I ran into an interesting feminist discussion today and I think it shows exactly where the minds of a lot of feminists are. Someone asked if, in the modern age of equality, if a woman slapped a man, would it be appropriate for the man to slap her back. The same goes for punches, kicks, etc. Power for power, force for force, equal across the board. Tons of men were saying that no, there is simply no reason a man should ever hit a woman, but I, nasty person that I am, had to pipe up and ask why. If women want to be truly equal to men, shouldn’t they take the good with the bad? I asked if there was one justification, aside from tradition, that anyone could give me that would logically make this position valid.
Then the feminists started chiming in. They couldn’t give me a single excuse, outside of being a cultural or traditional taboo, why men shouldn’t hit women. They claimed that said taboo was still valid and should remain so. I pointed out that, traditionally, women didn’t have equal rights to men and if one tradition is valid, why not all of them? They mulled that one over for a while, but then came back with “feminism is just about equal wages!”
Bullshit. Equality is about equality. If women want to be equal to men, and I wholly advocate that they ought to be, it needs to be equality across the board. Sure, there are a very few factors, based on different biologies, that need to be taken into account, but for the most part, if a man can do it and a woman can do it, then they both ought to be expected to do it. Lots of feminists want all the good, they want all of the equality when it comes to wages and promotions and benefits, but where women have had standing over men, they don’t want to lose any of that. They don’t want to have to sign up for the draft. They don’t want to lose their superior position when it comes to child custody or spousal support. They don’t want to serve the same prison sentences that men do for equivalent crimes. They want their cake and want to eat it too.
Some of them are even honest about it, even if they try to pass it off as a joke. One woman popped up and said women don’t want to be equal, they want to be superior. I think that’s more true than most feminists are willing to admit.
Now I don’t advocate that anyone go around hitting anyone, this is a purely theoretical exercise, it is one though that has a troubling conclusion. I fear that a lot of men who have been raised with a particular gentlemanly bent, who have been trained since childhood that women are to be placed on a pedestal may very well get that chivalrous belief abused by some women who are only too happy to pretend that give and take consists only of take.