Feminism, Cultural Marxism and Permanent Revolution

Ever notice how the far Left demonizes people who offer practical ideas on how to help fix a problem? Emily Yoffe of the liberal website Slate advised young women entering college that getting blacked out drunk at parties is not a good idea when it comes to rape prevention, and feminists naturally went nuts.

Young women everywhere — not to mention their mothers — ought to be thanking Yoffe. Instead, she’s being pilloried.

A “rape denialism manifesto” full of “plain old victim-blaming,” Lori Adelman wrote on the feminist blog Feministing.com. Erin Gloria Ryan, on Jezebel.com, accused Yoffe of “admonishing women for not doing enough to stop their own rapes.”

In an ideal world a young woman should be able to go to a party, take ten shots of whiskey with a GHB chaser and go home unharmed. Common sense tells us that that isn’t the way the world works, but common sense solutions are never what the Left wants. RS McCain writes,

This feminist nonsense is perfectly understandable once you recognize that the whole point of endless ranting about the evils of the oppressive patriarchy is to absolve women of responsibility for their own failures.

This is true to an extent, insofar as feminism (and the Left in general) seeks to infantilize women by shielding them from responsibility. The other problem for the Left, though, is that an imperfect but common sense solution to a problem actually helps to fix something. which gets in the way of the permanent sense of grievance that Cultural Marxism demands.

If date rape stopped today, a big chunk of what keeps campus feminists employed and active would be gone. Likewise, if all racism ended today, there would be little use for Ethnic Studies professors. The project of Cultural Marxism (or Cultural Studies) is to find and exploit divisions between people to create a state of permanent agitation. In this perverse worldview, fixing problems is counterproductive.

Update: Linked at The Camp of the Saints and The Other McCain.

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5 comments

  1. The Arbourist

    Common sense tells us that that isn’t the way the world works,

    Indeed. It’s still mostly socially acceptable to rape women and then blame them for getting raped. That should change, and articles support the status quo like Yoffe’s should be called for perpetuating an ideal that is harmful to women.

    Wow, that was easy.

    This is true to an extent, insofar as feminism (and the Left in general) seeks to infantilize women by shielding them from responsibility.

    Do feel free to misinterpret and distort ideas you don’t understand. I know it is easier to rail against the boogymen you make up about the Left and Feminism. 🙂

    If date rape stopped today, a big chunk of what keeps campus feminists employed and active would be gone.

    And they would be happily unemployed because women were not being raped so frequently by men. Wow, better world already.

    The project of Cultural Marxism (or Cultural Studies) is to find and exploit divisions between people to create a state of permanent agitation.

    The status quo is frakking amazing if happen to be working for you. Not so much if you’re getting the short end of the stick. Damn agitators wanting to change things for the better.

    • Chandler's Ghost

      Indeed. It’s still mostly socially acceptable to rape women and then blame them for getting raped.

      Do you live in Afghanistan? Otherwise, that’s an awfully bold assertion to make without backing it up.

      Do feel free to misinterpret and distort ideas you don’t understand. I know it is easier to rail against the boogymen you make up about the Left and Feminism.

      I understand that the world isn’t perfect and most likely never will be. There will always be scumbags who want to rape drunk women. How does railing against Emily Yoffe giving honest advice help this? Theory works better in theory than in practice.

      And they would be happily unemployed because women were not being raped so frequently by men. Wow, better world already.

      Okay, so this was hyperbole on my part. The whole point of this post was that there are people in academia, politics and media who make their livings perpetuating a grievance industry. The people attacking Yoffe, in my opinion, are doing just that.

      The status quo is frakking amazing if happen to be working for you. Not so much if you’re getting the short end of the stick. Damn agitators wanting to change things for the better.

      Which is exactly what Yoffe was trying to do. Fewer women being raped is a better world. Since Utopia isn’t coming any time soon, it’s better to prevent what we can.

      Added:Thank you for reading the full post and for being polite in your objections. I appreciate civil disagreement.

    • Oz

      “Fewer women being raped is a better world.” But you seem to object to women taking some responsibility for their own well being. Why is that? Would a woman have more or less responsibility if; after drinking herself into a stupor and, instead of being raped, gets into a car, drives away from the bar and kills someone in a crosswalk?

      • Chandler's Ghost

        Thanks for reading and commenting. I think that your analogy regarding personal responsibility is very apt. I can’t tell if The Arbourist decided that she wasn’t dealing with a complete moron and didn’t pursue the argument, or if she was just a drive-by commenter.