The Orwellian world of left feminism

Anything that is taken up by the left sooner or later becomes destructive and divisive. Christian charity becomes the welfare state and “social justice”. Etc. No wonder some of the most active feminists of my generation no longer answer to the label. Here is the situation in show business, thanks to a thoughtful comment from Joely Richardson. Any relation to Ralph? No.

Richardson tells me that ‘sometimes now at work the men are almost strait-jacketed. And there’s a level of playfulness that’s gone. Then, sometimes, women are not as aware as they should be that if this exists for the men, then it means we have to behave in that way, too.’ Richardson wrestles with whether or not to say something more for a moment.

‘I don’t know if you feel this, but on the days when I really try, and I’ve had my hair and make-up done and nobody says ‘oh you look nice’, because it’s really politically incorrect now…’ She shrugs: ‘I think that’s sad – don’t you?’”

Not related, but the remarkable career of Ralph Richardson. That is pronounced Rafe by the way!

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40 Responses to The Orwellian world of left feminism

  1. Bruce of Newcastle

    I don’t know if you feel this, but on the days when I really try, and I’ve had my hair and make-up done and nobody says ‘oh you look nice’, because it’s really politically incorrect now…

    She hasn’t worked it out.
    It’s not merely politically incorrect.
    It’s terrifyingly dangerous.
    One wrong word and you can be destroyed financially and socially.
    Forever.

  2. Rohan

    To hell with that.

    Keep the banter above the belt and there’s no problem. What can they charge you with? Being a smartarse?

  3. ArthurB

    The attached article is lengthy, but is worth reading, as are the comments following it.
    http://www.unz.com/article/the-criminalization-of-masculinity/

  4. Rafe Champion

    Rohan its not the law as much as the vibe of it!

  5. The Left’s push for ‘inclusivity’ is having significant detrimental effects on not just men, but especially women. Transgenderism is beginning to displace women in many endeavours. The unintended consequences of Leftist feel-good activism will always lead to the opposite of what they seek, if not worse. The Left will hate what I’m writing for one of my blog posts.

  6. H B Bear

    If wymynses think they are discriminated against now wait till blokes start adopting the Mike Pence rules for dealing with them, as they surely will. Own goal ladies,

  7. Muddy

    Feminism now is not intended to benefit all of the female gender. It is a highly selective ideology for the advancement of First World females ONLY. Actually, it is designed to benefit just the self-acknowledged elite of First World females.

    Calling them feminists – their preferred label – is not only inaccurate, but does a great disservice to the many other females out there, quietly achieving in their own lives and contributing to their families, communities, and, sometimes, the nation as a whole.

    We need to find a new phrase to more accurately describe the selectivity of the narcissists. Not something simply derogatory for the sake of it, because that will last as long as a sense of beyond-the-bubble awareness in the Festering Corpse Party.

  8. anonandon

    Hmmm. Feminism seems to fit nicely with Islam.

  9. Tel

    Leftists take over stale causes and distort them towards socialism. They lack the ability to create. The original feminists got everything they wanted: votes, jobs, property rights. Having achieved their purpose they gave up and went on with their lives.

    The cause was then picked up by a new generation of so called “feminists” who just stole the name and then invented new and pointless demands for the purpose of making people miserable and making themselves feel important. Be divisive, make your demands unreasonable, respond irrationally when called on it. They cloaked themselves in the legitimacy of the earlier cause and pretend to speak on behalf of all women.

    The “Progressive” checklist:
    * Steal the vocabulary, distort it to your own ends;
    * Divide people into tribes and set them at each other’s throats;
    * Pretend to speak on behalf of a whole segment of the population despite having no legitimate authority;
    * Outrage, distraction and name calling when put under scrutiny.

    It’s a system, this is merely one facet.

  10. Jannie

    Rohan
    #2874538, posted on November 28, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    To hell with that.
    Keep the banter above the belt and there’s no problem. What can they charge you with? Being a smartarse?

    The technical charge is being a male smartarse, and severe penalties apply.

  11. Rafe Champion

    Thanks Tel, I will probably pick up those points for a post some day soon. You could call them some extra or modified rules in the Alinksi playbook.

    Another point to make is that the all the credibility of the left comes from their appropriation of themes from Christianity and classical liberalism (call them parasitic) – justice, helping the poor and weak, freedom, human rights but all those things get distorted into destructive and divisive forms because the only things the left ADDS are mistaken (central planning), counter-productive or divisive and usually all three.

    The thing is to find a way to explain this to individuals who we meet among the cohorts of red guards that are being produced by the education system.

  12. Rafe Champion

    Irksome that it has taken almost 50 years after I started to read Popper and Hayek to get crystal clear about this. Better not be too hard on the 20 somethings who have gone through uni and never even heard of Popper and Hayek or non socialist liberalism.

  13. duncanm

    from the linked ref. Alexis de Tocqueville understood it almost two hundred years ago.

    There are people in Europe who, confounding together the different characteristics of the sexes, would make man and woman into beings not only equal but alike. They would give to both the same functions, impose on both the same duties, and grant to both the same rights; they would mix them in all things–their occupations, their pleasures, their business. It may readily be conceived that by thus attempting to make one sex equal to the other, both are degraded, and from so preposterous a medley of the works of nature nothing could ever result but weak men and disorderly women.

  14. Myrddin Seren

    By the miracle of synchronicity that is the Internet, David Thompson brings us these Feminist sorrows:

    Hear The Lamentations Of Unstable Leftist Women

    In the piously left-leaning New York magazine, Molly Langmuir invites us to sympathise with the inner turmoil of activist ladies who are blaming their unhappy marriages, their divorces and estrangements, and pretty much everything, on the continued existence of Donald Trump

    There are simply not going to be enough mental facilities to deal with the fall out of the Trumpocene.

  15. Jo Smyth

    Meanwhile the rest of us who have no interest in the way these ridiculous feminists chose to act around men, we are quite happy to carry on as normal and the men in our lives still have a smile on the faces.

  16. Rohan
    #2874538, posted on November 28, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    To hell with that.
    Keep the banter above the belt and there’s no problem. What can they charge you with? Being a smartarse?

    You don’t get charged.
    You get sued, by Shine, Slater & Blackburn, acting on a no-win-no-fee basis.
    The process is the punishment.
    I should know, I’ve had proceedings against me more times than I recall, but probably a dozen or so times.

    And I’ve never taken the banter below the belt, or even personalised it.

    Nowdays the bitches I hire complain that I never talk to them, or show any interest in them.

    When I get a terminal diagnosis from the doc, I’m going looking for one of the sluts who tried to sue me, or one of the Maurice, Slater & Woodge lawyers.

  17. Louis Hissink

    Lefties have an ego problem. It’s the worship of the me, me, me, and oxymoronic as it is, at the same time individualism is also proscribed by the left as selfishness etc..

    They can’t think but they recite most excellently.

  18. Better not be too hard on the 20 somethings who have gone through uni and never even heard of Popper and Hayek or non socialist liberalism.

    I can’t say that I ever heard of these two until this forum, and I heard all the same bull at uni over 40 years ago, but that didn’t make me a Leftist. My view of the world came from working my way through uni and work after uni; the Leftist actions that I saw through the workplace unions and the views of ‘progressive’ students, steered me away from their world.

  19. egg_

    Feminism now is not intended to benefit all of the female gender. It is a highly selective ideology for the advancement of First World females ONLY. Actually, it is designed to benefit just the self-acknowledged elite of First World females.

    Elite women battling to become THE elites, putting all men asunder.

  20. Herodotus

    It’s pronounced rafe? What the “l” are you on about?
    OK, that curious southern English way of ignoring the actual structure of the name, as in the famous composer Ralph Vaughn Williams.
    At least you own the sensible solution – spell it as it sounds.

  21. Tintarella di Luna

    It all started in 1979 with the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) – read it and shudder –

  22. Herodotus

    Wow! The spaminator just quarantined my comment with nothing obviously contentious in it.
    No more comments for Catallaxy from me today then.

  23. hzhousewife

    Chatted to several women friends over the course of yesterday about women as leaders. We all agreed that we hated working for women, disliked women social justice warriors, felt that lots of women in politics in Aust at the moment were pretty out of their depth, some bordered on behaving like harridans. We suspect that the “sisterhood” will pretty soon start breaking up under the surface, and descend into mammoth bitch-fights – has ever been thus.

  24. anonandon

    The sisterhood is a myth. Women hate each other more than they hate us.

  25. Notafan

    Feminism has always been about upper middle women; from Emily Pankhurst to Gillian Triggs

    Clarence Thomas was astounded by it as a young man.

  26. Notafan

    Nothing wrong with the Mike Pence rule

    Nothing at all

  27. Des Deskperson

    Feminism has always been about upper middle women; from Emily Pankhurst to Gillian Triggs

    Back in the nineties, my APS duties required me to have dealings with the Women’s Electoral Lobby, ‘a community of change-makers campaigning for a more just and equal future for Australian women.’

    https://www.wel.org.au

    Don;t let the website fool you. The ones I encountered were all expensively dressed, beautifully groomed posh white upper middle class harridans.

  28. Hay Stockard

    So, Rohan,
    Can I take your word that comments on tits are ok?

  29. Craig Mc

    Ralph Richardson was great in Carol Reed’s The Fallen Idol. He’s so understated you don’t realise he’s acting.

  30. TBH

    I’ve talked to Mrs TBH about this quite a bit. She’s normally a pretty good barometer of retail politics in this country, being fairly apolitical and having a commonsense approach. Her view matches much of the commentary here: modern feminism is cancer. Equal rights are all good, but modern feminism goes way beyond that into destroying the relationship between the sexes. The Pence rule is spot on IMHO. Remove all possible connotations of anything untoward. By making a big deal out of nothing, the SJW’s will end up cutting their own throats. Blokes will withdraw or only keep social company with other blokes and the ladies will miss out. I’ve advised both of my teenage children (I have boy/girl twins) to steer well clear of this lefty carry-on and be very wary in social situations. The good thing is that see right through all of the SJW garbage, so there is some hope for them.

  31. Bad Samaritan

    Hmmm. I must live in a different world to most Cats. Whether in central Qld or down in Brisbane or further south, in Sydney…… dare I admit, even Canberra….I see little of this battle, and even less of the transgender fake women and men I read about here.

    At the shopping centres and at the beach and at the weekly markets, the women are practically all women and the men are 99.9% easily-identified men. The sheilas are wearing sheilas’ clothes with plenty on display if they think it’s good enough to display; the thousands of couples almost all seem pretty normal. The fellas are cracking on to the chicks and vice versa. “Flirting” is still all the go in Ironbark!

    Meanwhile, over at the vet clinic, the very attractive assistant who tends to my mutts has been captured by a young vet, and down at the Real Estate offices the various agents and principles are inter-married or inter-coupled. Likewise the schoolteachers are raising their own kids together….and a visit to any social activity confirms that loads of people are holding hands with their former and current bosses or staff.

    So. What is going on? How can this be allowed?

    The ABC is rife with couples. The press is rife with couples. Pollies are on with one another, or else with members of the press, or their “assistants”. Julia copulated with dozens of her fellow unionists. and yet I read here that this all verboten.

    So, will someone tell me how I can recognize the new normal where none of this is happening, and where to find it? Thanks.

  32. DB

    I nice complimented a female at colleague at work.
    Never again.

  33. We need to find a new phrase to more accurately describe the selectivity of the narcissists. Not something simply derogatory for the sake of it, because that will last as long as a sense of beyond-the-bubble awareness in the Festering Corpse Party.

    Good idea.
    If only there was someone on The Cat who loves inventing new words…

    Snarxixism (n), Snarxixist (n/adj) – A narcissistic, annoying female that slithers their way up the hierarchy, not according to merit, but by setting elusive or impossible to achieve tasks (e.g. “equal” pay for women), then championing that cause in order to become a leader, or “Fuhrer” as they say in German. Fearing how they would fare under equality of opportunity, the cunning Snarxixist will use every method at her disposal to promote equality of outcome and ensure that any opposition or competition above and below is crushed. Snarxixists are often seen marching, screeching and hissing in Marxist harmony, falsely accusing men of harassment or rape and blaming everything and everybody else when they eventually fail.

  34. duncanm

    I hope they enjoy their cats (of the pussy type, not you lot).

  35. Bad Samaritan

    Nope. I’ve asked for you pants-wetters to give some explanation of how it is that 90+% of existing couples first get/got together at work….without harrassment being an issue….. and no-one dares get out of their comfort zones by explaining it?

    Facts are that there’s a right way to make a move, and a right way to retreat gracefully. think it through!

    BTW; Here’s a tip; avoid all sheilas with that frizzy/curly hair like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. Any chick who looks like she just stuck her finger in a 240 volt light socket is sure to be a nasty nutter sometime or others. Latest example; that crazy woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of serial gang rapes. Or that white woman who reckoned she was black…in Washington State. Beware!.

  36. MPH

    It only takes one woman to end a man’s career and there is no way to tell which woman that will be. Ergo, logic dictates treating them all as lowest common denominator. Women aren’t individual colleagues any more, they’re a hostile collective.

  37. Herodotus

    14 hours later, still in moderation. I will now go into a huff for an unspecified period.
    Yes, I know nobody gives a toss, but this sort of “moderation” is Fairfax class, or News Ltd under the guidance of the next generation who (as Tom said recently) are taking apart the old man’s empire.

  38. duncanm

    Bad Samaritan
    #2875231, posted on November 29, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Nope. I’ve asked for you pants-wetters to give some explanation of how it is that 90+% of existing couples first get/got together at work

    Rule #1 – don’t shit where you eat.

  39. Kneel

    “So, will someone tell me how I can recognize the new normal where none of this is happening, and where to find it?”

    Yes, that is certainly the problem – everything looks quite normal. You may even be able to speak the odd compliment on the looks of your female workmates. But sooner or later, you’ll say it to the one with a bee in her bonnet about “discrimination”, and it’ll cost you, big time.

    So better to assume it WILL happen EVERY TIME – for your own protection.
    Which means the wyminses won’t be getting any compliments on their appearance, no matter how small their bum looks in that new dress.

    How sad that you can’t even say something nice about someone who has obviously taken the time to look good, nor hold open doors, say “women first”, or any of that stuff. Big loss for females, if you ask me – most of ’em, anyway.

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