Thursday, 19 May 2011

An anti-feminist classic

From here:

A review of my book in the New Statesman asked, incredulously: "Does
Neil Lyndon really imagine that we are all going to say that we were wrong about feminism and think again?" Something like that had indeed been my hope when I wrote No More Sex War.
How hopelessly naive I must have been to expect that the 1960s and 1970s generation of leftists - of whom I was one - might think again and admit the possibility that they (we) might have been mistaken. The beautiful people of the 1960s, the generation of love and revolution, do not have it in them to admit error about anything at all, least of all feminism. If they were mistaken about feminism, somebody might see that they actually have been wrong about everything.
Feminism was the last remaining conceptual spar from the wreckage of the 1960s to which that generation was clinging. Though we might not admit it, we had achieved nothing to change or stop the progress of the Vietnam war.
The cold war had threatened the extinction of the planet and then come to an end without its leaders showing any susceptibility to the thoughts of our generation. Far from ushering in a new epoch of love, peace and a saintly renunciation of property, my generation had let in Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan and then taken material greed to new heights. Former hippies became billionaires and competed for the most exclusive possessions. Former revolutionaries spent fortunes on cocaine and exercised their free-love philosophies on each other's spouses.
The changes that had incontestably occurred in the position of women were my generation's only claim to have achieved anything lasting in the world. If the assertions of feminism should turn out to be bogus - if it was recognised that women's lives had changed for reasons that had nothing to do with feminism - my generation's most radical and original contributions to the political world would be the penological thoughts of Jack Straw, George W Bush and Ann Widdecombe.
I think that was one of the reasons why, when my book was published, the establishment of beautiful people closed together to annihilate the danger that it might have posed. Their desperation not to allow debate was startlingly naked. "What I hope most of all is that people will not read this book," said a feminist on Start the Week. The feminist QC Helena Kennedy even included my book among her selection of books of the year in a newspaper's Christmas list and urged readers not to buy it.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

misogyny: definitions

Something from one of my ongoing feminism debates, on the nature of misandry and so on:

Looking at the definition of misogyny given by the evil dictionary manufacturers:

"hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women."

Not quite the same as misandry, which is

"Hatred of men."

or even

"an extreme dislike of males, frequently based upon unhappy experience or upbringing. Cf. misogynism."

Now, to me, hatred dislike and mistrust is an odd choice, and one of those things is not like the others, which is mistrust. No doubt would fit in with C_w's position that women are generally thought of as villains. What prompts this is actually this thread, in which Nordic posits that men should not be allowed to investigate child pornography, or possibly to work for the FBI at all as his hyperbole is imprecise, because men are supposedly more likely to look at child pornography in a recreational setting.

That, to my mind, is what being mistrusted and villainised is all about, and it would simply never happen to those kind and nurturing females. No woman was ever moved on, or from, an aeroplane because her booked seat was next to someone else's child and it was just casually assumed that this placed the child in grave peril, but this is a common occurence and official company policy for men, at BA for example. This despite the clear majority of child abuse being perpetrated by women.

Obviously it goes without saying that the middle of this thread was entirely based around arguments over misogyny, dominated by the position that women must be trusted to define what is or is not misogyny, interpreting for us all the meaning of our experiences.

But that's not misandry, as you can see in the dictionary, because only mistrusting women is a sin, mistrusting men is the basis of modern society, whether fear-mongering over rape, or keeping men out of traditional female professions and roles like childcare, or pretending things would somehow magically be better for women or anyone else if more women were in parliament or on corporate boards or indeed the general tolerance for feminism on the sexist assumption that while men may be driven by a lust for power women want only what's best for all, or for their children, or some such rubbish.

Just thought I'd stop taking this sort of talk into that other thread, and tack it onto that villain stuff from this thread.

Another internet debate on feminism

Adding to the long-lived misogyny thread at the rigint forum, I'm also involved in a feminism debate at The Straight Dope, here.

A couple of links

This feminist FAQ is rather interesting.

This is the record of a sex discrimination case brought by a man against the government.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Private Lynch

Obviously she was rescued back in the Iraq kerfuffle and the pretty-blonde-damsel-in-distress meme was big throughout the war. Some occult connection to the name, too, I believe.

Jessica Lynch, pfc. Heroically taking supplies to front line forces she was ambushed by those cowardly sand-niggers, then she fought alongside her fellow soldiers, standing over the body of a fallen comrade, guns akimbo, blowing away those muthas, until treacherously taken from behind and dragged into captivity. Into a world of demeaning sexual torment no man can ever imagine. Then rescued, heroically, by those spec ops commandos, with their rakish, cigar-chewing ways.

Or, more accurately, she fainted when her lorry was ambushed, was taken to a hospital where she was properly looked after, was shot at by Americans when the locals tried to give her back in an ambulance, and was then rescued in a daring raid on an undefended hospital. Take your pick.

Anyway, more recent news. From above top secret we get the remarkable happenings which have proceeded from her rescue for those burly rakish heroes who dragged her from the den of vice in which she was receiving proper medical treatment. Three of them are dead. An "spc", whatever one of those might be, was in a murder-suicide. A marine was in a "single car accident". A marine lance corporal was killed by a mysterious gunman who leant over his fence and took him out, before disappearing never to be seen again.

Odd happenings. I do wonder why they would do this, assuming "they" did it. We already know the entire original story to be lies, what else might these men know?

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Male Privilege

A reminder

Catherine Comins: "sometimes men who are falsely accused of rape can benefit from the experience."

Compare this.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. -- Frank Herbert, Dune
Competition is a sin. -- John D. Rockefeller Sr.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Good old testosterone

I'm still involved in the misogyny thread at RI. I'm trying to get a functional microphone so as to do some youtube stuff.