Slandering the external

11 08 2008

Feminism isn’t exactly well known for having nice things to say about the male half of the species. While I don’t doubt there are exceptions (Camille Paglia comes to mind) feminism would generally prefer to see these entities as a negative influence over a positive one. Case in point, the relentless claim of men’s interpretation of women as a source of oppression. According to feminism, men’s concepts of what a women is, what a women should be, and basically any attempt by men to analyze or build a women’s character will always be inferior to that of a woman’s at best, and wholly detrimental at worst. The advice to women by men make them worse, not better, as people, so they say. Men’s moral guidelines are not properly moral for women. Men, simply put, are anything but a good influence on women.

With generations of women refusing to accept men’s advice and/or demands on how to properly behave, is it any wonder that men are beginning to pick up on the concept themselves? Women ought not to be so shocked at the prospect of men going their own way; after all, these same women sought to do the same for their own gender—women going their own way, if you will. And now we have both genders going their own way, isolating themselves from the outside influence of the other gender in regards to their character and autonomy.

What could a man offer a woman aside from his anatomy that women, in their superior understanding of themselves, could not offer better, wonder our generation of women.  Indeed, how could one even admit the existence of such a thing without being considered sexist?  But of course, our culture is rife with examples of morally superior females offering superior definitions of the other sex, and showing their purpose as an external influence.  Could we ever admit the same about men in relation to women, or must we continue to hold ourselves under feminist double standards?