WordPress shows me that somebody visited one of my older posts, which worries me. So…
A definition of Feminism; the advancement of women. To me, it is part of the Battle of the Sexes. The good it does, pivots on the value of Equality. I hope this perspective is useful in understanding ‘Meninsists’ or persuading the perverse sub-Reddit, “The Red Pill”.
Historically, there has been a lot of suffering endured by women. This does not validate an exclusive advancement for them. For instance, the Kensington System was definitely child abuse yet not a damn thing should be done to advance Queen Elizabeth. (If it was a contest of monarchs, she wins, the Saudi king still kills people for being witches, just saying I would know who to spit on.) An abusive system should be reformed, that specific generation given special allowance, once they have shuffled off this mortal coil different rules apply no more.
The good Feminism has done, is good because of the value of Equality. Now let us note that the French Revolution, a critical point in the development of modern society, called for, “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité”. Those three words are still the motto of France & Haiti. Fraternity being the brotherhood of man, inherent sexism will always linger. But I digress, the good Feminism has done pivots on the value of Equality.
Women can vote as well as men.
Rape is a crime, no matter if it occurs to a drunken skank or between marriage partners or someone doped with Viagra.
The Gender Pay Gap is more complex than voting or sex crimes. Allow me to note in the spirit of Equality, International Pay Gaps rank higher in loose hierarchy of inequality. Women are much less likely to work in professions with injury & death. Danger Pay accounts for some of the imbalance. Women are much more likely to perform unpaid domestic labour; stress relief, laundry, the miscellaneous duties of life. Everyday an essay or an article is written on this subject matter.
However what has at times frustrated me, angered me, is the exclusive focus on national women’s problems. Hence my mention of the International Pay Gap. When I see a police station with a poster, “Zero Tolerance for Violence Against Women” I wonder how many arrests police could make if they held that as a strict value for men as well. Posters should be taken with, speaking metaphorically, a grain of salt.
Nevertheless, when the factoid “2 women a week are murdered in domestic violence.” circulates, I become angry. What good does it do to know this? If it does good, why isn’t the complementary factiod, “3 men a week are murdered” circulating?
Domestic Violence specifically, & Women’s Rights more broadly, became a political football. Politicians have a go at a negative attack on it and never say a damn thing about a loose hierarchy of domestic social problems (suicide is at the top and kills 3:1 men : women), never argue if zero violence is possible and so on so forth.
This brings me to another attitude which may be useful in understanding MRA’s. A lot of people who have not done research would agree to these points;
– crimes used to be reported in terms of the villain (Blacks Attack Couple!),
– crimes are now reported in terms of the victim (Blacks Attacked 25% More!).
Wouldn’t many people agree that the hierarchy of Victimhood is an inversion of a hierarchy of Criminality?
Is there a 3rd way?
My nation has between 5-7 suicides a day (most of a young & healthy men not Euthanasia), yet the suicide of a refugee supersedes in newspaper columns. A sense of persecution is seeded when the Stanford Rapist is globally infamous, & contrasted with about 2 years earlier a black US New Yorker commits a rape then is set free immediately.
To thoroughly persuade the sub-category of MRA’s who are morons, I recommend first acknowledging the thirst for revenge. Such a thirst is always within us, and is responsible for constant demands to be harsh on crime. It is an ploy which comes from the left-field when Satyagraha pacifism & Christian forgiveness looms ascendant.
(My own philosophy is that there is a line in the sand, which if crossed brings the death penalty. 2+ cold-blooded murders, active paedophilia, torture. If the criminal has not crossed such a line, then redemption through reformation of personality is the primary objective of the law. Please, if you believe the victim has precedence over either or both, make a comment. Should a victim be able to pardon the villain? Must the victim approve before the death penalty is applied?)
Feminism has yet to satisfy my curiosity about the potentiality of innate psychological differences between the sexes.
The international state of affairs surpasses domestic affairs. There is crime against women here in Australia, but so far it has happened historically or to people I don’t know & haven’t met. In the former case I try to be good, yet my actions have been limited to listening not lecturing.
It still shocks me that there are bad men & bad women.
In the case of crime against women I don’t know & haven’t met, I fail to see how their passport increases their importance. Surely the Islam of Saudi Arabia (Sunni), of Iran (Shia), is an easy & CORRECT target. Women inherit less than men, on Quranic instruction. Women are dogmatically assumed to lie twice as much men, on the authority of the Koran. Arabic countries make rape being a bigger crime for the victim than the villain, which is contemptible. Turkey may slide into the cesspool if Mr. Erdoğan panders to the passions of Faith.
This has grown into a ramble, which I immensely prefer to a rant, although the latter is more invigorating…