Behold, a Tangled Web!
"THIS essay examines the idea of tolerance in our advanced industrial society. The conclusion reached is that the realization of the objective of tolerance would call for intolerance toward prevailing policies, attitudes, opinions, and the extension of tolerance to policies, attitudes, and opinions which are outlawed or suppressed. In other words, today tolerance appears again as what it was in its origins, at the beginning of the modern period--a partisan goal, a subversive liberating notion and practice. Conversely, what is proclaimed and practiced as tolerance today, is in many of its most effective manifestations serving the cause of oppression."
The link below will download the full text as a PDF file:
I notice that the file is hosted on a server at Evergreen State College, in Olympia, WA., USA. Maybe some of you know something about the reputation of Evergreen!
But as I see it, the central difficulty inherent to this ideology is that it contains no built-in guarantee that the people who use it will do so intelligently or with moral self-clarity. Mutatis mutandis! There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and lip, and plenty of ways for mischief to creep in, or shoe-horn in. Marcuse and his lefty catechumens are too clever by half—not to imply that reactionary opinions like mine amount to a hill of beans!
This is given as background information. It reveals a lot about the roots of feminism, for feminist rhetoric is replete with Marcusian widgets and hidden standards! The flamboyant web personality Ginmar, who is known to scoff at the "fallacy" that there are "two sides to every story", furnishes a prime example. It is not difficult to guess the trough from which Ginmar directly or indirectly munches her oats.
Anyway: Go, read, study, grow in your counter-feminist erudition.