I see feminism as being more than simple politics: I see it as a systematic political entity that seeps in through an open crack and eventually infests entire facets of society with systemic bigotry. I also see the organization through the perspective of historical events. Whenever one group of people resorts to fear-mongering threat narratives reaffirmed with dehumanization of a targeted group, reducing that group to an enemy image, they’re headed in a very particular direction. Rwanda had its “cockroaches,” Germany had its “juden.” The first time I saw the “Don’t be that guy” posters, they reminded me of the der jude posters of 1930s Germany.
Before I proceed, you (readers) should know that I have autism. A while back I read a fantastic examination of how autistic people function and process information. It’s critical that my functionality be understood, as it plays a central role in how I’ve come about the conclusion of this article.
People on the Autism spectrum look at the world in a truly unique manner. What the rest of the world labels as “a disability” is, to those of us on the spectrum, a creative, neurological diversity in how we process information and adjust our “lenses” in viewing the world: Many people on the spectrum can “zoom in” to see miniscule yet crucial details of a situation. I can also pull back the lens and see the extreme whole of a situation, connecting groups of facts across disciplines and fields that may seem to have no apparent relationships. I can do both of these “lens adjustment” feats simultaneously.—Laurie A. Couture
I see causality in events based on data and I study issues through the perspective of history. As a result, I am not capable of hyperbole. It is not within the realm of my mental functionality to think of things to say for the purpose of being “over the top.” It is not how my brain functions; when I make a determination, it’s based on facts and information. Including history. When I see a trend, I state it as being exactly what it is or exactly what it’s most similar to in a historical framework.
So if you become upset by the end of this article, or perceive me to be using a popular trope found in arguments, I quite specifically am not resorting to exaggeration, hyperbole, rhetoric, overstatement, or embellishment. When I make a statement or determination, it is based purely on facts, information, and data gathered through historical investigation, sociological examination, and psychology study: keep that in mind.
I have heard, more than a few times, discussions asking the question “What is feminism’s ultimate goal”? They’ve won equal pay, as even other feminists have pointed out the wage gap is a myth presented by misleading information. Rape is highly illegal everywhere in the Western world. The Western world has anti-discrimination laws in every developed nation. There are no rights, in the Western world, that men have and women do not have. Yet, they find other things to complain about, such as catcalling or men sitting wide-legged on buses. Feminists in Sweden and Germany are now trying to make it illegal for men to urinate standing up.
What is the end game, what is the end result, when will feminism be completed and finished? Now, having studied at length first- through fourth-wave feminism’s activities, leading voices, and literature, I have long since determined the most likely eventuality. So, let me walk you through a detailed examination of some of these individuals, along with some perspectives on the topic of dehumanization—both how dehumanization functions and what it achieves—in order that you may see and understand what the process is, followed by examples of this process in action.
Michelle Maiese, research staff at the Conflict Research Consortium, from “What it Means to Dehumanize”:
Deindividuation facilitates dehumanization as well. This is the psychological process whereby a person is seen as a member of a category or group rather than as an individual. Because people who are deindividuated seem less than fully human, they are viewed as less protected by social norms against aggression than those who are individuated. It then becomes easier to rationalize contentious moves or severe actions taken against one’s opponents.
She goes on to say:
Once certain groups are stigmatized as evil, morally inferior, and not fully human, the persecution of those groups becomes more psychologically acceptable. Restraints against aggression and violence begin to disappear. Not surprisingly, dehumanization increases the likelihood of violence and may cause a conflict to escalate out of control. Once a violence break over has occurred, it may seem even more acceptable for people to do things that they would have regarded as morally unthinkable before.
“I feel that ‘man-hating’ is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them.”—Robin Morgan, Ms. Magazine Editor
“And let’s put one lie to rest for all time: the lie that men are oppressed, too, by sexism–the lie that there can be such a thing as ‘men’s liberation groups.’ Oppression is something that one group of people commits against another group, specifically because of a ‘threatening’ characteristic shared by the latter group–skin, color, sex or age, etc. The oppressors are indeed ****ED UP by being masters, but those masters are not OPPRESSED. Any master has the alternative of divesting himself of sexism or racism–the oppressed have no alternative–for they have no power but to fight. In the long run, Women’s Liberation will of course free men–but in the short run it’s going to cost men a lot of privilege, which no one gives up willingly or easily. Sexism is NOT the fault of women–kill your fathers, not your mothers”.—Robin Morgan, Ms. Magazine editor
“I want to see a man beaten to a bloody pulp with a high-heel shoved in his mouth, like an apple in the mouth of a pig.”—Andrea Dworkin
“Under patriarchy, every woman’s son is her potential betrayer and also the inevitable rapist or exploiter of another woman.”—Andrea Dworkin
“Men are rapists, batterers, plunderers, killers; these same men are religious prophets, poets, heroes, figures of romance, adventure, accomplishment, figures ennobled by tragedy and defeat. Men have claimed the earth, called it ‘Her’. Men ruin Her. Men have airplanes, guns, bombs, poisonous gases, weapons so perverse and deadly that they defy any authentically human imagination.”—Andrea Dworkin, Pornography: Men Possessing Women
“Rape is nothing more or less than a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear.”—Susan Brownmiller, Against Our Will
“When a woman reaches orgasm with a man she is only collaborating with the patriarchal system, eroticizing her own oppression.”—Sheila Jeffrys
“And if the professional rapist is to be separated from the average dominant heterosexual (male), it may be mainly a quantitative difference.”—Susan Griffin, Rape: The All-American Crime
“As long as some men use physical force to subjugate females, all men need not. The knowledge that some men do suffices to threaten all women. He can beat or kill the woman he claims to love; he can rape women … he can sexually molest his daughters … THE VAST MAJORITY OF MEN IN THE WORLD DO ONE OR MORE OF THE ABOVE.”—Marilyn French, author and adviser to Al Gore’s presidential campaign (her emphasis)
“My feelings about men are the result of my experience. I have little sympathy for them. Like a Jew just released from Dachau, I watch the handsome young Nazi soldier fall writhing to the ground with a bullet in his stomach and I look briefly and walk on. I don’t even need to shrug. I simply don’t care. What he was, as a person, I mean, what his shames and yearnings were, simply don’t matter.”—Marilyn French, The Woman’s Room
“All men are rapists and that’s all they are.”—Marilyn French
“The media treat male assaults on women like rape, beating, and murder of wives and female lovers, or male incest with children, as individual aberrations … obscuring the fact that all male violence toward women is part of a concerted campaign.”—Marilyn French
“I believe that women have a capacity for understanding and compassion which man structurally does not have, does not have it because he cannot have it. He’s just incapable of it.”—Former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan
“I feel what they feel: man-hating, that volatile admixture of pity, contempt, disgust, envy, alienation, fear, and rage at men. It is hatred not only for the anonymous man who makes sucking noises on the street, not only for the rapist or the judge who acquits him, but for what the Greeks called philo-aphilos, ‘hate in love,’ for the men women share their lives with–husbands, lovers, friends, fathers, brothers, sons, coworkers.”—Judith Levine, My Enemy, My love
“All men are good for is ****ing, and running over with a truck.”—Statement made by a University of Maine feminist administrator, quoted by Richard Dinsmore, who brought a successful civil suit against the university in the amount of $600,000.Dinsmore had protested the quote, was dismissed thereafter on the grounds of harassment, and responded by bringing suit against the university.
“We are, as a sex, infinitely superior to men.”—Elizabeth Cady Stanton
From A Feminist Dictionary, edited by Kramarae and Triechler, Pandora Press, 1985:
MALE: … represents a variant of or deviation from the category of female. The first males were mutants … the male sex represents a degeneration and deformity of the female.
MAN: … an obsolete life form … an ordinary creature who needs to be watched … a contradictory baby-man…
Keep in mind here:
Philip George Zimbardo, psychologist, professor emeritus at Stanford University, from The Lucifer Effect:
At the core of evil is the process of dehumanization by which certain other people or collectives of them, are depicted as less than human, as non-comparable in humanity or personal dignity to those who do the labeling. Prejudice employs negative stereotypes in images or verbally abusive terms to demean and degrade the objects of its narrow view of superiority over these allegedly inferior persons. Discrimination involves the actions taken against those others based on the beliefs and emotions generated by prejudiced perspectives.
Dehumanization is one of the central processes in the transformation of ordinary, normal people into indifferent or even wanton perpetrators of evil. Dehumanization is like a “cortical cataract” that clouds one’s thinking and fosters the perception that other people are less than human. It makes some people come to see those others as enemies deserving of torment, torture, and even annihilation.
A Voice for Men wrote at length about the femitheist divine, Krista Jane Heflin. What no one mentioned is that she was a ripoff of the woman who founded one of the first “women’s studies” courses in America, and taught in university for almost two decades.
Sally Miller Gearhart, who taught women’s studies at San Francisco State University from 1973 until 1992, created one of the first women and gender studies programs in the United States. From her book The Future, If There Is One, Is Female:
Such a prospect is attractive to women who feel that if they bear sons no amount of love and care and nonsexist training will save those sons from a culture where male violence is institutionalized and revered. These are women saying, “No more sons. We will not spend twenty years of our lives raising a potential rapist, a potential batterer, a potential Big Man.
The proportion of men must be reduced to and maintained at approximately 10% of the human race.
She’s written nine books, most of which are required reading in gender studies, even her works of fiction and fantasy.
Her last speaking engagement was November 9, 2013:
“Sally Miller Gearhart “Worlds Beyond World” Symposium: Feminist Utopian Thought,” sponsored by: Sally Miller Gearhart Fund, Center for the Study of Women in Society, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, ASUO Women’s Center, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oregon Libraries, Oregon Humanities Center, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Robert D. Clark Honors College, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, Center on Diversity and Community, Department of English, School of Journalism and Communication, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Romance Languages, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, Department of International Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of Psychology, and the Comparative Literature journal (American Comparative Literature Association).
All those people and groups and organizations and universities not only showed up but sponsored an event to host her and other like-minded women. A woman who has publicly stated and continues to state that 90% of men should be killed off. She openly advocates for mass genocide and she’s welcomed to speaking engagements at major universities sponsored and attended by Ivy League college departments.
Mary Daly taught women’s studies at the University of Boston for 19 years. In a 1999 EnlightenNext Magazine article titled “No Man’s Land,” Susan Bridle quoted Daly as saying:
If life is to survive on this planet, there must be a decontamination of the Earth. I think this will be accompanied by an evolutionary process that will result in a drastic reduction of the population of males.
These two women were not simply radicals on the fringe of feminism. They wrote the literature that is still studied in gender studies master courses to this day in major universities all over the world. Daly wrote her last book in 2006 and over her lifetime wrote eight books in all that are studied today in gender studies/women’s studies.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Daly continued to lecture to audiences around the world. She was an outspoken critic of popular phenomena such as the Christian men’s movement as personified by an organization called the Promise Keepers. Answering a reporter who asked, “Who has hurt women?” Daly responded, “These creeps, the Promise Keepers, rightwing Christians. It’s not just the ancient fathers of the church and it’s not just the church. It’s all the major religions.”
These people are not the radical fringe—they’re the driving force behind academic feminism and gender feminism. They’re the ones who know what real feminism is about. That’s the true face of feminism. Puppets like Emma Watson know nothing of these people: she has a liberal arts degree in English literature—not gender studies or women’s studies. She’s a public figure, not someone with influence.
Also, leaders in feminism like Daly and Gearhart are not alone.
Joanna Russ, a full professor at the University of Washington and a noted author in the feminist community, documents in her book The Female Man how a group of women from a planet called “While-away” butchered all the men like cattle in the quest for their lesbian utopia. As for misrepresenting feminism, this same feminist makes threats against men in her own work.
Rebecca Carter published “Proposition 777″ online and quickly removed it, claiming it was a joke. Genocide is always such a comical topic after all.
Susan Brownmiller in Against our Will, denouncing and justifying in the same paragraph the torture, mutilation and murder of 15-year-old Emmett Till for whistling at a white woman:
We are rightly aghast that a whistle could be cause for murder, but we must also accept that Emmett Till and J. W. Milam shared something in common. They both understood that the whistle was no small twee t. . . it was a deliberate insult, just short of physical assault, a last reminder to Carolyn Bryant that this black boy, Till, had in mind to possess her.
Pamela O’Shaughnessy is a self-identified radical feminist blogger whose writings suggest a desire to promote extralegal efforts to genetically modify the male half of the human race.
Now that you’ve read about dehumanization, enemy image, deindividualization, and you’ve read about the people who lead gender feminism and academic feminism OPENLY advocating for mass genocide, what do you THINK the end result is going to be?