- Paperback: 118 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1508613745
- ISBN-13: 978-1508613749
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
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Sex Trouble: Essays on Radical Feminism and the War Against Human Nature Paperback – February 24, 2015
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Robert Stacy McCain is a veteran journalist who has covered politics and culture for The American Spectator and other publications. His personal blog, TheOtherMcCain.com has attracted more than 17 million page-views since 2008.
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The people who develop the theory, teach the history, write the textbooks, these are the people who define an ideology. And the feminist academy is populated by man-hating lesbians. Some of them view every male as a threat and advocate gendercide to the point where 90% of the population will be female. This is not your kindly neighbor lady's sloganeering for equality. This is lunacy in the academy teaching unsuspecting 19-year olds and recruiting them into lesbianism with a dash of goddess spirituality on the side.
A must read for anyone who wants to understand the cultic, deceptive nature of feminism which presents a different face to the world. Especially important for those parents packing their young ones off to university -- read this before you make any tuition payments covering Women's Studies courses.
Two complaints: there are some snarky asides which struck me as unnecessary and some of the quotes are overlong.
Indeed, McCain gives us his laws of contemporary feminism:
1) Feminism that is wrong;
2) Feminism that is crazy;
3) Feminism that is both wrong *and* crazy.
And we then have McCain's corollary: When in doubt, it's usually Number Three.
McCain hastens to add that he is joking, but given recent developments on college campuses and, frankly, the Orwellian-named Twitter Trust and Safety Council, it's funny only because it's true. It was, in fact, because of the latter that I was inspired to purchase this book. Both McCain's personal Twitter account as well as the promotional account for this book were shut down by this "council," due to unspecified offenses. Given that this is likely an offshoot of the aforementioned Number Three, I was motivated to read this. And I have to say, McCain lays out a devastating critique of modern Feminism that accounts for the genesis of the movement.
McCain's writing is direct and to the point. He treats the subject as dispassionately as he can, I think, but dispassionate in the way that you describe something that has somehow gone horribly, horribly wrong. It's clear McCain has deep and profound philosophical differences with modern Feminism, and indeed he effectively writes on some of the rhetorical lynchpins of the movement that have bothered me for so long.
For instance, I think we all agree that rape is bad. Rape is a horrible crime that, with few exceptions, is something that uniquely targets women. However, in its zeal to equate everything counter to the movement's aims as rape, Feminism downplays actual real violent rape. And that's more than a shame - it's downright cynical. It is eager to cast men...all men...as rapists in waiting, and has created a phenomenon of destroying genuine interpersonal relationships to be replaced with dysfunctional rituals and institutions that destroy the very ideas that this country was founded upon. McCain argues that this was always Feminism's aim and it's baked into its cake (sorry for going all patriarchal with that idiom, by the way), but I rather think it's a case of faulty logic overriding the original aims of Feminism. It's kind of how a lawyer can get so embroiled with bad logic that, oh, eminent domain can suddenly be used to evict a grandmother from her house so a shopping mall can be built there.
Even worse, this faulty logic is starting to infect the thinking of our young people. For a stark view of this, I urge the reader to look up Triumph the Insult Comic Dog's visit to a college campus (The University of New Hampshire). In particular, witness how eagerly one young student starts in on what trigger warnings are. While Robert Smigel effectively skewers her line of thought, the shocking part is just how uncritically that student repeats the idea that some ideas are so shocking that they require warnings...and thus, lead us down the primrose path to the implementation of "safe spaces" where people can live without having ideas challenged or even disagreed with. Which leads us right back to the Twitter Trust and Safety Council. Sigh.
Back on point, this book is a persuasive and eye opening expose of, at the very least, what modern mainstream Feminism is becoming. And I have to say, it's shocking. Putting this book in context with, oh, the banning of McCain from Twitter by one of those Number Three feminists really makes McCain's point. It's a very good book and an effective description of the trouble we get into when our self-appointed betters try to override basic human nature.