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Feminism in outer space

I have a long-ish commute, and I drive an “affordable” car. Apparently, though,  it has a really good radio, because I think I was picking up a talk show from another planet. The guest and hosts were discussing feminism in the context of the guest’s new book about “God’s 10 Gifts for Women,” and the description of feminism was like nothing I’ve seen on this Earth. Did I mention it was a Christian radio station?

When I tuned in, they were talking about Sandra Fluke and whether she suffered from “low self esteem.” It was kind of bizarre, though, because every time they mentioned her by name, they called her “Sandra Fluck or Flook or however you pronounce her name.” I think once—and only once—they slipped up and called her just Sandra Fluke (as in rhymes with duke). Every other time it was the complete mantra, Sandra-Fluck-or-Flook-or-however-you-pronounce-her-name.

But the really bizarre thing was the author’s description of feminism, especially in the light of their discussion of Sandra Fluke. Like I said, I don’t know what planet the author was speaking from, but apparently wherever she lives, they have radical leftist feminists (with names like Gloria Steinem no less), who have worked hard to win freedom for women—but only in the bedroom. That’s right, feminism (on her planet) has the sole goal of turning women into sex objects for men to play with.

That’s why feminists like Sandra Fluke (“or however you pronounce it”) have self esteem issues, don’tcha see. Only Jesus really treats women with the respect and honor they truly deserve (like the time he healed Peter’s mother-in-law so she could get up and fix him a sandwich).

There was some other bizarre stuff too, like the male co-host pointing out that Rush Limbaugh attacked Sandra Fluke and called her a slut. That in itself isn’t so bizarre, but he then mentioned President Obama calling to thank her for standing up for women’s rights, which he (the co-host) then used to claim that Fluke was somehow helpless and had to have actual male manly men come rushing to her defense. And therefore feminism isn’t really helping women at all, or something (at least on whatever planet they were broadcasting from).

And by the way, did you know that The Pill is categorized as a class one carcinogen? That, spake the author, is something you’re not going to hear about in the secular news (perhaps because the secular news, in the interests of telling the whole story, might be more prone to point out the fact that birth control pills actually reduce the risk of some of the more malignant forms of cancer).

I look back at our recent discussion about equity feminism versus so-called “gender feminism” and I’ve learned a lot about both in the past few days. But apparently those aren’t the only two forms of feminism. At least in this galaxy anyway.

Comments

  1. says

    “like the time he healed Peter’s mother-in-law so she could get up and fix him a sandwich”

    Wow! How did I miss that passage?

    I now believe in the Matthewich (‘Matthe-wich’ or ‘Matthew-ich’ or however you pronounce it).
    From now on it’s God the Father, God the Son and God the Matthewich (Delicious with a little Branston™ Pickle) as far as I’m concerned.

  2. smhll says

    That in itself isn’t so bizarre, but he then mentioned President Obama calling to thank her for standing up for women’s rights, which he (the co-host) then used to claim that Fluke was somehow helpless and had to have actual male manly men come rushing to her defense.

    ::: eyeroll:::

    Limbaugh ranted to his 8,000,000 listener base without inviting her to share his airtime AFAIK.

    I still haven’t seen any rational explanation for why he needed to berate her.

  3. F says

    Silent E: It’s just a theory.

    Yes, I’m sure Fluke called teh Prez and cried to him for hours until he caved in and came to her rescue. Or something.

  4. Tige Gibson says

    Most academic research on the topic of discrimination and the effects of race, class, and gender inequality are conducted by feminists. Formally feminism is the backbone of all efforts to seek equality. From the point of view of bigots, formal feminism does not exist.

    What bigots see is visibility (formally and unfortunately known as militancy, but bigots call it being “uppity” which has a different meaning), but this is not a representation of knowledge rather an emotional expression of motivation to attempt to mitigate feelings of oppression. Academic feminists study oppression and create a body of knowledge but have no public visibility, while militant feminists are tossed together with anti-racism protesters and 99% protesters as agnostic bait.

    Bigots tell the agnostics, accommodationists, and compatibilists that if those radicals would only be more quiet (less uppity), their lot would improve. The agnostics comply by trying to quiet the rebellion, and if the protesters should be quiet, it only makes them easier to ignore and maintain the status quo. Better yet, there is a new iPhone and a new reality TV series to distract them with.

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