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The Deliberate Ugliness of Feminism

Posted on | June 2, 2016 | 59 Comments


Working on a longer piece today, so to get something up quickly, let’s talk a bit about the phenomenon of aposematism in nature:

The function of aposematism is to prevent attack, by warning potential predators that the prey animal has defences such as being unpalatable or poisonous. The easily detected warning is a primary defence mechanism, and the non-visible defences are secondary. Aposematic signals are primarily visual, using bright colours and high-contrast patterns such as stripes.

Many have noticed this “warning sign” phenomenon in the characteristic costumes of Third Wave feminists of the “Social Justice Warrior” (SJW) variety — weirdly colored hairstyles, facial piercings, tattoos, etc. Quite often, we find this aposematic appearance accompanied by obesity (because “fat feminism” is an actual movement) and LGBT sexuality, so that a clichéd type can be discerned in the vicinity of “social justice” activism. Strange appearance is a way for disgruntled misfits to turn their maladjusted anti-social attitudes into a visible display, so everybody who sees them knows how much they hate Mommy and Daddy.

“Only when we recognize that ‘manhood’ and ‘womanhood’ are made-up categories, invented to control human beings and violently imposed, can we truly understand the nature of sexism. . . .
“Questioning gender . . . is an essential part of the feminism that has sustained me through two decades of personal and political struggle. In the end, feminists and the LGBT community have this in common: We’re all gender traitors.”

Laurie Penny, “How to Be a Genderqueer Feminist,” 2015

This kind of “gender” weirdness is clearly related to the breakdown of family, cultural decline and rampant immorality in post-Christian society, reflecting what Ashton Blackwell has called “Dark Feminism”:

These young women think they are “feminists” because feminism appeals to their frustrations, insecurities, and their bitterness over being used for casual sex. . . .
[Y]oung women in general have become darker and more bitter, and with good reason . . .
The dress style of the alternative scene — piercings, black apparel, combat boots, and surly expressions — broadcasts, “Stay away from me, I’m dangerous.” . . .
Septum piercings and unnatural hair colors have become so common that they have lost their whiff of punk subversion . . . The witchy, neo-pagan look is trendy . . .

More than a half-century into the Sexual Revolution, many young people have become disoriented by the pervasive social anarchy in a Culture of Narcissism that has renounced God and worships the sacred Self. Because they are unable to ignore their own flaws, however, many self-obsessed adolescents become disillusioned and are plunged into existential despair — “Nobody will ever love me!” — that in turn produces inchoate rage and makes them easily recruited to the Cult of Social Justice.

Well, I could continue that lecture, but this is just a quick post for your morning reading while I work on a much longer piece, and so I guess it’s time to explain why I was thinking about this subject today.

Until I started studying radical feminism, I never thought of “normal” as an achievement. Teenage rebellion is nothing new, but many young people are now going off the rails permanently, deliberately wrecking themselves in ways that make it unlikely they will ever fully recover. It is easy to dismiss this as a “fringe” phenomenon — the pierced septum, the strange hair, the deranged look in their eyes — and especially to laugh at the references to witchcraft, astrology and other occult obsessions. Unfortunately, however, these are real human beings, and not fictional TV characters. When you talk to the parents of these freaky misfits, as I occasionally do, you hear tales of a confounding mystery. Their child was a seemingly normal teenager, doing well in school and extracurricular activities until, quite suddenly, they began acting out in bizarre ways.

Perhaps there is an entirely secular explanation. Psychologists and other social scientists can probably provide useful insights into these eruptions of adolescent craziness, but I think it unwise to ignore the spiritual dimensions of this problem. “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools . . . God gave them over to a reprobate mind . . . disobedient to parents . . . without natural affection” (Romans 1:22, 28, 30-31).

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59 Responses to “The Deliberate Ugliness of Feminism”

  1. Liza
    June 3rd, 2016 @ 12:30 am

    Years ago I was walking down the street with an elderly relative and we passed a group of punkers–pink hair spiked hair, piercings tats. This relative said–“they want to make themselves not human, anymore” translated from Yiddish. I always remembered the insight.

  2. robertstacymccain
    June 3rd, 2016 @ 4:24 am

    Those pine trees look familiar.


  3. robertstacymccain
    June 3rd, 2016 @ 4:32 am

    “(8 wasted years, near marriage) girlfriend”

    I’ve always been against long engagements. You could say you dodged a bullet there, but you wasted eight years doing it.

    When a guy meets the right one, he isn’t going to waste time. From the day I met my wife until the day our first child was born was about 18 months.

    I subsequently advised my daughter never to let a guy string her along on a promise. She’s 27 and next month will celebrate her sixth wedding anniversary. Smart girl.

  4. Dana
    June 3rd, 2016 @ 4:59 am

    The whole South looks like that. Nope, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. My daughter started BCT at the end of June, during the hottest summer South Carolina has ever seen, in 2010.

  5. Dana
    June 3rd, 2016 @ 6:45 am

    I met Elaine on December 17th, the day after her birthday. She had to go home for Christmas break right after that. First date January 21st. Engaged by February 4th, married on May 19th.

  6. mole
    June 3rd, 2016 @ 6:50 am

    Silly enough to try and “fix” her.
    My own fault really, looking back 6 months in I should have known it wasnt working.

    “Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn at no other”
    (I cant remember the quote or quoter properly)

  7. jakee308
    June 3rd, 2016 @ 3:54 pm

    Always remember; the serpent didn’t try to tempt Adam.

    There’s a reason for that.

  8. Dana
    June 4th, 2016 @ 7:44 am

    The serpent was homophobic?

  9. JT
    June 4th, 2016 @ 12:14 pm

    I agree that tattoos are bad on women.

    I think there is some
    cultural leeway on nose rings and belly button rings. We’re told
    Rebekah in the Bible wore a nose ring, and I’m sure it was an attractive
    one, not a fishing lure.

    “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
    is a beautiful woman without discretion.

    (Proverbs 11:22 ESV)”