Saturday, May 31, 2014

Don't Douthat, Feminists -- You Wouldn't Like Us When We're Angry

You knew Ross Douthat would pipe up about the recent kllings in Isla Vista, and you knew his conclusion would be that Sex Ruined Everything.  The tubby schlub admits Rodger's mindset -- without acknowledging that he shares it -- but then fingers the real problem:
But feminism, too, is often a prisoner of Hefnerism, in the sense that it tends to prescribe more and more “sex positivity,” insisting that the only problem with contemporary sexual culture is that it’s imperfectly egalitarian, insufficiently celebratory of female agency and desire.
This means that the feminist prescription doesn’t supply what men slipping down into the darkness of misogyny most immediately need: not lectures on how they need to respect women as sexual beings, but reasons, despite their lack of sexual experience, to first respect themselves as men.
Yeah, that's exactly what Rodger needed -- a lot more self-regard "as a man." He could've even made a video on the subject.

Men who hate women have plenty of respect for themselves as men. They think they're entitled to respect because they're men, and that women are entitled to less or none because they're not.  They're not sex positive; they're violence/abuse positive.  Sex positivity is about respect, a concept foreign to Douthat and the parts of that book he's forever humping.


Montag said...

Hmm, Sister Ross of the Provincialists seems to be stumbling around looking for any way to blame someone else, which is just one more attempt of his to solidify his standing as Bill Donohue's heir apparent.

As one of the country's foremost apologists for arbitrary patriarchy and PR man for the pious rich, we should expect nothing less.

Ever wonder what's in the columns of his that get spiked? Thank goodness for small favors.

Anonymous said...

I'm absolutely CERTAIN Douthat has written that that's what poor black kids who deal drugs and do violent crimes need - more self-regard.

He must have, right?

Unknown said...

Or maybe, just maybe, mentally ill people live in a distorted reality.
Ross really shouldn't be allowed to write about sexual issues. He obviously has no experience with sex.

Anonymous said...

Chunky Reese Witherspoon scarred him for life.

Jules said...

Well you can't very well expect Douchehat to say the bitches was askin' for it. That would be uncivil.