On the occasion, it is typical to hear feminists launching attacks at the Catholic Church for not ordaining women (which essentially means our Eastern Orthodox brethren are being attacked as well) and often times this boils down into a conversation ultimately not worth having. But alas, this post is really not about defending the all-male priesthood although some fundamentalist “liberals” are apparently so dogmatic about women being included in the priesthood that they’ve sacrificed the atonement, the Trinity, the Eucharist, and just about everything else as the center of the Gospel message. But this is about feminists in general. There’s actually a fairly clever joke I stumbled across a while back which I thought I’d share with you guys.
How many feminists does it take to change a light-bulb?
One to screw it in,
one to excoriate men for creating the need for illumination,
one to blame men for inventing such a faulty means of illumination,
one to suggest the whole “screwing” bit to be too “rape-like”,
one to deconstruct the lightbulb itself as being phallic,
one to blame men for not changing the bulb,
one to blame men for trying to change the bulb instead of letting a woman do it,
one to blame men for creating a society that discourages women from changing light bulbs,
one to blame men for creating a society where women change too many light bulbs,
one to advocate that lightbulb changers should have wage parity with electricians,
one to alert the media that women are now “out-lightbulbing” men,
and one to just sit there taking pictures for her blog for photo-evidence that men are unnecessary.
That really is what having a conversation with a feminist is like in the first place. They throw rape around so much and never consider that most justice systems run on a double-rape principle! Suggesting this to them though will have them saying “What?!? You don’t believe women?!? You treat them like dirt?!?” Etc. Then of course you run into a feminist who embraces the defense of the full equality between men and women and that seems legit. We should all be feminists then! Until you realize that the actual goal of the feminist is to satisfy her own demands.
That’s why it’s a waste of your time to dialogue back and forth with a feminist. When you suggest something about how ridiculous her arguments are, she goes bonkers thinking it’s because she’s a women that you reject what she has to say. It really is similar to President Barack Obama. He accuses people of being racists when they don’t like his policies. Maybe it’s just because your policies are corrupt that we don’t like them? Likewise to the feminist, maybe I’m rejecting your argument because it’s ridiculous.
In my comparative mysticism class this semester, we had to watch and give our reflections on feminist scholars interpreting the Medieval female mystics as some sort of oppressed group. Naturally, I thought that such positions like the ones held by the feminist scholars were laughable at best. They essentially “engage in a drastic kind of oversimplification that would be attacked, and rightly, if it were arguing on the opposite side” (Pelikan, Mary Through the Centuries, 219). Pelikan also notes that “some extremely valuable resources for [the study of the place of women in history] are being neglected” (219). I was perhaps the only one in the class who vented disagreement with the material learned. That’s because I wanted to dig deeper and ask these questions to find out. I rejected their arguments not because they were women but because I found their positions to be ridiculously wrong. It’s such claims that they were persecuted in the Medieval era by the hostile Papists that, well, bear no argument because the Papists apparently also attacked men not because they were men but because they held heresy. Why are the women a special case? Are the Papists anti-men or maybe they do see some of these women as holding heresy? I disagree with the feminist scholarship here not because I hate women but because it’s bunk and is a deliberate one-sided history.
I should also mention on the Malleus Maleficarum that “the Spanish Inquisition cautioned its members not to believe everything the Malleus said” (Jolly, Raudvere, Peters, Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, Volume 3: The Middle Ages, 241). So basically, the Medieval Roman Church was anti-woman for not taking the Malleus seriously enough? Nevertheless, the feminist assaults the man who doesn’t agree with her as being “anti-women!” Um, Jolly is a woman, for your information although I think that section was written by Edward Peters.
Nevertheless, it goes on for hours and hours in a loop like this with a feminist. As long as the feminist is agreed with, she’s okay. When she’s disagreed with, she goes bonkers. It’s annoying sometimes. This is why in the education field, we have to read feminist scholarship. Not because it’s accurate or quality in any which way but because it really is easy target practice to pick apart and we’ll need those skills for the future.
The number one feminist argument I’ve heard is “You don’t like me because I have a uterus!” Actually, while it’s true that your reproductive system does look like a Satanic Ram’s Head, I don’t follow that having a uterus is a sufficient reason for me not to like what you have to say. Some feminists who contend for abortion being allowed for all middle-class women (they forget about the women living in poverty conveniently for some reason I have yet to figure out), argue that they are being oppressed and reduced to baby-carrying machines. Unfortunately though, I can’t take these arguments any less seriously. Most women arguing for abortion actually reduce our level of knowledge about the reproductive system and glorify the use of contraceptions. “Sex is about pleasure!” they say, “Humans didn’t invent this!”. Sex results in pleasure, true, but arguing that humans didn’t invent sex as a means of pleasure kind of reduces you from the status quo of a human to an animal, doesn’t it?
Other ridiculous arguments I’ve come across is how the main goal of the feminist is to get you to treat her as a human. But wait! This is how humans are treated. Vile, repugnant little creatures in need of something beyond them to save them. I love watching the show House M.D. and I always hate how my mother hates him for being a jerk. Sure, he’s a jerk, but at least he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to humanity.
Is that how the feminist wants to be treated? The same way Dr. Gregory House treats virtually everyone? Included in the number of everyone who lies? As part of that everybody that lies? Everybody lies, right? So women do too? What exactly is a human in the Hebrew terminology?
Genesis 2:7 – וַיִּיצֶר֩ יְהוָ֨ה אֱלֹהִ֜ים אֶת־הָֽאָדָ֗ם עָפָר֙ מִן־הָ֣אֲדָמָ֔ה וַיִּפַּ֥ח בְּאַפָּ֖יו נִשְׁמַ֣ת חַיִּ֑ים וַֽיְהִ֥י הָֽאָדָ֖ם לְנֶ֥פֶשׁ חַיָּֽה (WLC)
“What’s that say?!?” the curious feminist asks. “It says, ‘the man was formed from the dust of the ground,’ adam is the Hebrew word for human and adamah is the Hebrew word it derives from and it means ground.”
Do you see that? The feminist wants to be treated as a human! Humans are dirt! So…the solution to this problem is to treat the feminist like dirt, right? Wrong answer according to the feminist. I want to be treated like a human on an animal drive getting what I want complaining about what you are and what you hold and if you don’t agree with me, you must be anti-women!
No matter what you do, what you say, the feminist will always want her own way. It’s never enough.
Feminism – the radical idea the women are human and should be treated as humans (which means treating them as dirt)
Anti-Feminism – the sexist idea that all males are dirt and all women are wine glasses and so men should be treated as dirt while the women bask in the glory of their feminine, nevertheless, we’re all humans and there is uniqueness to each individual human whether they be dirt or a wine glass (oh wait, that’s not what the women want according to the feminists!)
Okay, that admittedly isn’t the best definition of anti-feminism but you get the point. Just don’t bother dialoguing with feminists. They don’t want it. They’d rather complain about how the world isn’t working right to some degree. Meanwhile, other women actually suffer because of it!