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The Fourth Estate – feminist style

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 11:03 am Mon 14th July 2014

The Fourth Estate as we know it today generally refers to the media. It has been an evolving entity since the concept came to life in the middle ages, with the progressive development of social structures.

It depends on whose interpretation you prefer as to who or what the first three estates represent; there are differences between various countries and social periods, but this is not a debate about origins, rather the continuing evolution, and the dangers of any possible direction the fourth estate might take.

The estates represent divisions of the realm described in various ways, but might generally be held to have religious leadership (God) as the first estate, aristocracy (excluding the monarchy) as the second estate, and commoners (the mob) as the third estate.

Many quotes from Oscar Wilde can be relied upon to furrow a brow, no less so than this one;

In old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press.

Wilde meant that in the sense of the press being the saviour of the outspoken but with our modern feminist media we can forgive ourselves for asking, did this ever change?

I see two distinct directions that a feminist fourth-estate might head, both clearly visible in New Zealand’s 2014 election campaign. We’ve had a couple of posts recently The Essay of Tania Billingsley and Political Outcomes by Gendered Reporting.

The complicating factor raised in these posts is the involvement of a television network and journalist Paula Penfold’s portrayal of Billinglsey and the publication of her essay – putting Billingsley’s overt political position front and centre on national television.

Paula Penfold TV3

Paula Penfold – 3rd Degree

In the later days of the Roman Empire something similar happened where women took to mass protest, blocking streets and the harassing senators for the law changes they wanted – they in essence became law by mob rule, one of the earliest examples of feminist extremism and social decay within the confines of the great city.

When you look at the political games currently being played by the left in this election campaign, grossly exaggerating domestic and sexual violence, accusations of rape-culture and a country of unmanly men who should be apologised for, you have the political aristocracy and the media combining and inciting a similar female mob rule. It is frightening to see the daughters of the next generation turned into political fodder for the sake of a feminist election campaign, and the designs of a few warped women looking to turn government into a feminist machine.

Penfold attracted a fair amount of criticism over the interview both from within the institutional framework and various sectors of the public. She didn’t take it well, and used other media to confirm her point of view. (News Talk ZB interview).

Naturally this raised more criticism and Penfold took to twitter condemning her detractors as ‘paranoid’.

This is where we head in the second direction. The fourth estate effectively dissolving itself into and becoming part and parcel of the religious dictatorship of feminism.

Penfold wasn’t just putting a face on the television, or advocating for a victims rights, (something for which she is well known) she was advocating a clear feminist political position. Not only does she want that authority but also the authority to condemn her critics.

The feminist demi-gods of media quashing decent – the rise of the religion of feminism.

In the above cases what we see is a feminist media drifting toward and becoming part of either the first or second estates.

So where does that leave men?

You guessed it. We become the new third estate, the commoners, the new mob, the politically unrepresented, back to the days of old, as Wilde observed, men without a press are isolated and easy subjected to the racks of society.


  1. Yes the media can dictate conversation.

    In a recent case a women has taken a case out against ACC for compensation for raising a child, due to the failure of a sterilisation procedure.

    You could say it was an accident.
    But why is it that the issue pertaining to males consenting to pregnancy has not arisen.
    Worse than that, what about males when there partners have told them they are on the pill, when they have been lying.

    What about men that think they are raising their own children when actually they are another mans. Did the doctors and nurses lie to him. Did the police officer lie to him when they say they uphold the law. Shouldn’t that person be entitled to compensation.

    After all the police officer by not prosecuting is by default deciding it was an accident.

    Sadly unlike the fourth estate.
    We have the intellect to understand that these things are intentional.
    They are however stuck with talking a load of rubbish.
    Because the truth is too difficult for them.

    They must be scared of feminists.
    Or the media employs only feminists.
    Must be that women’s studies paper.
    And employs cowardly men.

    Comment by The man in Absentia — Fri 3rd October 2014 @ 5:07 pm

  2. Sometimes the media can talk about feminism.
    They can talk about it being a good thing or a bad thing.

    They don’t talk about men not being represented in the same way.

    What politician has stood and fought for the rights of men.

    The right to live a dignified life for example.

    Not one where we can fall victims to female sexual predators.

    Can you hear the silence of the fourth estate.

    Comment by The man in Absentia — Fri 3rd October 2014 @ 8:22 pm

  3. The only two that spring to mind immediately are both women, but it does happen on rare occasions.

    Comment by Downunder — Sat 4th October 2014 @ 7:06 am

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