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 Is feminism useless?

26.03.20 This MM Ed’s wife agreed after some heated debate that the UN were just a pack of simpletons and that being intimacy co-coordinators was not on the cards for any MM editors. The real question is, will Covid-19 destroy the feminist movement? The separation rules cause an inability of simple minded members of the soft and cuddly sex being able to encourage each other, face to face, to be anti-male or whatever it is that causes them to develop ridiculous ideas such as gender fluidity and that kids of ten can select their gender for life. Carolyn Moynihan suggests that if the UN is correct feminism is useless if 90% of people are biased against women. (Mind you it could just be that the UN statistic is meaningless as is most of what they come up with).Are we bored with gender equality? Does the advent of International Women’s Day not make our hearts race? Just in case, the United Nations Development Programme came up with a sensational statistic for IWD 2020: “close to 90 percent of men and women hold some sort of bias against women,” reported the UN body in a press release.
Ninety percent! Of men and women! I mean, that must leave only the people who work for the UN and women’s studies departments who are not biased. After six decades of second wave feminism, can this be true?
The statistic comes from UNDP’s gender gnomes – sorry, that should be norms, the “new Gender Social Norms Index”, which “measures how social beliefs obstruct gender equality in areas like politics, work, and education, and contains data from 75 countries, covering over 80 percent of the world’s population.”
What data? Well, for example, “about half of the world’s men and women feel that men make better political leaders, and over 40 percent feel that men make better business executives and that men have more right to a job when jobs are scarce. 28 percent think it is justified for a man to beat his wife.”
Now, of course beating your wife, or anybody, is not a mere “bias”, it is straight out wrong. But whether men are better at any particular role in society is a matter of opinion. Call it bias if you like, but that is a rather patronising attitude to half the world’s population – male and female, remember. It sounds very like bias.
Let people change their ideas about social roles in their own time, UNDP, and don’t go around throwing meaningless statistics at us.
As it turns out, new roles for women are proliferating. Just take a look at the BBC 100 Women project. The Beeb names 100 influential and inspirational women around the world every year, and among those featured for IWD is a bioartist who has 3-D printed a beating heart, and several intimacy co-ordinators.
A what kind of co-ordinator, you ask?
Intimacy. As in, “The women helping Hollywood to shoot safer sex scenes”. This is a cutting-edge role created in the wake of #MeToo, and the BBC profile introduces them thus:
“Alicia Rodis walks onto set in New York with a mission: to oversee the shooting of a very complex – and daring – group sex scene for a TV series on a major US network. She’s there to make sure the director observes the intimacy boundaries set by each of the 30 actors taking part.
“She keeps track of the conditions of their consent on a big spreadsheet, to make sure everyone is comfortable when the camera rolls.”
Mind-bending stuff, and one of the fastest-growing professions across the entertainment industry, we are told.
But in the full 2019 list they are all there: athletes, politicians, lady historians revealing the true history of women in ancient times, full-time human rights and other rights – including transgender – activists, a space entrepreneur, Greta Thunberg, AOC, a professional boxer, a monk, a nun…
No national president or prime minister, true, but practically everything other role you can think of – and some you would never have thought of, such as a Japanese woman giving “a voice to women in sumo wrestling”.
Some of the above, at least, will be wives and/or mothers, but apparently none of them have distinguished themselves at that. Perhaps they have closed the power gap in their personal lives and their husbands or partners are looking after the home front.
Indeed, nowadays women seem to be doing pretty much what they want. Feminists have not been idle. Zealously, tirelessly, sleeplessly, day in, day out, year after year, for six long decades, those gals at the UN and their pals in the sisterhood have been preaching, hectoring, exhorting, fulminating, nagging (oops, sorry, slip of the tongue), pontificating that girls can do anything (except have babies).
And what is the result? “90 percent of men and women hold some sort of bias against women”.
If feminism were a business, it would declare bankruptcy.
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  • luk1955 26/03/2020, 7:50 am

    One of my uncles worked at a machine shop in WW2. Too old to fight. Women were hired to replace the male workers called to war. He said almost daily that the sport among the few remaining men was gathering to watch the women fight on lunch break.
    One of the delights I had in lab work for 20 years was working mostly on my own. No boss around to stifle the smooth running of the lab. We did have a gal in eh&s who delighted in causing problems amongst other employees, esp anything that resulted in “sexism”.
    Now I work in warehousing. We have one woman, an Asian, who blends in really well with the men and doesn’t go looking for trouble. May be that we are under camera surveillance in our workplace. Every mm covered by cameras.
    Can’t wait till I retire and not have to face this feminism problem in the workplace. For once being old will have at least one benefit.

  • Penguinite 26/03/2020, 8:31 am

    Feminism has eaten itself with over indulgence. Things like #me2 and overt homosexuality. Oh for the days of yore when men were men now half the women are too!

  • LadyMoonlight 26/03/2020, 9:48 am

    I have to admit that I am more inclined to vote for a male than a female (except Pauline Hanson at times). I am a traditional conservative; I truly do believe that woman can and should, do anything that they are capable of (without the lowering of what is expected from a male in the same job…for example, the Army); however, a woman who chooses to be a mother – her place is in the home caring for her children until they are off to school, and then only having a job where she is able to be home when they get home from school. Many women make the excuse that they have a home to pay off, or need this material possession – NO, learn to go without goodies and stay home and raise your kids and be a parent for god sake! When the kids are grown, then make a life for yourself. Nothing will change my mind on this and, yes, there are some disadvantages to this mindset; however, nothing matters more than being there for your kids, even if life is tough.

    • Penguinite 26/03/2020, 10:12 am

      Agree entirely Lady M! Since human time began it was the male’s job to bring home the bacon! That’s not to demean what women do in rearing the offspring etc. I blame the corporate world for their insistence, to Governments, that more workers were required. Reducing remuneration that more or less compelled both partners to work and pay for someone to care for the children. The kids that missed out on the supplementary care are, most likely, the ones causing society a problem today. That and marriage break-ups. We are now being bludgeoned by The UN to further dilute our society with people from distant lands that don’t believe in life as we once did. The consequences are all too obvious!

    • Neville 27/03/2020, 1:02 am

      Bang on the money, LM!

  • ibbit 26/03/2020, 11:09 am

    A quick answer – YES!

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