Sunday, August 28, 2016

True Feminists

Sorry for the hiatus, folks, but this dry spell has been worse than usual, and not helped by diverting my creative juices elsewhere.

It's become practically commonplace for any given member of this society (especially people in higher standing, like politicians and company leaders) to call themselves a feminist.

Except, for the most part, they're not really feminists. They're sexual egalitarians (the sexual distinction is important). An egalitarian is simply someone who seeks equality (notice how those two words look similarly?). But many of the people who call themselves feminists are exclusively sexual egalitarians: they only want equality between men and women, males and females; these people can still be racist, or elitist, or speciest, or genderist (discriminating those who identify as something between or outside "male" and "female")... the list goes on.

Hiding among their ranks are the true feminists, the sexist few who believe men should hold a subservient role to all women. They're not dissimilar to those voices who spoke up during the racial revolution of the 60s and 70s in the US, who believed that whites should "pay" for their discrimination by allowing a status reversal (whites treated as less, as subservient) rather than a status equalization.

These people are a minority, but that doesn't make them any less real, or any less scary.

I work for one. He (yes, "he") flirts with all the women in the building, and those who reciprocate get better treatment than those who don't, and those who don't reciprocate get better treatment than all the males that work underneath him. The worst part is that practically everybody in the building works underneath him: he's one of the top-level managers.

I don't know what causes this behavior. Maybe it's the way they've been raised, or how they're treated within the families they've created. Maybe they think intra-human relations are subject to pure mathematical models, and it's just a matter of balancing the scales.

Maybe they're just born that way.

The important thing isn't how they came to be or who they are. The important thing is to use the correct words to describe who you are and what you believe in, because using the wrong words (and if you use them enough and enough people agree with you, they change the definition) just allows all the wolves feminists to hide in sheep's egalitarian's clothing.

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