April 5, 2007

Hand-wringers, girlie-men...

Andrea:

I've been meaning to say something about this upset blogger woman I read about who was (apparently) reduced to a house-bound wreck because some asshole spewed garbage about her on an internet forum. The reaction of the woman, and of her male fans, was so typical of the hothouse/protected-from-the-real-world upbringing of most liberalish under-thirties: observe how it's all about how "shocked" and "horrified" everyone is, as if no one had ever said a crude word in their presence before.

Another thing that struck me is that apparently not one of her male fans -- and I presume friends -- offered to hunt down and beat the guy up for her. Such quixotic expressions of support have been bred out of too many males -- you can't exactly call them men; they are more like girls with penises. In a sense I can't really blame her for not wanting to go to a public convention filled with so many empathizing nellies, who would have been totally useless (except for maybe being able to dial 911 on their cellphones) were anything to have happened....
[Michelle's post is good on this.]

Girlie-men was the best description. And what really bugs me about this sort of limp-wristed liberal is that they are TEACHING people to act badly. They are teaching that thuggish behavior brings rewards; in every place from Internet forums to Iranian kidnappers. And they like to claim they are being virtuous and are "practicing peace," when they are really enabling and promoting brutality and war.

(And what really irks me is when they go all faux-Christian, and quote the Beatitudes at you and claim Jesus wanted us to be nihilists and wimps, and let the thugs run the circus.)

Another thing is, I bet that woman considers herself a "feminist." And signs-on to all the platitudinous pap about women being just as tough as men, and ought to serve in combat etc. Well, she probably is as tough as her fellow cubical-workers. They've all struggled mightily......to develop low centers-of-gravity, in order to withstand whole days sitting in soft ergonomic chairs.

* Update: By the way, a good mental antidote and purgative to these kinds of Leftish Happy-Meals-of-the-mind, is to read Camille Paglia. Really, everyone should have read her. It's not that I necessarily agree with what she says, but she is an education in how to think and express yourself with brutal clarity. And also an education in how to think about matters of psychology and spirit and art, and how they matter in the world just as much, if not more, than tangible things like economics or politics. I'll insert a quote below the fold...

....I want a revamped feminism. Putting the vamp back means the lady must be a tramp. My generation of Sixties rebels wanted to smash the bourgeois codes that had become authoritarian totems of the Fifties. The "nice" girl, with her soft, sanitized speech and decorous manners, had to go. Thirty years later, we're still stuck with her—in the official spokesmen and anointed heiresses of the feminist establishment. White middle-class personae have barely changed. Getting women out of the kitchen and into the office, we have simply put them into another bourgeois prison...

.....Overprotected in the paternalistic past, women have a special obligation to liberate their personae. Male adventurism has always been a costly, painful privilege. When the office—by which I mean the whole complex of word-based, smoothly cooperative white-collar work, in business or academe—becomes the primary paradigm of new female achievement, women have cut themselves off from the risk-taking, rough-and-tumble experiences that have always toughened men. Women will never succeed at the level or in the numbers they deserve until they get over their genteel reluctance to take abuse in the attack and counterattack of territorial warfare. The recent trend in feminism, notably in sexual harassment policy, has been to overrely on regulation and legislation rather than to promote personal responsibility. Women must not become wards and suppliants of authority figures. Freedom means rejecting dependency...
Posted by John Weidner at April 5, 2007 9:29 AM
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