Philosophy Tube: The Social Contract

So I foolishly took on too much today, and while I did get a lot of things done, a publication-ready blog post wasn’t one of them. Now it’s a little after midnight, I’m burned out, and my neighbor’s small white dog is barking under my window. I think it’s time to cut my losses, and balance things better tomorrow.

That said, I’d feel bad leaving it at that, so I’ll share the video I’m currently watching. So far it is both entertaining and informative, and I think it touches on some important issues. Philosophy tube is generally well worth your time.


  1. Katydid says

    Whew, that’s worth about six listens.

    Addressing the women stuff because that’s my lived experience, I will say her talk about patriarchy and enforced roles is very much on the minds of American conservatives and/or fundamentalist religionists (the two groups overlap). In the USA in the early 2000s, there was a real push in society for women to lock themselves into subservient roles. The media had endless breathless stories about all the young women supposedly rushing home to embrace the mindlessness of kinder-kirche-kuche. Rightwing celebrities like “Dr.” Laura brayed about the only proper title for women besides Mrs.–“My kids’ MOM”. Slightly later, the fake Duck Dynasty patriarchs preached to adoring crowds that men should pick immature, naive 15-year-old girls to marry because they wouldn’t understand how to assert their rights.

    The message was clear–all women should immediately cease and desist being competent human beings because it was making the menfolk feel bad about their lack of abilities.

  2. Katydid says

    Well, it’s not a miserable and lifeless world for the men. The whole Quiverfull conservative patriarchal idiocy that rose up and got so much attention in the early-to-mid 2000s (that is, 2000 – 2015-ish) was about the notion that men and even young boys were superior to grown women and girls, whose job it was to be their ever-ready maids, sexbots and mothers, meekly accepting their abuse. Even today, there are politicians insisting women are not to have a voice and definitely not to lead men. Amy Coney Barrett is one of them–the cognitive dissonance of a Supreme Court Judge not being allowed to make her own ecisions must have burnt out her brain cells.

  3. Katydid says

    Agreed, I wouldn’t enjoy being in a relationship with someone who would be my slave, but apparently a lot of men think this is a great idea.

    Example; one news snippet I ran across today: a 32-year-old man rapes and impregnates a 16-year-old girl. The girl gives birth to his baby. When the baby is 5, the girl realizes she can press charges, so she does. The judge gives them 50-50 custody based on a DNA test that shows the baby is, indeed, his child. Now that the baby is 16, her father went to a judge and got 100% custody of her, and his rape victim must now pay *him* child support.

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