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18 April 2020

9:00 AM

18 April 2020

9:00 AM

After #MeToo : Feminism, Patriarchy, Toxic Masculinity and Sundry Cultural Delights Gerard Casey

Imprint Academic, pp.250, $47.09

One of life’s perennial questions is what would the world look like if it was ruled by women. It’s an idle question. The world has always been ruled by both men and women because women sexually select the traits they admire in their male partners. Men as they exist today, after thousands of years of evolution, are – for good or ill – the invention of women.

A more interesting question, though, is what would the world look like if it was ruled by feminists? Well now we know. And the answer, as outlined in often hilarious detail in Gerard Casey’s book is one where a triumvirate of emotion, contradiction and outright lunacy guide the rulers of the feminist promised land, and where, feminism, like every cult, offers perfection and joy in abundance if only the recalcitrant would see the light.

Feminists, like Marxists, never tell us what the promised land looks like – it’ll just be wonderful, in the same way they write ‘this’ under a Hallmark-card platitude on social media – but we can get a glimpse of the feminist paradise in Casey’s book. It’s a world where, in simple terms, women can be whatever they want to be at any particular moment. In great detail, Casey shows that the fundamental problem with feminism is a denial of reality. No matter what the subject, whether it’s biology, logic, justice or equality, feminists view reality, not as the natural physical or psychological boundary of the human world, but as prima facie evidence of discrimination. Feminism, then, is a cry of rage against existence itself, and this inability to accept reality is one of the reasons why so many people believe feminists are – let’s state it unambiguously – mad.

Nothing that is rational, on this view, is beyond the purview of feminist theory, and the distorted lens through which feminists view the world is not a victimless ideology. Ideas matter and feminism is having a terrible effect on people’s lives. Statistics reveal a different world to that of feminist propaganda. Casey cites multiple studies which show that it is men, more than women, who are suffering the negative effects of societal norms. Men die younger, are more likely to be homeless, commit suicide at higher rates than women and have less resources put into medical research. Men do all the heavy, dirty, dangerous jobs, which, for some reason, are never on the radar when feminists are asking for quotas to fix systemic discrimination.

If the problems currently facing men were happening to women, thousands of women wearing pussy-hats while flashing their brightly painted breasts would be marching in the streets demanding justice. That no one is marching says a lot about society’s attitude to men. The problem, in a nutshell, is that women have accepted the benefits of the new dispensation but have not relinquished the millennium-old idea that men are responsible for women’s emotional, spiritual and material needs. This explains why women blame men for everything wrong in their lives, while men don’t blame women wholesale for their problems. In other words, it’s hardwired. Culture is a surface phenomenon but biology goes way down.

Casey begins his critique by stating something that is obvious to anyone who studies feminism, but which, for decades, has been hidden under layers of propaganda: that feminism is not about women having the same rights as men. That fight was won long ago. ‘No one objects to feminism as… equality before the law. But that’s not the feminism…of  Women’s Studies Programmes which [are] a form of special pleading for special privileges for women just because they are women’.

Feminism is about women having more rights than men, or – at least – creating a society where women never take responsibility for their actions.  Hence the feminist mantra about ‘shaming’ whenever anyone has the audacity to criticise a woman’s choices.

Casey brings to light the entire corpus of contradictory lunacy that is feminism. Imagine, as a thought experiment, a person who believes, at any moment, every idea that has been articulated by a human being. In this scenario, whatever the question, there’ll always be an answer, even if it contradicts what was passionately believed yesterday. This is the heart of radical feminism. What a feminist asserts in the morning will be denied in the evening. It can’t be any other way, such are feminism’s logical inconsistencies. Casey highlights the real-world result of one of feminism’s philosophical claims, which is that binary distinctions are meaningless and that there is no difference between men and women. Suddenly, and to the delight of people who viewed this idea as nonsense, feminists are desperately trying to say that there is a difference between a biological female and a man who identifies as female.

The feminist world, as outlined in detail by Casey, is a world where women have rights but not obligations; it’s a world where you must never acknowledge that women are given more resources than men; it’s a world where truth is contingent on making women feel good about themselves – yes, I did pass the army fitness test, and no, the test wasn’t made easier for me because I’m a woman; it’s a world where a woman is always the victim, even when she is obviously the perpetrator; it’s a world where injustice is systematically enforced; it’s a world where irrationalism, sometimes even madness, is celebrated as authenticity; it’s a world where intelligence or integrity cannot exist; and finally, it’s a world incapable of maintaining itself over the long-term because of feminism’s profound logical contradictions. It’s, to put it simply, a mess.

This book should be widely read by both men and women, but it should be read by women in particular, because the cure for this insanity will be the intelligent, sensible, normal women who reject the extreme feminine vices of their sisters.

Feminism is still relevant, but it needs to focus on real problems, like the status of women in non-Western countries, and ignore the nonexistent problems of identity politics or rape culture.

Lunacy, in any form, is not a viable strategy for achieving your goals. Sexist men are a curse on the world. So are extremist, fourth-wave feminists.

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