In the Western societies there is a massive concerted effort from different, mostly upper-leaning, sectors of society to decry what they outdatedly term ”patriarchy”, and ”masculinities”meaning male ways of feeling and acting, gender roles male and female are demonized and chastised unless they are a reversal or mocking interchange of the roles. It might be astonishing to some that Western societies of the 21st century believe to see a subversive act or an avant garde statement in
displaying a man dressed as a woman next to a woman in a male costume, this seems a feigned novelty requiring the make-believe no 20th century transpired between the 19th century and the 21st.
These campaigns resemble the worship of modernity, speed and progress during the early 2oth century, a demolition project of naivete and contempt for the archaic and spiritual and pre-rational worlds, their erasure led not to freedom but
to alienation and to longing and nostalgia because the well-intentioned pioneers of change were throwing out the good elements in the pre-industrial society together with whatever was accused then of backwardness, the retrograde.
A critic of the project of modernity must then also be skeptical of the new celebrations and ritualistic expressions of female rage towards men in all parts of society, which has become the ornament of the victory of a new
class of women emancipated by education as men have lost all their competitive edge, their brute force no longer necessary when most labor that required physical brawn can be reproduced by machines and when wars against inferior enemies are fought
and presented as video games run by technicians. Feminists will insist that there new apocalyptic fervor of a feminism enjoying unprecedented populist support is not the hysteria, the real hysteria is of men at the loss of privilege.
More likely the feminists have mistaken the loss of privilege with the shifting of privilege, the mere loss of privilege would imply equality; whereas feminism, as an ideology partly most appealing to the liberal mercantile imagination has sought the competitive edge in economic gain much more than simply content itself with a more old fashioned socialist-seeming vision of camarederie and equality between sexes. It is likely that the success that 21st century feminism has had in conjuring the rage of men who once identified with supporting what seemed the basic goals of feminism ( reproductive rights, political and labor rights of equal stature) is because the 21st century’s feminism is not seeking such an equality, but rather an inequality that privileges a certain kind of woman, of a certain cultural, ideological orientation and certain goals in the economy and society. This woman who is privileged, is arguably the opposite of any archaic socialist vision of human freedom.
As a critic and an opponent of modernity’s projects, I can only oppose the new culture of exorcisms, purgations and worship of a desexualized society.
If there were to be a socialist revolution, it would present the only opportunity for society’s liberation from this kind of feminism and from paternalism; because in such a revolution, there would be a profound call and need for
a manly courage, and a womanly courage, the courage of men and women differ enormously, that of the woman is inherent to her sensuality and that of the man is of the kind of warrior -caste that existed throughout historical eras and mythological depictions. This would be the only solution to the emerging tyranny of the desexualized wealthier societies, those countries who famously self-congratulate and are congratulated for their tolerance (an inhumane and completely false tolerance) These societies are to be found in North America and Northern Europe, clear prisons, the vast and flat, rich and empty lands where there are no crimes of passion because passion itself was a crime that has been prevented. It is these countries that idealize cowardice of all forms as sophistication–the opportunistic version of cowardice with its frigidity and vicissitude in women is called ”affirmation” or ”strong”, and has different acceptable forms for men.
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