In the No: Puritanical feminists deny women’s basic freedom

Way back in the 90s, Katie Roiphe was warning that feminism was turning down the path of neo-puritanism. She particularly singled out vinegar-faced misandrists like Andrea Dworkin, who seemed hell-bent on remaking society in the joyless image of their own miserable neuroses. This was a surprising turn of events: for decades prior, ?puritanism? had been the preserve of the religious right. Feminists and leftists generally had celebrated a hedonistic view of life (often to the point of degeneracy).

Today, it?s the feminist left who are society?s finger-waggers.

Feminist ninnies, as desperate for attention and approval as ever, parade around in costumes from the thoroughly silly Handmaid?s Tale, even as, at the same time, they try to force women into shackles of a puritanism that would raise even a Victorian?s eyebrows. Quote:

A recent NPR Radiolab episode reveals that we?re just as mired as ever in sexual mores that not only restrict and marginalize women?s desire, but can?t seem to fathom that they experience desire at all. End of quote.

As Roiphe pointed out so long ago, feminists try to claim the moral high ground of ?empowering? women, when their real aim is emasculating men by failing to cast women as anything other than helpless victims. Quote:

One young man was suspended from school for two years after consensual contact with a girl who claimed afterward that her ?yes? was not genuine. Another was sanctioned after a girl brought him back to her room and initiated an encounter that included oral sex, but not a verbal ?yes? beforehand, leading to a jaw-dropper of a soundbite from Stotland: ?If you go in somebody?s dorm room and she touches you, and places your penis in her mouth, she has not conveyed consent.? End of quote.

Sexist men used to argue that reluctant women ?really wanted it?. Sexist women now argue that, even when women really want it, they?re just wrong. Quote:

But if we truly want to work against history, and toward equality, then arguably the last thing we should be doing is to buy into the notion that women inherently lack sexual agency?or indeed, that a history of gendered oppression makes it impossible for them to truly know their own minds. End of quote.

A female friend was recently reading out a thread of humourous women?s experiences of supposedly clueless men failing to cotton on to obvious sexual overtures. A young man present responded with, ?Did you ever consider that they might be just terrified that if they?ve misread these signals, they?ll be accused of rape?? Quote:

To say this creates a confusing environment for young people is an understatement. Taken to their logical conclusion, affirmative consent standards may teach an entire generation of heterosexual men to distrust their partners: to assume that they?re drunk, confused, or even faking enjoyment rather than acting in accordance with genuine desire?And women, in turn, are being taught that every encounter?romantic, sexual, or even professional?finds them at the wrong end of a power dynamic which makes even their own feelings suspect. End of quote.

But, as Ben Elton wrote in his novel Popcorn, victimhood is the rolled-gold currency of contemporary leftism. A bimbo starlet is congratulated on attaining victim status: because now she never has to take responsibility for anything, ever again. Once cemented in the victim role, women can behave as badly as they want, and it will always be everyone else?s fault. Quote:

[Victim culture] is a retreat from autonomy and into pre-ordained powerlessness?if your goal is to protect women at all costs from feeling bad about their choices?because you don?t think they can handle it, and they probably don?t know what they want anyway?then we already have a word for that. It?s not feminism. It?s paternalism. And it denies women a fundamental if unglamorous freedom: to not just make decisions, but to live with and learn from the consequences of their less-than-great ones. End of quote.

As every child before today?s cotton-wool generation learned and as entrepreneur knows, taking chances can be risky, but also rewarding.

There?s an old and wise saying: You pays your money and you takes your chances.