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Just Like Buckley Said

Posted on | April 18, 2015 | 49 Comments

Women’s Liberation, as modern feminism was called when it erupted from the New Left in the late 1960s, was still rather a new phenomenon in 1970 when William F. Buckley Jr. was invited to debate Germaine Greer at England’s Cambridge Union. Buckley later recalled the problem:

She insisted that I formulate the resolution, which I attempted to do from this side of the Atlantic, using what was then known as Western Union. The trouble was that she rejected my first three proposals on the grounds that they were, if I remember stupid, asinine, something similar for the third. The ‘telephone call from the president of the union was now desperate. The BBC, which was filming the encounter needed to know the resolution before noon the next day, when their guide went out to print. I sat down at the typewriter and typed out “Resolved: Give Them an Inch and They’ll Take a Mile.”

In that, Buckley was exactly right, and was prescient in discerning the essential problem with feminism, namely that it has no logical stopping point. Give them every demand they ask today, and feminists will return tomorrow with a new list of demands.

Feminists originally claimed to seek “equality” and yet, once this was achieved, it was not enough. An absolute majority of U.S. college students (57%) are female, and women are 33% more likely than men to earn a college degree. As college education is widely considered a chief socioeconomic indicator of middle-class status, one might suppose such statistical evidence would suffice to satisfy feminist demands.

Alas, there is no limit to their totalitarian ambition, and feminists have lately begun demanding that male students be stripped of due process rights on campus. “Last year California passed a law that defined nearly all sex on college campuses as rape unless proven otherwise,” as Ashe Schow has observed. The anti-male climate in higher education has become so intense that one college student in Oregon found himself banned from parts of campus because a female student said “he reminded her of the man who had raped her months before and thousands of miles away.” Of course, if there aren’t enough actual rapes to justify this kind of hysterical paranoia, feminists have proven they are willing to exploit fictional rapes in order to justify their anti-male jihad. The wholly imaginary “Haven Monahan” was used to frame Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia and, in response to this highly publicized lie, the university’s president shut down all fraternity parties on campus.

Feminism’s implacable hostility toward males is by no means limited to university campuses, however. BuzzFeed recently offered “23 Writers With Messages For Straight White Male Publishing.” These messages, from attendees at the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference, suggested that the employment of heterosexual males in the publishing industry is a social injustice:

In fact, the book publishing industry is overwhelmingly dominated by females. A 2010 survey by Publisher’s Weekly found that “85% of publishing employees with less than three years of experience are women.” In other words, women are 5 out of every 6 recent hires in the industry. Yet women writers seem to believe that this is not enough. Apparently, feminists won’t be happy until all editors are females and all published books are written by women authors. And after they ban male students from college campuses, we suppose, feminists will then make it illegal to teach boys to read. Because . . . EQUALITY!

(Hat-tip: Instapundit.)



49 Responses to “Just Like Buckley Said”

  1. McGehee
    April 18th, 2015 @ 9:58 pm

    Well, I’m sure as hell not coming for her.

  2. Daniel Freeman
    April 18th, 2015 @ 10:59 pm

    “She’s coming for you”

    I assume that she’ll be using a “selfie stick.” Will it be on a free site or subscription? Asking for “a friend.”

    I denounce myself.

  3. Adobe_Walls
    April 18th, 2015 @ 11:16 pm

    Every week is offend a feminist week.

  4. ECM
    April 18th, 2015 @ 11:18 pm

    Say it w/ me: like children, women *want* and *need* boundaries–if you keep capitulating to them, they will keep demanding more until you say “sit down and shut up”. It is the natural order of things, and that we pretend it isn’t says as much about us–none of it good–as it does about the loons pushing feminism on the Western world.

    (This, btw, is what betas fail to grasp, and is what makes them betas in the first place.)

    (And of course, yes, I’m a ‘misogynist”, because that’s about the full extent of the critical thinking skills of the average feminist and her enablers.)

  5. RKae
    April 19th, 2015 @ 12:51 am

    “Straight white men”?

    So white men are OK if they have a poop fetish?

    How does that make them not white?

    Are you suuuuure that their love of the butt counteracts their need to conquer continents and enslave women and people of color?

    I mean, a whole hell of a lot of those European kings of old were Nancy boys.

  6. ChandlersGhost
    April 19th, 2015 @ 1:14 am

    The only proper response at this point is “F- you.”

  7. Daniel Freeman
    April 19th, 2015 @ 1:51 am

    I wouldn’t put it quite like that. Children test boundaries because it’s part of learning about the world; women test boundaries because it’s part of learning about you. If you can’t even handle them, then what can you do for them that they can’t?

    ETA: That is to say, I generally agree. One of my mental models for modern feminism is a collective “shit test” — and we’re collectively failing it.

  8. Sony Sunshine
    April 19th, 2015 @ 1:57 am

    It’s “read fewer” straight white guys. “Less” works better as a comparison between her intelligence and the intelligence of straight white men authors.

  9. Daniel Freeman
    April 19th, 2015 @ 2:01 am

    Ha! For half a sec, I thought she was telling me to read less, and I was all “No!” (The answer to her intended instruction is also no.)

  10. DeadMessenger
    April 19th, 2015 @ 4:44 am

    No denouncement required. Stupid is as stupid does. They left the door open, and are getting what they deserve.

  11. DeadMessenger
    April 19th, 2015 @ 4:49 am

    On the one hand, I agree, because this statement may well apply to the majority. On the other hand, decent, God-fearing women set their own reasonable boundaries and do not seek to test the boundaries of godly men. Seems to me to be a question of maturity.

  12. DeadMessenger
    April 19th, 2015 @ 4:52 am

    Huh. Sounded like that to me, too, with the same response.

    I have a sign that says “Don’t tell me what to do, beyotch”.

  13. Jeanette Victoria
    April 19th, 2015 @ 7:26 am

    I have never been able to understand why anyone takes feminism seriously but they do. It really is organized lunacy

  14. Jeanette Victoria
    April 19th, 2015 @ 7:28 am

    You want to read junk read a female writer you want to edify yourself find an white male writer from the last century.

  15. Radium
    April 19th, 2015 @ 7:51 am

    Unfortunately, this is probably true. Women as a group seem to feel like they have less agency than men, and are more entitled than men. This shows up in the princess themes that resonate with girls and women. For men and boys, hyperagency resonates, which is the basis for Hollywood action films. For women, both of these traits are closer to children’s traits than they are for men.

    In addition, men overwhelmingly take on jobs of responsibility and also the hard, dangerous, and dirty jobs that keep society functioning. And men seem to have the critical thinking skills necessary to create rules for society that keep society functioning. Women don’t seem to have the same impulse to create rules for everyone. Boys play games with rules, girls do not.

    The problem is men also have a biological impulse to protect and provide for women. This gives women veto power. All it takes is a few women that want something. The majority of women who do not call themselves feminists will do nothing to stop them from harming society and their own boys. This veto power will likely end the dominance of the western democracies.

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  17. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    April 19th, 2015 @ 8:01 am
  18. Delaney Coffer
    April 19th, 2015 @ 8:56 am

    Those greasy ass bigots are so adorable.

  19. Delaney Coffer
    April 19th, 2015 @ 8:57 am

    I’d love to ask one of these vagina Klansmen to defend their bigotry.

  20. Adobe_Walls
    April 19th, 2015 @ 9:23 am

    In my case, I believe it’s the things I say.

  21. Art Deco
    April 19th, 2015 @ 9:50 am

    Give them every demand they ask today, and feminists will return tomorrow with a new list of demands.

    I think that’s a feature with identity politics generally and the gay lobby is worse than the misandry lobby in this respect.

  22. RKae
    April 19th, 2015 @ 10:03 am

    This is what I say CONSTANTLY about “cool,” “hip,” “modern” churches that fold to gay marriage: I say, “Do you think they’re done with you? Do you think they won’t come back for another weird demand? And another and another and another?”

    Once you get on their crazy train you are never allowed to get off of it.

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  24. Scoob
    April 19th, 2015 @ 11:45 am

    Hmm. What if we change “Read Less Straight White Men” to “Read Less Jews”. Sounds like a bunch of Fem-Nazis to me. Sick bunch of fascists.

  25. Shane Thomasson
    April 19th, 2015 @ 12:23 pm

    Gay men are now coming under the bullseye of feminists. The “reason” is the rationale that by not having sex with women, they are being “sexist”. Some people, like Milo on and Flaming Freedom podcasts are openly gay men who are openly critical of feminism and affirm the beauty and worth of men (regardless of their orientation) in society. Another good podcast is Honey Badgers Radio, which is made up mostly of anti-feminist women who talk mostly of geek culture (which they are part of) and the insanity of feminism.

  26. Grandson Of TheGrumpus
    April 19th, 2015 @ 12:27 pm

    I was unaware that “straight white men” was its own spectrum. So, where do Zelazny, Heinlein, Doc Smith, and Niven fall in there?
    Are they less or more ”straight white men“?
    Not to mention Simak, Asimov, Bliss, Burroughs, Delany, Card, Dick…
    (hummph, could become quite a long list…*grin*).

    From that critter’s sign I can tell I wouldn’t enjoy its work… perhaps if I read it in its native language rather than English— which it obviously has yet to master.

    I don’t know. I’ve read books by many female authors. It never occured to me to pick reading material by sex/race of the author!

    How exceedingly idiotic a notion…

  27. Shane Thomasson
    April 19th, 2015 @ 12:29 pm

    There is a three year old rebellion against this trend to keep out authors who hold politically incorrect views or have the “wrong” genitals and/ or skin color. It is called Sad Puppies. And they are causing lots of grief for the elites that have up to now held a monopoly on the Hugo awards. You can read about them here.

  28. Scoob
    April 19th, 2015 @ 12:32 pm

    You don’t think that way because you aren’t a fascist.

  29. Scoob
    April 19th, 2015 @ 12:32 pm

    Fight the Fem Fascists!!

  30. Poynting_Vector
    April 19th, 2015 @ 12:55 pm

    When we’re abolished, who will maintain the electric power generation and water and sewer services?

  31. Daniel Freeman
    April 19th, 2015 @ 1:00 pm

    Boring message fiction is the leading cause of Puppy Related Sadness. Think of the puppies!

  32. The Observer
    April 19th, 2015 @ 1:17 pm

    I feel sorry for these women. They will never find husbands….

  33. Daniel O'Brien
    April 19th, 2015 @ 6:46 pm

    Things you say, think, AND do!

  34. Daniel O'Brien
    April 19th, 2015 @ 6:47 pm

    My favorite: If a man is standing in the middle of a forest and there is no women around to hear him speaking, is he still wrong?

  35. theoldsargesays
    April 19th, 2015 @ 8:55 pm

    Yeah but they’ll sit, lonely in their room at night, surrounded by cats who ask nothing and take nothing and listening to the voice inside their head will tell themselves that they fought the good fight and that it was all worthwhile.

  36. RKae
    April 19th, 2015 @ 9:19 pm

    They don’t think about that stuff till it’s too late. Like in Africa where they rise up, slaughter the whites, then look around and ask each other, “Um… any of you guys know how to run a farm?”

  37. Zohydro
    April 19th, 2015 @ 9:34 pm

    I’ve recently read that Milo Yiannopoulos has renounced the gay lifestyle choice—it’s not edgy enough anymore for his liking or something like that… I’m not sure if he’s trolling his readers or not:

  38. Zohydro
    April 19th, 2015 @ 9:37 pm


  39. Daniel Freeman
    April 19th, 2015 @ 10:41 pm

    I think he’s pretty much trolling everyone that speaks English. To which I say, well done! 😀

  40. K-Bob
    April 20th, 2015 @ 1:52 am

    Publishing is a hate crime.

    Thinking about getting something published is therefore a thought crime.

    These women should all be arrested.

    Liberal thinking is easy and fun!

  41. Steve Skubinna
    April 20th, 2015 @ 3:12 am

    No, don’t look at it that way. Share the joy of the husbands these women will never have!

    Seriously, they have chosen to be bitter vindictive hateful harridans. Their road, not anybody else’s.

  42. Steve Skubinna
    April 20th, 2015 @ 7:07 am

    I look at that picture and ask myself “Am I supposed to feel threatened? Should I be fearful?” Because I am not.

    Least convincing threat ever outside Third Grade recess.

  43. Steve Skubinna
    April 20th, 2015 @ 7:08 am

    Yes, but it validates their lunacy and gives them a villain to ascribe their own self loathing to.

  44. Steve Skubinna
    April 20th, 2015 @ 7:14 am

    One of Keith Laumer’s Retief stories was on precisely that topic.

  45. Daniel Freeman
    April 20th, 2015 @ 8:01 am

    Thank you! I was trying to remember the difference between projection and transference.

    If they hate men to begin with, and then justify it with an elaborate theory about how men hate women, then that’s projection.

    If they hate themselves to begin with, and then take all those negative thoughts and put them on men, then it’s transference.

    Kind of a distinction without a difference…

  46. Steve Skubinna
    April 20th, 2015 @ 11:14 am

    Sick is sick… the difference between physical sickness and mental is with the former it’s obvious, even to the one suffering. Mental illness nearly always comes hedged in with qualifications and justifications, and of course denial.

  47. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    April 20th, 2015 @ 12:56 pm

    Should he squat even there or is peeing on a tree ok?

  48. Daniel O'Brien
    April 20th, 2015 @ 7:58 pm

    Men never squat outside…. I confess to sitting down at home, but it’s related to my prostate cancer surgery and resultant bladder control, but that’s probably TMI. For this I am self-denounced.

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