Friday, February 27, 2009

A Cutting-Edge Summary

I will shortly send you away from here for some off-shore reading.

Factory has a nicely-written post on his Hunting for Archetypes blog which, in my considered opinion, neatly buttons up the current state-of-the-art for MRA-craft. He manages to hit a series of points which I deem critical and quintessential to the historical moment, and which everybody in our sector ought to take on board.

But I'll inject a few thoughts of my own here. In the course of my blogging, I hope I have made clear, if nothing else, that the time for argument is past. If I haven't made that clear, please let me know and I'll try harder! ;)

It is no task of ours to answer to feminism in any way, but rather the reverse: they must answer to us. But first, they must be given to understand the politically objective state of affairs, so that a dawning realization of their objective position will swing them around to the correct orientation. And for this, proper mobilization of our growing numbers ought to do the trick. The proliferation of angry, heckling voices, along with other signals from the non-feminist sector, will back them slowly, pitilessly, relentlessly to the wall.

For the present, they find shelter within their customary citadels of government, academia, moderated web forums and professional briar-patches—for such is their power base. But the heat from the street is rising; the grassroots are swarming with new and unexpected dangers, and the day will come when fifth-columnists on their own turf will betray them in critical numbers. And they will cast their eyes wildly about them, not knowing any longer who their actual friends and enemies are. . .

But I say it again: the time for argument is past. I know this, we know this, and they. . . yes, they know it too! For they have caught the shift in the wind, the raw edge in our voices, the acid gleam in our eyes. That is why they have put together a new satchel of tricks.

So it is very much as Factory advises: if you choose to engage them whatsoever, maintain the talk at the level of the "big picture". This effectively keeps things outside the realm of argument altogether. For us, such a game is more like a turkey-shoot because it sets them in a realm of moral questions where they cannot hope to answer honorably for themselves.

On that note, I send you forth:

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Now It Can Be Told:
Literal Femi-Nazis in History!

A recently published book reveals that women were implicated in the atrocities of the Nazi era to a far greater extent than is commonly believed or officially acknowledged. It appears that some historiographical revision may be in order. The following snippets are taken from an online article in the UK Telegraph, which talks about the book and its pertaining issues:
In Nazi art, films and magazines, women were always portrayed as the fairer sex, . . . . . . But a new book by the historian Kathrin Kompisch has revealed a very different reality. . . .

Many women were in fact used as assistants to the doctors who sterilised and murdered disabled people and as guards in the concentration camps . . .

"Women typed the statistics of the murdered victims of the SS Action Squads in the east, operated the radios which called up for more bullets, were invariably the secretaries - and sometimes much more - in all the Gestapo posts," she said. "And at the end of the war they tried to diminish their responsibility by saying they were just cogs in the all-male machine which gave the orders." . . . .

The high-testosterone, all-male hierarchy of the Nazi state blocked out women from leadership positions from the very start, but the regime actively encouraged female participation in enforcing the Nazi terror at grassroots levels.

Most "Blockwaerts" - apartment house snoops who reported on un-Nazi activities to the party - were women, who denounced their neighbours to the Gestapo if they suspected them of being ideologically unsound or Jewish.

The surviving files of the Gestapo in the city of Duesseldorf noted that women "try to change the power balance of the household by denouncing their husbands as spies or Communists or anti-Nazis." . . . . .

Some 3,200 women served in the concentration camps. Female guards were generally low-to-middle class and had little or no work experience, although SS records show that some were matrons, hairdressers, tram conductors or retired teachers.

Go here to read the full article:

Now, if I were a feminist, I might gain some comfort from knowing that the Nazi state was a high-testosterone male hierarchy. Really, it goes to show that men were the true driving force behind it all, and women just got sucked along by that riptide through no wish of their own. . . .

Right . . . ???


A random blog reports on this:

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Heavy-Duty Reading Material - For Free!

The following is a list of academic journal articles in PDF format, now available from Sage Publications for free download! Don't you just love free stuff? I know I do!

As you will note, this material is in the domain of "social science". And it is my considered opinion that some of these items have counter-feminist or gender-political relevance—which is why I am bringing this to your attention.

Crime & Delinquency
  • Ranked 2/29 in Criminology & Penology

  • Social Control, Serious Delinquency, and Risky Behavior:
    A Gendered Analysis

    Jeb A. Booth, Amy Farrell, Sean P. Varano

    Whistle-Blowing and the Code of Silence in Police Agencies:
    Policy and Structural Predictors

    Gary R. Rothwell, J. Norman Baldwin

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    Criminal Justice and Behavior: An International Journal

  • Ranked 3/29 in Criminology & Penology; 35/87 in Psychology, Clinical

  • Free Access to Criminal Justice & Behavior
    Click here to access full-text article from Volume 35 (2008). Free access is available until March 31, 2009.

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    Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment

  • Ranked 4/29 in Criminology & Penology; 37/87 in Psychology, Clinical

  • Recidivism Rates for Registered and Nonregistered Juvenile Sexual Offenders
    Elizabeth J. Letourneau and Kevin S. Armstrong

    Journal of Reseach in Crime & Delinquency

  • Ranked 7/29 in Criminology & Penology

  • Gang Membership as a Risk Factor for Adolescent Violent Victimization
    Terrance J. Taylor, Dana Peterson, Finn-Aage Esbensen, Adrienne Freng

    Punishment & Society

  • Ranked 9/29 in Criminology & Penology

  • Public Protection, Partnership and Risk Penality: The Multi-Agency Risk Management of Sexual and Violent Offenders
    Hazel Kenshall, Mike Maguire

  • Ranked 10/29 in Criminology & Penology; 14/30 in Family Studies; 27/57 in Psychology, Applie

  • Youth Gang Membership and Serious Violent Victimization: The Importance of Lifestyles and Routine Activities
    Terrance J. Taylor, Adrienne Freng, Finn-Aage Esbensen, Dana Peterson

    Theoretical Criminology

  • Ranked 12/29 in Criminology & Penology

  • Symbolizing crime control: Reflections on Zero Tolerance
    Tim Newburn, Trevor Jones

    International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

  • Ranked 15/29 in Criminology & Penology; 40/57 in Psychology, Applied

  • Power, Anger, and Sadistic Rapists: Toward a Differentiated Model of Offender Personality

    Angela Pardue, Bruce A. Arrigo

    The Prison Journal: An International Forum on Incarceration and Alternative Sanctions

  • Ranked 21/29 in Criminology & Penology

  • Life Without Parole, America's Other Death Penalty: Notes on Life Under Sentence of Death by Incarceration
    Robert Johnson, Sandra McGunigall-Smith

    Social & Legal Studies: An International Journal

  • Ranked 23/29 in Criminology & Penology; 81/100 in Law; 42/57 in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary

  • The Demon Drink and the Demonized Woman: Socio-Sexual Stereotypes and Responsibility Attribution in Rape Trials Involving Intoxicants
    Emily Finch, Vanessa E. Munro

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    And let me tell you . . . it was quite an education! :*{

    Thursday, February 19, 2009

    This is Subtle

    Yes, this is subtle. However, I know that the readers of this blog are subtle people. So. . . subtle things will not be wasted on them, eh? ;)

    Printed versions of this disruptor meme are suitable for distribution at V-Day events, or for paving the road in front of "Take Back the Night" marches!

    Or for spreading around certain kinds of cultural ecosystems, wherever such environments might be located . . .

    Saturday, February 07, 2009

    "Women Were Oppressed" and All that Sort of Thing . . . .

    Here is another guest column by a correspondent, which arrived via the alpha channel yesterday. I think you will agree it is high-octane material!
    Dear Fidelbogen,

    Forgive me. But as the last post on CF garnered forty-some responses, (not all of them relevant) my mind has been over-productive lately. . . . .

    To quote from a previous post on CF:

    "Opinions regarding sexual politics mirror the fact that we live in a feminist culture. Feminism is no longer a form of what Foucault termed "subjugated knowledges." Rather, the reverse is true. The critical analysis of feminist thinking, now found mainly on the internet, is closer to currently "repressed" knowledge. "

    To wit:

    This is a man's world only in a metaphorical or superficial sense. It is not a "male dominated" world imposed on women. Rather, it is a world built on the common expectations of men and women. What some call "patriarchy" has been just as much a creation of women's traditional expectations as men's.

    The above assertion contradicts the feminist's tenet that: "Men define women." We replace it with the more anthropological view that men's and women's roles are defined by the expectations of both sexes..

    More philosophically, feminist theory revises the Hobbesian theorist's version of citizenship that posits consent and voluntarism as the basis for social relationships in civil society. Where as Hobbesian theory is concerned with the social contract, feminist theory seeks to explain the origins of the "sexual contract." In point of fact, feminists writers and women's studies groups raise the topic of origins as if feminist strategy cannot be discussed without some prior discussion of it, no matter how brief. Driven by a feminist desire to prove conquest, the feminist origin story relies on conjecture and stereotypes when historical and textual accuracy are impossible. It also fails to recognize that evolutionary transformations are far more gradual (and blameless) than their metaphorical 'sexual contract' relates.

    The feminist narrative begins with an "original rape" where men take away women's edenic autonomy by claiming both women and their children for themselves. These events are presumably caused by a male "need" to possess others as their property in the pejorative sense. Note: This is a stereotypical description of "pre-patriarchal" male behavior rather than an explanation for it—founded on the presumption that men are just naturally abusive, beasts that they are.

    While the social contract is a hypothetical device, feminist treatment of the sexual contract implies that it was factual history, now manifest in the institutions and practices of contemporary society. As we might expect, this way of thinking has it that men's "naked self-interest" has been tamed by a civil society whose trajectory is now being determined by feminism's effects. In short, owing to feminism, the old "sexual contract" is being dismantled and men reformed.

    With this political "just so story" in place, young women in the humanities are told of their sex's historical oppression under the patriarchy. (Not of their sex's part in creating it.) From here their lives are problematized by feminists whose aim is to indoctrinate new recruits for the struggle ahead. Supposedly, this struggle will not be over until young girls in the future can open their history books and read of as many great women as great men.

    Feminism strives for a continuity of purpose in its ranks against the "patriarchy" whose simple, monstrous image must be retained in all of its precision. The monster too must be said to have a continuity of purpose. Origin stories of the monster's repressive beginnings and subsequent transgressions are told. Signs of the monster's evil purpose are reported everywhere. Feminism can only hope to weaken, to break down the monster.
    Destroying the monster, feminists would have to absent themselves from it and such exteriority is possible only by living in another world—a fanciful matriarchal world.

    Intellectual sympathy for feminism may be loosening within the general public. Nevertheless, feminism is, at least among liberals, a sacred cow. Poking at it, let along killing it, is taboo. One fact seldom mentioned about feminist truth is that like most truth, it is founded upon a repetitious reasoning referred to an argumentum ad populum: generalities, cliches, slogans, platitudes, sanctimonious claptrap, statistics without context, and old fashioned hyperbole.

    For example, here is one common platitude:

    Once upon a time, prior to the feminist movement, "women had no say".. or so they say. At least in Western democracies, where leadership is chosen by the vote, it's been a slow slog for women to the top.. However, democracy as we know it is relatively new.. Monarchism was the rule before it. And in monarchies, many women rose to the top and many had "more say" than even feminists would want....

    Consider this statement by Queen Victoria,

    "I am most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of 'Women's Rights', with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feelings and propriety. Feminists ought to get a good whipping. Were woman to 'unsex' themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings and would surely perish without male protection."

    The queen was rather shrill.

    Let's choose another example: The fact that women rose to power and had plenty of "say" is best encapsulated in this complaint by Émilie du Châtelet (17 December 1706 -- 09 October 1749) a French mathematician, physicist, and author,

    "I feel the full weight of the prejudice which so universally excludes us from the sciences; it is one of the contradictions in life that has always amazed me, seeing that the law allows us to determine the fate of great nations, but that there is no place where we are trained to think ... Let the reader ponder why, at no time in the course of so many centuries, a good tragedy, a good poem, a respected tale, a fine painting, a good book on physics has ever been produced by a woman. Why these creatures whose understanding appears in every way similar to that of men, seem to be stopped by some irresistible force, but until they do, women will have reason to protest against their education. ... I am convinced that many women are either unaware of their talents by reason of the fault in their education or that they bury them on account of prejudice for want of intellectual courage. My own experience confirms this. Chance made me acquainted with men of letters who extended the hand of friendship to me. ... I then began to believe that I was a being with a mind ... "

    Châtelet's observation is not that women lack positions of power, but rather that what her sex lacked in achievements was due to a lack of emphasis on their education. Her voice is missing the misandrist tone common to modern day feminism in that she does not blame men specifically but society as a whole. Indeed, her own experience with men of letters shows that far from suffering prejudice, her intellect was roundly welcomed. Is Émilie du Châtelet's experience with men an aberration? After all, modern accounts of great women never fail to allude to the trials they endured owing to masculine insecurity. Of course, these same accounts never—and I mean absolutely never—credit those men who gladly encouraged and supported these same women in their endeavors.

    Consider the Men's League for Women's Suffrage, whose numbers included several leaders of the Labour Party, including James Keir Hardie, George Lansbury and Philip Snowdon. Frederick Pethick-Lawrence helped to fund Votes for Women and provided bail for nearly a thousand members of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) who were arrested for breaking the law. How often do feminist pay their respects to these men? Probably about as often as our modern educational system informs students of their existence. The need to cast men as the enemy is apparently greater than the need to not to. How many students even know that most men could not vote in the United States until the presidency of Andrew Jackson? The general presumption is that voting is a "natural right" men have always possessed—and denied women. In actuality, voting, like drawing straws, was first a practice, just something people did to facilitate group action. That a few men, probably organizing in and amongst themselves toward the attainment of various goals, were first to institute the practice of voting is not considered.
    The fact that voting is a practice that took time to evolve is also lost on the public. Instead, it deems voting a "natural right," that once conceived, ought to have been immediately extended universally to all!

    Popular culture's understanding of history is almost entirely stereotypical. These stereotypes are, in turn, derived from modern lore about the past. (The sort of stuff you might see on PBS or the History Channel) ) Consequently,
    our normative image of the past is one in which women (as a class) were ever struggling against their male oppressor's machinations to keep them down. More often than not, we are told, with no little amount of indignation that, "Women were mere chattels, under foot, with no say!" The imagery is effective and thoroughly depressing. The fact that, not too long ago, most women thought personality differences were "in the blood," that the differences between men and women were ingrained by nature, that the moral world they inhabited was given by God is now irrelevant to ourBlockquote understanding of women's position in the world. Far from having brought their own morality down upon their own heads, the current picture of women prior to the 1960s is that they were unwitting dupes of male conspiracy; brainwashed by men to accept their "second class citizenship." Naturally, in as much as people continue to prefer simple answers and simple explanations, this dreary and colorless view of women's previous social status unfortunately prevails. This view is redoubled again and again by ethnocentric accounts of the suffering of women in other cultures. The "patriarchy" serves as the default explanations from everything from female circumcision to honor killings. That such practices would not exist were it not for "patriarchy" is, of course, a proposition without proof. Unfortunately, as with explanations of the universe that invoke supra-natural agency, few people consider the validity of facts based on faulty logic.