Let’s start with the post. As may or may not have become clear I’m “pro-choice”. Why? Well, it basically boils down to the Randian argument. Valuing actual life more than potential life. On the other hand, we get something like this:
In other words, this essentially allowed doctors to treat women and human beings who can think for themselves and make their own decisions, especially when it came to their bodies and their reproductive rights. We were no longer viewed as animals incapable of free thought and I’d like it to remain this way, for my sake and for my future daughters-should I have one- sake.
Which so hilariously misses the point it’s not even funny anymore. The gist of the argument by opponents is that abortion is murder. Now, personally I don’t accept that – partly because there’s no science to back it up (Christian nutjobs burning to prove me wrong: fuck off already) and partly (more importantly) because the fetus is a “parasite” latching onto the woman. It’s incapable of surviving outside of the woman’s body, it’s basically still part of the woman. Or, in the words of the Ayatollah: it’s only a potential life, not an actual life. Obviously, there comes a point where the fetus is capable of surviving outside of the woman’s body but seeing how rare those cases of late-term abortions are, I’m not really bothered by them (and the lack of justification for them) – just have the abortion already if you’re going to have it. (Incidentally, I’d personally only consider an abortion in one case – and in that one case I’d push real hard for it (think: it’s me or the baby). What case? Well, I’ll let Tucker Max say it:
Her “NO! You’re mean! What would you do if you had a retarded child?”
Me “I’d bash it’s head against a rock, and have another kid.”
Yes, I’m a horrible person.)
Anyway, back to our warrior-feminist. There’s obviously no case of human beings “thinking for themselves” when we’re talking about murder – while I might consider someone dying a good idea, that’s not really a choice I can make. So, the major point really isn’t addressed at all – if it’s a person, then you can’t abort it. If it isn’t – then you can. Why does it bother me? Well, terms like “reproductive rights” are bound to make my head spin.
Which brings us to the more general problem. What the fuck is it with feminism in the 21st century? What’s the bloody point? I really don’t get it. It might be a case of confusing positive with negative freedom (more on that later) but basically this is about as silly as the Iranian delegate to the UN’s human rights council telling Switzerland they really ought to improve their human rights situation. It’s strangely entertaining in a sick way but it really misses the point.
Let’s look at what feminists might complain about in the west today – which is what they enjoy doing most, not making reasonable claims about some backwater shithole (read: Muslim countries, African countries) doing all kinds of horrible shit.
- Women get paid less than men.
First of all, I consider this to be freedom of contract. There’s obviously no real reason to do this – apart from the fact that women really want to have their cake and eat it too. Let’s be honest: you can’t have a career and be a really caring mother. Sure, you might muddle through (I expect to) but if you want to live up to the high standards you’ve set, you won’t be able to put in the kind of hours that’s necessary for a real career. Obviously, my vision of a real career might differ somewhat from your’s. Solution? The Japanese way. Offer a motherhood and a career track. Give women a real choice. You want to have children? Well, we’re not gonna pick up the tab. You want to play with the boys? Sure, be our guest but NO CHILDREN.
That’s about everything I can come up with, too. There’s probably some other stupid bullshit about religion keeping women down (leave the church already – I’m in the process of doing so myself (or as a friend put it last night: so you’re lazily thinking about it)), husbands being evil shits who don’t do any work around the house, general attitudes in society being bad towards women, and going in all kinds of whacko dircetions from there, complaints about everything from pornography to women being whores and getting called out while men can sleep around and be respected for it.
Anyway, let’s finish this one. I basically consider feminism evil for the same reason “black pride” is evil: it’s collectivist. It’s about a (made-up) group rather than the individual. You want something special qua being female. This is where positive freedom comes into play. The government “oughta do something”. This leads to such rich stories as there being more female graduates than male graduates and yet men get all the decent jobs – here’s a hint: Women’s Studies isn’t gonna land you any kind of decent job. It’s a dead end.
Interesting to see how many engineering majors are on that list. Or economics. Biology. Chemistry. What, you don’t see them on there? NEITHER DO I!
Most of those majors listed are incredibly popular with women and emos. The same people who bitch about the world. See the fucking link?