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Is Feminism the new Misogyny?

March 12, 2014

I believe that women can and should be able to do anything and everything. No I take that back, I believe all people can and should be able to do anything and everything. The caveat I have to that statement is of course not all people can do anything and everything. Individuals have varying aptitudes, academic accomplishment, physical capabilities, ambition, lifestyle outlooks ad infinitum. This leads to individuals making choices – very different choices.

So while I ardently believe in equality, I hate the term “feminist”. It is not a pro-choice philosophy in the sense of individuals being able to make individual choices. It has in fact come to represent a humourless intolerance towards women making choices that do not adhere to the feminist manifesto. I would go so far as to say it is a type of misogyny.

Janet Albrechtsen has written a great piece in The Australian today that explores this thinking. It follows up on the “controversy” of Michaelia Cash (Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women), refusing to call herself a feminist as she didn’t like labels. Michaelia came under heavy fire from the usual suspects but I love the point she is making – I would want to distance myself as far as possible from the quota girls as well.

From Janet’s piece:

The groupthink mentality and claim by feminists to a moral monopoly over what feminism is may explain why many women, such as Cash, refuse to wear the label. Too often those who call themselves feminists fail to acknow­ledge, let alone celebrate, the full gamut of women’s ­choices. To them it can only mean equality of men and women in parliament, in the CEO’s chair, on the bench, in boardrooms.

That men and women don’t always compete in equal numbers is routinely explained away as structural discrimination. Lost in that debate is the reality of so many women’s choices. Years of research confirm that women’s preferences are often different from men. The decision by even well-educated and ambitious women to devote time to that endlessly messy, maddening and rewarding job of child-rearing has never been treated as a legitimate choice and never been part of the feminists’ conversation. That’s a shame. If feminism cannot celebrate these choices, it’s little wonder the cause is having problems attracting recruits especially among younger women who haven’t bought into the “have-it-all” tosh.

Feminist tirades over the truly trivial also show why the feminist label is not all it’s cracked up to be. Whether it’s unionists seeking menstrual leave for workers a decade ago, or academics writing tomes last year about the sexism of a fictional spy called James Bond — or Cate Blanchett last week admonishing a cameraman at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for focusing on her pink designer frock, there is a self-indulgence to the form of feminism celebrated these days.

Though she will hate the praise from this page, kudos to freelance writer Helen Razer for being honest enough to tell the sisterhood to lift its own gaze and its game. “Feminism has become a middle-class wank fest devoted to feeling good,” wrote Razer last year. Worse than that, there is something deeply unsettling when a clique of well-to-do women spends more time lamenting its own petty grievances and ignores the real human rights abuses that plague women in the not-so-rich world.

Hear, hear.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 12, 2014 1:16 pm

    I couldn’t agree more! It’s like the very “feminist” woman on morning TV today who was being interviewed about the world shatteringly important question of whether or not to ban the word “bossy” (from the curriculum? the English dictionary? the world?). Like the comment above – how about we concentrate on “real human rights abuses” and stop being so stultifyingly PC.

    • March 12, 2014 1:27 pm

      OMG you’re right! From The Australian . . .

      AUSTRALIAN feminists think it’s time we get on board with Beyonce and Condoleezza Rice to ban calling young girls Miss Bossy.

      Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn initiative has recruited the pop star and former US secretary of state, as well as Girl Scouts USA, to a campaign to ban the term they believe can limit female ambition.

      Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek yesterday threw her support behind the campaign.

  2. Dudzira permalink
    March 12, 2014 6:30 pm

    Behind each and every embittered, rank, detestable feminist is a thrashed and whipped cur like shell of a man.
    The real feminist vitriol should be reserved and directed to save their sisters who have no voice, freedom or life.
    Or have they too been silenced by Political Correctness and the threat of a jehad or the dreaded title of racist.

  3. March 12, 2014 10:44 pm

    Chicks. Can’t live with em, can’t live without em.

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