Why did powerful, wealthy, privileged white women of the mid-nineteenth century suddenly claim that they were oppressed by men and launch the feminist movement? Why did women not rise up 2,000 years ago, or 1500 or 500 years ago. It's not as if women had remained silent through history, they certainly had not, and they did not see themselves as oppressed by men until recently. So, why start in 1848? What had changed?
Let's examine the claims made by feminists since the very beginning of the movement, especially the central feminist claim that women have always been oppressed by men. We'll briefly look at the relationship between men and women in antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the time of the first American settlers from Britain in the early 1600's, all of which set the stage for the creation of the Declaration of Sentiments at the Seneca Falls convention in 1848.
I will argue that the feminist enterprise is a natural outcome of female intra- and inter- sexual competition in which women use the aggressive strategies of Social Exclusion, Self-Promotion and Derogation described by evolutionary psychologists, on a grand scale, and with great success, in the endless battle for power between the sexes and within the various hierarchies of human societies. We will also see that the motivation for the very first feminist convention at Seneca Falls in 1848 had nothing to do with winning the vote for women, which was added almost as an afterthought. The real reason may surprise you.
Over the past decade, we
have been inundated with videos and public service campaigns calling
out men for unacceptable behavior and informing them of what they
must do and not do: do not accept an invitation for sex from a drunk
woman; do not express any approval for a woman’s looks by whistling
or complimenting her as she walks by; do not hug a co-worker, touch
her on the shoulder, stand too close, or look at her too frequently;
and when you’re sitting on the subway, do not get comfortable: be
sure to keep your knees pressed close together. Click here to watch the original video "The Fiamengo File Episode 11."
It seems that no matter
how men express their heterosexual maleness, there’s a
feminist-influenced campaign to tell them it’s wrong.
recent article in the Daily Mail claims that something called
“Golden Penis Syndrome” is ruining dating for college women, and
we’re all supposed to feel sad for them. Repeatedly telling young
men that their penises aren’t golden, the article shows that the
opposite is true.
been told for years that the future is female, that everyone benefits
from female leadership and everything improves when women take
man who ever objected to the plethora of special university programs
and women-only scholarships and pro-woman propaganda was told he had
a problem with gender equality. But now it turns out that
If you’re a man,
commenting on any aspect of a woman’s physical appearance, speaking
in the wrong tone of voice, or brushing against her body all now rank
as a potential sexual assault in the wide spectrum of indignities and
outrages that women want men punished for. It really is the case, as
my friend Observing
Libertarian put it in a recent article, that men can’t even
look at a woman
without it potentially being felt
as a sexual assault.
Many people don’t like the term anti-feminist because it is adversarial, and because feminists have been hugely successful in equating feminism with support for women’s equality. To saythat you are anti-feminist seems to suggest that you are opposed to women’s equality.
But if feminism ever was about equality, it no longer is. In the 21st century, feminism is about special privileges and advantages for women and special exemptions from responsibility.