2015 February 12 Thursday
Fifty Shades of Grey: The Triumph Of Instinct
With 100 million copies sold to thrilled women the question arises: how can a book so counter to feminist ideology do so well among women raised in a culture that attempts to suppress gender differences?
One answer is that there’s a hunger that’s not being satisfied: Namely, for men who are unabashedly masculine, who aren’t afraid to take control, and to lead. That is, there’s a longing (even a lusting) for men who aren’t afraid of what’s classically been called “headship.” To this end, while Fifty Shades subverts Christian sexual morality, it subverts the modern crusade for “genderlessness” all the more.
Fifty Shades is about a meek young female hungering for a dominant, high status, handsome alpha male who turns out to be into bondage and total domination of his woman. This of course thrills her. This so strikes a cord with women around the world that its author has made a fortune from her books.
Fifty Shades demonstrates how strong are our instincts. The tabula rasa ideology is nonsense. Propaganda has failed to defeat instincts because instincts come from a deeper place in the mind, below the conscious level. The conscious mind may think it is in control. But it is being led around to pursue goals coming up out of parts of the mind it can't control.
Once offspring genetic engineering becomes possible there is a real possibility that women will choose to make male babies that will grow up to be very dominant men. Betas could become an endangered species.
By Randall Parker at 2015 February 12 11:13 AM
Or alternatively, perhaps they'll opt for features that make their lives as mothers easier and more rewarding -- since, ultimately, motherhood seems to be all about them.
For babies I predict big eyes, helplessness, a tendency to cry less and smile more. If mothers to be even get as far as thinking about older children and adolescents, they will want them to be naturally obedient, truthful, and comfortable with being spied upon 24 hours a day.
In the inner city ghetto we already have a subculture in which males are focused almost exclusively on having as many children as possible by as many women as possible. There is a lot of violent conflict between males and close to zero male parental investment in children. But extrapolating this pattern of exclusively alpha male behavior into the future overlooks the fact that the inner city ghetto subculture is economically parasitic on the larger culture. The total triumph of alpha males and extinction of beta males assumes that the welfare state will endure. The welfare state skews selection to r reproductive strategies as opposed to K reproductive stratagies. But I think that the welfare state is headed for collapse.
Obviously beta males did pretty well reproductively in the past or there wouldn't be so many of them today. Presunably their success was due to lower child mortality due to greater male parental investment. The welfare state eliminates most of the beta male advantage but I don't think the welfare state is stable. The inner city ghetto contributes virtually nothing to the economy and is dependent on ETB cards, etc. So the growth of this culture is inherently self-limiting.
I don't think 50 Shades of Gray is as unpc as you are implying - remember the author is a woman writing for a mostly liberal audience. The story is basically about how a naive but plucky, smart and virtuous woman who allows herself to be dominated by a man with anti-social traits and psychological hang ups because she wants to rescue him. Hence, the male isn't dominant in the sense of being stronger, smarter etc, but dominant in the sense of over-compensating for his psychological hang ups. It's similar to the 2002 movie Secretary starring the "evil Wasp" actor James Spader.
Also I wouldn't necessarily say mainstream liberal society is opposed to masculinity per se, there are still lots of tough, muscular men in movies, sports and the media. However, what it does do is downplay or belittle other masculine traits like logical intelligence, superior creativity and ability to think outside the box and express themselves as dynamic individuals. Men today are an accessory for ambitious career women, nice as muscular eye candy that is useful for changing tires on their Lexuses, but otherwise best seen and not heard.
I don't think 50 Shades of Gray is as unpc as you are implying - remember it's written by a female author for a mainstream audience. The plot is similar to the 2002 film Secretary where a naive but virtuous women allows herself to be dominated by an attractive, anti-social male with psychological hang-ups because she wants to rescue him. Hence, the male isn't dominant in a positive sense (such as being physically brave or highly intelligent) but dominant in the sense that he is over-compensating for weaknesses. And this is why the film is popular - it allows liberal women to dream about being dominated sexually while also being superior in a moral and intellectual sense. And this tells us a lot about feminist ideology. It isn't so much raw masculinity that feminism plays down or opposes, it is intellectual male traits like logical intelligence, superior creativity, truth seeking and beta male modesty/level headedness.
"Fifty Shades is about a meek young female hungering for a dominant, high status, handsome alpha male who turns out to be into bondage and total domination of his woman."
"The plot is similar to the 2002 film Secretary where a naive but virtuous women allows herself to be dominated by an attractive, anti-social male with psychological hang-ups because she wants to rescue him."
"To the woman he said,
"I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be for your husband,
and he shall rule over you."
It seems women desire to be both the possessed and possessor at the same time. These contradictory desires are a curse for them at all times, and for everyone when these desires are legitimated.
Is that so? On this occasion, here is an article that says that thousands of Europeans are willingly converting to Islam without being coerced:
Excerpt from the article:
Irish actor Liam Neeson says he is thinking about becoming a Muslim after undergoing a spiritual awakening in Turkey.
Neeson, who was born into a Roman Catholic family in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, told the London-based newspaper The Sun that he was impressed by the religious atmosphere in Istanbul while filming a movie in the city.
He said: "The [Islamic] call to prayer happens five times a day, and for the first week, it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit, and it's the most beautiful, beautiful thing. There are 4,000 mosques in the city. Some are just stunning, and it really makes me think about becoming a Muslim."
Neeson is just one of hundreds of thousands of Europeans who are trading their Christian heritage for the supposed exoticism of Islam. The surge in conversions is contributing to the mainstreaming of Islam in Europe and contributing to the Islamization of the continent.
In Britain, the number of Muslim converts recently passed the 100,000 mark, according to a survey conducted by an inter-faith group called Faith Matters. The survey revealed that nearly two thirds of the converts were women, more than 70% were white and the average age at conversion was just 27.
Separately, before the Nazis came to power, Adolf Hitler gave speeches at women's clubs and promised that his party would bring them strong men. Hitler was extremely popular among German women.
Recently, the controversial French author Michel Houllebecq wrote a satirical novel about the future popularity of Islam in Europe: "Soumission" (in English "Submission"). In this book, in the future Islam comes to power in France without firing a shot, as it becomes more popular and tempting to the majority. The English translation will be available in a few months, but in interviews Michel Soumission explains that the democratic French republic is only a few centuries old, and that historically a lot of people have converted from one religion to another, etc, and that for thousands of years the working system was male dominated.