Nothing long today, but I’ve had a few ideas on my mind that I haven’t developed enough to write about, but which I don’t want to lose. They aren’t necessarily related.
- Breast Cancer Awareness is a bad model for medicine. It has us focus our thoughts not on diseases which are most easy to treat, or diseases which affect the most people, but on diseases which have the most money spent on advertising. As one of the oldest “awareness” campaigns, it also has the distinction of being a pillar of that terrible substitute for character building and the pursuit of accomplishment. At least with breast cancer, being aware can cause one to make good medical decisions. But who, at this point, is unaware of it? And how many things can we really be aware of simultaneously?
- While men go out and do cool stuff like circumnavigate the globe, fly across the ocean, go into space, coach football teams, build skyscrapers, and fight wars, it seems that women prefer not to be the first to do anything except to be the first women who do what men already do. I suspect the deep envy that’s at the poisoned heart of feminism is largely responsible.
- While I think racism is real and bad, I don’t think sexism is real at all. I used to. I probably did even a couple years ago. But now I can’t see any reason to accept the concept.
Sexism, according to those who use it, is when you treat someone differently because of their sex (some may say “poorly”, but I’ve never actually seen anyone limit it to that). But unlike racism, every single family on earth has representatives of both sexes in it. Our sexual differences are real, but if we exist for more than one generation, they are also unavoidable in our lives. We all have a mother and a father. So unlike racism, which is often from clashes between cultures, “sexism” – the difference in treatment one has for men and women – never has a chance not to exist.
I think instead, sexism is feminism’s attempt to hijack an actual problem (racism) and use it to paint genuine sexual differences pink. That is, men and women naturally treat the same and opposite sexes differently (if you are a Christian, by design and if you are a naturalist, then by nature). Among the lies beneath feminism are the contradictory pair that men and women aren’t really different and also that women are superior to men. “Sexism”, really, is just when someone disagrees with either of these claims in word or deed.
Related to this, I think the word “sexism” is a great example of how much power someone has when they control language. That one word has enabled radical feminism to alter conservative thought, such that conservatives now speak out of both sides of their mouths, affirming “traditional gender* norms and roles” on the one side, but then decrying any actual differences in gender norms and roles as “sexism” right alongside the radical feminists**.
* I use “gender” and “sex” interchangeably, because in a language like English which doesn’t have gendered nouns, they are interchangeable. Don’t fall for the myth that they are different. “Gender” is just the Victorian-style polite way to say “sex” when referring to male/female instead of the act.
** A fun game to play with those who claim to be genuinely conservative is to ask them first “Do you think men and women are different?” and when they inevitably answer “yes”, ask them “What things should only men do and what things should only women do?”. Note “should”, not “can” (this bypasses the obvious child-birthing answer). If they answer ambiguously (e.g. “only men can be fathers”), ask them to distinguish further (e.g. “so what should only fathers do?”)