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I used to consider myself a feminist. I believed, at the time, that the entire goal of feminism was to create equality under the law for men and women. I had heard about the gender pay gap, and believed who were telling the story at face value. I believed that the messaging was about the empowerment of women, and that they could do anything that men could do, and that it was an entirely noble movement.
As I grew older, that notion began to break. I saw the feminist movement “leave behind,” women who wished to be homemakers, who were “conservative,” and who typically identified as Republican. My mother fell into several of those groups. It had become a movement, like many of the modern progressive movements, to codify what it meant to be a “woman,” and that diversity of thought, or breaks from this increasingly rigid dogma were less and less tolerated. In order to be a woman, or even a feminist, you had to believe certain tenants, much like an organized religion, in order to be accepted into the club. You had to believe that you were oppressed, that you were a perpetual victim, and that no matter what you did, you would never break out of that mold. You had to believe that the gender pay gap was a real thing, and that women earned 77 cents on the dollar for every job, regardless of any other possible explanation. You had to believe that you had to choose between a career and a family. You had to believe that if you stayed at home that you were lesser than other women who chose their careers. You had to believe that women could be just as promiscuous, and that it was a virtue to do so. You had to believe that a woman could abort a child for any reason. You had to repeat the mantra of “My body, my choice.”
I began to see that feminism had changed, that it was no longer about the empowerment of the female, but rather, the exchange of the traditional man for the government. It was the sluffing off of any sense of responsibility in exchange for perpetual victimhood, and a sense of entitlement. Women could choose who they wanted to “love,” marry, or have sex with. The power that women had was weaponized, and the general them shifted from “women are strong, independent, and still feminine,” to “Men are trash, and women should be just like men.”
YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are rife with messages echoing this shift in perspective. WAP, the Cardi B song, glorifies being a “hoe,” and now, the feminist movement has been mixed into the LGBTQIA+ movement. The Sun reports that a transgender “woman,” was seen “exposing his penis in the “women’s only” section of the Wi Spa in Los Angeles. The video, seen below, is of a customer complaining about the exposure.
This viral video sparked protest, and subsequently violence, at the Wi Spa, as people protesting on behalf of the women, and on behalf of the transgendered person, clashed. SoCal Antifa, part of the “mythical” idea known as Antifa, came to support “trans lives,” and were reported to spray other demonstrators with unknown substances, push, and curse at other protestors. Members of those protesting the spa engaged in similar behaviors.
The current feminist movement has aligned itself with the LGBTQIA+ movement, and women are the losers. If Trans-women are equal to women, and are allowed in the same areas as cis-gendered women without the need to have even similar looking genitalia, then incidents like the Wi Spa are going to be just the beginning.
Let me be very clear here. I don’t care what you identify as. If you identifying as a woman helps you to be more aligned with your inner self, then go for it. But we are in a period of such rapidly shifting paradigms that our culture is changing faster than our laws, and the speed at which our society is shifting is far faster than many can tolerate. The boiling frog analogy is very apropos in this circumstance.
We have gone from recognizing gay marriage to demanding that biological men who identify as women have equal access to biological female spaces in the course of less than ten years. Let that sink in for a moment. Our society, that many on the authoritarian left view as oppressive, is fighting over letting trans women compete in cis-women sports, with little in the way of protection to cis-women. Many in the feminist movement are in full support of a male showing off his junk to females in a female-only space, and don’t wish to do any sort of digging into whether this person really is a trans person, or whether he/she identified as a woman just to gain access.
Women are awesome. Women are powerful. They have the ability to take what you give them and make it better. As Erick S. Gray wrote,
But when a movement that proclaims that gender is on a spectrum seems to default back to the binary choices of “man” and “woman,” I take pause. There are costs to this line of thinking. Women’s spaces become less safe. Men with ill-intentions can abuse it. And another area of common ground in our country is lost. The divisions get wider, and we continue to balkanize. If this reality is the “utopia” that the feminist movement wants, then count me out. I firmly believe that all people, regardless of race, gender, sex, creed, religion, and so on are equal, and deserve equal protections under the law.
It seems that the modern feminist movement is willing to sacrifice women for power. I don’t know about you, but when the concept of “acceptable losses,” comes into play, then I don’t want that group to succeed. It becomes too easy to turn anyone who doesn’t fit into a sacrificial piece.