2015 June 12 Friday
New Feminism Aims To Justify Elite Management of Population

Brendan O'Neill, editor of Spiked Online, argues that the new feminism is an attempt to make us distrust humanity and thereby justify greater management of the populace.

The new feminism — or rather its embrace by relativistic, illiberal elites — has nurtured a new misanthropy. Today, feminism promotes distrust of humanity more thoroughly than almost any other movement. With its scaremongering about rape and sexual assault, its unhinged depiction of campuses as hotbeds of male abuse, its description of the West as a ‘sea of misogyny’, its presentation of the internet as a site of foul commentary, its claim that the streets are unsafe, and its view even of the home — that heart in a heartless world — as a place of violence against women and children, the new feminism gives the impression that humanity is rotten, untrustworthy, requiring closer policing and censorship in order to keep his passions and madnesses in check. Here, too, we are really witnessing modern society’s own distrust of humankind coming to the fore, once again dressed in new-feminist garb rather than revealing its true essence: which is that, as the values of the Enlightenment are unravelled, so the public comes increasingly to be seen as a problem in need of management rather than as a sentient demos capable of freedom and greatness.

The Enlightenment project has been on the retreat for a long time. Early 19th century progressivism is now buttressed with new feminism. I expect a continued erosion of fundamental rights. Got no solution to the problem in the next 10 years.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2015 June 12 09:55 AM 

Dain said at June 13, 2015 2:46 PM:

"The public comes increasingly to be seen as a problem in need of management rather than as a sentient demos capable of freedom and greatness"

Thing is, you actually agree with this, as does most of the alternative (online) right, in which pessimism about humanity's capacity to be rational and competent reigns. (See your post above this one about the partisan policy experiment.) Seems everyone loathes humanity, but from different angles.

Anyway yea, I'd add the "Don't Tell me to Smile!" meme among modern feminists as more evidence of their misanthropy.

Randall Parker said at June 14, 2015 8:10 PM:


The differences between me and the progressives illiberal feminists:

- I oppose the vast bulk of social engineering. The social engineering makes stuff worse.

- I oppose efforts to stifle free debate and free thought. I do not want to treat people like thought criminals.

- I'm big on science of human nature. I really believe evolution shaped us and limits what we can become.

Mike Street Station said at June 16, 2015 6:17 AM:

@Dain: I don't think we even have a broad societal concept of what reason or rational public policies actually are. SJW's regard themselves and their ideas as totally rational, and their opponents as knuckle dragging bigots. Alt Right types have the guide of history and for the left in general it's always the end of history.

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