Feminism is the Ladies Auxiliary of Liberalism. It likes to think of itself as a separate and distinct philosophy. But it's job has always been to extend Liberal thinking from 'men only' to include women. What that means is that Liberal men support Feminism, because they correctly think of it as 'their' philosophy. Put another way Liberalism and Feminism are in most regards the same philosophy.
Liberalism makes many claims about itself, many of them quite grandiose, however it is quite shy about many of it's achievements. It does not like to talk about how it achieved it's long list of 'reforms'. In 1800, there was no civil divorce, women rarely got custody of the children, women couldn't own property, they couldn't vote and abortion was both a sin and illegal.
Today all of those things are legal, and they are regarded as great achievements that Feminism brought to the world.
So who made civil divorce legal? Liberal men did.
Who made no fault divorce legal? Liberal men
Who made sure that women got custody of the children? Liberal men
Who gave women property rights? Liberal men
Who gave women the vote? Liberal men
Who legalized abortion? Liberal men
Isn't Feminism supposed to be about female liberation?
But here is the dirty little secret of Feminism, it has hardly achieved anything by itself. It has always had men do the hard work while it took the credit.
Liberalism rejects human nature, man is not made in the image of God, man is self-made. Feminism says that women is also self-made. In other words we are not part of nature, but outside and above nature. We can transform nature and ourselves. It also means that our natural desires are unnatural, because we are not part of nature, so it is impossible for us to have natural desires. Breaking up human nature is part of the Liberal and therefore the Feminist projects.
It does not matter whether something is good or bad for people. If a particular policy hurts women, that is neither here or there, what matters is, is it good for the project? Is it good for creating the Autonomous Individual? That is what matters.
Feminism does not work to support or protect women, it serves a Master not a Mistress.
It's Master is Liberalism and Liberalism aim is to destroy the world as it is and to create a perfect world. A Liberal world, the world of the Autonomous Individual.
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I couldn't agree more.ReplyDelete
This is also something MRM-men and red pill -me should realize. I mean they like to blame women for everything. This proves they haven't read their history: men have created this society. Women have, of course, played happily along and propably made things even worse, but still: men got all the power, they still do. Women only react to circumstances. They do not start things.
I actually wrote about this a month ago, that it is not woman's business to try to change the world.
Hard to argue with this Mr Moncrieff. Spot on. The really big changes were made in the middle and later parts of the nineteenth century - by liberal men. Even the key doctrine was written by liberal men (e.g. J.S. Mill "The subjection of women" 1869). Once the liberal state was ready to run with feminism (from roughly 1850 onwards) it did so - the feminist "movement" as such (i.e. as something larger than a relatively small group of intellectual women) came later.ReplyDelete
BTW, love the opening line "Feminism is the Ladies Auxiliary of Liberalism" - will try to remember this and use it myself.ReplyDelete