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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Whoa, Womyn

     Back in the day, a principal tenet of feminism was that women were more than their reproductive parts, that they must be appreciated for their intelligence, their talents, their skills, their personhood. Fast forward to more recent days, in which women in Austin drew genitalia and reproductive organs on their shirts and bedecked posters with a fringe of tampons, all in order to protest a restriction on the abortion of larger babies. Warned of a plan to throw used feminine items at legislators, police began to confiscate said items, used or not. They also found jars of urine and feces in the ladies' possession, because they're so necessary to public discourse. Now, persons of female genderhood, I ask you, how is it that you wish people to see you? You, in the vulva suit, do you offer a principled and logical case for your position? Or is your rhetoric limited to "If you can't say it, don't regulate it"? In the name of women's rights, you are presenting yourselves as brainless sluts, who want nothing more than to screw around, kill the babies, and screw around some more.
     Choice, choice, you cry, but there is no choice-- certainly not for women who love their husbands and children and want to be home to care for them.  Actress Kirsten Dunst felt the wrath when she said in an interview, “I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued. We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking—it’s a valuable thing my mom created. And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armor. I’m sorry. You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That’s why relationships work.”
     Making up your own mind is good, right? Not to Erin Gloria Ryan, fervent feminist writer on a site called “Jezebel.”  She wrote, “Kirsten Dunst is not paid to write gender theory, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that she’s kind of dumb about it.” In feminist circles, they used to say that women should never bad-mouth each other, but I guess that only applies to lousy novels. The charming Miss Ryan seems to think one must be a paid feminist theoretician in order to be allowed to have an opinion. Actual women living actual lives? “Shut up,” she explained.
     By the way, the title of her commentary was “Kirsten Dunst Thinks Ladies in Relationships Should Wife the F**k Out.” She’d fit right in with the militants of Austin, for whom noise and vulgarity are the keys to success. This former (thank God) feminist has an opinion, authorized or not: Abortion-obsessed haters of men and marriage, you have thrown away the best of womanhood--and adulthood, come to think of it--betrayed the early ideals of feminism, and become obnoxious harridans. You should be ashamed.