How Feminism Defines Women

May 28th, 2009 by Pelle Billing

The more I think about feminist theory and rhetoric, the more I realize that it is in many ways an ideology that doesn’t serve women any more than it serves men.

Even though feminism does pay lipservice to the belief that women are strong and can do anything they like; the whole feminist political framework is built around the belief that women are weak and need external help to get anything right.

In fact, feminism defines women as being weak in a number of ways:

  • Women are said to need affirmative action in order to be able to compete with men in the labor market
  • Women are said to accept salaries that are too low, and therefore salaries need to be monitored and regulated
  • Women are incapable of leaving an abusive man (and incapable of being angry to the extent that they themselves become abusive)
  • Women cannot make good choices for themselves, since they insist on being teachers or homemakers instead of engineers or executives
  • The major way that feminism invalidates women and portrays them as weak is… by claiming that women have allowed men to subjugate them for thousands of years! (this line of reasoning presumes that women are weak or stupid or both).

If I were a woman, I’d be furious at feminism, and sue the whole feminist movement for character defamation.

Personally, I view women as perfectly capable individuals, who can make their own choices in life, and make new choices as culture and society change over time.

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3 Responses to “How Feminism Defines Women”

  1. Eivind F S Says:

    I’m thinking about this a lot, Pelle – particularly your last point. The problem with much feminism is that it’s narcissistic. Many feminists essentially say “You are a victim. Believe me, you are. And when you accept the fact that you are a victim, I can help you get out of that victimhood. Just listen to me. I have the answer. I am your saviour.” It’s a good way for a woman who has been hurt by life to avoid feeling the hurt in her heart.

    Then again, a woman who cannot feel her heart, is a woman whose unhappiness knows no bounds. For this, I grieve.

    Eivind

  2. Pelle Billing Says:

    Feminism can indeed be the perfect way to project your own hurts onto the outside world. As you say, this can lead to disconnection from your heart and from owning the choices you make in life.

    And all of this goes back to the first statement of my post:
    “The more I think about feminist theory and rhetoric, the more I realize that it is in many ways an ideology that doesn’t serve women any more than it serves men.”

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