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Equality politics a fallacy

Filed under: General — JohnPotter @ 9:16 am Wed 8th June 2005

What happened to being a woman, biology and all? In ALEXIS STUART’S experience, it is women’s difference that has the potential power to civilise men.

I was the feminist poster child. How could I be anything else? I had been indoctrinated for years. I had been taught it all, from French existentialist Simone de Beauvoir to Victoria University feminist economist Prue Hyman.

I remember indoctrinating my own pupils under the guiding hand of my lecturer at teachers’ college. She smiled approvingly as I brainwashed wide-eyed 15-year-olds about the hegemonic patriarchy.

Initially, I knew nothing of the undercurrent of sexual politics and the new doctrine that gender was a mere theatrical performance. By the time I was 20, the message was that women had to be liberated from their biology. By 25, the heart of equality politics was the need to destabilise the categories of male and female. Now some government forms have an indeterminate option after the male/female box.

The more I think about it, the more I dislike equality politics. It may have fermented in the Women’s Socialist Action League in the early 1970s, but it now permeates every political party from the Left to the Right.

Recent media coverage has fingered the obvious personalities involved in the Women’s Socialist Action League. The fact that many of New Zealand’s high-profile women were involved is not evidence of any conspiracy. They just took part in a major cultural shift that is sweeping us all away.

I’ve been called a radical. Perhaps I am. But it wasn’t so long ago that the aspiration of the Socialist Action League was considered radical. Now their action plan from 1974 is mainstream.

The feminists of 1974 planned to rid New Zealand of marriage, female child-rearing and domesticity. They argued that women would never be free without a social revolution against the family.

Capitalism, they argued, depends on the oppressive patriarchal family. It must be replaced with state childcare and sexual freedom.

Children should no longer belong to their parents but should be the responsibility of the Government. Prostitution had to be legalised, the Government had to supply unrestricted abortion, and women had to be financially independent from men.

It is hardly surprising that some younger women feel short-changed by the older radicals who are now our bosses, headmistresses and Prime Minister.

1 Comment »

  1. I have been pondering a question.
    Relation to natural biological drivers of behaviour.
    And it’s relationships to equality.

    So as a proposition.

    Males trend towards, socio economic status.
    Females trend towards, social connectivity.

    If those statements are true.
    How then can you get equality.
    If the drivers of outcome are naturally different.
    Logic could be both win.

    Females get increased time with children vs men.
    So they win, and get what they need.
    Males get reduced income, from Child Support.
    So they lose, and they go backwards in life.

    What is this equality we are trying to get.
    In the writing of the post it mentions politics.
    A Cultural Revolution, for whom.
    Race, sex, education, the family.

    But there is no equality.
    No guaranteed outcome.


    If applied as a rule, the proposition, to things.
    EG The White Knight.

    Supports motherhood over fatherhood.
    To diminish other males incomes.
    Increasing there Socio Economic Status, vs other men.
    Increasing there sexual attractiveness.

    Chance of breeding………..

    Therefore the answer to any question.
    Is sex.
    So human and carnal in nature.

    Logic would ignore anthropology.
    Both women and men would be ignored.
    Equality is when it’s equal.

    Comment by DJ Ward — Tue 8th June 2021 @ 8:00 pm

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