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More on why I disagree with radical feminism


"Feminism is the belief that women and men are currently not equal".


The inequality does not always favour men. And inequalities of education, income wealth and race are also very strong. I am of the view that in western democracies, these inequalities are much more important than those arising from gender alone. And the existence of a social inequality in no way shows what, if anything, can be done to alleviate it. Thinking about gender inequality requires a very careful understanding of social psychology, the social nature of notions of right and wrong, and of economics, especially of the employment relation.


The fundamental problem with what Sommers calls gender feminism, is that it has failed to understand means and ends in social change, esp. the economic underpinnings of the world we live in. That failure to understand means that the only way the radfem dream can come true, is by authoritarian methods including political violence. Radfem is another flavour of the Marxist revolutionary project.


Last century, there was an ample body of revolutionary feminist writing that went undenounced. I do not believe that a truly "equal" society is achievable, if human rights, due process, the rule of law, and democratic deliberation are all fully respected. It is better to leave certain inequalities alone, rather than try to use public policy to stamp them out. Of only one thing I am certain: the rapid advance of scientific knowledge has put the entire human condition on fast forward. We live in an era of rapid and unexpected social change. Many social evils of the past have been overtaken by events, while a host of new evils have sprung up. Feminist reflection has not contributed to a better understanding of this situation.



Mallory Millet airs the dirty linen about her tyrannical sister Kate

I have copied this experience to here, because EP has been censoring of late my anti-feminist experiences. EP has never censored this blog.

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Front Page is owned by David Horowitz, a red diaper baby turned 1960s radical turned neocon. I do not always agree with the neocons, such as their fear and loathing of Islam and their unconditional support for Israel.

Kate Millet was one of the hard core 20th century radfems. Her book Sexual Politics made waves 35-45 years ago, and was much assigned in college classes. Around 1990, she published a memoir revealing mental health issues, and very quickly her name disappeared from the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic and the New York Times. Millet is now 80. Very recently, her younger sister Mallory decided to air the family dirty linen, and to out Kate as a totalitarian nut case. The link splendidly confirms what I have been saying since the 1970s, that radfem is a totalitarian movement, whose wishes cannot come true without great political violence. I have also wisecracked for many years that radfem is "Marxism applied to the genitalia".

See the link in the first comment below.

There is a germ of truth to Marxism, namely social and political conflict grounded in the envy of some of the real and imagined economic well being of others.  Classes are real, as is class conflict. Where Marxism went wrong is arguing that the outcome of the class struggle is foreordained, and that government ownership of a nation's physical capital would make most of us better off. 20th century history taught us that capitalism is always reinventing itself, while Communism is incapable of innovating except in showcase projects such as nuclear weapons and space exploration. I love the fact that the Russians could build a space station in orbit around the earth, but not a comfortable bra.

Likewise, there is a germ of truth to radfem, namely that the Industrial Revolution privileged economic activity which men are willing to do and that women prefer to avoid: mines and factories and engineering. The Industrial Revolution put at centre stage physics, chemistry, and engineering, intellectual domains which most women shy away from. This situation privileged males at marginalised women. Radfem went wrong in failing to note that their discontent was grounded in the Industrial Revolution, and that that Revolution died over the course of the second half of the 20th century.  Since 1956, a majority of American employees work in services. The share of mines and manufacturing in total employment has steadily declined. The North Atlantic economy is more and more based on the processing of ideas and on human interaction, activities at which many women excel. The willingness to work dirty sweaty jobs of the sort that women disdain, is far less important than used to be the case.

Feminists and non-feminists are poles apart

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Meet Sabrina Dacos

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Reply to an American male puzzled by penis shame and conformity

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Guest Post by an Angry Intactivist American Male

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Comment I made in the blog of a sex positive British women.

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Guest Post by an Intactivist Mother

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Letter to an American woman who got into a bitter verbal fight with several intactivists.

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Reply to an American woman who said she preferred sex with circumcised men

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Infant circumcision and Chinese footbinding

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Comment left in an Australian blog

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My discovery of Herb Goldberg

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Letter to a middle aged Jewish woman who opposes bris and RIC

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Letter to an American mother curious about how men feel about RIC

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Comment left in a Jewish blog

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Chris Hitchens on circumcision

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Reflections on the Disintegration of Detroit

1900-29, Detroit was the Silicon Valley of its day, because Detroit was where the cheap mass produced automobile, purchased on installments thanks to consumer credit. Just as Steve Jobs invented the mass produced desktop computer, Detroit invented the motor car that any family that was not destitute could afford.  The Depression hit Detroit hard, but it boomed again in WWII with defence procurement.

But then four grim and consequential facts occured.
  • Detroit lost 300,000 people in the 1950s. All I know about that era was that the huge Packard plant closed. Detroit lost population in every subsequent decade;
  • There were terrible race riots in 1943 and 1967;
  • Detroit public schools became majority AA around 1965;
  • Between 1967 and 1972, Detroit experienced an explosive rise in murder, other violent crime, and narcotic use.
These four facts led to the worst episode ever of white flight ever.  When the plants built early last century reached their use-by date, they were replaced with plants built elsewhere in North America. People laid off in Detroit could apply for jobs at the new plants, but their UAW backgrounds were discriminated against. Detroit's population continued to fall, and the proportion of its population that was unemployable, thanks to functional illiteracy, drug use, and criminal records, rose and rose. It became impossible to find buyers or renters for more and more Detroit houses, so they were simply abandoned. There was no money to raze tens of thousands of abandoned houses and other buildings, so the city became blighted, which fueled more exodus, more crime, black as well as white flight, and more abandonment. When the Great Recession hit, Detroit had long been in a death spiral.

That Flint has lost half its population and is mostly ghetto, and that blight has begun in Saginaw and Toledo, prove that the problem is a regional one.

Value added by motor vehicle manufacturing in the USA is doing fine. The problem is that such manufacturing employed 1.1M people as recently as 2007, and now employs fewer than 800K. The people of Flint and Detroit are victims of a dramatic rise in auto industry labour productivity, and of their lack of marketable skills. One thing is certain: the ability to earn an upper middle class income on an assembly line, and the traditional very generous UAW benefits, are both history. The future is 40K/year on straight time, another 10K in years with overtime, free health insurance for employees only, and 401k retirement plans. Also, no jobs for people without some technical education, or with criminal records or drug histories.

There is no longer any economic or engineering reason to concentrate the manufacture of motor vehicles in SE Michigan, and that region will simply have to adapt to that fact.

These economic realities have stark consequences. Among the 3089 USA counties outside of Alaska, Wayne County Michigan (which contains Detroit but not its prosperous northern suburbs) ranked 137th in personal income per capita in 1969, and 1506th in 2012. Ranking states by personal income per capita, Michigan was 10th among the 48 continental states in 1929, and 34th in 2012. In 2012, Michigan was not the poorest state in the northeast, midwest and Plains, only because it was 0.5% ahead of Indiana. Michigan went from being 13% above the 1929 value for the entire USA, to 13% below the corresponding value in 2012. In disposable personal income per capita, Michigan ranked 12th in 1948, and 35th in 2012. In 1953, Michigan's per capita income was 121% of that for the USA as a whole. This was the highest value ever, except for WWII. In 1994-95, it was 101%; this was the last time Michigan's per capita income equalled or exceeded the USA average. Since 2007, Michigan's per capita income has been 87-88% of the USA average, the lowest values ever for this percentage. Over the past 60 years, the state of Michigan has experienced a near catastrophic economic decline, as the auto industry has deserted it for greener pastures.

Anne McDermott wrongly despises intactivism

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Reply to Michael Schulson in The Daily Beast

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Previous Posts
More on why I disagree with radical feminism, posted September 9th, 2014, 1 comment
Mallory Millet airs the dirty linen about her tyrannical sister Kate, posted September 9th, 2014, 1 comment
Feminists and non-feminists are poles apart, posted September 6th, 2014
Meet Sabrina Dacos, posted September 1st, 2014, 2 comments
Reply to an American male puzzled by penis shame and conformity, posted August 31st, 2014
Guest Post by an Angry Intactivist American Male, posted August 28th, 2014
Comment I made in the blog of a sex positive British women., posted August 27th, 2014
Guest Post by an Intactivist Mother, posted August 23rd, 2014, 4 comments
Letter to an American woman who got into a bitter verbal fight with several intactivists., posted August 18th, 2014
Reply to an American woman who said she preferred sex with circumcised men, posted August 17th, 2014, 1 comment
Infant circumcision and Chinese footbinding, posted August 11th, 2014
Comment left in an Australian blog, posted August 4th, 2014
My discovery of Herb Goldberg, posted June 28th, 2014, 1 comment
Letter to a middle aged Jewish woman who opposes bris and RIC, posted June 27th, 2014, 1 comment
Letter to an American mother curious about how men feel about RIC, posted May 21st, 2014
Comment left in a Jewish blog, posted May 13th, 2014, 1 comment
Chris Hitchens on circumcision, posted April 27th, 2014, 4 comments
Reflections on the Disintegration of Detroit, posted March 12th, 2014
Anne McDermott wrongly despises intactivism, posted February 10th, 2014, 2 comments
Reply to Michael Schulson in The Daily Beast, posted February 2nd, 2014, 1 comment
My Reply to Scientific American, posted January 23rd, 2014
To Vessa here in EP, posted January 16th, 2014, 1 comment
Comment explaining why the meta-study Morris & Krueger (2013) is simply wrong, posted January 8th, 2014
Letter to a Jewish scientist very angry about his bris, posted January 7th, 2014
Comment left in the blog of a USA woman made very angry by circumcision, posted January 3rd, 2014
A comment I left years ago in a blog for intactivist mothers, posted December 5th, 2013
My explanation and critique of gender feminism, posted December 1st, 2013, 1 comment
My comment on the blog of a young gynecologist, posted November 1st, 2013, 4 comments
An important passage in Glick (2005), with my comments added, posted October 25th, 2013
Comment left in the blog of a law professor, posted October 23rd, 2013
To an American mother who revealed that she has decided to circumcise her son., posted October 9th, 2013
To a medical student whose Mom is a maternity ward nurse, posted October 6th, 2013
How to resist the rise of the underclass, posted August 31st, 2013
Among western societies, the USA has the highest %age of kids growing up in single parent homes., posted August 28th, 2013
The sweeping income tax reform I advocate, posted August 2nd, 2013
Guest post: an antifeminist manifesto, posted July 25th, 2013
Comment addressed to Jews who have abandoned the haredi lifestyle, posted July 21st, 2013
Circumcision and HIV, posted July 15th, 2013, 4 comments
Letter to a Jewish single woman who is a body acceptance activist., posted July 15th, 2013
A young mother writes very bluntly of the sexual advantages of intact men, posted July 13th, 2013, 3 comments
I wrote the following in support of the forthcoming documentary "American Secret", posted July 7th, 2013
Letter to a mohel, posted July 6th, 2013
Letter to a British feminist woman, posted July 4th, 2013, 1 comment
Letter to an American woman with intact husbands., posted June 28th, 2013
The decline and fall of an American industrial giant, my first serious employer, posted June 26th, 2013, 1 comment
Feminism and RIC, posted June 23rd, 2013
Deconstructing Ronald Gray's opinion piece in the WSJ, posted June 17th, 2013
Letter to a British mum, posted June 16th, 2013, 1 comment
Comment left in the blog of the Times of Israel, posted June 3rd, 2013, 6 comments
Comment in a "Silky Parenting" thread in another forum, posted May 26th, 2013
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