Flash of Brilliance From a Feminist

While I probably disagree with much of what Camille Paglia has written over the years, she has some profound insight on how man-hating within the feminist movement is detrimental to women.

A peevish, grudging rancor against men has been one of the most unpalatable and unjust features of second- and third-wave feminism. Men’s faults, failings and foibles have been seized on and magnified into gruesome bills of indictment. Ideologue professors at our leading universities indoctrinate impressionable undergraduates with carelessly fact-free theories alleging that gender is an arbitrary, oppressive fiction with no basis in biology.

Is it any wonder that so many high-achieving young women, despite all the happy talk about their academic success, find themselves in the early stages of their careers in chronic uncertainty or anxiety about their prospects for an emotionally fulfilled private life? When an educated culture routinely denigrates masculinity and manhood, then women will be perpetually stuck with boys, who have no incentive to mature or to honor their commitments. And without strong men as models to either embrace or (for dissident lesbians) to resist, women will never attain a centered and profound sense of themselves as women.

From my long observation, which predates the sexual revolution, this remains a serious problem afflicting Anglo-American society, with its Puritan residue. In France, Italy, Spain, Latin America, and Brazil, in contrast, many ambitious professional women seem to have found a formula for asserting power and authority in the workplace while still projecting sexual allure and even glamor. This is the true feminine mystique, which cannot be taught but flows from an instinctive recognition of sexual differences. In today’s punitive atmosphere of sentimental propaganda about gender, the sexual imagination has understandably fled into the alternate world of online pornography, where the rude but exhilarating forces of primitive nature rollick unconstrained by religious or feminist moralism.

It was always the proper mission of feminism to attack and reconstruct the ossified social practices that had led to wide-ranging discrimination against women. But surely it was and is possible for a progressive reform movement to achieve that without stereotyping, belittling, or demonizing men. History must be seen clearly and fairly: obstructive traditions arose not from men’s hatred or enslavement of women but from the natural division of labor that had developed over thousands of years during the agrarian period and that once immensely benefited and protected women, permitting them to remain at the hearth to care for helpless infants and children. Over the past century, it was labor-saving appliances, invented by men and spread by capitalism, that liberated women from daily drudgery. (Source)

(h/t Fr. Z)

One thought on “Flash of Brilliance From a Feminist

  1. Interesting, still blaming the woman right back to Eve again. Some people have forgotten that Mary is the redeemed Eve. Men have been blaming women for everything even contraception and abortion and those who know nothing about why women adopted feminism in the first place would do themselves a favor by reading some history on the subject and especially what(again!… Deacon Bob Macdonald who wrote The Catholic Family (volumes 1 and 11) says about it, as well as to why men refuse to become Godly men. Interestingly enough, nowhere in his writings and Thank Heaven’s, he is not only a mature man but a true Godly real man who is not afraid to talk about men’s pride and refusal to love women as God calls them to (which he states is the real reason for feminism in the first place… but what the heck Adam still blames Eve, even though what about the fact he was nowhere around to protect her in the first place from the enemy….Oh yes the blame game disguised differently ) from are women the reason blamed.), but he speaks about what God said to Eli in the old Testament and Eli’s responsibility. It is men who are to love as God says and does for His Church and then and only then does a man have any right to expect her to love him as God says. That is what God says, not some man. If men refuse to grow into men according to Him, it has less,if anything, to do with the old default of blaming women (although many men who are still immature spiritually will be prone to do, as well as, unfortunately many women who have come to “hate” other women), but rather,that it is more a result of absent healthy father or authoritative role models and/ or also the fact that men by nature have difficulty submitting themselves to God, that is if they have Him introduced into their lives to begin with, much more than women and women are made in the image of God in terms of desiring relationship, fidelity, loyalty intimacy more naturally then men who tends to veer toward independence
    One may notice that women always want to do something “with” their partner, he on the other hand is inclined towards doing something independent of her, unless transformed.

    These men who know little about the causes of why feminism may have really came about are often the same men who generalize about feminism and do not even cite that Susan B Anthony who was one of the first feminists AND believed abortion was wrong and that it stripped women of their dignity and robbed men of their responsibility towards women. Sorry, it is too easy to compartmentalize feminism and those who followed it without knowing more of the real reasons why women adopted some if not all of its tenets. Some would say for instance, if one looks at history in terms of abortion and premarital sex ,that it is men or boys who do not want real relationship with the females in their lives and then to treat them as person of dignity but rather more as objects for fulfilling their sexual needs and who hate and shun the “burden” that results from their prowess, and by nature tell girls or women they “luv'” them, only to have sex with them, and once the girl becomes pregnant as is often the case she is left alone or even
    often told and threatened if not cajoled into getting rid of “her” problem. Far too often girls have let me know that the males involved used manipulative tactics to pressure them into killing their children. I do not listen to men who generalize all feminists , or for that matter women who have been brainwashed to hate other women by listening to men who are often responsible for it, since women will stand by their man even if he is a real women hater, and it involves her going along with his warped and subjectively wrong ideas about womanhood, because God understands perfectly well why His precious daughters have fallen for the lies about themselves since the devil began going after them right back to the days of Eve. The devil is still after women always, since they are vessels life capable of bringing forth life.
    Sadly, as Deacon Bob so adeptly cites, so many men are still trying to blame women in one way or another, including the way women have turned on even each other, part of the result that originates from women “competing” to be validated by a man who does not even value them for who they really are to begin with… true precious daughters of Christ. I often find it ironic that these same men show empathy to women who have turned to porno or prostitution and for the very reasons mentioned yet still have that deep nasty flaw in their nature to show a personal hatred or generalizing of what God looks at very differently and with tears in His eyes because of His love for the Creation of His Majesty. As was already said, men should not pretend to understand the hearts of all women as they are not women, but God does, and He certainly does not label them but has extreme love, compassion, patience and endless empathy for how they have been attacked relentlessly and for no valid reason often for no other reason than for just being women. So …before men quote the odd statement made that appeals to them subjectively they may want to read history and/or Deacon Bod Macdonald’s books. (Ave Maria Press… and I might add also very highly recommended reading for all Catholics… by- God Bless and rest his soul- Father Bob Bedard .

    Gianna Jesson ended one of her talks by saying it very simply,as I recall . In the meantime, women are struggling enough to live alongside men who make light of the horrific real violence being done to them (Read the statistics, or go live in a household where it is rampant as it is for many who cannot even find shelter, Many of these women have been beaten so much and held captive and have children . Men and other women who hate women, should Never make light of violence to women. God abohors it as does Mary, and it makes Their United Hearts of Mercy and Love weep. Instead men should be men according to God and be there for women and her support and love her to the point of laying down his life for her. Does that kind of man negate or default to say it is the woman, I doubt it, he is too busy looking at how much he needs to do in order to emanate St. Joseph or Jesus of God The Father to His family. Too bad the world is lacking in men who desire to be like them. Broken man, broken woman, God has an order, the devil wishes to reverse it. One last thing men should make sure the woman they are listening to is not a wamn hater herself or one who in her own insecure way puts down her fellow sisters in Christ, is she be a Christian, God forbid, and I know their are a lot of them around, and that also makes God cry…rivers. Lord Have Mercy.

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