Posted on | March 8, 2016 | 31 Comments
Bogged down writing a long article, I took a break to read a bit of Sheila Jeffreys’ 1990 book Anticlimax: A Feminist Perspective on the Sexual Revolution. Here are a few sentences from her conclusion (pp. 312-316):
The demolition of heterosexual desire is a necessary step on the route to women’s liberation. . . . Male-supremacist sexuality is constructed from the subordination of women. . . .
The feminist fight against male violence requires the reconstruction of male sexuality. . . .
Male sexuality must be reconstructed to sever the link between power and aggression and sexual pleasure. . . . Men’s pleasure in women’s subordination is a powerful bulwark in their resistance to women’s liberation. . . .
As women and as lesbians our hope lies only in other women. We must work towards the construction of homosexual desire and practice as a most important part of our struggle for liberation. . . .
Heterosexuality is the institution through which male-supremacist society is organized and as such it must cease to function.
Notice the flat assertions about the nature of male sexuality as inherently violent, a form of “power and aggression” that is the source of “women’s subordination.’ Notice also how Professor Jeffreys states her goals as imperative, so it is “necessary” that feminists “must” pursue these goals.
This dictatorial tone — the feminist ultimatum — and the characterization of women as engaged in a “struggle for liberation” from the demonized male oppressor, is the kind of rhetoric that demonstrates why Feminism Is a Totalitarian Movement to Destroy Civilization as We Know It. Feminists denounce men the way Lenin denounced capitalists, and when they present their agenda, feminists sound very much like Stalin-era commissars describing the latest Five-Year Plan. No dissent is permissible, nor are feminists interested in negotiation or compromise with the “male-supremacy society,” which must be demolished and reconstructed. The oppressive “institution” of heterosexuality — a “bulwark” of male “resistance” — must “cease to function.”
Probably just a coincidence . . .
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