Thursday, 1 September 2011

Misogyny and feminism

Patriarchy affects us all. Committed by men and women, discriminating against men and women.

A curious aspect of its oppressive attitude is the way in which patriarchally conditioned women degrade and refer to men in the characteristic of the culture of misogyny itself. Men not engaging in behaviors, attitudes or recreational activities generally disrespectful and objectifying to women, are routinely demanded to "man up"; deemed and vilified to be effeminate, perhaps in equal homophobia as a "faggot." Perhaps for advocating feminism, and/or social equality of the genders. 

In such we learn that the female eunuch knows her place: the male is demanded to fulfill his inherent superiority, and she is the doll, the prize, the accessory and the fuck toy. For affirming and echoing the sentiments of her patriarch, she earns a pat on the head for the gratification she provides, under the smug delusion of being his friendly equal.

Quoting Simone de Beauvoir: "Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female - whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male." We can easily exchange "woman" for "man" and this quote is equally as relevant. The supposedly separate,
honourable traits of the genders is what defines the greatness of humanity. In its compassion,  ethics, bravery, affection, stoicism, principle, and indignation to the oppression of patriarchy's inhumanity and anti-intellectualism. Reinforcing sociopolitical violence and supression at all levels. Where persons reflective and compassionate on a basic level, whatever their gender identities, are dehumanised.

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