Started by Sir Jessy of Anti, Dec 06, 2003, 02:22 PM
http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=35968Posted: December 5, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern© 2003 WorldNetDaily.comIt's now all the rage to be a recovering feminist. Just about everysuch 12-stepper who writes a mea culpa book exposing feminist folliesis celebrated as a groundbreaker. The "revelations" and "insights"offered by this new crop of feminist turncoats may be a welcome change,but they are neither new nor original.For example, the rapturous reception given to reformed feminist Linda G. Mills for her book, "Insult to Injury: Rethinking Our Responses toIntimate Abuse," is completely overwrought. One intoxicated libertarianreviewer even heralded the thing for being "full of heresies."According to this review-lite, among the "heretical" conclusionsexpressed by Professor Mills is "that the conventional feministparadigm of domestic violence as a form of patriarchal oppressionis woefully inadequate.""Woefully inadequate" in the Mills book implies that the predominantproblem with that paradigm is that it doesn't work well in practicefor all couples - that to be useful, the concept of society as apatriarchal system needs to be supplemented. Far from being heretical,this theme is not even praiseworthy - it is philosophically limp.Like Marxism, feminism doesn't work not because it's "woefullyinadequate," and needs some tweaking, but because it's false, it'sa lie - it's a deliberate attempt to rape reality, to impose a falseconsciousness on others.As I wrote in 1999, "in reality it [feminism] is nothing but atheoretical understanding. Its take on wife assault is just one ofmany competing perspectives. The feminist orthodoxy, moreover, appealsto carefully selected studies that support its view and overlooks,discounts or ignores those studies challenging it."In support, I cited Terri Petkau's truly radical analysis. ThisCanadian sociologist provided both an analytical evisceration offeminist constructs (such as "cycle of violence") as well as anempirical invalidation - evidence for which she culled from researchwith patrol constables. The officers rejected outright the feministaccount of wife assault because they found it inconsistent with whatthey encountered on the beat.In other words, the feminist theory collided with reality.But struck by historical Alzheimer's, our reviewer (and many otherswho have been similarly afflicted) goes on to glorify Mills foruncovering "years of research, which mainstream feminism has glossedover or ignored," and which "shows that ... like men, women arefrequently aggressive in intimate settings."This is news?This column has also highlighted the trailblazing work of ProfessorJohn Fekete in "Moral Panic: Biopolitics Rising." The book, hailed bynoted philosophy professor Agnes Heller as "a masterpiece of criticaltheory," exposed the collection of single-sex, violence-against-womensurveys that formed the sham case leveled at all men by American andCanadian feminists. Problems of unrepresentative samples, reliance onanecdotes, and use of over-inclusive survey questions represented justthe tip of this methodological heap of trash.In the early 1990s, Fekete and philosopher Ferrel Christensen at theUniversity of Alberta also uncovered and exposed dozens of well-controlledtwo-sex surveys conducted over the past 30 years in Canada and in theU.S., all of which revealed that women assault their partners as oftenas - or more often than - men do. Gender symmetry in "intimate abuse"is as well documented as it is well concealed by government andspecial-interest number crunchers.These pioneers seem to have been forgotten by Sally-come-lately,retreaded feminists, and their reviewer cheerleaders.And with her 1997 book, "When She Was Bad," Patricia Pearson completed thepicture. I previously described Pearson's impressive piecing of "chillingreal-life examples and scholarly research to show that violence committedby women is every bit as vicious, albeit different, as violenceperpetrated by men." Pearson's message: The fact that women are morelikely to be injured in domestic altercations points to differencesin physical strength between men and women, not in culpability.Again, none of this should be big news.Now the popular TV show, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has gearedup to spread the feminist line about one of the grisliest crimes imaginable:so-called honor killings. You know the drill: bad man, good woman - Arabmen refuse to let go of patriarchal privilege and power; Arab women arethe besieged political class who desperately want to - but can't - protecttheir daughters from this fate. But does this represent what is reallygoing on in Arab cultures?Here's what a "Palestinian" woman, Amira Abu Hanhan Qaoud, did to herchild, after the girl - who had been raped and impregnated by herbrothers - refused to commit suicide.Plastic bag, razor, and wooden stick in hand, the mother entered hersleeping daughter's room. "Tonight you die, Rofayda," the wicked witchannounced, before wrapping the bag tightly around the girl's head. Themurderess Qaoud then spent the next 20 minutes slicing away at Rofayda'swrists, ignoring pleas of "No, mother, no!" Just to be sure, thisalleged mother struck her daughter on the head with the stick afterthe poor child passed out.Yet members of Qaoud's community are nonplussed - they see the womanas driven by devotion to both community and family.That is something my stepfather would confirm about this culture. Hewas a dedicated Israeli government doctor who worked in the "occupied"territories, specifically in the villages of Tira, Tulkaren and theJenin neighborhood. One of the activities he undertook (but didn'thave to) was to surgically stitch up the hymens of young girls so asto prevent their barbaric mothers and fathers from slaying them. Hewas always very sad when his secret patchwork failed to convince thefamily, and the girl was found the next day with the traditional axein her spine. Sometimes a virgin was slaughtered if she didn't bleed"sufficiently" on her wedding night.His experience was confirmed by anthropologist Ilsa Glaser's eye-opening(but also not new) work on female aggression in the PalestinianAuthority. Glaser found that women's gossip and nagging played a causalrole in the events leading up to these butcherings. By spreading rumorsabout the targeted woman, and by putting pressure on the men to act,women were instrumental in instigating the murders.It may be too much to ask the nouveau anti-feminist punditocracy toalso remember intellectuals like Christina Hoff Sommers and CamillePaglia, who brought down the feminist house of cards with unparalleled,savage sophistication.If they can't recall the history of the ideas and those who wentbefore them, perhaps the various reviewers and writers on menstrualaffairs can at least be persuaded to burble less about the originalityof the burgeoning breed of lapsed feminists.