The late Traditionalist Lawrence Auster wrote of the Unprincipled Exception, the Unprincipled Exception is where Liberalism proposes a universal idea that it then provides an exception to. An exception that is entirely against the principles that it claims it supports, in other words an unprincipled exception.
In the past 50 years Liberalism has had a lot to say about women, something that before that time wasn't true. There is even a branch of Liberalism that cares for very little else, Feminism. Certainly Feminism existed before then but before then it was regarded as the ugly stepchild of Liberalism. But so much of what Liberalism has to say about women involves the Unprincipled Exception.
Liberalism has comes to believe that all people are equal and that includes the idea that men and women are equal. That the only real difference between men and women is cosmetic. Therefore all areas of society must be opened up so that women can compete on a level playing field with men. Or at least that's the idea, the reality is a little different.
In reality men and women are different, they have different strengths and weaknesses, different interests and different abilities. That means that men and women have different levels of success. But that offends Liberalism. Liberalism has decided that men and women are equal so that is the new reality, actual reality be damned!
What the new reality demands is made law and women must be pushed into equality, no matter who it hurts. Girls and young women must be continually told how "girls can do anything" so that they never need to think about the issue they just "know" the correct response. Women need to be constantly reminded of how hard done by they are. Men are the Class enemy, so just as whites are always to blame, so are men always to blame when this utopia doesn't work. And men are often blamed because this utopia hardly ever works as it's supposed to.
To make it work laws are passed, on equal pay, on anti-discrimination (which is of course discriminatory), anti-sexual harassment laws and of course quotas. Equality becomes an end in itself, it is even defined as a feature of a countries national values. What all these laws do is drive a wedge between men and women, particularly over time as men come to feel that they are undervalued. And that is the whole point, to drive a wedge between men and women, the Autonomous Individual doesn't have groups loyalty's. No they are Autonomous, without anything holding them back, the more society is destroyed the more Liberalism achieves it ultimate goal and we can all become fully human.
The real problem with all of these laws is that they are Unprincipled Exceptions, they all say women aren't really equal to men so we will force men and women to believe or at least say that they are equal. Equal pay laws weren't designed to have men paid the same as women, they were designed so that women would be paid the same as men. Sexual harassment laws were designed to protect women not men, but if they are equal how can women need protection? There is the irony, every law designed to push equality shows that equality does not exist, if it did the laws wouldn't be needed, the law wouldn't even be possible.
Marriage, family and a belief that we are building the future allows both men and women to see and encourage the virtues in each other. But single life does not, it encourages men and women's vice's, we come to see the opposite sex not as partners in life, not in a shared future, but as rivals, as people who seek to hurt us and do us harm. As people that we needs things from but who we do not wholly trust or respect. That leads to relationships were people expect to exploit their partner. It is not a virtuous life, how can it be?
Liberalism loves to talk about how virtuous it is about how it believes in big and grand ideas, but ideas have consequences and when men and women view each other as untrustworthy, as people who deserve little or no respect Liberalism is to blame. It set us up to fail and we have. Liberalism always wants the credit but it's time it started taking the blame.
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