary. One of the feminists grandly declared that I am taking advantage of the mythical benefits that feminism has allegedly conferred on me, because, you know, before feminism, American women were kept barefoot and pregnant and illiterate and had to ask their husbands’ permission before doing anything. Whereas now, when women can’t even go to elementary school, let alone anywhere else, without risking assault from the products of feminist-enabled female-headed households, and men expect to be allowed to use our bodies for uncommitted recreation as a matter of course, life is glorious for us.
There’s also the usual insistence that what I’m mentioning “isn’t feminism”. You can assemble, as Carolyn Graglia did, pages of quotations of leading feminists voicing one particular sentiment, and people who want to disagree will still weasel out of it by saying that it isn’t real feminism. Or that you’re oversimplifying – progressives always say that when you point out facts. If they make things complicated enough, they can obfuscate the facts.
Also, they insist that feminism could do just as good a job of chivalry at protecting women. Never mind that it has yet to show any signs of doing so. I didn’t know anyone still believed that women’s lib would make women spontaneously become as large, strong and aggressive as men.
The biggest fallacy in their arguments is the blank slate myth. Progressives of any variety always believe that humans are born as tabulae rasa and can be formed into anything. Raise boys and girls to be the same and they will be. Raise boys to be feminists and they won’t grow up to commit rape. Raise girls to be independent and they’ll equal men in all areas of prowess. Has this worked? Nope.
Progressives can’t or won’t face that men and women are biologically different, and that human nature is innate. Every experiment in indoctrinating people into something new has failed utterly, but they insist that they just need to try again and this time it’ll work.
“Social constructs” will only be effective if they channel innate human urges. The most obvious example of this is that the social construct of capitalism channels people’s greed and competitiveness into providing good services. Communism provided no outlet for these natural urges, so it failed. The social construct of patriarchy channels people’s need for companionship, sex, protection (giving and receiving), children, and to produce something lasting. Feminism only channels men’s urge for irresponsible sex and women’s greed and vanity, which is why its effects have all been so destructive.
Of course, it’s really useless for us to bother arguing. I know perfectly well that human nature and sex differences are innate, and there’s piles of science as well as history backing me up. They’re equally certain that reality is as they wish it were, that people can be shaped into anything whatever so long as the indoctrination is sufficiently intense. It takes a long time, a lot of experience and reading and thinking, before such ingrained convictions can be changed; it doesn’t happen after a few comments on a blog thread, however insightful.
By the way, I approved these rancorous comments because even though they’re quite hysterical and hackneyed, they did have content and refrain from calling me nasty names, unlike WW a couple weeks back. Despite her accusation, I continue to approve comments that are not in complete agreement with me.
When I get into arguments like this, I often find that the progressives are stunned that they are actually talking to one of those people who holds those verboten, outmoded views. They wave their usual catchphrases, such as the assertion that women ought to have the same options as men, and expect me to crumple at the mere sight like a vampire shown a crucifix. When I point out that no, humans aren’t blank slates who can be morphed into anything, or no, women can’t be equal in all ways, they often have no idea how to respond to such heresy.
I pointed out a few of the more glaring holes in their arguments, but I’m bored with it now. I’ve been around this block dozens of times. I’ll only bother with such arguments for as long as they interest me. Why don’t progressives ever come up with anything original?
P.S. I know I’ve wasted time lately responding to the comments of progressives. I promise my next post will be a substantive one