Meet Monika Ebeling -- A Woman Who
"The city of Goslar is currently showing the world how the “gender wars” look from Lower Saxony. For about one and one-half years now, there has been an ongoing fight over the city’s Equal Opportunity Commissioner, Monika Ebeling. The peak was reached last Tuesday: the Leftists in the city council submitted a proposal to remove her from office, supported by the SPD and the Greens. The accusation: the 51 year-old was only concerned about the suffering of men, and not about the suffering of women. The CDU fraction’s leadership countered by accusing them of conducting a “witch hunt”."So much for "equality". . . eh? But then, if a substantial bloc of people are NOT concerned about the suffering of men, it is only natural, reasonable and non-evitable that a counter-bloc will coalesce into existence, at some point, which is "equally" not concerned about the suffering of women! And I cannot in good conscience raise any objection to such a development, when and if it occurs. For such a development would serve to make things symmetrical (if nothing else), and symmetry may be counted as a form of "equality", don't you think so?
Mind you, I am NOT saying that Monika Ebeling is unconcerned about the suffering of women -- that would be presumptuous of me. But in light of both the political context and the likely trajectory of its future evolution, I deem it morally acceptable to not be concerned about the suffering of women. Certainly, there is no social-contractual obligation for any man to feel any such concern, much less act upon it. And I shall retract this statement when and only when certain objective political imbalances have been corrected. "Equality" is a bitch, don't you think so?
Let me add that I speak only of women in the abstract. As to any individual woman, my concern with her individual suffering will be indexed to my opinion of her as an individual, and what she is worth to me as an individual. I am the final court of appeal in all such judgment calls.
I thank Michael, of Germany, for bringing this story to my attention. You can read the full version (in English) here:
Michael, mentioned above, has just left the following comment on this post:
"Goslar is quite a small city, and probably this story wouldn't have gotten so much attention without MRA groups making it public. And then a funny, new thing happened: A LOT of big newspapers and magazines (German equivalents of "Time" or "Newsweek") reported and commented about it, asking the Goslar city council "What is going on here? After all she's an equal opportunities comissioner and why isn't she allowed to support men?" Some articles even disapprovingly pointed to "networks of old-style feminists" being the cause of firing Monika Ebeling. So basically, the main stream media called a spade a spade and got away with it. This is new, and it could well be those "old style feminists" in Goslar are still pulling their hairs out as we speak for making the mistake of firing Monika Ebeling. They got more attention than they bargained for, and not in a good way.
"There is change in the air. Feminists and their doings get perceived in a much more different and critical way than 2 or 3 years ago. And undoubtedly this is because of the men's rights movement and its increasing influence onto public opinion. It's working, people! :-)"