Now I should stop and give my standard disclaimer. I'm very thankful for those women who gave us the vote. And who worked to rip down barriers so that I could try to be whatever I wanted to be (although I roll my eyes a bit since many feminists seem to think that that means I've wasted my life with the decision I actually made and love).
However at some point the writings we poured over just descended into angry rants in which "empowered" women are placed on pedestals as the epitome of humanity and men become things regarded with a slight level of disdain, even in their most "enlightened" form.
This morning I read an article by Simcha over at NCR that reminded me exactly why the feminist thought we were force fed at my "Catholic" college, was so distasteful to me. State Representative Babette Joesephs announced at a rally to protest pre-abortion ultrasounds that the female legislators who don't oppose the bill must be: "men with breasts." To be exact she said:
"I don't understand it... I don't believe they're really women... I believe they're men with breasts."And apparently she didn't just say it once. She said it twice.
Simcha writes a great response (that also happens to sum up the problem that I had with modern feminism even when I was a bat-poo crazy college student):
"The representative’s crass phrase, “men with breasts,” shows a level of contempt for women which is hard to countenance. In her view, woman are made of two things: breasts, and the freedom to kill.
But the thing that strikes me about her remarks is how anti-man they are—not just anti-pro-life-man, but anti-men-in-general. Calling your opponent “men with breasts” implies that all men are, by definition, the enemy. It’s like saying “the devil in disguise” or “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” It assumes that the worst thing you can say about a woman is that she’s like a man."
But at the same time they denigrate men when it's convenient (as it apparently is for representative Joesephs) and let us know what they really think by showing that they feel that it's insulting to be placed in the same category with them.
They've told us that we can divorce our body from it's natural functions without consequence and when that doesn't work they tell us that murder is an acceptable solution to the end life that's formed when nature follows it's course regardless of our meddling.
Embracing our bodies as they naturally are means we're somehow less feminine to this particular line of thought embraced by women who would very much like to tell us exactly how we are supposed to live our lives.
I'll admit that it's odd to me that there's so much fuss over these ultrasound bills. "Forcing women to have ultrasounds!" they screech. "What's wrong with you! Rapist! Rapist!" And ignore the logical response of: "Hold on. Women have ultrasound when they're having abortions. What's wrong with requiring the doctor to ask the woman if she wants to see the screen before he begins cutting up her child, so she can actually have an option to have an understanding of what it is she's doing, before she does it."
Unfortunately logic doesn't often come into play much when hysterical ranting takes their argument so much farther.
Come on Philadelphia! You can do better than Representative Joesephs, can't you?
But what do I know? I'm just a man with breasts and a pregnant baby bump, right Representative Joesephs (and all those fun first trimester hormones that help me to write exactly what I'm thinking surging through my veins!)?