Friday, March 16, 2007

Anti-feminism, sorta.

posted by The Vidiot @ 10:06 AM Permalink

This woman in Germany is flipping people out.
Excerpt: A new wave of anti-feminism is taking hold of Germany. Former career women-turned-housewives are spreading the word about a "new femininity" which encourages women to stay at home and embrace motherhood.
You go girl!

And I'll tell you why.

I've never been a huge fan of feminism as it's been promoted over the years. I remember when I was a kid, and there was this whole ERA (equal rights amendment) argument going on and my mom, while not being a bra burner, was quite vehemently for it all. She worked in a man's world (music) and she was sick and tired of not being treated like the men when it came to jobs and chances. And rightly so. She was (and is) good. Damn good actually. But she was a woman with kids and well, she just didn't get the kudos she should have over the years. At least ERA brought the concept of treating women equally into the discussion.

What I didn't 'get' was why we needed ERA to begin with? Why should women's rights be any different than human rights? Why do we need the government to sanction what we, as people, should have, ipso facto? I remember a big talking point was that the ERA would make it so women could be drafted into the army, I remember thinking "Well, yeah. That would suck. But of course women should be drafted into the army." I didn't understand why we weren't to begin with.

But back to the German woman. What she's saying is right I think. I personally, can't stand feminists. They think they're liberated when they work 50-hour weeks, put their kids into daycare and have someone clean their house for them. Liberated for what? To work more so they can make more and then spend more? Where's the life in all that? And many of them walk around feeling so empty and unfulfilled. And the ones who try to have it all? Kids and Career? They're exhausted. What part of their life can they actually enjoy?

Here's how I see it. Years ago, the powers that be realized that 50% of the population wasn't working. And by not working, they weren't really a part of the capitalist system, were they? They weren't productive by monetary standards. They didn't pull in an income to spend. What income they did have access to was for two people. Now, you're a banker who wants to increase gross national product, you want those ladies in the workforce, making money and spending it. And in addition, according to some, since these working women are no longer able to raise their children, that job is then left to the State. The State then has an even more time, and can start at an even younger, more impressionable age, to indoctrinate the children into the ways of the State. To bankers and the powers that be, it's all good. (In fact, it's no secret that the CIA provided some of the seed money for Gloria Steinem's Ms. Magazine, which was practically the 'bible' of the feminist movement.)

Are women more free now? No. In fact, I'd say they're even more enslaved. And not only are they enslaved, but they're enslaved by a system they did not create. It's no wonder so few women break through the glass ceiling. How can they? They're playing by a man's rules in a man-made system. Sure, some women accomplish it, but they had to suppress a lot of what made them feminine to do it.

I don't want to write all sorts of personal stuff explaining how I've "stepped outside the system" but suffice it to say that for the most part, I have. And I did it naturally without being aware of why I wanted to do that in the first place. I just did it. Women have to stop playing the man's game. It's their game. Let them make themselves miserable. Women must beign to focus on what it means to be a woman and not define that by what men tell us it should be. It must come from within ourselves, not from without.

Step outside the system. It's really nice out here.


At 1:48 PM, Blogger The Sailor said...

The ERA was such a no-brainer that I've have never been able to understand why it didn't pass.

But more to the point, it seems that the 'women being allowed to work' fit right in with the war on the middle class so that now it takes 2 incomes to make a living wage.

For most folks it's no longer a choice, both parents have to work to support the family. That's not equality, that's an absence of choice.

And the ERA was about choice.

At 8:59 PM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

True that. It isn't a choice for many, but the problem is more about inflation, rampant consumerism and a bunch of other things I don't understand. Also, the ERA was a no brainer because it was really about human rights. And I just can't wrap my head around the fact that something as ludicrous as the state needed to sanction something like human rights.

i guess i'm an idealiest that way :)


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