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Why I’m Not a “Feminist”™

One who can define their entire political belief system in a single word is likely a simplistic and ideological minded person, lacking in nuance and intellectual curiosity. This blog has perhaps been somewhat hard on Libertarians; such as when it contended they live in an upside-down nonsense world. Nevertheless, there are still certain issues this author agrees with Libertarians on, such as the decriminalization of drugs and the demilitarization of American police forces. This is the same with those who self-identify as “Feminists”, issues including access to abortion and paid maternity leave are important for women and society as a whole. The term “Feminism” seems to be the it-word of 2014; Celebrities have been quick to either attach or detach themselves from the term as if it was a rite of passage. Words which are overused have their meaning diluted, arguably this has happened to the term “Feminism”.

And seriously, I just don't like Beyonce, okay? She's a two-bit Diana Ross. Doesn't mean I have a problem with paying women the same.

And seriously, I just don’t like Beyonce, okay? She’s a two-bit Diana Ross. Doesn’t mean I have a problem with paying women the same as men for the same work.

Because girls, if you can "sing", dance, have a chest, and if you're black dress up and mold your body to look as much like a white woman as possible, you too can have CEOs make truckloads of money off you.

Because girls, if you can “sing”, dance, and be chest-y, you too can have CEOs make truckloads of money off you.

Has anyone else noticed this? Seriously, we all made fun of Michael Jackson when he did it.

Has anyone else noticed this? Seriously, we all made fun of Michael Jackson when he did it.

What is meant by “Feminism” in this article? What does anyone mean by “Feminism”? There seems to be a general agreement that the term means the belief system in which men and women should be treated as social and political equals, a statement which is perfectly agreeable. Can one agree with this sentence, yet choose not to self-identify as a “Feminist”? The term has become so laden with connotations and caveats that it is impossible to adhere to them all. There are many people who admire the actions and teachings of Christ, yet do not self-identify as “Christians”. Many contemporary “Feminists” have taken a decidedly anti-scientific bent, are aggressively capitalistic with their praise of concocted pop stars and female CEOs, have taken to pillorying individuals rather than institutions, and furthermore, are not adverse to using people’s fears and prejudices as motivational tools. In short, “Feminism” has become the gutter politics of the Left. “Feminism” is similar to Far-Right political movements in this capacity. How did the “Feminist” movement become what it is today?

Such as this fellow, who is a talented scientist, for wearing a shirt. Why not petition the clothing company?

Such as this fellow, who is a talented scientist, for wearing a shirt. Why not petition the clothing company?

Bill Cosby is a rapist and a sanctimonious asshole. Maybe we shouldn't idolize celebrities.

Bill Cosby is a rapist and a sanctimonious asshole. Maybe we shouldn’t idolize celebrities.

Arguably, the seeds of the issues with modern “Feminism” began with the nativity of the movement. Powerful forces within the Capitalist class quickly realized the utility of the movement from an early stage, most importantly for the Suffragists was the participation of tobacco companies. False parades were organized where young women would smoke in public en masse, the term coined by the PR machine was “Torches of Freedom”. Smoking cigarettes quickly became a symbol of the liberated woman, as hitherto it was considered improper for a well-to-do lady to smoke. As such, the tobacco companies were losing a significant proportion of their potential market. The Suffragists, “suffragette” was in fact a derogatory term used at the time, were a loose collection of different important figures and societies. Two early, and very large, women’s movements are not often mentioned in “Feminist” narratives of history, for obvious reasons.

A woman smoking became a symbol of the New, Liberated Woman.

A woman smoking became a symbol of the New, Liberated Woman.

Note the bobbed hair, very early women's lib.

Note the bobbed hair, very early women’s lib.

Cigarette advertisements for women continued in this capacity well into the 1970's.

Cigarette advertisements for women continued in this capacity well into the 1970’s.

One important early women’s society that wielded substantial political influence during the first-half of the twentieth century was the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU); which at its height had nearly half a million members. The WCTU was instrumental in the creation of anti-alcohol laws in America during the 1920’s. Alcohol was blamed for spousal abuse, poverty, and all number of social ills, especially those relating to women and children. A contemporary women’s organization was the Women’s Auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan (WKKK), which had nearly 250,000 members, some estimates go as high as three million. A predominant fear among the WKKK was the rape of white women by black men. The viral “cat-calling video” is a modern echo of this sensibility. Whereas these organizations did stress “traditional” roles for women as wives and mothers, nevertheless it was controversial by the standards of the time for women to express political opinions at all, let alone form political societies. Arguably, these organizations were “Feminists” by the moral norms of the 1900’s.  “Feminists” have long used people’s fears and prejudices as a motivational tool. Furthermore, “Feminism” has always been a predominantly middle class and white social movement.

The Temperance Movement was an important early political cause that attracted women's organizations.

The Temperance Movement was an important early political cause that attracted women’s organizations.

Initiation

Klan wedding, 1926.

Klan wedding, 1926.

Still happens.

Still happens.

A prominent “Second-Wave Feminist” was Gloria Steinem, arguably the unofficial loudspeaker of the movement. It came to the attention of several “Feminist” organizations, as well as The New York Times, that Steinem had been in the employ of the C.I.A. and several of her organizations had received C.I.A. funding. It is this author’s opinion that modern “Feminism” was facilitated by the C.I.A. as an attempt to split the Political Left during Cold War; thus placing the emphasis on gender rather than criticisms of Capital. As, if “Feminism” was truly a radical and revolutionary force, why do major music, clothing, and personal hygiene companies cling to and utilize the idea to their strongest capacity? Remember, Dove and Axe are owned by the same parent company.

If "Feminists" are out to destroy Capitalism, why is it so easy for large companies to pander to them?

If “Feminists” are out to destroy Capitalism, why is it so easy for large companies to pander to them?

BUY UNDER ARMOUR

BUY UNDER ARMOUR

BUY SOAP

BUY SOAP

They've been falling for this crap since the 50's.

They’ve been falling for this crap since the 50’s.

Since the beginning of the Twentieth Century women have made great strides throughout the Western World. Nevertheless, the Women’s Movement has been subject to the same biases, prejudices, and fears which permeate the societies they were created in and subject to the same frailties of nature. Like any ideology, “Feminists” ignore facts which contradict their belief-system. Anti-rape rhetoric is problematic as it ignores human nature, which is often violent, brutal, and selfish. Replace “rape” with “murder”, which, too, is often committed by men, and women are more likely to be killed by men than other women, would render a “Feminist” polemic laughably utopian. One never hears “murder culture” despite the shocking violence in television, cinema, and music on a daily basis. No amount of “Sultwalks” will end rape, humanity is comprised of apes in silk. Those who would like to see positive charge for women should seek positive changes for society as a whole, looking to economic factors leading to inequality. Such as issues like paid maternity leave and government-funded abortion. These pivotal steps forward for women were part of a greater call for a social safety network during the first half of the twentieth century. But those things are boring and hard.

And that is why I am not a “Feminist”.

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2 comments on “Why I’m Not a “Feminist”™

  1. Very well said, I wholly agree. Another important aspect I would add, is that the so called feminists are exceptionally focused on condemning the western system and capitalism, and saying that everything in it is made to oppress women, whereas they fully ignore and apparently consent to things like honour killings or grave infringements of women’s rights in religious communities in and from from other countries. The fact remains however, that the western capitalist system is do far the best in providing equal freedom and opportunities to women, compared to most of other places on earth., where women are considered as little more than slaves (like in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, most of India, etc.). Look at all the popularity and exaggerated media attention to the Gomeshi case, or that video of a woman walking in New York, where men begin talking to her, whereas real oppressions of women, honour killings, and complete denial of freedom to women in the communities of certain religious minorities is being virtually ignored by the so called “feminists”.

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