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May 05, 2020

The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition


This blurb arrived this morning via an e-book list to which I subscribe. Obviously I need to tune up the profile, but it is illustrative of the casual hatred of, and disgust for the masses in the flyover states that our supposed elites feel.

The dismissal of alternative views of politics and culture by the people who style themselves educated and urbane and clever and oh-so-above all of us gun-toting rubes speaks volumes about their intellectual heft. If the blurb writer -- probably a 20-something liberal-arts major from an expensive but not great school who lives in a fifth-floor walk-up in Brooklyn with two roommates -- has ever met someone who owns a gun or voted for Trump or goes to church or thinks that abortion may not be an unalloyed good or can swing a hammer or turn a bolt, I would be surprised.

In a world where sexual harassment allegations regularly dominate news coverage and in which fifty-three percent of white women voted for Donald Trump, F-Bomb presents an urgent and necessary discussion on women’s lives today. Everywhere we turn, there’s evidence anti-feminist bombs have exploded, sometimes detonated by the unlikeliest suspects. Between women who say they don’t need feminism and women who can’t agree on what feminism should be, the challenges of fighting for gender equality have never been greater.
“However you define feminism, read this book...Race, privilege, gender, sexuality; the work to be done, your invitation to the conversation, is here.” —Karen Walton, screenwriter of Orphan Black
The unexamined assumption that feminism in all its forms is a good thing but maybe not for everyone (oh, that's so generous!) is what really fascinates me. Sorry ladies, but feminism is not like gravity...it ain't the law. Nor is some ethereal "gender equality" goal. Besides, what does that mean? That I have the right to give birth? Or maybe it means that women have the right to work in dangerous industries and die as a result of their employment at the same rate as men. Or even that women should no longer assume primacy in all dealings with family courts and custody hearings and child support and alimony and...

Oops! Did I just assume something there? Probably, but since I have no idea what "gender" means to these hyper-partisan, ignorant hacks I probably did. I hope I offended someone, somewhere.

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posted by CBD at 11:00 AM

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