Feminist Contradictions

Amicus Plato, sed magis amica veritas is an old chestnut, from the days of Scholastic disputation in medieval universities. “I am a friend to Plato, but a greater friend to truth.” It has relevance for the Green Party which has as one of its basic principles the fair treatment of women in society.

The contradictions of feminist teaching in the U.S. cannot be overlooked, in truth, by the Green Party.

Sexual radicalism adopts irreconcilably contradictory positions as needed: all gender differences are social constructions, but women have special “needs.” Women are oppressed by artificial gender roles, but those same roles make women more “caring” and “compassionate.” Men and women must be treated identically, except when men must be excluded from certain competitions so that women can win. Fathers should assume equal responsibility for rearing children, but custody (along with the power and money that accompany it) must go to mothers.

This doesn’t mean that Green Party voters will no longer support efforts to correct injustices, but it does mean that we cannot sign on to every feminist cause which asks for Green Party support. It is similar to the point that Islamic radicals have conducted an extraordinary number of homicidal attacks in the last twenty years, and this fact, along with the virtually universal discrimination toward, if not oppression of, women and homosexual individuals in Islamic countries, must affect our attitude toward Muslim refugees.

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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