My problem with the women’s marches, the one last year, and the one now, is that I still don’t understand them. What’s more, the people marching in them don’t seem to understand them.
Go look at that link, I dare you. When asked why they were marching in the … ah, sisterhood of the traveling pussy hats… the enlightened activists gave the following answers:
“So future generations don’t have to.”
“My Mother and Planned Parenthood.”
“My mother, she’s a homeless person.”
“I don’t want my children growing up how this is now.”
To which the only logical and appropriate response is “AND?” because, honestly, what do they expect to gain by marching? “So future generations don’t have to?” Don’t have to what? What are you marching for, precisely? The right to wear a pink pussy hat, or dress like genitalia? I don’t think anyone ever disputed that, honestly. Pointed and laughed, sure, but hey, that’s our right.
“My mother and Planned Parenthood” is roll on the floor funny. What are the links between those two? Does her mother work at Planned Parenthood, or just visit frequently? Is she just happy her mom didn’t use Planned Parenthood to get rid of her? WHAT? What the hell does that even mean, and what does marching on the street like a loon do for either her mother or planned parenthood.
“My mother, she’s a homeless person.” Oh, this one takes the cake. I mean, in a country full of services for the homeless, in a country in which the only way to remain homeless for more than a couple of weeks is to be mentally so far gone you can’t function, or to have a drug or alcohol addiction, this flake is marching for her mother because her mother is homeless. Here’s a clue, sparkle princess, marching for your mom will not do squat. How about bringing mommy home and inviting her to sleep on the sofa? That would do something. Is your filial love predicated on marching so everyone knows how nice you are, but you can’t actually be bothered to help the woman who gave birth to you? And what do you expect your silly march to do? PRECISELY? Will you explain this to me? People will go “Oh, she’s marching with a pussy hat, I’d better take care of her mom?”
This last one is the same shit that liberals always tell themselves, and note the vagueness of it “I don’t want my children growing up how this is now”
Um… you don’t want your children to grow up with electricity, abundant food, and better hygiene than any other society in the history of mankind? Is that it? No? Then what don’t you want your children to grow up with? A mother who can’t express herself to save her life?
Over all, over and over again, they seem unable to answer the one fundamental question: What are you marching for? What do you expect to result from this?”
Some of them make allusions to some vague “lost rights.” I want someone — anyone — to go over the law and everything that’s happened legally from last year till now. What right have women lost? Name me one.
They can’t of course. It’s just that their betters told them that women would lose rights under Trump, and therefore we must have. Somehow.
The smarter might make strange noises about health care, but that’s the veriest bullshit. Insurance is not healthcare. Obamacare was already imploding where it counted: on getting to see a doctor for your problems. Not having to pay a fine for not having “insurance” doesn’t kill anyone. The contrary could be argued.
But let’s concede they’d lost “rights”. What in actual heck would marching around be-pussied do? Despite some of the signs (like the one proclaiming this chick’s vagina was the scariest thing anyone had ever seen [we believe you, crazy lady]) a) people know women exist. b) people know women have vaginas, and no, conservatives, republicans and libertarians aren’t scared of vaginas. Well, maybe of crazy liberal vagina, because who knows what in heck diseases multiply there, but not of vaginas in general. Most of us either have vaginas or think highly of them. c) even if women had lost rights — say the right to kill babies who can survive outside the womb, because mommy changed her mind — what would marching do for it? Most people who think that right should be lost — including women — have reasons ranging from the cohesion of society to the idea that murdering innocent humans in batch lots is bad (‘mkay?) and their minds aren’t going to change because some frankly unhinged idiots march up and down saying things that mean nothing or carrying signs that are self-indictments as to inability to reason.
The other day I was watching liberals lose their sh*t when the results of the election came in (don’t judge me, okay? The alternative was calling my few remaining liberal friends and laughing) and there was a woman news anchor telling the world how she didn’t respect any woman who voted for Trump, because he was a serial assaulter (totally unproven), treated women like objects (COMPLETELY unproven, and according to women who work for him, counterfactual) and had talked about grabbing women by the pussy.
And my jaw dropped open. leave aside that I’d lay you even money this idiot voted for Clinton, probably twice, and Clinton WAS a serial assaulter who treated women like objects, and it’s all proven and public record.
Let’s go to the “grab them by the pussy.” All Trump said was that if you were rich enough women would let you grab them by the pussy. He didn’t say he did it. He didn’t say you should do it. All he was saying was that women find things other than looks attractive. He was in fact saying women are hypergamic which happens to be true. And yeah, he used the word “pussy.” Dear idiots, if your vagina is the scariest thing anyone has ever seen, and if people who can’t say “vagina” can’t legislate it, you can’t faint with shock at the word pussy. That’s not how this works. that’s not how any of this works.
And no one is impressed with your strutting your pussy hats and vulva (no, those aren’t vaginas. Geesh. Did no one ever teach you anatomy) costumes, when you can’t articulate what you’re doing it for, nor reasonable goals you hope to obtain from this. Because the things that come out of your mouths make me wonder why your vote counts as much as mine.
Heinlein’s books talked a lot about semantic incoherence during the crazy years. I was unclear on the concept but I’m not anymore.
And the worst of it? The absolute worst?
This is how women talk. Note not individual women and not all women. But it’s a thing women do in groups.
You see, just like testosterone boosts your self confidence and your ability to feel good about yourself, female hormones boost your ability to bond, your desire for group cohesion, and your not-perfectly-rational wish to belong.
So you get a group of women, and it’s easy to get them all to march out for no particular reason and with no end in sight.
You’re invited by friends, because “we’re all doing it.” And you go, because your children or your mom or stuff. Because your friend told you “we have to do it so the children don’t have to” or because “isn’t your mom homeless.”
And unless you’re rock bottom stupid (some people, male and female, are) you know it doesn’t make a wit of sense. But your friend is so sure. And if you ask questions or point out it makes no sense, they’re not going to talk to you again. There’s going to be a rift, and who are your kids going to play with?
Women are evolutionarily designed to avoid conflict and reinforce the group. This means they can be very good for creating happy extended families, and very bad for creating crab buckets at work or in political situations. And they’re really good at mass movements of astounding and jaw-dropping incoherence.
This bothers me for two reasons:
It gives ammo to genuine bad actors who hate us and everything we stand for. The Mullahs in Iran can say that even women aren’t happy living in the great Satan, look at their demonstrations. Clearly, Islam respects them much more, by wrapping them in furniture covers.
It gives ammo to genuine misogynists. They can assume that every woman is an incoherent zombie, and use it to curtail the rights of thinking women, or to sweep us out of employment, or to treat us like overgrown children. Because honestly, the women on those marches are overgrown children. They’re just not all women.
As a woman, and one who believes in female equality before the law (not in female equality, because we’re different from cell to hormone) I want these women to stop, to think, to consider what’s likely to come from this, and to behave like thinking human beings.
This might be impossible because “aren’t you marching? I knitted you a hat. If you don’t come, I know you hate us all.”
It’s human. It’s the way we’re made. And I’m not going to march against it, but it’s annoying the heck out of me.