NCFM Board Member Tim Goldich, Feminism Defined
The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world…wherever we turn, the history of woman is sad and dark, without any alleviating circumstances, nothing from which we can draw consolation.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “Declaration of Sentiments.” Seneca Falls (1848)
Merriam-Webster Dictionary – Feminism: 1) the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes, 2) organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests
Feminism may define itself in terms of righteous warriors in a righteous battle for the righteous cause of “equality.” But feminism is what feminism is:
Feminism is the female perspective politicized.
It is a learned perspective, the result of “consciousness raising.” It is the perspective that comes of seeing only the positives within the male experience, never the negatives; and seeing only the negatives within the female experience, never the positives.
Feminism is an ideological dictatorship.
On the one hand there is feminism and on the other hand there is . . . nothing. In the realms of gender conflict and complaint, gender activism and advocacy, gender defining, gender issues, gender studies, gender politics, gender anything, there is feminine-ism and there is nothing. In all matters of gender, feminism alone dictates what is true and what is not true. What if power is the thing women do have?
Feminism is half of gender reality.
Feminism is the MalePower/FemaleVictimization half of gender reality presented—and demanded to be accepted—as if it were gender reality in its entirety. How can a powerless people make such a demand?
Feminism is: Men have the power/women are the victims, and therefore . . .
Women are the victims therefore, men, the ones with the power, must be the victimizers . . . and therefore . . . ManBad (over-empowered oppressor/victimizer), WomanGood (innocent victim) . . . and therefore . . . Women have a special need for and unique entitlement to their own special “ism”—feminism. Men have the power/women are the victims and therefore . . . Woman is righteous in her rage, rancor, resentment, victim and vengeance motives.
Men have the power and therefore . . . justice is served when we punish and take power from ManBad (the over-empowered oppressor/victimizer). Women are the victims and therefore . . . justice is served when we reward, extra protect and advantage WomanGood (the innocent victim).
Men have the power and therefore . . . men should be held solely accountable for outcomes.
Women are the victims and therefore . . . women are entitled to the empathy.
Men have the power and therefore . . . men rate little consideration of empathy, understanding or compassion.
Women are the victims and therefore . . . only female concerns should be raised to the level of major societal concerns.
Men have the power/women are the victims and therefore . . . honor demands that Man must pour from his glass half “full” into Woman’s glass half “empty.”
Feminism is female-ism
Men have the power and women are the victims and therefore . . . feminism is “organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests.” Female-ism advocates for females and females only.
The MalePower/FemaleVictimization paradigm is grossly one-sided, which is why it’s false, which is why it’s poisonous. Yet the MP/FV paradigm is foundational to everything feminism is and everything feminism does. The problem with feminism lies in its false foundation. The problem with female-ism is built into its very name.
Female-ism is biased to the core. It cannot be “fixed;” it cannot be “salvaged.” It must be replaced. A new gender-neutral gender politics (equalism) would continue to address any and all women’s issues, it just wouldn’t address women’s issues exclusively.
© Tim Goldich, Author…