I realized while I was walking to class tonight, that I completely neglected to mention something in my previous post. However in hindsight, it is not necessarily a bad thing. It would’ve been a strange digression relative to the rest of the text. Anyway, the day or two after the snow fell (the Tuesday or Wednesday after Martin Luther King Day) someone decided they would make a statement on the concrete walls of Evergreen. Someone decided to tag the walls with various misandrist statements. Course being the kind of person who thinks tagging is a good idea, they could not be bothered to learn how to spell and proudly spray painted “War against PATIARCY”* on the wall of the CRC (the gym on campus), amongst the various other nonsense such as KTA (which apparently stands for “kill them all”) SCUM, Kill Cops, War of Liberation against the state, and of course the requisite Anarchy symbols placed randomly throughout. Now, knowing Evergreen and the kind of denizens that populate the area, this seems to be the work of dullards who do not know that there is a difference between feminism and misandry.
Not seeing the difference seems to be a common occurrence in life, much to the detriment of real feminism. From what I understand, the goal of feminism is equality, in law and in life. I would say that I am a feminist in that sense. I think people should be judged on their actions, not by what they are. Things people have no choice in should never be grounds for discrimination. Things people choose to do however can and should be grounds for discrimination. But that is a digression I am not going to pursue at this moment. The issue I have with people who claim to be feminists or who are fighting for feminism is that they seem to fundamentally misunderstand the goal. Rather than pushing for equal rights they seem content to have special rights instead. My dopey go-to criticism is Selective Service. I do not see too many feminists demanding that they should be required to sign up for the draft like any other. Though it appears the Supreme Court disagrees with me. Anyway, it seems extremism is an easy trap for the disenfranchised to fall into. Luckily for feminism there hasn’t any self-declared guerilla campaigns against patriarchy. Well there was that one time…
I would like to just write off illiterate misandrists as just an aspect of youth.
“My son is 22 years old. If he had not become a Communist at 22, I would have disowned him. If he is still a Communist at 30, I will do it then.” -Georges Clemenceau, Prime Minister of France, 1906-1909 & 1917-1920
That quote can be used to explain the answer to the question of “Why did you do that?” when the answer is “because I was young.”
* Correction on February 1st: I realized I misspelled the misspelling. I originally wrote it was written as “PATRIACY”. In reality, it actually is worse, it is actually “PATIARCY”. Apologies, I slightly corrected something that was meant to be wrong.