Australian feminist Vida Goldstein, the first woman to stand for Parliament in the British Empire, wrote: â€˜No self-governing A-list liberal blog can prosper without the political aid of women.’
In the course of my prescribed program of daily frittering, I stumbled–it matters not how–across the Australian blog Larvatus Prodeo, described by another Australian blogger as â€œAustraliaâ€™s premier A-list leftwing blog.â€ It is a group effort edited by a male sociology grad student named Mark in, I think, Brisbane.
Anyway, on Markâ€™s A-list left-wing blog, I encountered a post called What Women Want Blog Day. Trendily, Mark is sounding the call for chick blogs. Out of roughly 90 titles in his sidebar, only 17 are written by women. Heâ€™d â€œlike to see more,â€ although he does not explain why he has thus far been prevented from seeing them, or even why he wants to see them at all. Is it so he can cover his ass later, when heâ€™s accused of gender bias, saying, â€œI asked for chick blogs! Is it my fault there arenâ€™t any?â€ Nah! Mark seems like a nice guy. Iâ€™m sure he wants his readers to â€œnominateâ€ women bloggers because he totally respects The Female Perspective. Hell, some of his best guest bloggers are girls!
Anyway, featured in the comments to Markâ€™s desperate appeal for snatch to reprazent is an exchange on the perennial mystery of What Women Want. Meg, a female commenter, points out that women want what all humans do: love, food, housing, healthcare, education, respect, the chance to achieve their goals. But young Meg knows well that whenever a woman attempts to point out to a group of men on a premier A-list left-wing blog that she is a human being, she will be attacked; anticipating the inevitable, she prefaces her remarks with tired resignation: â€œLe sigh. Why Iâ€™m biting I donâ€™t know.â€
Sure enough, here is the near-immediate shut-the-fuck-up-bitch response of Evil Pundit, who Iâ€™m wildly guessing is a dude: â€œ[Your list] is a good summary of the things feminism tries to deny to men–with considerable success.â€
Evil Pundit, displaying the incisive fratboy no-chick-is-the-boss-of-me perspicacity of evil pundits on A-list left-wing blogs the world over, goes on to say that â€œfeminism [deprives men of human rights] by conceiving of sexual equality as a zero-sum game. That is, radical feminists believe that in order to have something, women must take it away from men. The others go along with them.â€
Evil pundits. They just love to explain â€œradical feminismâ€ to us stupid women. They are authorities on the subject, since radical feminists and their impressionable, misguided followers have been robbing men of their liberty ever since women got the vote, leaving them and their hapless brothers bruised and bleeding from their asses in the ditch as we swarm the globe, seizing wealth, personal sovereignty, and political power, forever starting wars and committing genocide, flying planes into skyscrapers, telling men they look fat in their Dockers and forcing them to bear children.
Iâ€™ll tell you what. I donâ€™t give a fuck about mensâ€™ liberty. Why shouldnâ€™t they keep it? Itâ€™s no skin off my nose. I donâ€™t advocate taking anything away fromâ€™em that wasnâ€™t theirs to begin with. Because, guess what. Radical feminism isnâ€™t about vengeance, or even about â€œsexual equality.â€ It is about liberation from patriarchal oppression. Of course, if liberation happens to collaterally effect the freedom from ever having to listen to gasbag fucktards like Evil Pundit again, I wouldnâ€™t complain.