More of why I’m not a feminist.
In Nigeria and Iraq, Muslim armies are selling women as slaves. In Iran a woman was hanged for fighting off a rapist. ISIS was more direct about it and beheaded a woman who resisted one of its fighters.
But we don’t have to travel to the Middle East to see real horrors. The sex grooming scandal in the UK involved the rape of thousands of girls. The rapists were Muslim men.
As usual instead of talking about the problem and plight of women, the UK feminists bought $75 shirts which read, “This is what a feminist looks like”. As it turns out those same shirts were made by Third World women living sixteen to a room, who worked as much as 16 hours per day and being were paid pennies for their labor.
This is what a feminist looks like and it isn’t a pretty picture.
The same callous and willful blindness to the real plight of women is the same that saw Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a survivor of genital mutilation, a former Muslim woman and an informed critic of Muslim misogyny, booted from Brandeis by self-proclaimed feminists.
You see the western Feminist would rather pretend there is not suffering. They are afraid today to speak out. This fear and willful ignorance is why I’m not a feminist.
Meanwhile, the major feminist cause at the moment is Gamergate, a controversy over video games which can be traced back to a female game developer who slept with a video game reviewer. Professional feminists have spent more time and energy denouncing video games than the sale and rape of girls in Nigeria, Syria and Iraq. More time than the rape and forced conversion of Christian girls suffering under Islamic law like in Egypt, Turkey, and many African countries where Muslims are the majority.
That is what feminism looks like, and there is something seriously wrong with that. When those who have power to speak for those who have none don’t then the light shall never be cast upon the real issue. Women of the west may fear speaking out against Islam and its barbaric treatment of women, But aren’t we as feminists obliged to do just that?
If you were fighting for the “rights” and “equality” of women, then wouldn’t it make sense you would shine a bright light anywhere there is not equality or women are suffering? Shouldn’t the issues facing women worldwide be front and center on the stage that pretends to champion women’s causes?
Women against Feminism touched a nerve with feminists because professional feminists know that few women want to identify as feminists. Even fewer educated and informed women choose to be identified as feminists. Polls have found that the majority of women view feminism negatively. Even among young women, the feminist label doesn’t come close to breaking the halfway mark.
Why are women fleeing feminism? Because it’s lost its way. No longer champion to oppressed women, Feminism has lost its purpose.
Professional feminists respond to the negative feedback by claiming that feminism is simply equality. But if feminism were equality, women and men alike, wouldn’t dislike it so much. If it were about TRUE equality, the fight would be in the streets to defend and decry the treatment of women currently being sold as slaves.
A feminist looks like a professional activist wearing a $75 t-shirt made by slave labor while proclaiming that she is a feminist. It isn’t fighting for the rights of women that makes her a feminist. It’s the pricey fashion statement of someone who toots their own horn while exploiting less fortunate women.
Feminism today is indeed a fad and like all fads is fading into obscurity. It isn’t too late yet. Feminists could once more get serious about the plight of women but that prospect is fleeting fast.
The professional feminist is not there to help women, promote equality, or defend abused women. Frankly despite having the ear of the United nations and presidents of every free world nation, they prefer to promote and propagate a political agenda.
Today’s feminist will turn campus rape into a political cause while criticizing every rape prevention measure, from a rape drug detecting nail polish to self-defense for women, for not dealing with rape culture. Stopping rape doesn’t interest her. Exploiting the abuse of women to fight a culture war and drive a purely political agenda does.
As a former rape victim I must say that a woman’s best defense is herself. We can talk about the problems of rape until we are blue in the face but until we begin teaching women how to not be victims we’ll never truly make changes that will bring the numbers of rapes down. I feel every effort which can be made to empower women to not become a victim is as important as anything we can do to combat rape in the free world.
After all a woman empowered with her own tools is the least likely to be a victim. It is said teach a man to fish he’ll never go hungry. I say teach a woman to fight and she’ll be less likely to be a victim. Teach her how to stay safe, advocate for herself and give her the tools and knowledge to not be a victim and rapes will decrease.
Her concerns are limited to causes affecting upper class young women and the overall political organizational needs of the left primarily. Why do I single out the left? Remember the republican “war on women” because they don’t believe in late term abortion, or ask women to pay their own birth control rather than see it as a right. That’s why todays feminist will steer erratically from inflating college rape statistics to arguing for illegal alien amnesty, despite the high number of rapes and violence against women committed by migrant’s right here in America.
It was fine for people to openly attack Sarah Palin and her children but calling Sandra Fluke a slut (well deserved even though that was never said) was out of bounds. That and more is why I single out the left with the politicization of feminism.
But the women being raped generally won’t be found on an Ivy League campus.
And that’s also what a feminist looks like.
The institutional feminists can’t call out Islam for sexism, homophobia, and racism because it has already inducted it into its political coalition. And that’s why feminists can’t talk about the mass rape of young girls in the UK without stepping on a political landmine. Those courageous women who do talk about it, like Ayaan Hirsi Ali or Pamela Geller, and action groups like Naked Jihad represent the principles that feminists only claim to stand for.
It’s easy to take shots at gamers, but discussing the rise of honor killings, genital mutilation, female sex slavery, and domestic abuse among Muslims migrating to the West as well as Muslim nations worldwide is dangerous territory. That is why Ayaan Hirsi Ali had to be silenced so that she wouldn’t show up the professional feminists trying to pretend that their mass distractions of video games, subsidized birth control, or celebrating “sex workers” are real feminism.
Modern feminism is defined by talking non-stop about the things that don’t matter to avoid talking about the things that really do matter. It long ago stopped being a movement and has become a series of political distractions and worthless ideas.
When feminists actually hit on a relevant issue they quickly scramble to avoid talking about it. That’s what happened with the viral Hollaback video of a woman walking around New York City and being harassed by mostly minority men. The video quickly went from a hit to an embarrassment as feminists realized that they had unintentionally documented something that they could not talk about. And watching the video you will see the men making rude comments were mostly minorities.
Feminism is filled with things that it can’t talk about. That’s why it long ago hit a dead end. And why it’s fad is fading to obscurity.
It is too afraid of being politically incorrect to actually be relevant in today’s day and age. It can’t advocate for women any longer because of this politicization. True feminism should call out abuse against women under any government, any religion, or any political party. It should have no political ax nor religious bend because equality knows no loyalty but to truth.
Its obsession with Gamergate as the biggest threat to women since the time that Miss USA suggested that women should take self-defense classes is another reminder of its inability to meaningfully address the problems facing women today. Its silence on the mass rape and sale of women today as sex slaves is forefront to this same demonstration.
Professional feminists don’t want to fight rape; they want to fight an intangible “rape culture.” They don’t want to help women. Instead, they want to exploit the problems facing women in order to advance their own agendas and dare I say it? Careers. They are part of a movement cut off from ordinary people and rooted in academia. Few women want to identify as feminists, because feminism doesn’t identify with them.
Feminism can’t talk about the problems facing women because it is a prisoner of the politics it’s adopted and the coalitions it has formed. It’s a fundraising gimmick, an election turnout gimmick and a way to sell pricey shirts.
The War on Women meme has jumped the shark. Senator Mark Udall was mocked, ridiculed, and written off by his own party for his cynical abuse of the meme. An attempt by a congressional candidate to invoke it during a debate in New York was met with uproarious laughter. Because today’s version of feminism is a laughing matter!
When feminism today can be summed up as “subsidized birth control”. Saying it finally jumped the shark is perfectly fair. We today are watching the death throes of Feminism as a political tool and I hope seeing the rise of Feminism as it was always meant to be. The fight for all women to be equal worldwide.
Feminist Hillary Clinton laughing at her client’s rape of a 12-year-old girl from a working class family or Carol Costello chuckling over the assault on Bristol Palin reminds ordinary women what feminists really think of them.
That, too, is what a feminist looks like today.
Feminism no longer speaks to women. It has become a privileged sorority for actresses, politicians, media types, and academics who don’t actually like women—especially working class women. Those who align themselves with dangerous allegiances find their ability to speak tied to those same allegiances. When advocating for equality one should not seek to tie their own tongue to avoid offending anyone.
The public face of feminism should be Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the leadership of Naked Jihad, but instead it’s the neurotic privileged pettiness of Lena Dunham.
Feminism has become a lightweight movement heavy on pop culture and phony outrage and unbelievably light on meaningful substance. It speaks all the time, but it no longer has anything to say. Despite the ears it holds, the voice of feminists who subscribe to the current western leadership has been silenced by its own tongue.
Would someone please put a bullet in the dying horse we call western Feminism so a new generation without loyalties to anything but the cause can assume the mantel?