The recent murders in Santa Barbara CA highlighted several of the most unfortunate aspects of contemporary American society; specifically, (1)the double edged sword that is the ready availability of social media, which provides an opportunity for everyone to indulge their narcissistic desire for attention by broadcasting anything, including the sort of demented ranting that used to be mercifully confined to bathroom mirrors, (2) the endless supply of clueless "experts" dredged up by television producers to share their opinions, derived without any personal knowledge or facts about the specific situation they claim to be analyzing and (3) the inevitable exploitation of tragedy by those with political agendas, completely unaware of how ridiculous they sound to intelligent observers, who realize that the laws they are demanding would have not prevented the deaths of innocents.
As distressing as these these things are, this horrific event brought the chance for some people to achieve what is apparently the most coveted status one can have today, that of "victim." How else to explain the hashtag "#YesAllWomen," that popped up in the wake of the revelation that the extremely psychotic Santa Barbara killer harbored bitter resentment against attractive women who rejected him. He also harbored resentment against other men, and didn't hesitate to hold forth on his racist beliefs, but those women who decided to seize on his misogynist remarks as evidence that we are all in the crosshairs are hearing none of that. They generously concede that not all men are Eliot Rodger, but say that #YesAllWomen live with "the threat of male violence."
Why are supposedly modern women so eager to make themselves into victims? I thought the feminist movement was supposed to make us strong and independent, but ironically, it appears to have had the opposite effect. That's not the only irony at play here. Another is reminiscent of radical feminists' militant insistence on the right to abortion on demand. As if. As if these women with their wide watchbands, sensible shoes and haircuts that look like they were inflicted in a prison barbershop have any reason to fear an unwanted pregnancy.
What are they imagining? An unfortunate encounter with a loaded turkey baster? Similarly, the very women who whine the most about unwanted male attention are the least likely to be on the receiving end of any male attention period.
The reality is that it is precisely because men don't find them attractive that radical feminists declare natural heterosexual male behavior brutal and threatening. They should be so lucky to be "threatened" by men expressing the desire to get close to them. They resent attractive women as much as Eliot Rodger did, and that's why from the beginning of modern feminism, they have sought to destroy the power attractive females have over males. It's nature's way.
Men want to have sex with beautiful women. Smart women understand this fact, and also understand that they can parlay that desire into commitment, marriage and responsible fatherhood. Unattractive women don't have those options, which precipitates rage and a desire to smash the traditional family, otherwise known as radical feminism.
Earlier this year, Zerlina Maxwell, a feminist proponent of this latest hashtag launched the hashtag "#rapecultureiswhen" in response to an op-ed in Time magazine, calling for an end to "rape culture hysteria." Somehow, my feminist sisters, I have a hard time understanding how the same women you think belong in combat, and therefore at risk of actual rape as prisoners of war, are cowering over some doofus in a bar making offensive remarks or even aggressively pursuing an unwanted romance.
Every attractive woman has had to politely rebuff unwanted male attention, and even in some cases, intimidating harassment. That doesn't make us involuntary victims. It just makes us women.
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