Welcome students to a little hall of fame celebrating ladies and gentlemen with something to say that aspiring gender mereologists might get something out of. I plan to add new inductees every month so check back regularly for fresh inspiration…
1. A Tale of Two Brains. Marriage expert, Mark Gungor, explores the differences between men and women or what he calls, ‘The Laws of Relational Physics’. Specifically, how men and women are wired differently. He explains that many of the struggles couples face in marriage are the result of a HEAD problem, not a HEART problem.
2. The Factual Feminist – The War on Boys: Christina Hoff Sommers is a writer, feminist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She reckons that ‘if hundreds of advocacy groups, scholars, journalists and politicians were routinely repeating false statistics that put women in a bad light, or understated their special vulnerabilities, [she] would be protesting that.” But given that we live in an age of trendy man-bashing she has decided to protest about that instead.
In her weekly you tube blog The Factual Feminist she uses a dignified, intelligent and data driven approach to call out the sisterhood on false claims, cruel comments and double-standards. Here she talks about how the education system is failing boys so badly. Find out more about Christina here.
3. About a Women President: Ayn Rand – author, philosopher and the mother of Objectivism was a fascinating character with many interesting ideas. She rejected the Christian concept of original sin and believed that all individuals deserve to be free to make any choices in life that didn’t involve initiating force against others.
She rejected the notion that men are superior to women or that women should have less freedom than men and she also thought that the women’s liberation movement comprised of phoneys looking for a state handout. If you asked her wether a women was capable of holding the highest public office in America and wether she would vote for them, she would have given you two very different answers…
I haven’t read Rand’s essay and I’m not certain I would fully agree with her reasoning (something to do with ‘hero worship’ apparently), then again if I could fully get my my simple little head around it perhaps I would.
Either way I think Rand’s observations on the subject of a female President are worth reflecting on, especially if you’re one of Hilary Clinton’s champions or if you’re personally considering a career in politics (regardless of what might lie beneath your trouser suit).
Some people seem to believe that the (free) world would be a better place if it’s leader was a woman, I’m not convinced. This may sound naive but a women doesn’t have to hold the most powerful seat in the land to change it. Wether it’s how she uses her vote or how she holds powerful men to account as she climbs the greasy political pole. Personally I don’t think a female President would make one iota of a difference until the system that surrounds her seat has become worthy of her charge.
My interpretation of Rand’s response may stray slightly from her own intention but I doubt she would disagree. I live in a land that’s had it’s fair share of female Presidents and in a country where, in my entire lifetime, the Head of State has always worn a skirt and yet wars still rage, people still sleep on streets and the disabled kill themselves as a direct consequence of her Government’s policies.
You don’t have to be President to stand tall and make a difference and why on earth should any American woman aspire to be Commander in Chief unless she believes she can serve her country without resorting to having to drop bombs on babies.
Until then you’d serve your country and constituents better by setting an example and acting like a politician worth voting for…
4. Privilege & Rights. Just in case UN Declarations of Human Rights, EU Directives or UK Equality Acts have left you all confused about what your rights are… …let the late great George Carlin explain them to you.
5. Some Facts about domestic violence: Erin Pizzey is a pioneer in the field of domestic abuse and family care. She is famous for having created the first women’s shelter in the modern world and forming Chiswick Women’s Aid which became Refuge and has grown to become one of the largest UK charities supporting victims of domestic violence. She is now a Patron for the Mankind Initiative.
Pizzey’s earnest expression about the fact that men and women are equally capable of Domestic Violence has led to death threats, boycotts that forced her into hiding. Scotland Yard had to screen her mail ensuring they were not booby trapped. She even had her dog shot. Erin Pizzey says the threats were from radical feminists who would do anything to stop Erin from speaking the truth and hard facts about Domestic Violence.
6. Feminist Falsification of Domestic Violence Statistics: Over the last forty years, feminist efforts to end violence against women has successfully dragged the concept of domestic abuse into the daylight. They have been at the forefront of changing the legal status of domestic assaults, changing police and court practices, changing public attitudes and raising awareness of this issue.
Support services that have developed over this time largely adhere to the “patriarchal dominance” theory of partner violence. This essentially argues that violence against women is explained in terms of a power struggle and that in a patriarchal society those with all the power— males—must resort to violence when their position of dominance is threatened.
This theory continues to dominate despite overwhelming evidence that “patriarchal dominance” theory of partner violence can only explain a small part of domestic abuse.
Dr Murray Straus presents evidence to support the contention that the predominant reason for the patriarchal dominance focus has been caused by the efforts of feminists to conceal, deny, and distort the available evidence. Moreover, these efforts include intimidation and threats, and have been carried out not only by feminist advocates and service providers, but also by feminist researchers who have let their ideological commitments overrule their scientific commitments.
He argues that ignoring the overwhelming evidence available has crippled prevention and treatment programs and he suggests ways in which these programs might be improved by changing ideologically-based programs to programs based on evidence from the past 30 years of research.
Domination and glorification of violence are characteristics of patriarchal societies. . . . In patriarchy, women and children are defined in relation to men who control the resources and the power. Women and children are the other, the object. Men are the norm, the subject. In a dominance-and-submission social order, there is no true mutual care. Subordinates are to care for the needs of the dominants. Carolyn Holderead Heggen
7. Mansplaining: The etymology of the term “mansplain” can be traced back to 2008, when the author Rebecca Solnit first proposed the concept. It was one of New York Time’s Words of the Year in 2010, joined “clickbait,” “douchebaggery” and “side boob” as official new additions to the English language in 2014, the same year that the Macquarie Dictionary made it their word of the year.
The Oxford English Dictionary definition is: to explain something to someone (typically a man to woman) in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.
Sit back and watch a marvellous mansplaining masterclass: