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Saturday June 8th 2019Tim Candler9

 

    "When table utensils were invented in the 1100s, the Catholic Church condemned them as obscene and heretical, claiming, 'God gave us fingers with which to eat.' And we're supposed to get politically discouraged? Oh please. We're being opposed by people who denounced the fork." The quote is from Robin Morgan, a star in the firmament and in my reading of her work I can risk summing her position with another quote from her, "Women are a colonized people." In the end as a red blotchy elderly male, over the years I've learned more about the political condition of maleness from feminist writing than from pretty much anywhere else. "Don't accept lifts from strange men, and remember all men are strange as hell."

 

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   One of her points is that while men and women share humanness women are unable to contribute to the shaping of a more human society because they're not treated as equals, which is another way of saying women are an underclass, their role decided for them. And indeed, as an Artist and Political Being, Robin Morgan once suggested "I feel that man-hating is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them."  Kind of no wonder white feminists frighten the current Republican Party, devoted as it is to preserving white male privilege and it's a slippery slope when even girls stopped doing what white men tell them to. Oddly it was the Republican pinup Ayn Rand in her ideas about a moral structure for a successful rationally selfish society who offered, "Abortion is a moral right—which should be left to the sole discretion of the woman involved; morally, nothing other than her wish in the matter is to be considered."

  

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