Feminists Have Succeeded in Becoming The Men They Hated


I am not a Catholic but have appreciated some of the observations I find at “First Things.”  The author of this article, “If Women Ran The World,” eloquently describes some of the most destructive elements of feminism today.  And she does it by sharing their own words.  The whole article is worth reading.

From time to time when I comment on feminist ideas, someone reminds me that that the particular view in question doesn’t represent all feminists.  Fair enough. But there are too many permutations for me to keep it straight. So I won’t dare suggest that this represents all feminists.

Here is what is clear to me. First, many of the most prominent feminist voices in journalism and politics today (like the one quoted below) represent destructive ideas that do not represent mainstream thinking. Second, they do not represent the ideas of feminists from a previous age. They wanted respect and equality. They condemned the bad behavior of men in a specific way. But they didn’t want to imitate it.

Elizabeth Scalia quotes a significant feminist voice:

“Writing for The Atlantic in September of 2012, Hanna Rosin argued that the “hookup culture” so prevalent on college campuses and in the lives of young adults is “an engine of female progress—one being harnessed and driven by women themselves.” She wrote:

‘To put it crudely, feminist progress right now largely depends on the existence of the hookup culture. And to a surprising degree, it is women not men—who are perpetuating the culture, especially in school, cannily manipulating it to make space for their success, always keeping their own ends in mind. For college girls these days, an overly serious suitor fills the same role an accidental pregnancy did in the 19th century: a danger to be avoided at all costs, lest it get in the way of a promising future.’

In other words, women have succeeded in becoming the men they hated.”

Source: If Women Ran the World | Elizabeth Scalia | First Things

Stick It To The Patriarchy! Close The Snow Shoveling Gender Gap

It’s Time To Close The Snow Shoveling Gender Gap.

This is a funny piece from Mollie Hemingway at the Federalist.  It is funny because, well…. It’s funny.

What makes it funny is that she is not trying to be serious. It would be absurd to complain about this. Men should do more snow shoveling, because they are men.   But many of the other voices crying foul about “gender gaps” are trying to be serious. They are trying to manufacture some real outrage over imagined injustice.  There are actually people taking a stand against The Tyranny of the Home Cooked Meal (and a response here), and how a play like the Vagina Monologues oppresses all the women without vaginas. Yes, you read that last sentence correctly, “all the women without vaginas.”  It would be funny if it was a joke. But it isn’t. The sad thing about this stuff is it detracts from all of the real oppression of women out there. And there is a lot of it.

Snow shoveling is done disproportionately by men, and that this leads to dozens of heart attacks every year.  A burden that women should share, right?

Also, 92% of workplace deaths happen to men.  In part because men tend to work in more dangerous professions.

Some highlights:

“Every winter, about 100 people in the United States die shoveling snow, according to the BBC.

A study looking at data from 1990 to 2006 by researchers at the US Nationwide Children’s Hospital recorded 1,647 fatalities from cardiac-related injuries associated with shovelling snow. In Canada, these deaths make the news every winter.

And some more:

“This relates to another, far more serious, gender gap problem in workplace fatalities.

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That’s from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the Department of Labor. Males work 57 percent of the hours worked but suffer from a whopping 92% of the workplace deaths. Time for some equality of death, no?”