Thursday, September 3, 2009

Feminism/Gender Roles/"Choice"

I was inspired to write this after looking around Conservapedia a bit, and I looked around because I edited my last post talking about it. I looked at an extremely generalized article about Feminism. The whole page is ridiculous. I pulled this from the quote section:

"The feminista agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians" - Pat Robertson, fundraising letter, 1992

This quote alone pissed me off. He's wrong in the first sentence alone, let alone him being extremely judgmental of feminism. Since when did most feminists want to kill their children and practice witchcraft? That might've been just one crazy bitch, but because of her, these guys have this thought in their mind that every feminist is like this. Either that or they're more than likely just blowing shit out of their asses. Hell, he's quoting Pat Robertson anyway.

The same guy who said that accepting homosexuals would cause massive storms, terrorism, and even have a fucking meteor hit the Earth.

And he obviously still has that primitive thought that being gay is a choice. "To be gay, or not to be gay? That is the question." Honestly, people who still think that it's a choice to be gay should choose to be gay for a while. And no trying to get out of it by calling it a "pseudo-argument." It's not because it's more solid proof than most anything out there. It's certainly more solid than just saying that it's a choice, especially considering the fact that you likely didn't choose your orientation, either. If you complain that the request is biased into getting the other side to admit my viewpoint, then that would mean that I would be closer to being right anyway, so I suggest taking my challenge. If you prove me wrong that it can be a choice, fine, but even then it's not just a choice. Some people are hardwired that way, such as myself. When I was a little girl, I actually tried to act straight for a while and it didn't work. I simply do not find men and those repulsive things called penises attractive. I even had Conservative parents and was Christian for a short period in my life, and I'm still a lesbian, so don't even throw your fucking scriptures at me thinking I'll change. They won't work because they never have.

Now, on to another part of the article, a part that generalizes feminism. In other words, they think that the claims they make are actually true as opposed to doing research, or even thinking, perhaps, that not all feminists are like this. Anyway, here's the list:

"believe that there are no meaningful differences between men and women"

-Except for biological differences, there actually has been proven to be no true difference. These guys would know that if they studied Sociology. Just look up Margaret Mead and read about her studies on gender roles in different cultures. She proved that it's all learned behavior.

"oppose chivalry and even feign insult at harmless displays of it"

-I have no idea where they got this one, but it seems that they got it out of judgmental bullshit from personal experiences that they had. That's my best guess, but it seems to be the most possible thing considering how they worded the phrase. Otherwise, I've never heard of it, and it could be that certain feminists are just bitches, not all of them. Again, a generalization.

"view traditional marriage as unacceptably patriarchal"

-Of course we do. There are some sexist things about traditional weddings. The father of the bride handing her off to the husband as if she's some kind of present, the husband tossing the bride's garter belt, and don't even get me fucking started on the outfits. If you persistently demand that I wear a dress of any kind, don't be surprised if you wake up in the hospital. I'm obviously joking, but I'll certainly be quite pissed and you may get slapped anyway if you're enough of an asshole about it.

"shirk traditional gender activities, like baking"

-This is not a bad thing. I don't know why they're bitching about it. You can cook for yourselves. Granted, I don't mind cooking, but you can do it, too. I'll be damned if my only purpose would be to serve you. Help out once in a while. It's not impossible or even difficult.

"support affirmative action for women"

-What kind of jackass would consider that a bad thing? Well, okay, that's an easy answer: the guys who made Conservapedia. The site claims to be for America and all that, yet it seeks to reduce freedoms? Wasn't America founded as a country that supports, oh, I don't know . . . FREEDOM!?

"detest women who are happy in traditional roles, such as housewives, and especially dislike those who defend such roles"

-I will admit that I find it annoying sometimes, but I'm also fine if the traditional role takes place every now and then. I'm not for a total reform. Again, free country, everybody can do what they want. If you'd like to be a housewife, then that's fine, but I certainly hope that not every wife absolutely has to stay at home, either.

"prefer that women wear pants rather than dresses, presumably because men do"

-Again, free country, let women do what they want, but I also don't want it so that only women are encouraged to wear skirts. I encourage men to do the same if they choose to. However, I personally don't want to wear skirts and dresses. I'd rather not allow anyone a quite high chance of seeing my underwear.

Pictured: reason why I don't wear dresses or skirts.

"seek women in combat in the military just like men, and coed submarines"

-Again, the equality issue. I think I've said enough about it.

"refuse to take her husband's last name when marrying"

-There's really no reason to do it other than tradition, and I don't consider tradition an excuse. In fact, I consider tradition to be a freedom-limiting value, and usually shouldn't even have to be followed unless there is a solid, logical/ethical reason. For the last name bit, I've never seen one. The only decent reason I've heard from a guy is from an old friend of mine who was one of the last two passing down his name (he and his brother), so he wanted to try and keep passing it down. His girlfriend agreed on it. That works fine for me; not tradition.

"distort historical focus onto female figures, often overshadowing important events (Eg: Henry VIII's wives take precedence in common knowledge to his actual reign.)"

-Again, I have no idea where they got this.

Even so, Henry VIII was an asshole. 'Nuff said.

"object to being addressed as "ma'am""

-I know some women hate it, but not all women who hate it are feminists. I personally don't mind. In fact, one of my male friends was called ma'am a few times, and even he didn't give a shit.

There's more bullshit in that article, but I'll stop there. I feel satisfied enough for now.

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