The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Taking Feminism Seriously

Posted on | August 12, 2013 | 67 Comments


In 2009, we began National Offend a Feminist Month, which always ends on Mother’s Day (because feminism is about killing babies, that’s why) and which is generally celebrated with cheerful good humor, mocking the hateful humorlessness of distaff Marxism.

The jokes are fun, but this doesn’t mean that feminism is not a deadly menace to everything good and decent in America — it is.

Some of my fiercest arguments over the years have been with Republican women who argue on behalf of an oxymoron, “conservative feminism,” a thing that is as ridiculous as it is impossible. Real feminism is entirely a left-wing phenomenon, and Republicans who think they can cherry-pick seemingly inoffensive items from feminism’s radical agenda are deluded. “Me, Too” Feminism will win no votes for the GOP, while assisting the Left in its destruction of America.

Trying to disabuse Republicans of this “conservative feminist” delusion doesn’t make me popular with certain feeble-minded superficial people, but that’s OK. I know what feminism is, I know what conservatism is, and the two things are fundamentally incompatible, no matter what anyone tries to tell you. For the sake of enlightening certain fools, let’s quote a little information about an actual feminist:

[University of California-Santa Cruz Women’s Studies] Professor Bettina Aptheker is the daughter of a famous American Communist, the late Herbert Aptheker . . .
Professor Bettina Aptheker is by her own proud admission both a Communist and a self-described “lesbian activist.” . . . Aptheker’s course syllabus describes lesbianism as the “highest state of feminism” . . . In other words, change in sexual orientation is an inevitable final stage in the development of the socially conscious individual.

And who can disagree? Professor Aptheker is exactly right: If you want to be a true feminist, you must be a Communist lesbian. This is by no means a fringe view among feminists:

Allison Jaggar is professor of philosophy and a former chair of the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder  . . . Integrating Marxism and feminist theory, Jaggar describes herself as a “socialist feminist” and “activist,” who seeks to combat “the male-dominant structure of everyday life.” . . .
“The political economy of socialist feminism,” writes Jaggar, “establishes that, in contemporary society, women suffer a special form of exploitation and expression. . . . The distinctive social experience of women generates insights that are incompatible with men’s interpretations of reality . . . The validity of these insights . . . must be tested in political struggle . . .”


Feminism is socialism, and is also lesbianism. If you are not part of this revolutionary Marxist-lesbian “political struggle” against the “male-dominant structure,” then you are not a feminist.

Quod erat demonstrandum.

Understanding feminism as inherently radical, a phenomenon of the extreme Left, is necessary to understanding that there can be no such thing as “moderate feminism,” much less “conservative feminism.” Insofar as it is possible to speak of “mainstream feminism,” this is only because the social/political mainstream has become so radicalized in the past 20 years that actual feminists (i.e., radical Marxist lesbians) have been accepted as legitimately speaking on behalf of all women. And insofar as Republicans have failed in regard to this development, it has been either a failure of courage or a failure of understanding: The GOP is either too stupid to recognize feminism as dangerous, or too cowardly to speak the truth about feminism.

Stupidity or cowardice, but quite possibly both.

A cheerful good humor in opposing feminism’s radical menace, therefore, does not mean that we don’t take feminism seriously. I have quite likely read more feminist literature than your average Women’s Studies major, but unlike those deluded fanatics, I have also read a good deal of anti-feminist literature, including Carolyn F. Graglia’s Domestic Tranquility, Wendy Shalit’s A Return to Modesty, and Barbara Dafoe Whitehead’s The Divorce Culture. (I doubt Whitehead would call herself an “anti-feminist,” but her valuable historical insights directly contradict feminist claims about marriage.) Idiotic adherents of “conservative feminism” find me arrogantly opinionated on this subject, but there’s a reason: I actually know more about this subject than most feminist do.

There are some people who have read a few books or taken a few classes who think themselves fit to tutor me on this subject, failing to realize I have studied feminism in depth for decades. Feminism is nothing but a variant species of radical egalitarianism — “boutique Marxism” — and is no less deadly in its effects than any other such philosophy. If other people don’t understand this, their ignorance is not my fault. And with that, let’s take a look at SlutWalk DC 2013:

We had turned the corner at U Street and were marching up 14th Street when the woman with the megaphone leading SlutWalk DC started a new chant: “We love consensual sex! We love consensual sex!” Well, OK, but who doesn’t? Is there any actual opposition to this agenda? Is there an Anti-Consensual Sex Movement that someone forgot to tell us about? Oblivious to the absurdity, about 400 women joined in shouting this slogan, which was at least better than their previous chants: “Blame the system, not the victim!” and “One! Two! Three! Four! We won’t take it anymore! Five! Six! Seven! Eight! Stop the violence! Stop the hate!” The “violence” to which that chant referred is rape, and “hate” is any discussion of rape (or any other subject) that doesn’t conform to feminist ideology. To distill their rhetoric to its totalitarian essence: “Shut up, because rape.”
The SlutWalk movement is about rape in pretty much the same sense Nazism was about the Versailles Treaty — it’s the legitimate grievance that empowers a movement of irrational hatred. We may laugh at the carnival sideshow aspect of women stripping down to their underwear to march down the street in broad daylight, carrying deliberately provocative posters and shouting nonsensical slogans. But the leaders of the movement have a radical ideology they take very seriously, and that ideology is sufficiently influential that anyone who criticizes it risks condemnation as being anti-woman, or even pro-rape. . . .

Please read the whole thing at The American Spectator, and don’t ever try to tell me I don’t understand what “feminism” means.



67 Responses to “Taking Feminism Seriously”

  1. Bob Belvedere
    August 12th, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    A lot of them do that if you notice [Selda, Huma, et. al. – are you listening?].

  2. Bob Belvedere
    August 12th, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

    Women will put up with an awful lot – just ask Mrs. B.

  3. Bob Belvedere
    August 12th, 2013 @ 8:49 pm
  4. Feminism: ‘Boutique Marxism’ | The Camp Of The Saints
    August 12th, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

    […] is usual for him, Stacy has also published a companion post over at The Other […]

  5. Why Does Lesbian @SaraAlcid Want to Help More Women Kill Their Babies? : The Other McCain
    August 12th, 2013 @ 9:33 pm

    […] “Professor Aptheker is exactly right: If you want to be a true feminist, you must be a Communi… […]

  6. ManWithPlan
    August 12th, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

    Woman does not = feminism. Women are people. Feminism is a supremacist hate movement derived from Marxism.

  7. Durasim
    August 13th, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    Here’s an interesting takedown of “slut walks” and their driving ideology.

  8. Jerry Beckett
    August 13th, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    “In other words, change in sexual orientation is an inevitable final stage in the development of the socially conscious individual.”

    Wait, I thought that (according to gay activists) one’s sexual orientation was unchangeable, that a gay person is “born this way” and any suggestion otherwise is “hate speech”.

    Oh, I see, sexual orientation is changeable when gay activists want it to be, and unchangeable when they want it be. Go it.

  9. Pundit Syndication’s Troll Policy : The Other McCain
    August 13th, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    […] why earlier this afternoon upon hearing of attacks from fringe-feminists, I tweeted to Sara […]

  10. The purpose behind the “Slut Walks.” « THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL.
    August 13th, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    […] Posted on | August 12, 2013 | 21 Comments […]

  11. WAR ON WOMEN: Radical feminist victimized by conservative writing an “entire article” on her | Badger Pundit
    August 13th, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

    […] why earlier this afternoon upon hearing of attacks from fringe-feminists, I tweeted to Sara Alcid: “I’m the Publisher and managing partner of the company, […]

  12. Jeanette Victoria
    August 13th, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

    Remember in the 70’s the feminists were telling us that rape had nothing to do with sex that it was all about power. Yet now they are dressing (or not dressing) in an overtly sexual manner and marching down the street to
    protest against rape. If rape is only about power, why are the slutwalkers dressed like hookers?

  13. Jeanette_Runyon
    August 13th, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

    RT @rsmccain: Thanks for your hate, self-proclaimed “Queer Feminist” @SaraAlcid Did you see this morning’s update? #…

  14. Jeanette_Runyon
    August 14th, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    RT @rsmccain: “If you want to be a true feminist, you must be a Communist lesbian.” #SlutWalk #tcot

  15. MsEffieLou
    August 14th, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    “National Offend a Feminist Month” – anti-feminism is disgusting and shocking

  16. Useful note for LCWR: feminist expert claims feminism ends in lesbianism | A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics
    August 14th, 2013 @ 3:39 pm

    […] Robert Stacy McCain has had a recent series of posts regarding radical communist feminism.  In one of those, he quotes “famous” American communist feminist (but I repeat myself) Bettina […]

  17. FMJRA 2.0: Totem : The Other McCain
    August 17th, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    […] Taking Feminism Seriously […]