Over and over again, we see them studiously refusing to make any connection between feminism and some very serious ills.
For example, as mentioned in my pieces entitled Feminism causes traffic congestion and global warming and Feminists Destroy the Planet, neither academics nor politicians will point out the undeniable links between the increasing tendency of people to live alone – and the increasing numbers of women going out to work – and the increases in traffic congestion, pollution, energy consumption etc etc.
These connections are blindingly obvious.
But they won’t even mention them.
The persistently severe problems being caused in the UK’s National Health Service because some 50% of women doctors abandon the profession within about 10 years is, occasionally, mentioned in the press, but feminism is never openly connected with this issue (e.g. see Is the Training of Women Doctors A Waste of Money?)
I thought about my (ex) blogger friend Latte Island, who describes herself as a feminist. I thought about most of the people I know, including myself, who would definitely be considered “feminists” had we lived a hundred years ago. I thought about the pre-Christian traditions of Scandinavia and how they could be considered “feminist” as well. A lot of people, pro-whites among them, secretly admire Islamic society for its anti-feminism. Despite its serious flaws, Islam rejects feminism entirely.
When I read an article like Angry Harry’s, I can’t help but compare the term “feminism” to the term “racism”. The meanings of both terms have expanded well beyond their initial definitions. “Racist” used to mean somebody who would lynch another person merely because of his race. Somebody who would hurl rocks, and hurtful epithets, at random members of other races as he drove by. Now a “racist” is anybody who criticizes non-white groups for anything. Statements such as “I don’t find kinky hair to be attractive” will brand you as a racist. Insisting on strict merit for hiring or college admission will bring howls of “racism.” Demanding equal rights for whites also counts as “racism” these days.
“Feminism” has also become a catch-all phrase. A feminist in Saudi Arabia is somebody who wants women to be allowed to drive. A feminist in Pakistan might be somebody who objects to the legal beating of wives. Angry Harry would probably be considered a “feminist” in those places. Like racism, feminism is a continuum. As such, it’s not accurate to blame society’s ills on “feminism” when, in fact, many of its traits are simply accessories of being civilized. By many accounts, it was acceptable for Victorian husbands to beat their wives. I’m fairly certain that most of us would not want to go back to those times.
Today we have quotas, set-asides and blatant anti-male policies. We should oppose such policies – but common sense would dictate that if a woman is willing and qualified for a particular profession, we should let her in. Regarding the statistics Angry Harry cites about women doctors in the U.K. I wonder how many of those women doctors were pressured to attend medical school in order to fill a quota. How many of them lacked basic information about their own reproductive options when they made that decision? People are young when they choose a career. They need the guidance of elders in order to make the right decisions. Instead of the advice of wise sages, today’s young women are advised by dogma-driven diversicrats. It’s no wonder so many of them discover, later on, that they made the wrong decision.
I think it is important to have female doctors. It goes without saying that they have an advantage in understanding women’s problems. We know that many women prefer women doctors. Therefore, if a well-informed and capable woman chooses to be a doctor, she should be encouraged to do so. If this makes me a feminist then so be it.
I’ll conclude by asking that we divorce specific policies and attitudes from catch-all words like “racism” or “feminism”. If I find kinky hair to be unattractive, there is nothing wrong with this. Therefore, it wouldn’t be fair to call me a “racist”. But I would be, and this is why the term “racist” no longer has any meaning; it’s too inclusive and emotionally charged. If I believe women should be allowed into the professions, this doesn’t mean I have anything against men. Like “racist”, “feminist” has become too broad and emotionally charged to be useful. Perhaps we should stop using it entirely.