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Feminism: ‘Boutique Marxism’

12 August 2013 @ 20:48

If buttercups buzz’d after the bee
If boats were on land, churches on sea
If ponies rode men and if grass ate the cows
And cats should be chased into holes by the mouse
If the mamas sold their babies
To the Gypsies for half a crown
If summer were spring
And the other way ’round
Then all the world would be upside down!

As I reported on Saturday Afternoon, Stacy McCain attended the SlutWalkDC Rally and had filed two reports over at his place.

This morning, The American Spectator published a lengthy report by him on the Rally that is both a fine piece of good, old-fashioned Shoe Leather Reporting and of analysis of the thinking behind such ridiculous events — but should we be calling them that or should we be taking them more seriously?

A few highlights:

So there they were Saturday morning, gathering for the third annual Slutwalk DC, intending to raise their collective consciousness sky-high. The protest was part of a nationwide movement that actually originated in Canada. In January 2011, in a rape prevention seminar at York University’s law school, a Toronto policeman said women can avoid rape by not dressing like “sluts.” Whether or not the policeman’s advice had any usefulness in terms of crime prevention — as if a cop knows anything about preventing crime, right? — it sparked a furious reaction. Toronto feminists, many of them college students, held a rally where they dressed in obviously provocative clothing, protesting against the mere suggestion that there might be a safety factor in dressing modestly or any other common-sense risk-avoidance measure by which women can prevent sexual assault. Any advice of this sort is denounced by feminists as “slut-shaming,” evidence of barbaric misogyny, as if one were justifying, defending or even advocating rape. The absurdity of these denunciations in terms of basic logic should be obvious enough, and the uselessness of feminist ideology as a means of preventing rape ought to be equally obvious. As political demagoguery appealing to a lynch-mob mentality, however, the SlutWalk movement is pitch-perfect. Anyone who criticizes the radical tactics, rhetoric, and ideology of the movement is condemned as complicit in rape, enabling feminists to terrorize their critics in much the way the Ku Klux Klan terrorized its foes a century ago. Students of history need not be reminded how the mere rumor of sexual assault touched off the 1906 Atlanta riot or the 1921 Tulsa riot or any number of similar horrors. What the KKK was to racism, SlutWalk is to feminism. Turning rape into a political grievance has a remarkably similar intimidation effect.

Feminism is not the only branch of Leftism, of course, that seeks to silence it’s critics by application of bullying, menacing, and terrorizing, but it has been one of the most effective in The United States.  In a mere two score years and ten, it has emasculated our Society, demonizing, demoralizing, and demeaning large swaths of the male population.  And, in typical male fashion, many of them have said, ‘to Hell with this!’ and abdicated their responsibilities as men — they have given-up their chests.

More from Stacy:

…Through their rhetoric of collective blame and collective victimhood, liberals imply that rape and murder are problems caused by conservatives. This is the hidden radical meaning of the slogan chanted at Saturday’s SlutWalk: “Blame the system, not the victim!” What do progressives mean when they denounce “the system”? The rule of law? Capitalism? America itself? Yes: America killed Trayvon Martin and America is responsible for rape. Everybody is a victim, one way or another, and if you blame America for your victimhood, what political remedy do liberals suggest? Vote Democrat!

This is why it is an error to dismiss SlutWalk as a bunch of silly women whose slogans are as ridiculous as their costumes. Feminists have an ideology that is taken seriously by influential people, and this ideology has been the de facto philosophy of America’s leading educational institutions for at least two decades. Lunatic radicalism is now considered normal, and sanity is regarded as “hate,” so that any man who notices a woman’s beauty (or prefers beauty to ugliness) is denounced as anti-woman and pro-rape.

Ultimately, the Leftist despises Beauty in all of it’s forms.  This is because it is an Ideology born out of Nihilism — a hatred of Life.  In their dissatisfaction with Reality, Leftists seek to destroy all of the symbols of Life.  Beauty is one of those symbols.

From Stacy’s concluding paragraph:

…The inmates have taken over the asylum and the world has gone mad. Up is down, right is wrong, it’s perfectly normal for women to parade half-naked on city streets carrying posters with dirty words and chanting about rape, and anyone who says otherwise is crazy. Conservatives can laugh all they want at SlutWalk, but the joke is really on us, because only in a country where important people believe in radical feminist nonsense is it possible that Barack Obama could have been elected president twice. The real victim here is America, and only liberals say she was asking for it.

America is indeed the victim of the rape of the Leftist Ideologues [but, I repeat myself].  However, we are accessories during and after the fact.  We have allowed this madness to (1) happen and (2) continue.

By not fighting effectively this rancid product of Leftist Thinking, we have given it legitimacy.

And, over time, we have let it’s poison spread within our own souls.

Please do take the time to click here and read all of Stacy’s insightful report and analysis.

As is usual for him, Stacy has also published a companion post over at The Other McCain.

In it he brings up a subject that has sparked many fireworks at his site and here*:

Some of my fiercest arguments over the years have been with Republican women who argue on behalf of an oxymoron, “conservative feminism,” a thing that is as ridiculous as it is impossible. Real feminism is entirely a left-wing phenomenon, and Republicans who think they can cherry-pick seemingly inoffensive items from feminism’s radical agenda are deluded. “Me, Too” Feminism will win no votes for the GOP, while assisting the Left in its destruction of America.

Trying to disabuse Republicans of this “conservative feminist” delusion doesn’t make me popular with certain feeble-minded superficial people, but that’s OK. I know what feminism is, I know what conservatism is, and the two things are fundamentally incompatible, no matter what anyone tries to tell you….

Dead solid perfect.

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*Please see my post from 14 April 2012:
The Tragedy Of ‘Conservative Feminism’

5 Comments
  1. 12 August 2013 @ 23:15 23:15

    Wow, that is good, and I had not thought of it in that way.

  2. M. Thompson permalink
    12 August 2013 @ 23:43 23:43

    There’s a lot of would be procrustean social engineering from the left and most people don’t realize it.

  3. 13 August 2013 @ 09:15 09:15

    I’ve been thinking about that poem lately but couldn’t remember it all. That’s our world since O.

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