I run into really idiotic reasons online for doing various and sundry things, but it’s usually pretty rare that those reasons don’t come from one of two groups. First, they’re absurdly common from theists who, as we all know, come up with a load of asinine claims for why people ought to adopt their worldview. Second, though, I see a ton of stupidity coming from the mouths of liberals, especially feminists and this is no exception. I ran into this list of 33 reasons why people ought to be a feminist and just reading through the list made me facepalm continuously.
The Amazing Atheist did a YouTube video of his responses, but after watching it, I found most of his answers lacking and incomplete, mostly because of the format and time constraints, so I wanted to give a shot to a more complete reason why these “reasons” are just absurd. The original list, at least in the only form I’ve seen it, is 33 pictures with captions, which you can see here. I’m going to address the arguments themselves and, unlike TAA, I’m going to address the claimed statistics to see if they’re actually valid. As this will take some space, I’m going to split the list into 3 sections and take it on 1/3 at a time. If you want to watch T.J.’s video, here it is:
1. Because this type of violence-glorifying and misogynist commercials is not unusual and get to exist in our society without many reactions.
Exactly what is violence-glorifying or misogynist about that particular commercial again? Sorry, I just don’t see it. Of course, lots of feminists will, simply because they are trained to see sexism in everything, whether it exists or not. I’d be curious to see an objective means of determining what is “sexism” and what is not, from a feminist perspective. I honestly don’t think they could come up with a single metric which could separate “sexist” content from “non-sexist” content. It seems like it’s in the eye of the beholder, they can’t define it but they know it when they see it and unfortunately for the rest of us, they see it in everything.
2. Because women don’t get to decide over their own bodies.
For the most part, they do and have for many years. Most women in the western world have no problem whatsoever deciding to get an abortion if they want, etc. I honestly think this is aimed at women who choose to make choices contrary to the feminist mantra though, it isn’t that women *CAN’T* decide something, it’s that many don’t do what the feminists want them to do, therefore it must be the “Patriarchy” that stops them. It’s absurd. However, on the flip side, men have no say whatsoever in what happens to a fetus they helped to create. What’s worse, they are completely under the control of the woman’s whims if she decides to have a baby that the man doesn’t want, she can hold him financially hostage for 18 years and never allow him to see the child if she doesn’t want to. She holds all the cards. Of course, feminists don’t complain about this bit of extreme inequity, they never open their mouths when women have superior rights to men, only when it’s the other way around. Of course, I just wish people would be responsible in the first place, if you’re not willing to commit to supporting and raising a child in the first place, stay out of each other’s pants. Yeah, I know, that would never fly in the modern-day liberal worldview but that’s the way it ought to be.
3. Because women are constantly sexualized and objectified, while men get credit for their skills and professions.
I think there’s a whole metric that feminists don’t consider here and this will apply again to another point later. Yes, the women on the GQ covers are posed sexually because whether feminists like it or not, sex sells. However, whether they understand or like that fact or not, there’s something else that we have to consider. The women on those covers chose to pose that way of their own free will. Nobody held a gun to their heads. Nobody forced them with threats of violence. These are women who got into these industries knowing full well what the work was and they did it anyhow. Feminists are essentially telling these women that they’re stupid cows, led around by the nose and forced to do things against their will… or what their will really ought to be, according to the feminists. That’s absurd. Worse yet, it’s funny how the feminists only talk about the covers of men’s magazines, they completely ignore the covers of magazines intended for women, which objectify and sexualize men. It’s all “do as we say, not as we do.”
4/5. Because this gets banned on Facebook… while this is fine.
That’s because the one image is expressly banned on Facebook and the other is not. It has nothing to do with being female body parts, if it was male body parts, it would be deleted just as quickly. There is no nudity allowed on Facebook whatsoever. This is an example of an argument that I see far too often among feminists, they don’t bother to think about the substance of their argument, they just pick something that ostensibly concerns women and get upset about it. As for the second imagine, I agree that it’s offensive and tasteless, but what feminists, and indeed most liberals just don’t understand is that there’s no right not to be offended. Just because something bothers you doesn’t mean you get to stand there like a Donald Sutherland pod person, screaming until someone makes it go away. If you find something that offends you, the best way to handle it is to stop looking at it. Welcome to reality, feminists.
6. Because 97% of all rapists never have to spend a day in jail.
Even going by their own statistics, this figure is wrong. According to the data their own groups put out, 6% of rapists ever go to jail, putting the 97% figure into laughable territory. The problem is, nobody ever cites their sources for making these claims. how do they know what percentage of rapes (claims range from 50-90%) go unreported? By definition, they’re unreported! The only way to get this data is to survey a large number of women and hope that you get honest responses, but since most of these surveys are done by groups with a particular agenda, how they phrase their questions has a huge impact on the data they get. This strikes me as a made up statistic that cannot be validated by actual, demonstrable evidence.
7. Because model agencies are scouting models outside of anorexia clinics.
You’d have to blame society for that one, it’s certainly not just men who are responsible. In fact, since most of these models are wearing clothing intended for women, it’s really the women who have unrealistic expectations for body types that are pushing this kind of thing. If women would refuse to buy clothing worn by these undernourished cretins, advertising and modeling agencies would stop using them. Besides, isn’t one of the main battle cries for feminism that women should be self-sufficient and not have to look the way men want them to look or act the way men want them to act? Listen to your own feminist mantra and just don’t do it! Of course, that would be too easy, they don’t want to free themselves from the expectations of others, they want to change the expectations of others to exactly what they want, which is stupid.
8. Because women are being discriminated against in the workplace because they have children, or may have children in the future.
I hate to say if but that’s the reality of female biology. Business, whether you like it or not, requires a long-term commitment from it’s workers at every level of the company. People who are apt to take extended periods of time off, who are apt to leave early or come in late because they have to take care of their children, are a hindrance to the company. Is it fair? I don’t know that fair has anything to do with it. Someone who is sickly, who takes a lot of time off or has to leave to go to the doctor, is going to have the same problem, they probably won’t advance as far because of something they have no control over either. Nobody said life was fair. Certainly we ought to do our best to limit disparities, but there are some differences which are dictated by biology, not society. A woman who works just as hard and just as long as a man should not be discriminated against.
9. Because women still make less money for doing the same job as men.
Like it or not, as with #7 above, this is largely because women pursue different job paths than men do. Men tend to work longer hours, take less time off and work their way up the corporate ladder than women do. Many women take time off to have children and that’s going to affect how well they are paid. It’s not the non-existent “patriarchy” that does this to women, it’s human biology and women’s choices. If you compare two men, one of whom works a lot harder and longer than the other, the one that works hardest will invariably make more money, even if they have the same job. That’s how American business culture works.
10. Because there are parts of the world where women get punished after being sexually assaulted.
Yes there are and it’s a terrible thing, but what do you think that you’re going to do about it, being a feminist in a kooshy house, sitting behind a monitor, somewhere in the western world? There are so many of these statements that will not be solved by slapping a feminist label on your forehead. I see feminists complaining about things like this, and they should, I just don’t see them proposing any real-world solutions to the problems. If the only reason to be a feminist is to whine, I don’t see how that’s helpful.
11. Because there are actually people who think it’s not rape if the person is sleeping.
That’s reprehensible, but being a feminist isn’t going to change that. There are bad people in the world, that’s a simple fact of life. There are people who are going to use others for their own benefit. There are people who are going to kill others, torture others and rape others. It sucks, but nobody said the world was going to be a magical, happy land. These people deserve to be prosecuted to the furthest extent of the law, just like anyone who harms others. I don’t need to be a feminist to want justice. Why do you?
12. Because 1 out of every 6 American women has been a victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
This comes from a study performed by the Center for Policy Research and it has a lot of questionable data, much of it is pulled out of context for use in feminist literature. For instance, I’ve seen it said that 52% of women have been physically assaulted, neglecting that the study makes it clear this refers only to women who were “assaulted” in childhood, including being spanked. That’s not assault, that’s discipline. When looking at legitimate assault, suffered in recent history, only 1.9% of women reported they’d been assaulted. There are no specifics provided of the details of these assaults either, there is no differentiation between assaults by men or assaults by women, although feminists simply assert that all of the assaults were committed by man on women. Similarly for this claim, it says that 18% of women report they’ve either been raped or someone attempted to rape them, it gives no details on who may have raped them or the conditions under which they were raped. Since these were all anonymous reports given over the phone with no verification that anything said was true, the results are extremely subjective. We don’t even know if the women who claimed to have been raped had ever had those cases prosecuted. Of course, we know that up to 40% of rape cases reported to police are fabricated and there are many cases of retroactive rape claims, where a woman changes her mind after the fact and claims that she was raped when, indeed, it was wholly consensual at the time. The Air Force did a comprehensive study of 556 rape allegations and found that when questioned, 27% of accusers recanted and 60% of cases were found to be false during independent investigations. Of course, feminists love to claim that 1-in-4 women in college will be raped but they have never been able to validate that claim. In fact, studies that have been done show that the number is actually closer to 1-in-1877. Crime statistics used in these studies are publically available from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh. Feminists have this bizarre idea that anything that comes out of a woman’s mouth must be true because she has a vagina. Women are no more or less honest or trustworthy than men are. I think we ought to take all claims of abuse seriously and investigate them rigorously to determine whether they’re true or not. A claim of rape without evidence is no more credible than a man’s claim that he slept with a particular woman without evidence.
In part 2 of this series, I’ll take on the next 11 ridiculous reasons. Don’t miss it!