Sunday, November 20, 2011

Feminism

How could I overlook feminism, the bread and butter of the left for generating antagonism between the sexes.

This one may need another disclaimer: I strongly believe in equal opportunity, for both men and women, and I don't believe women belong in the kitchen baking a lamb roast for a man.

Further, I was also exclusively raised by women - my mother and my older sister. With very little to no fatherly contact at all, I can see where men can be labelled as all being useless and disinterested listless deadbeats, bastards, etc etc.

So in all honesty, my opinion of what a man is and should be and the role he plays in society is mostly pieced together from The Simpsons and other sitcoms, and somewhat hobbled together with duct tape.

Only as a man would do, right?

I was also primarily educated by women. In primary and high school it was a 50/50 split, mostly, but in university I came to learn than the man as I knew it was the bastion of evil that needed to be cast out from society in his current form.

Being stupid, I took a social politics subject (Politics of Identity), which quickly informed me that because men had written science and medical books on female-only topics such as childbirth, the world view of women had been skewed.

It had been viewed only through the eyes of men, and it was time for deprogramming.

I didn't buy it; I dutifully failed the subject and moved on.

Upon entering a female-dominated higher education system, both in terms of students and lecturers, reverse sexism became surprisingly evident.

Snide remarks were made about penis size (apparently because I'm below average height - I'm not sure how the two are correlated), or that I should be learning to be a plumber or a welder instead.

It was largely expected that males shouldn't be in education, and they should stick to their garb.

Imagine if I made mention that they should be learning to sew buttons on their future husband's work outfit?

Maybe they were having a little revenge for the perceived sexism they were experiencing.

Oh, those mean ladies, and perhaps I'm personalising the issue, or reading too much into it - but like the feminist, I'm only going by experience, and whether or not this was all discrimination, I can only play devil's advocate and leave it for the reader to interpret.

But where would women, who are apparently for equal opportunity for all, pick up these misconceptions from?

Much has been made of weakening the male through media. For women to be strong, the left first needed to portray men as little more than worker drones carrying sperm, which in the future can be replaced, anyway.

Young women are always expected and made to feel confident about their bodies. This is somewhat of a parallel universe for the young woman, because while they are bombarded with images of skinny ideal women, while at the same time, they are taught to be confident with whatever size they are.

Even if it's morbid obesity.

Young men on the other hand are usually the butt of jokes if they fit the skinny, white, nerdy guy stereotype.

Sitcoms like the Big Bang theory exploit it for comedy.

They certainly shouldn't feel proud about being geeks and not trying to score with multiple women like alpha males - those lucky males are left for shows such as Sex in the City, where women are sexually liberated, unlike the weak subordinate males, who would be silly for thinking they could have a long term relationship with these women.

Gradually, like a frog in a saucepan, we've been slowly degenerating young men, and young women develop their opinions by immediately sussing men out for these stereotypes, of which these are just a few.

They're lads; they're hooligans; they're not obeying what they should be; they're not 'taking responsibility' and being a good provider.

Woa, wait, hang on - "provider"?

Ahh!

The term provider is straight out of the 1950s stereotypes that women have been trying to escape ever since being enlightened - however still, it is the man that gets to keep this provider stereotype.

Anything else, and he's a weakened being with little to no use. We'll throw him an unemployment cheque from time to time, wait for him to become an alcoholic, then kick 'em to the curb. What use is there of them?



What if men don't want to be providers, just like women may not want to be nurturers, or housewives, apparently, because they're now liberated from their male keepers and providing for themselves.

Perhaps they do want to be providers, but they have little option of filling that role with today's empowered woman.

If women are providing for themselves, what use is their left of the male? What's the motivation? Should we still hold the door open for a lady, or is that too now deemed to be keeping women as subordinate?

But I digress.

Knowing of a few intellectually empowered and independent women, I've come to realise that their husbands are rarely seen or heard, and are usually kept under lock and key and told what to do; they could only dream of being the 'man' of the house, and any of their achievements aren't equal, but second.

This isn't to say men are angels, to the contrary; men can be downright bastards. Swigging, bashing, womanising, shirking abusive bastards, and before divorce was more commonly available, women would be suffering in silence with little avenue for recourse.

So we're back to square one. Women start disbelieving the fairy tale of male chivalry, the promise of family is a lie, and the offer of sexual and career empowerment become increasingly attractive, and perhaps another woman may even satisfy their needs better.

This is where left feminism steps in, offering all the hope and solutions women could ever need.

An emphasis is placed on achieving education and employment outcomes for girls. The male has found his own way from the beginning of time, and they don't participate or matter in the left frame of education and opportunity.

The outcome for males is largely inconsequential. Let them hunt wild boar for all we care, or better yet - join the army.

You could say this is conspiracy - but it's known that in schools, boys have been slipping behind for sometime.

Higher education is the domain of the wealthy male's family, the lower and underclass male is merely an extra in his own self-fulfilling destiny of labour, dwelling in the western suburbs with fast cars and fast women.

Women largely dominate the employment and job search industry itself. I've encountered such offices where there is only one male in sight, either as the mailman, or a newly employed consultant that foolishly stumbled into such a position.

If you've made it past the education system which gives a 'ho-hum' sigh to the male student, you may be lucky enough to find yourself in job interviews - which are being conducted by females.

Now, this is great, no sarcasm intended.

I feel at ease speaking to women in such positions. But it's a little bit difficult to develop rapport, and depending on the male in the chair, he might find himself competing that little bit more with female applicants.

Crazy to think, isn't it? Perhaps I've gone mad.

I feel bad even throwing up such suggestions. Women still have lower income rates than their male counterparts; they still battle discrimination if they fall pregnant,with employers needing to make contingencies; but the important thing to remember, that while women are increasingly playing the gatekeepers to employment and the subsequent capital it has to offer, it's just some fancy window dressing.

Understanding "equal opportunity" employment policies mostly means that if you're an unfortunate male, you better start looking elsewhere. There's just too many independent women with unquestionable aspiration that need employment more than you - there's a shovel, why are you still here.

So what do we get?

We get a bunch of confused men increasingly demonised by the left.

A bunch of confused men that have no idea what they're doing in life. They're working to save for a deposit on a house, that may one day have the high probability of being robbed from him in a future divorce proceeding; along with the chance of things turning so sour that he sees his offspring maybe once a month if he's a lucky boy.

That's a whole other kettle of fish, for another episode.

As the line in Fight Club puts it: "We're a generation of men raised by women. I'm wondering if another woman is really the answer we need."

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