I must admit that I have always had disdain for the western notion of feminism. It never sought a working or harmonic balance between the sexes, nor did it ever understand the mystical nature of the dynamic interaction of the male/female principle expressed as a driver of the universe itself. It was a harsh, unforgiving and strident philosophy that derived its strength from continuous attacks on not only men, but also on that masculine principle operative in the dynamic structure of the ying and yang of the cosmos. It, in fact, was never feminine, but a distorted image of the darwinian masculine notion of the fight to the death masked in the cloak of a harpy. It was all right brain and it was a game in which everyone was a loser. Women lost the notion of the feminine. Men lost the notion of the masculine. Families fell apart. Children no longer understood what it meant to have an innocent childhood. It was a perverted cultural notion where gender identity became fluid and ultimately vaporized into ephemeral reality t.v. caricatures. It was a self imposed jail of confusion in which no one was free to be. This week marked a turning point in this horrible decades long saga and Betty Friedan’s book can finally be consigned to where it belongs--the back dusty library shelves where bad ideas go to die.
The failure of this multi-generational drama was writ large this week and underscored by the the very public displays of maladroitness by Hillary Clinton, Megyn Kelly and Kathy Griffin. Hillary Clinton lost whatever base she had by not having the sense to recognize when it is time to exit stage right. Megyn Kelly showed up in Moscow at her first interview with the Russian president looking like Shirley MacLaine in Irma la Dolce and became a laughing stock in her ridiculous confrontation with Putin. Finally, not the brightest bulb on the tree anyway, formerly D list, now F list Kathy Griffin went way over the line with the unfunny spoof of holding up the severed bloody head of Donald Trump. As it should have, it backfired horribly. Instead of having the good grace to immediately say “I’m sorry” and quickly fade into the background, she and her idiot (female) lawyer held a press conference where Griffin cried (boo hoo) and feigned being the victim. Peleeze! If this is what feminism looks like, its day has passed. Good riddance.
I don't want to turn this into a racial diatribe, but there are scores of black women who have always been leaders without destroying their men. Women like Phyllis Wheatley, Harriet Tubman, Mary Bowser, Ida B. Wells and Fannie Lou Hamer. They did what that had to do. Their feminine mystique was that they understood that freedom was as much a state of mind as a state of being. It is not a passive process. One does not stand on the sidelines--for there are lots of naysayers who do so, but live to enjoy the spoils of the battle that their cowardice eschewed. One does not seek to destroy one’s opponent, but to neutralize any imagined power he has over you. He will be destroyed by his own hubris. Bullies are not terribly inventive. Bully power comes from the use of terror. As history has demonstrated, one can become habituated to the most obscene acts of cruelty. From that habituation comes strength and from that strength is born the dormant unifying principle--the turn of the precession and the dawn of a new beginning.
Hillary Clinton, Megyn Kelly and Kathy Griffin, sayonara. Hello to Nina Turner (my girl from Ohio) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM7do-RGZr4, Tulsi Gabbard and Cynthia McKinney--women who have not been afraid to speak truth to power and do not play either the blame or the victim game.
3 June 2017