Thank you for writing this. I have always noticed how sexist the left is when it comes to making sure women and our bodies are commodified and as available with no strings if possible. I stopped bothering to work with them because of the blatant sexism. Funny how that doesn’t really change across political lines. The interesting thing is how many…
“Marx, Mao, Hoxha, Castro, and Lenin were all wrong about prostitution. But considering that these men have all been, at various times, responsible for some pretty serious atrocities,”
Getting rid of the categories, male and female, doesn’t erase the material reality that only people with a certain type of anatomy can gestate young. This movement asks that we deny the realities of the physical world and enforce this denial through the force of law and social sanctions. They are attempting to force a psychotic (out of touch with reality) way of perceiving the world onto the public.
“There has never been a need for a word to describe the psychology of a healthy, functional adult male besides “good person.” There has, however, been a very pressing need to create a word for the qualities men need to retain their power over women.”
Actually the word you are looking for is ‘mentsch’.
This reminded me of two passages in Rebecca Solnit’s essay, Men Explain Things to Me:
“We still haven’t really talked about the fact that, of 62 mass shootings in the US in three decades, only one was by a woman, because when you say lone gunman, everyone talks about loners and guns, but not about men.”
Personally, I am not okay with men not learning to deal with their feelings. Killing 50 people in a nightclub and raping unconscious women are not acceptable outlets for managing emotion. WTF!
It’s not okay to say ‘oh, well. Boys will be boys’
This seems a bit rambling but I think the point is that patriarchal social order is the problem. Patriarchy has as it’s primary purpose to support patrilineage, the succession of identity and property through the male line. A social system that makes the most important thing about a child is “who is the father” absolutely requires the suppression of…