Feminists: women’s own worst enemies?

by Roxeanne De Luca | June 10th, 2011

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Feminists: women's own worst enemies?

I’m going to make a cou­ple of assump­tions here: mar­ried women don’t like being cheated on, women don’t like being sex slaves, and there’s more to life than screw­ing around.

Win­tery Knight opines that women allow men to cheat: we sim­ply do not hold men to high stan­dards. (Lit­tle Miss Attila and her com­men­tariat have more.) He’s largely cor­rect: women who stay with their hus­bands for power (e.g. Mrs. Clin­ton, Mrs. Shriver) con­done their hus­bands’ infi­delity. Like­wise, it’s impos­si­ble to com­mit adul­tery with­out another will­ing part­ner (absent rape), and the women who sleep with mar­ried men are mak­ing his infi­delity pos­si­ble. My dis­agree­ments with him are lim­ited: I don’t hold much against women like Jenny San­ford and Elin Norde­gen, who were devoted, car­ing wives who kicked their cheat­ing hus­bands to the curb. If a man can­not be com­pelled to stay faith­ful for the sake of his own wed­ding vows, he may stay faith­ful because of fear that his wife will find out and leave him.

It is not just women who have per­sonal rela­tions with men who encour­age cheat­ing and infi­delity. In Kuwait, a woman activist sug­gested that adul­tery could be elim­i­nated by the legal­i­sa­tion of sex slav­ery:

We want our youth to be pro­tected from adul­tery,” said Al-​Mutairi, sug­gest­ing that these maids could be brought as pris­on­ers of war in war-​stricken nations like Chech­nya to be sold on later to devout merchants.

This is not reli­giously for­bid­den,” she added, indi­cat­ing that Caliph Haroun Al-​Rashid (766809 AD) was mar­ried to one woman but pos­sessed 200 concubines.

(Hat tip: Michael Gra­ham.) Rather than putting female pris­on­ers of war in, say, a female prison until the end of the war, or given asy­lum in a dif­fer­ent coun­try, we should take these poverty-​stricken, suf­fer­ing women and sell them into rape. That way, a pow­er­ful man doesn’t have to worry about hav­ing a stain on his immor­tal soul; the only cost to this is the san­ity, health, dig­nity, and integrity of a poor woman from a war-​torn nation. Note to Al-​Mutairi: per­haps the pro­hi­bi­tions on adul­tery are there because oth­er­wise, men would feel free to abuse their posi­tions to take advan­tage of women who do not have their advan­tages in society.

Obvi­ously, Amer­ica is no bet­ter: lib­eral “fem­i­nists” sup­port Anthony Weiner, just as they sup­ported Bill Clin­ton, John Edwards, and Ted Kennedy, with nary a thought for their wives (even when preg­nant or cancer-​stricken) nor the young women these pow­er­ful men preyed on (and, on one occa­sion, killed). Amanda Mar­cotte thinks that the promi­nent Con­gress­man who sent sex­u­ally explicit pho­tos to women more than two decades his junior is the real vic­tim in all this. (Hat tip: Lit­tle Miss Attila.) As Pat­terico details, Weiner’s dis­cus­sions with young women were numer­ous, dirty, and debasing.

Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor David Epstein pleaded guilty to attempted incest — to silence from the lefty blo­gos­phere, prob­a­bly because he’s a HuffPo blog­ger. Yes, a HuffPo blog­ger: the same group that has the time to sift through Sarah Palin’s emails can’t give the boot to Epstein. The lib­er­als, the fem­i­nists, and the pro­gres­sives, who claim to be on the side of the rights of women, are silent; as Ace says,

As McCain gets at, isn’t the claim to be a “feminist” — all con­cerned about women’s wel­fare and their treat­ment as equals rather than objects — serve as a pow­er­ful pred­i­cate for lay­ing the “hypocrisy” charge at the feet of lib­eral fallen angels?How many coeds do you have to dick-​dial behind the back of your preg­nant wife before some­one notices that maybe that’s not exactly con­gru­ent with the teach­ings of Glo­ria Steinem?

But Weiner wanted The Tri­umph of Civic Virtue taken down, so under the bus you go, Mrs. Weiner!

These peo­ple are schiz­o­phrenic in the extreme. They can call Laura Ingra­ham a slut but organ­ise an inter­na­tional “Slut­Walk” move­ment around being offended over being told to dress sen­si­bly. Fem­i­nists like Mar­cotte will sup­port Clin­ton, Weiner, Edwards, and every woman-​abusing, sexually-​harassing, adul­ter­ous male politi­cian out there, because Democ­rats put forth poli­cies which are good for women (i.e. pro-​abortion).

Beyond that, “fem­i­nists” do not under­stand that in their rush to decou­ple sex from its role as a tool of patri­ar­chal dom­i­na­tion (read at your own risk), they leave soci­ety with­out any val­ues upon which to con­demn a man who cheats on his preg­nant wife, cheats on his cancer-​ridden wife, uses cam­paign funds to cover up the birth of his love child, sex­u­ally harasses and sex­u­ally abuses his sub­or­di­nates, buys sex slaves so as to not stain his soul with adul­tery, or leaves a woman to drown in Chap­paquid­dick. When Jes­sica Valenti writes in “The Purity Myth” that

…the bur­geon­ing fem­i­nist who knew that some­thing was wrong with a world that could label me as a bad per­son for sleep­ing with a high-​school boyfriend [she was 14, he was 16] while ignor­ing my good heart, sense of humor, and intelligence,”

(pp. 11 – 12) she gives license to abusers, rapists, and harassers to say that one’s sex­ual appetites and how one ful­fills them bear no rela­tion to one’s judge­ment, good heart, or wis­dom. For if sex is not a moral act, and if judge­ment and sex­ual decision-​making are unre­lated, then there are no grounds upon which to com­plain about a 46-​year-​old man who tweets his junk to young women, a Pres­i­dent who sleeps with his interns, or a man who cheats on his preg­nant wife.

I’m going to make a couple of assumptions here: married women don’t like being cheated on, women don’t like being sex slaves, and there’s more to life than screwing around.

Wintery Knight opines that women allow men to cheat: we simply do not hold men to high standards.  (Little Miss Attila and her commentariat have more.) He’s largely correct: women who stay with their husbands for power (e.g. Mrs. Clinton, Mrs. Shriver) condone their husbands’ infidelity.  Likewise, it’s impossible to commit adultery without another willing partner (absent rape), and the women who sleep with married men are making his infidelity possible.  My disagreements with him are limited: I don’t hold much against women like Jenny Sanford and Elin Nordegen, who were devoted, caring wives who kicked their cheating husbands to the curb.  If a man cannot be compelled to stay faithful for the sake of his own wedding vows, he may stay faithful because of fear that his wife will find out and leave him.

It is not just women who have personal relations with men who encourage cheating and infidelity. In Kuwait, a woman activist suggested that adultery could be eliminated by the legalisation of sex slavery:

We want our youth to be protected from adultery,” said Al-Mutairi, suggesting that these maids could be brought as prisoners of war in war-stricken nations like Chechnya to be sold on later to devout merchants.

This is not religiously forbidden,” she added, indicating that Caliph Haroun Al-Rashid (766-809 AD) was married to one woman but possessed 200 concubines.

(Hat tip: Michael Graham.) Rather than putting female prisoners of war in, say, a female prison until the end of the war, or given asylum in a different country, we should take these poverty-stricken, suffering women and sell them into rape.  That way, a powerful man doesn’t have to worry about having a stain on his immortal soul; the only cost to this is the sanity, health, dignity, and integrity of a poor woman from a war-torn nation.  Note to Al-Mutairi: perhaps the prohibitions on adultery are there because otherwise, men would feel free to abuse their positions to take advantage of women who do not have their advantages in society.

Obviously, America is no better: liberal “feminists” support Anthony Weiner, just as they supported Bill Clinton, John Edwards, and Ted Kennedy, with nary a thought for their wives (even when pregnant or cancer-stricken) nor the young women these powerful men preyed on (and, on one occasion, killed).  Amanda Marcotte thinks that the prominent Congressman who sent sexually explicit photos to women more than two decades his junior is the real victim in all this.  (Hat tip: Little Miss Attila.) As Patterico details, Weiner’s discussions with young women were numerous, dirty, and debasing.

Columbia University professor David Epstein pleaded guilty to attempted incest – to silence from the lefty blogosphere, probably because he’s a HuffPo blogger.  Yes, a HuffPo blogger: the same group that has the time to sift through Sarah Palin’s emails can’t give the boot to Epstein.  The liberals, the feminists, and the progressives, who claim to be on the side of the rights of women,  are silent; as Ace says,

As McCain gets at, isn’t the claim to be a “feminist” — all concerned about women’s welfare and their treatment as equals rather than objects — serve as a powerful predicate for laying the “hypocrisy” charge at the feet of liberal fallen angels?How many coeds do you have to dick-dial behind the back of your pregnant wife before someone notices that maybe that’s not exactly congruent with the teachings of Gloria Steinem?

But Weiner wanted The Triumph of Civic Virtue taken down, so under the bus you go, Mrs. Weiner!

These people are schizophrenic in the extreme.  They can call Laura Ingraham a slut but organise an international “SlutWalk” movement around being offended over being told to dress sensibly. Feminists like Marcotte will support Clinton, Weiner, Edwards, and every woman-abusing, sexually-harassing, adulterous male politician out there, because Democrats put forth policies which are good for women (i.e. pro-abortion).

Beyond that, “feminists” do not understand that in their rush to decouple sex from its role as a tool of patriarchal domination (read at your own risk), they leave society without any values upon which to condemn a man who cheats on his pregnant wife, cheats on his cancer-ridden wife, uses campaign funds to cover up the birth of his love child, sexually harasses and sexually abuses his subordinates, buys sex slaves so as to not stain his soul with adultery, or leaves a woman to drown in Chappaquiddick. When Jessica Valenti writes in “The Purity Myth” that

“…the burgeoning feminist who knew that something was wrong with a world that could label me as a bad person for sleeping with a high-school boyfriend [she was 14, he was 16] while ignoring my good heart, sense of humor, and intelligence,”

(pp. 11-12) she gives license to abusers, rapists, and harassers to say that one’s sexual appetites and how one fulfills them bear no relation to one’s judgement, good heart, or wisdom.  For if sex is not a moral act, and if judgement and sexual decision-making are unrelated, then there are no grounds upon which to complain about a 46-year-old man who tweets his junk to young women, a President who sleeps with his interns, or a man who cheats on his pregnant wife.

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