Watched The Mad Whale yesterday. The description was something like ‘Lunatics at a women’s asylum put on a performance of Moby Dick‘. I was hoping to see an expose of historical treatment of women vis-a-vis madness and was not disappointed. But I was delighted, further, to see a couple other unexpected (shame on me!) exposes and some female heroism. (It’s free on Plex.)
aurora linnea on Ekman’s “On the Meaning of Sex”
An excellent review of an excellent book here.
And because a link isn’t anywhere near sufficient …
“On the Meaning of Sex reads like a forensic dissection, its forty concise chapters taking apart the corpus of transgender ideology piece by piece. No fallacy-wrapped riddle of a paradox is spared the nick of Ekman’s scalpel as she slits open all the standard trans talking points to point out the lethal flaws ulcerating their logic. The supposedly “progressive” return to retrograde Barbie-vs.-G.I. Joe sex-role stereotypes. “Overcoming” the gender binary through the reinforcement of a binary, dualistic gender system, the entrenchment of masculinity and femininity as the mainstays of human selfhood. The redefinition of biological reality (sex) as a “social construct” and of a social construct (gender) as a naturally occurring “reality.” Expunging essentialism by establishing gender as an “essence” emergent from one’s pink or blue brain. “Believing the science” of the scientifically unsubstantiated pink/blue brain theory. Individuality through conformity, corralling the “incongruent” individual into alignment with social norms. Being your True Self by changing yourself, by imitating others, trying to become something you are not. Self-acceptance through the rejection of your own body. Self-care through the infliction of self-harm through breast-binding or chronic-pain-inducing elective surgeries. Authenticity through artifice. Diversity through manufactured sameness. Transforming an oppressive culture by preserving that culture’s most foundational structures. Rebellion through compliance. Inclusivity through exclusion. Tolerance through violent threats against dissenters. Smashing patriarchy by re-centering men and demonizing women, courtesy of a “feminism” that prioritizes male feelings and desires. The lionization of men who pretend to be women by presenting themselves as caricatures of pornified, infantilized femininity, while white people who pretend to be black are condemned—and the slightest equivalency between the two practices is furiously denied. The “cis privilege” of women and girls to endure systematic birth-to-death, sex-based disenfranchisement, exploitation, and abuse. And then there is the refrain that echoes through our aching skulls: “Trans women” are women! Yes, “trans women” are exactly like other women in every single way, but also they must be acknowledged specifically, because to lump them in with other women would be to ignore their unique “marginality.” Men who say they are women are like other women in every single way, except more deserving of attention. They are also more womanly than “cis” women could ever dream of being, and more oppressed under patriarchy. But even these claims will be upended by the time we lurch, heads spinning, to the final analysis, when it is concluded that women do not, in any meaningful way, actually exist.”
Homophobia – great quote
“Homophobia is not actually straight men being afraid of gay men. It’s straight men afraid of any man treating them like they treat a woman.” quoted in Manifest: Transitional Wisdom on Male Privilege as a viral cartoon
Well-put, Charlotte Knowles
“Women need to recognize that their husband refusing to do any childcare, cleaning, or cooking is not just a result of ‘cultural differences’, it’s a result of him being an arsehole.”
“Living the Life of the Mind: General Strike? What About a Gendered Strike!?” Charlotte Knowles, The Philosophers’ Magazine 98 (2022)
MacKinnon on free speech – so very astute
“The free speech of men silences the free speech of women.”
from Feminism Unmodified (1987)
10 Contradictions of Gender Ideology
repost from Dead Wild Roses
And again, and again …
“… highest population density” (p57, Climate Wars, Harald Welzer) should read “… highest frequency of men fucking women”.
“a dramatic rise in population figures” (p63, ditto) should read “a dramatic rise in men fucking women”.
I see this again and again … This stork/cabbage patch theory of the origin of life.It’s like men have a complete disconnect between putting their sperm into women’s vaginas and creating human beings.
Is it because they don’t personally experience, physically or emotionally or (to the same extent) financially, pregnancy and childbirth? But what about raising children? Ditto (to the same extent)? But there’s a lot of other stuff they don’t personally experience but can imagine, anticipate, quite well.
Tina Fey on what’s supposedly sexy these days
“Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits.”
from Ejaculating Responsibly: a whole new way to think about abortion, by Gabrielle Blair – A MUST-READ
from Ejaculate Responsibly: A whole new way to think about abortion, Gabrielle Blair
[P]regnancy and abortion are not ‘a woman’s issue.’ men don’t play a minor or supporting role in pregnancy. Men’s lifelong continual fertility is the central driving force behind all unwanted pregnancies. [All.] p8
We treat ejaculation as something that happens at random, that is unintentional, that is impossible to anticipate or predict. p17
Women— [Actually, just read the whole of chapter 4: Ovulation is Involuntary, Ejaculation is not.] p19
We don’t mind if women suffer, as long as it makes things easier for men. [the title of chapter 10.] p48
When men choose to have condom-less sex, they are putting a woman’s body, health, social status, job, economic status, relationships, and even her life, at risk in order to experience a few minutes of slightly more pleasure. … Would men really choose a few moments of slightly more pleasure over risking a woman’s whole life? [italics mine] [Yes. Apparently.] p57
If Person One knows they have an STI and transmits it to their partner, Person Two, in many states that’s a crime, and Person One can be prosecuted by the state. Additionally, Person Two can bring a civil suit against Person One. If your bodily fluids have the potential to harm your partner [and she’s made an incontestable case that pregnancy has that potential] [actually, she establishes that harm is a certainty], it’s your responsibility to ensure they don’t. p70
If you have a son, his sperm can “infect” any woman he has sex with. … Pregnancy and childbirth are known to kill women. Pregnancy and childbirth are highly likely to leave permanent scars and cause future health problems … Unplanned pregnancy and childbirth can have a significant negative impact on the quality of life for the future child and their parents. A man’s sperm can cause a huge amount of damage. p71
Don’t ask: Why don’t women pick better men? Instead, ask: Why are there so many abusive men? And: Why don’t we teach men not to abuse? p87 [Though I’d also ask: Why do they have to be taught not to abuse?]
“Patriarchy teaches us that sex, for women is a giveaway, while for men it is a takeaway. She saves herself, gives herself to the right one, and then her virginity is lost. In this equation, there is nothing in sex that’s for her to take. Whereas he takes and scores and there is nothing in sex for him to give. When her mind is programmed to give, she struggles to say ‘no’. When his mind is programmed to take, he struggles to accept ‘no’.” (from The 8th List of Shit That Made Me a Feminist, Farida D.) p87
I’m trying to imagine how our culture would react if men with children peed themselves every time they jumped or sneezed [a common ‘side-effect’ of pregnancy and childbirth]. I don’t think the medical community would be okay with that. I think the issue would be solved by now. p93
I think it’s safe to say that if sex were as risky for men as it is for women—with an unwanted pregnancy potentially leading to loss of social status, loss of career, a disruption of their education, physical disability, death, and the permanent responsibility for another human—that men would insist on having a choice in the matter. [Yeah. Why I wrote What Happened to Tom.] p96
If a man ejaculates irresponsibly and causes an unwanted pregnancy, he faces zero consequences. He can walk away at any time, and our current culture doesn’t really do much (or anything?) to discourage it. [Yeah. Given p91-95, impregnating should be consider premeditated aggravated assault, the full damages of which to be determined after childbirth, and putting male DNA on record at birth would enable charges to be confirmed.] p107
Our society is set up to protect men from the consequences of their own actions [like we do for children]. Our laws and policies could not be better designed to protect men who abandon the pregnancies they cause. p109 [see the full list of evidence on p109-110]
Sperm should be considered a dangerous bodily fluid that can cause pain, a lifetime of disruption and even death for some. Sperm can create a person. Sperm can kill a person. Sperm cause pregnancy, and pregnancy and childbirth can result in physical and mental health issues for women, as well as negative impacts to her social status, job status, and financial status. p112
“The all-male club members of Pi Eta, whose members are Harvard undergraduates and graduates, received a letter in the 1980s that promised ‘a bevy of slobbering bovines fresh for the slaughter’ at their parties. As Peggy Sanday explains, the logic of such parties (at which women are frequently raped, including at this fraternity) is ‘Its male participants brag about their masculinity and its female participants are degraded to the status of what the boys call “red meat” or “fish”.'” (The Pornography of Meat, Carol J. Adams, p119)
I used to be surprised that Harvard, the university of so many of our future government and business leaders, is so misogynistic. Now, looking at our world, I’m not surprised at all.