See? These things here? These things are the REASON there’s a “war” on women. I am using the term loosely. It’s the same reason there’s a “war” on minorities (affirmative action? “minority only” college scholarships? income-based government assistance programs that serve minorities in the majority because THEY TEND TO BE MORE LIKELY TO FALL INTO THE LOW-ECONOMIC BRACKET, as a rule.)
Now, I’m going to state some viewpoints addressed by author Michael Kimmel in his book, Angry White Men, in this next paragraph. They are not my own. I just want to make that clear.
I’m not accusing every Caucasian American male of operating on the offensive. Or of being a danger to minorities and women. But one would have to be willfully ignorant to deny that there are MANY white men in America who are ANGRY at women: for getting primary custody in the divorce, or for fighting for equal rights but not being required to enroll to fight for our country; for being awarded alimony and child support and taking half their paychecks every month.
And the same goes for minority groups. Many white men are angry that they may get passed over for a promotion because their employer has to meet a quota (whether or not that actually happens, interestingly enough. It’s the IDEA of it for some reason). Or that a black male may be afforded a college education on the UNCF while they aren’t able to afford to send their own sons to college.
Taken at a surface level, the issues these men have with the ‘perks’ other genders and nationalities seem to get just for showing up don’t seem all that unreasonable. The problem is that most of these programs or laws came into effect because, if life is a game of golf, everyone but the Anglo male was starting the game with varying degrees of a handicap. There had to be some way to even the playing field somewhat. After all, that is one of the main principles this country was founded on: that all men (people) are created equal.
Sure. Created equal, maybe, but once reality set in, it was obvious that equal opportunities were not being offered to all. White men were running EVERYTHING. They were making decisions for every man, woman, and child and denying a voice to any other group.
But, here’s the kicker: it was WHITE MEN who put every, single one of these legal “equalizers” into place.
So, you can certainly make the argument that there is not a LITERAL war being waged on women. But every time a man who feels like he’s been cheated by the society that he feels belongs to him makes the choice to show his wife who’s boss, or call some girl who won’t return his attention a whore and follow her home, or throw acid in the face of the woman who turned down his offer of dinner the night before, he adds to and feeds into this climate; this systemic DISEASE; of rape culture. Of acting like women are something to be possessed, and punishing them when they do not obey. Because, make no mistake: the men who do these things do them because THEY CAN. They know they are bigger, and stronger, and that society still enters into every conversation about a woman being attacked with a bias against her. It looks like this:
Well? What did she do to bring that on herself?
By the way, I could switch out a few words and re-purpose this for racism, and sexual orientation, etc., but it’s almost 1 a.m. and I’m too tired.