Hypothetically, feminism is an ideology that advocates for the social, political, economic equality between the sexes. Historically, feminism is a movement that has worked on behalf of women’s rights, granting to women equal access to education, voting, and leadership. However, when a considerable amount of talented and educated women, including Evangeline Lily, Demi Moore, Christina Hoff Sommers, and Camille Paglia have defined the modern radical feminist movement as no longer representing the aforementioned definition, it is necessary to look at the movement as a whole and what it represents to arrive at a more concise definition.
At its core, the contemporary feminist movement is about female empowerment by any means necessary, including the social demonization of maleness. The Patriarchy is the embodiment of this delusion, as it provides an abstract, non-personal entity for feminists to demonize without pointing their fingers at every man in the world. This form of feminist theory is relatively new, in fact, its roots can be traced to the SCUM Manifesto, a radical feminist manifesto published in 1967/68 by extremist Valeri Solanas that taught that men had ruined society and that it was the female duty to restore it by eradicating the male gender:
“To be male is to be deficient, emotionally limited; maleness is a deficiency disease and males are emotional cripples… The male is completely egocentric, trapped inside himself, incapable of empathising or identifying with others, or love, friendship, affection of tenderness. He is a completely isolated unit, incapable of rapport with anyone… The effect of fathers, in sum, has been to corrode the world with maleness. The male has a negative Midas Touch — everything he touches turns to shit.”
Thus, in its current dispensation, feminism believes that to be pro-woman, one must be anti-man.
As an ideology that desires to laud power over the male gender, feminism naturally finds it difficult to manifest power over men, as maleness is inherently attracted to power, and has historically preserved their structural presence thereof. Feminists may find it difficult to exercise authority over a grown man, as men generally excel at living independently, and feminists tend to sound remarkably like nagging moms.
There is a type of man that feminists can exercise authority over; that is, those who are not fully grown. Because many boys opt to not share experiences of sexual abuse involving an older woman, it is difficult to record how often such instances occur. Nevertheless, child abuse causes lasting psychological issues in victims, regardless of the gender.
One must ask, does feminism condemn such actions? Do the women who commit such acts identify as feminists? Certainly, it would make sense for an ideology that seeks to subvert the role of males in society to exercise sexual authority or dominance against male minors. This is not to say that feminism is an ideology that endorses sexual assault; rather, that feminism, as a set of beliefs that supports the disenfranchisement of men, enables women to take advantage of younger boys, as they would normally be unable to with grown men.
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