sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

November 4, 2011

A Crude Reality Check for Wide-Eyed Young Feminists

Filed under: feminism, politics — Tags: , , — edge of the sandbox @ 3:28 pm

Western civilization is really good for women.  Western civilization enabled women to participate in the electoral process, to attend institutions of higher learning, to compete for employment on equal footing with men, to take charge of our reproductive cycles and made childbirth safe.  Western civilization enabled women who would otherwise be barren to have biological children.  In our culture women have the freedom to travel unaccompanied and feel safe.  So much so that some women developed a false sense of security.

Yes, we can move about freely, but because women are smaller and weaker than men, we are more vulnerable once we leave the well-lit street.  When we surround ourselves with men who refuse to confine themselves by our moral values and live outside the law, we similarly make ourselves vulnerable.  Consider the following account of #OWS sexual assault, via Big Government):

Zuccotti women probably thought they are going to smash white male patriarchy or some such and called themselves feminists.  Some paraded half-naked.  Some slept in closed quarters with strange men.  The organizers convinced them that they can do better than American law.  None of it means that “they were asking for it” or some such.  It just means that the rapists were given the motive, the mean and the opportunity to commit crimes.

If a woman is going to find herself in a situation where her well-being is threatened, she should bring a gun.  Still, unless she’s really looking forward to using the weapon, she should avoid the seedier quarters.  If she gets a creepy feeling, leaving is the prudent thing to do.

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As a feminist I recognize that my sense of empowerment as a woman is tied to both technological progress and the willingness of other people, mostly men, to protect me.

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6 Comments »

  1. Western society has also made little girls to feel sexualized and to chase after physical ideals which are not healthy, too.

    Having said that, I bought the lady in my life a pistol and taught her how to use it.

    Comment by Harrison — November 4, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

    • I don’t think there is anything uniquely Western about sexualization of little girls. If anything, they are sanitized here. There are cultures out there where a 12-year-old is a bride, and she spends her whole childhood readying for it.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — November 4, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

      • In Muslim cultures this is the norm. But they don’t have beauty pageants for 10 year olds, make 18 year olds look like they’re 14 and shoot porn films, etc. This is what I meant.

        Women are more in control of their destiny in the West but with sexualization of them the attempt is made to get them to act highly erotic and slutty.

        Comment by Harrison — November 6, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

        • Well, other cultures sexualize girls in other ways. And while we do have beauty pageants for 10 year-olds (or even younger), this is something most Americans find bizarre.

          Comment by edge of the sandbox — November 6, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

        • I guess Halloween brings out the worst examples:

          Comment by Harrison — November 7, 2011 @ 1:39 am

          • Good example. My 4 year-old got mail polish and lip gloss in her goody bag at her pre-school friend Birthday party. I’m not saying that this never happens. But there is nothing uniquely Western about it, and if anything we recognize that a girl’s body and a girl’s mind and society’s ideal are not in synch.

            Comment by edge of the sandbox — November 7, 2011 @ 8:21 am


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