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The Psychology of Radical Feminism

Posted by V the K at 8:35 am - January 9, 2014.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok,Social Issues

Commenter Catseye brought to my attention more background on the Radical Feminist blogger who despises men, claims that everyone with a Y chromosome is a rapist, and that all bearers of the Y-Chromosome should be deprived of all rights and property. Even on the left, this is considered a little bit fringe-y; although not quite as radical batsh-t extreme as people who want affordable, Constitutionally constrained, accountable Government.

R.S. McCain digs a little deeper into the psychology of this “RadFem” blogger and discovers that back when she was a teenage girl, RadFem blogger had an unhappy affair with an older man. I’d be willing to bet this older man was a liberal Democrat. First of all, she doesn’t strike me as the kind who would date a Republican. And second, liberal Democrat men have a pattern of using and abusing younger women; e.g. Bill Clinton, John Edwards, Ted Kennedy, Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, Jim Moran et fils, Bob Filner, Steve Cohen, et cetera. So, maybe this guy treated her like crap; or maybe he grew tired of dating a batsh-t crazy feminist dingbat and left her for a woman who could make a proper sandwich. Whatever the case, she was clearly left embittered by the relationship. As R.S. McCain Summarizes:

From this sketchy (and unverifiably anonymous) history, we can approach an answer to the first question: Yes, she is crazy, which is to say her behavior has been irrational and self-destructive, and her inability to cope with disappointment — “I didn’t understand why I accumulated so many failures” — led her to adopt an extreme anti-male worldview, i.e., radical feminism. But this is all radical feminism actually is, the elaboration of mental illness as a political philosophy. Sane, normal and happy women don’t become feminists. However, as the realities of sexual behavior in our culture becomes increasingly abnormal — and widespread sexual promiscuity is, historically speaking, abnormal — fewer women are sane and happy, so feminist beliefs become more commonplace and abnormality is thereby normalized.

I tend to agree. My intuitive suspicion is that RadFem blogger is one of those people who can’t stand the thought of other people having something she does not have (this is a major psychological factor on the left), in this case, a healthy, satisfying relationship with a man. So, in her mind, if she can’t have it, then no woman anywhere should be able to have it. And she has created this entire Rape Mythology to rationalize this belief.  And although she is an outlier, she’s not *that* far outside of the left-wing feminist mainstream; Rape Hysteria is a huge thing on the left, to the point where a man accused of rape by a woman is deemed automatically guilty and denied his Constitional Rights. (Link. Link. Link.)

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  1. My intuitive suspicion is that RadFem blogger is one of those people who can’t stand the thought of other people having something she does not have…

    A penis?

    Comment by Ignatius — January 9, 2014 @ 11:32 am - January 9, 2014

  2. I also think that what’s at work here is that RadFem is trying really hard to get noticed as a ‘thinker’, so she deliberately pushes the envelope beyond acceptable, mainstream feminist theory. Is she mentally ill? Probably, but I think the explanation includes a good bit of cynical careerism, meaning identity politics not as it’s usually practiced (identity determining politics, but politics determining identity). None of what she writes comes across to me as genuine — her position re. men and property, for example, are never explained and supported, just concluded — and it’s all terribly affected.

    I’d say she’s been somewhat successful: we’re discussing her.

    Comment by Ignatius — January 9, 2014 @ 11:44 am - January 9, 2014

  3. Reminds me of some lunatic militant lesbians who were campaigning in the late 1970s that all pornography…including gay male porn…was ONLY about men raping women and should be Constitutionally-banned and criminalized as child porn eventually-was.

    I also remember in the early 1980s when the local lesbians basically took-over a popular local gay bar and restaurant near where I lived as their-own…drove away the gay men who patronized it, and forced the management to eventually-ban even gay men from the premises for fear that we wanted to rape them….sheesh!!

    n.b. The unfortunate gay male owners went broke within 9-months when their thriving bunch-trade abruptly-evaporated.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — January 9, 2014 @ 4:36 pm - January 9, 2014

  4. I could only read a few paragraphs of the RadFem blog before thinking:

    [cranking up the 1890's player piano...]

    ♪ ♫ ♪
    She’s more to be pitied than censured;
    She ought to be helped, not despised!
    She’s only a lassie who ventured
    On life’s stormy path ill-advised!

    Do not scorn her with words fierce and bitter
    Do not laugh at her shame and downfall.
    For a moment, just stop and consider
    That a MAN was the cause of it all!”
    ♪ ♫

    Some people are just plain damaged, I mean; they don’t fall into these habits of thinking just by accident, or to be trendy.

    P.S. I don’t 100% pity her, as I suspect SOME of the psychological damage was self-inflicted — possibly a result of sitting in an echo chamber with other “rad fems” and reciting their favorite Mary Daly quotes to each other, over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over…

    But I do pity her SOME.

    Comment by Throbert McGee — January 9, 2014 @ 5:26 pm - January 9, 2014

  5. I happened across the Men’s Rights movement a couple months back. I’ve heard its members characterized as the male counterparts of the Radical Feminists, but the most aggressive ones seem to be ones who got screwed over by women: cheated on, wrongly accused of physical abuse and rape, and divorced for everything they own. Guys who tried to be good boyfriends, loving husbands, guys who bought into the feminist narrative, unaware that an entire generation of women were raised to believe that they could treat men however they wanted to, because men “owed” them something.

    Some of these guys calm down after the initial disillusionment and start looking for moral women, but a lot are refusing to marry, seeing it (rightly or wrongly) as a trap. They don’t want to get burned again. I feel bad for them.

    Sure, finding a guy who isn’t going to try and lynch me the second he finds out I’m a conservative is going to be hard. But at least I don’t have to worry about getting sued for everything but the shirt on my back.

    Comment by Sean — January 9, 2014 @ 5:53 pm - January 9, 2014

  6. Grumpy curmudgeon checking in for a mini-rant.

    Social networking has been much like turning a rotting log over on the forest floor and finding it loaded with niche critters doing their individual niche things.

    We are all a little daft and some of us more uniquely daft than others. In this respect, I point to Charles Johnson who runs a regular asylum for like-minded loonies at his stunted green and rotting footballs site.

    I look upon these egos-out-of-self-restraintl as the internet version of Miley Cyrus twerking away as if the tides and aura borealis and grunion running on schedule are all dependent upon it.

    Should one laugh at loons? Of course not, but how can you help it?

    Comment by heliotrope — January 10, 2014 @ 11:06 am - January 10, 2014

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