The second sex
Published Postimees 16 January 2013
Published Postimees 16 January 2013
By Abdul Turay
One issue scares the hell out of me. Men's rights.
We are are told that we live in a male dominated society, that men have it easier than women; there are people who make a living by telling us this.
In Estonia there are a dozen organisation dealing with women's rights there is even a gender studies unit (i.e. women's studies unit) at Tartu University, but there isn't yet far as I am aware, and I have checked, even one organisation dealing with men's right.
It is inevitable that anybody who challenges this hegemony will come in for a barrage of criticism from an army of well-funded groups.
When men's rights are discussed, it is in the context of men's health. Men are dying off. Men die younger and are more likely to commit suicide than women.
Even God it seems is against men. Last week January 10 2012, for example the ministry of internal affairs published figures that show, on average, young men were more likely to drown and older men were more likely to die in a fire, than women.
I think that men have it tough and the situation is getting worse. I believe that feminism, or at least the radical form of it that has come to dominate, is wrong, and the effects of feminism that are causing great harm in my own country and in the rest of the Anglo-sphere are beginning to crop up here.
To explain feminism fully would require a book or several books, it's a big topic. Most people think they have an idea of what feminism, but actually it is harder than quantum mechanics. I will give it a stab.
Modern Feminism is a Marxist belief system. Feminism is built on the premise that society is patriarchy, that is, society was designed by men for the benefit of men. Feminism says women are oppressed and this oppression goes back to pre-history
Feminism grew out of the writing of French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir. Instead of class exploitation, there is gender exploitation
Feminists champion the idea that there or no mental or physical differences between men and women of any kind and that gender is not biological but a social construct.
When modern feminism emerged as movement in the latter half of the 20th Century, they retroactively re-branded the early 20th Century suffragette (votes for women) movement in the UK and USA as 1st wave Feminism and called their movement 2nd wave feminism. In this way they legitimised what was essentially a radical left-wing movement as being the heir of a liberal movement.
To be sure, there are feminist who don't call themselves Marxist, there are even Feminist who call themselves conservatives, but the core of feminist ideology is Marxism. Feminist campaign against inequality, where does the inequality come from? The patriarchy.
Once you understand this and with this country's experience of Marxism that should set alarm bells ringing. I haven't got space here to explain why I think patriarchy theory is wrong; suffice to quote what Margaret Thatcher famously said about modern feminism.
“I owe nothing to the women's movement.”
Examples of the patriarchy are the fact that as readers of this newspaper will know, women earn less than men, are under represented in Riigikogu and as head of big companies and domestic violence against women is an ongoing problem.
Feminists fights to correct these injustices. So far so good.
Let me run that by you again. There is no evidence that shows that a woman doing the same job, working for the same company is earning less than a man. Men don't benefit from the men in power if anything women benefit, and domestic violence against men is as bad problem as against women.