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Feminism And The Market

I've had friends say I should write about feminism at times and I have resisted because I felt my interpretation of it is off. There are things I really don't like about modern feminism but I never really felt like I pinpointed the real cause of those things.


I have worked alongside women and have absolutely no problem with doing so. I was once perplexed when I went to a job interview and was asked bluntly if I "had a problem working underneath a woman." It was the last thing from my mind. As time went on, I began to associate feminism with that mindset and naturally gained an avoidance to anyone who professed to be a feminist.


Most men my age have experienced moments in which women, even the women closest to them, have suddenly suspected strange distrust in us for few reasons. I've had it with male friends as well, but seeing as we both are straight men, it usually manifests in non-sexually fueled ways. People stressed out by the marketplace negate community and lash out at the people closest to them.


That brand of feminism only seems to really be a phenomenon in the first world and particularly in the workplace of the developed world. Feminism has gotten nasty as it has entered the cut throat world of capitalism - whereas in parts of the world where women's rights are not legally guaranteed, feminists like Malala Yousavzai still talk in very universalist terms. Just as capitalism is centered around male paranoia and an obsession with profit and trumping over others, so feminism has become the same thing when applied to work. That is where the "man hating" element gets worst, as unlike in church or synagogue, the workplace encourages ruthless competition and not partnership.


Feminism at its ascent succeeded by both convincing and appealing to average men that women deserved all the rights and opportunities afforded to them. The "man hatred" is an outgrowth of competition. The competition of the market sows distrust and selfishness and so women who seek success in the market naturally begin to see the men around them with suspicion, just as men seeking success in the market often see minorities with suspicion.


 I have no doubt that, if the United States were to at least obtain social infrastructure that would at the very least make the most minimum of needs provided for and the marketplace a place to obtain secondary needs, feminism would go back to the universalism it was founded upon as it would go away from material competition against men and back to focus on genuine problems women face - like sexual assault on campuses and in the military.

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