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The whole lie about feminism
The whole lie about feminism
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Did you know that feminists have never staged a public bra burn?

Feminism has an amazing "ability" to generate a myriad of myths about itself, from ridiculous to believable, from cute to disgusting. Where do they come from and is there a grain of truth in them? Let's try to figure it out.

The room, even too small, was

about seven, and with the ladies about ten.

F. M. Dostoevsky, "Teenager"

Did you know that feminists have never staged a public bra burn? In fact, it was like this. In 1968, American students protested against the Miss America beauty pageant: they staged a foolish coronation of a sheep and demonstratively threw women's magazines, high-heeled shoes, curlers and corsets into the trash cans. To heighten the effect, they intended to burn their underwear at the same time, but in the end they did not do this for reasons of fire safety.

Only the editor of the New York Post really liked the headline "Bra Burners" - and it really sounds romantic and intimidating. So, thanks to the media, the belief about the pyromanic inclinations of feminists was born. By the way, now this story has become a textbook example of the emergence of urban legends - it is in this capacity that it is given in The Book of Common Misconceptions by Stephen Fry.

But what bras. Bras are a trifle, a special case, "flowers". There are also "berries".

MYTH ONE: Babes want to rule the world

“Feminism is when women want to rule the world,” my student once said. And thus he formulated the main stereotype about feminism. In fact, feminism was and still largely remains a struggle not for the superiority of women over men, but only against their defeat in legal and de facto rights.

Olympia de Gouge, one of the most striking characters of the era
Olympia de Gouge, one of the most striking characters of the era

Olympia de Gouge, one of the most striking characters of the era.

Early feminism emerged shortly after the French Revolution. Olympia de Gouge, one of the most striking characters of the era, wrote in her "Declaration of the Rights of Women and Citizens": "If a woman has the right to ascend the scaffold, then she should have the right to ascend the rostrum." She was indeed executed in November 1793, and she was far from the only one. And the French Revolution never allowed women to enter the rostrum. In the same November, women's clubs and associations were closed, they were soon banned from appearing at public meetings, and a little later, Napoleon, who came to power, enshrined in the constitution that only men can have civil rights.

The beautiful slogans proclaimed in the American Declaration of Independence of 1776 that "all people are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, which include life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness", applied only to men. Abigail Smith Adams, the wife of President John Adams, who is considered the first American feminist, said: "We will not obey laws that we did not participate in, and authorities that do not represent our interests."

Triumph of Women's Rights - Printed by Currier and Ives (152 Nassau St., New York)
Triumph of Women's Rights - Printed by Currier and Ives (152 Nassau St., New York)

Triumph of Women's Rights - Printed by Currier and Ives (152 Nassau St., New York).

So the first steps towards equality and brotherhood, about which they write with affection in the history and law textbooks, were related precisely to the "brothers", because the "sisters" were somehow not considered people very much. It was against this background that suffrageism developed, that is, simply put, the movement for equal suffrage. And if you do not think that women should be prohibited from voting, then I congratulate you: de facto you are a suffragist (or suffragist). For this seemingly self-evident equality today, whole generations of men and women fought, and fought hard: disrupted government meetings, carried out hunger strikes in prisons and even staged terrorist attacks against state institutions.

Today, although women's rights continue to be at the forefront, feminists have begun to pay attention to the fact that the demands that society usually place on men are also excessive. Unfortunately, often instead of getting rid of this press together, feminism spends time figuring out who is more discriminated against, women or men.

MYTH TWO: THEY Fight WINDMILLS

“Okay, 19th century, suffragettes, the right to vote and learn. Okay, third world countries. But now what women lack in enlightened Europe, what other rights do they want? Yes, they are mad about fat! " Actually - no, not with fat. The problems that feminists raise and try to solve cannot be called far-fetched. In particular, violence. On average, up to 70% of women killed in the world are killed by their sexual partners. In some EU countries, one in four women has been a victim of domestic violence. And this is just what is reflected in the statistics, and after all, beaten and raped women do not always report this “where they should”. Moreover, they themselves do not always adequately assess what is happening to them. For example, many people still do not understand that the rape of a wife by a husband is also a rape.

In 1736 by the English judge sir Matthew Halea decision was made, which for two and a half centuries determined the legal fate of the concept of "rape in marriage": what to deny him."

It was only in 1991 that the UK Court of Appeal ruled that this principle no longer meets the requirements of the era, and upheld the conviction of a man convicted of raping his wife. This decision was supported by the House of Lords, and then confirmed by the European Commission of Human Rights.

Suffragette
Suffragette

Suffragette.

Another problem that leaves an unplowed field for feminists to work even after all the necessary laws have been passed is that sometimes the declared rights remain rights only on paper. The stereotypes of public consciousness that set different attitudes towards women and men sit in the blood like cholesterol, and this affects the level of realization of the rights that are so wonderfully spelled out. In addition, in order to exercise rights, you need to know at least about them, and often - and have remarkable courage to go "across".

But some feminists perceive this activity as a kind of game: you can shout “for your rights” to your heart's content until it smells of kerosene, and just about something - call for help from a large and strong defender and hide behind the backs of men. In the movie Ghost Dog, a man kills a policewoman with the words: “ Did you want equality? You got it". And this is true. Coming out of the shadows, the women realized that in the sun you can not only get warm, but also get burned.

MYTH THREE: THEY ARE HATIDES OR JUST UNHAPPY WOMEN …

I want to be a man. Propaganda poster of the Navy in 1917 (USA)
I want to be a man. Propaganda poster of the Navy in 1917 (USA)

"I want to be a man." Propaganda poster of the Navy 1917 (USA)

… And certainly lesbians. Indeed, if a woman has a beloved and loving husband, why would she need this disgusting letter "f"? Nevertheless, statistics prove that the notion that feminism is the lot of people with failed personal lives and that it is incompatible with happy romantic heterosexual relationships is a myth that has nothing to do with reality.

This is evidenced by the results obtained by specialists from Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA, who conducted a face-to-face survey of 242 students and an online survey of 289 older people. Men in relationships with feminist women have reported more stable relationships and greater sexual satisfaction to researchers. At the same time, stereotypes about feminists were tested - and refuted - in terms of success with the opposite sex, love and the quality of relationships with partners, feminists left non-feminist women behind.

And man-hating feminism is attributed to the "efforts" of only one of its many directions - radical feminism. Suffice it to recall how in the 70s in Holland activists in the streets pinched men for uh … soft spotto "avenge all disadvantaged women."

“Let's put aside metaphors and hyperbole - what is called 'radical feminism' is fascism. They praise chauvinism, censorship, quasi-scientific anthropology, the search for the enemy, mystical unity with nature, fake pseudo-pagan religiosity, mandatory standards of thought and even appearance,”writes American anarchist Bob Black.

Valerie Jean Solanas- an exemplary copy of the "feminist monster", a lesbian and a prostitute who wrote the "Manifesto of the Society for the Total Extermination of Men" and tried to shoot Andy Warhol … True, there were exactly 1 (in words: one) person in “SCUM” - she herself.

Jimmy Carter (left) and Andy Warhol
Jimmy Carter (left) and Andy Warhol

Jimmy Carter (left) and Andy Warhol.

And Solanas's relationship with Warhol was complicated. They talked, she starred in his film, and the conflict began not for ideological reasons (they say, he is a man, and he must be destroyed), but because Warhol lost the manuscript of her play, and she decided that he tried to steal her work. Radical feminists raised Solanas to their banners after the assassination attempt: they staged demonstrations demanding her release from prison (by the way, Warhol at the trial refused to testify against Solanas, and the sentence was mild: only three years), and called her "an outstanding fighter for women's rights ".

MYTH FOUR: "DEAR, IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT - WE WILL MEET IN COURT!"

They usually say: "You will achieve what will be like in America, and there, if you let the lady go ahead at the door, she will sue you." As if all the US courts are inundated with cases of coats filed and kissed hands. And after sex, according to rumors, feminist young ladies go straight to the police to declare that they were raped, and the presumption of innocence in this case is not officially valid. However, no matter how much I searched for such statistics and such laws, I could not find them. Maybe, of course, because I am a feminist and manipulate facts, but most likely - because they are not there.

And after sex, according to rumors, feminist young ladies go straight to the police to declare that they were raped, and the presumption of innocence in this case is not officially valid
And after sex, according to rumors, feminist young ladies go straight to the police to declare that they were raped, and the presumption of innocence in this case is not officially valid

But this does not mean that there are no excesses on the legal front at all.

Australia, for example, has passed legislation that allows a person to be convicted of rape if they have not made “enough effort” to find out if their partner is in fact willing to go to bed with him.

That is, you can be absolutely sure that they are eager to merge with you in ecstasy, then there are glances, and kisses, and so on, and then - again! - and "guilty." Because he did not persistently and thoroughly find out whether they were really thirsty and whether they were in ecstasy, or they kissed passionately - by chance, pressed their whole body - from the cold, and caresses with their hands were nothing more than a charitable massage session. What can you say here? One can only advise in advance to take from the partner a written consent to merge in ecstasy. Better notarized to be secure. Although they do not seem to have notaries there either …

"Post-coital disagreement" is when a woman, after a sexual act to which she agreed, suddenly changes her mind and decided that in fact she did not want it. Many of our compatriots are convinced that in the “world of victorious feminism,” in particular in the United States, post-coital disagreement is a legally recognized basis for condemning a man for rape. In fact, such a concept exists exclusively … in Runet. Don't believe me? See for yourself: translate this phrase into English and google it. The search engine will in good faith offer you many pages, but only in Russian. Because there is nothing of the kind on American websites and cannot be. The fact is that the “post-coital disagreement” was invented by the journalists of the weekly Kommersant Vlast, where in 2000 the Explanatory Dictionary of the Living Feminist Language was published - a satire on the politically correct excesses of modern feminism.

FIFTH MYTH: Slender rows of feminists will sweep you away

“Traditional values are in danger, and the feminists are to blame! They are systematically destroying our world! " - impressionable adherents of tradition fear. But there is no need to worry: the idea that feminism is some kind of a single whole is erroneous. In fact, there are probably not so many disagreements in any "-ism", and in the literature there are more than 300 (!) Different definitions of feminism.

Caricature of the reversal of roles C. E. Jensen The New Woman. A girl with a cigarette and a shy young man
Caricature of the reversal of roles C. E. Jensen The New Woman. A girl with a cigarette and a shy young man

Caricature of the reversal of roles by C. E. Jensen "The New Woman". A girl with a cigarette and a shy young man.

However, mass thinking prefers to simplify everything, no one is reluctant to understand the difference between socialist feminism and liberal feminism, not to mention such outlandish beasts as psychoanalytic feminism or, God forgive me, completely postmodernist. This is difficult. It is much easier to come up with some collective image of a feminist monster (or angel) and intensely criticize (or praise) him. For example, feminism is accused of “positive discrimination” - providing women with an economic and legal “head start”, for example, electoral quotas, advantages in admission to educational institutions and jobs, tax incentives. Sometimes it even reaches the point of absurdity, as in Sweden, where the Left Party proposed to impose a "domestic violence tax" on all … men! That is, a man lives for himself, he will not offend a fly, or maybe he himself when he falls under the heavy Scandinavian hand, but he must pay for the fight against domestic violence, because he is a man. Why this is not discrimination, the fight against which feminism is placing on its banners is a mystery. But there is another example: when in Spain the socialists proposed to lower taxes for women and increase taxes for men, it was the feminists who spoke out against.

But still, since people with different views call themselves the same word "feminists", it means that they have a certain point of intersection. This point is the idea of the inadmissibility of discrimination against women and the coercion of women to a lifestyle set by gender. The only difference is in the ways of achieving this goal and in the ideas of how the world of gender equality should look like.

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