Monday, September 9, 2019

Let's Check Out the Woman Question

I suppose the most important thing to know is that when people are arguing about the number of angels that fit on the head of a pin, you know that the age is coming to an end, and will be replaced by an age in which the number of angels on a pinhead is irrelevant.

And so, in Quillette they are looking at the absolute madness ongoing between transgender activists and radical feminists. Since it is left against left, you can imagine that the question is: Who can outshame the other girls? Or guys, depending on your identification.

Well, I just want to cue Nietzsche in on this, from The Gay Science, Book Three:
Whom do you call bad? -- Those who always want to put to shame. 
What do you consider most humane? -- To spare someone shame.
Just saying. Hey, lefties, how ya doin' today! Is there anything on your agenda that does not involve naming and shaming someone?

Here's an interesting take. In the American Spectator Ann Hendershott observes that the decline in marriage seems, according to schientists, to involve the fact that women like to marry up.
[M]en who found women to marry them have an average income that is about 58 percent higher than the actual unmarried men who are currently available to unmarried women. The researchers conclude that the decline in marriage is due to the “putative shortage of economically attractive partners for unmarried women to marry.”
In other words, if a woman can't find a good provider -- compared to her own economic status and education -- she'd rather not marry at all, darling, and that means not to have children at all.

But back to the vital important of non-binary gender identity. Let's not lose sight of the important things!

I know! Let's take a look at the Zman.
The thing about the war of the sexes is that it is really a war on normal women. When you examine the arguments from the Left and from feminists, not a lot of it is aimed at changing male behavior that is beneficial to women. Mostly it is aimed at eliminating the protections a healthy society has for its women. The resulting social breakdown creates more unhappy women, who can then be recruited into the coven of feminism.
Zman raises an interesting question, for which I do not have the answer. Are women in fact helpless victims, condemned eternally to repeat the conventional wisdom of their Mean Girl betters and spiral into bitterness without the agency to save themselves?

Because if the result of the war of the sexes is that women get unhappy and turn into cat ladies, then it makes sense that women have not, in the past, been recruited into the happy band of philosophers, politicians, and warriors.

Let us turn again to Nietzsche in Part Four of The Gay Science,  where he longs for an heroic age for ideas "which will restore honor to courage above all" and
human beings who know how to be lonely, silent, resolute, and content and constant in invisible activities; human beings who are bent on seeking in all things for what in them must be overcome; humans beings distinguished as much by cheerfulness, patience, unpretentiousness, and contempt for all great vanities as by magnanimity in victory and forbearance regarding the small vanities of the vanquished[.]
Well, you can see why lefties want to brush Nietzsche aside as "the favorite intellectual of the Nazis."

I am reading a history of the tech world, The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America by Margaret O'Mara. This foolish woman stops the action every couple of pages to recite lefty pieties on race and gender. I call that racism and sexism, straight up.

Here's a piece where normal women are fighting back aainst the gender activists. They are protesting against trans-boys using the girls' restroom, against trans-boys competing in girls' athletics. Or the Scottish teenager that was thrown out of class for insisting there are two genders. So maybe women do have a clue.

I suspect that the fuss about "microaggression" and "safe spaces" is a visceral reaction by women -- normal women -- against the "virile, warlike" nature of the public square. For the only human activity that really matters is the bearing and raising of children. And that requires women, or men pretending to be women, retreating from the public square to bear, and suckle, and raise, and nurture those children. They leave it to others to act all virile and warlike and lonely, silent, resolute, and cheerful and all that other Nietzschean stuff. If the women in our human society forget all that, in some periodic religious cult, then, like the Shakers, we are not long for this world.

It is odd, is it not, how many millenarian religious cults react against the simple agenda of wiving and thriving. What is going on, I wonder? Why would people rebel against the most obvious and necessary activities of every living thing, to make more of them. Maybe it is just Hegelian, in that the thing is the same as its opposite.

I wonder whether it will be normal women that insist on the return to normal wiving and thriving or whether it will be "virile, warlike" men that do it for them. Perhaps it will be a combination, for in Spirit and Flesh James M. Ault observed that while men hold all the offices in a fundamentalist church, the women run the church through their husbands.

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