Why – short of a collapse of the system – feminism won’t die out

There are a few theories that try to explain why religion is so prevalent in all cultures in spite of all the logical impossibilities of practically any religion.
One observes that religion gives stability. Not only stability through membership in a group, but also by offering the Truth.

The more insecure you are in yourself the more enticing the promise of Truth becomes.

Most religions (and even most philosophies) claim to know the Truth.

Some like Daoism are rather vague: “There is a proper way to live but it’s not down to simple rules but depends on who, what and where you are. Be open to Everything and you might see at any given time what is the Way”.
You have to be rather stable yourself to build on that. All responsibility, after all, lies entirely on yourself.

Buddhism is similar but contains a promise. It promises that you may someday overcome all the ills of the world. The responsibility is still all yours. Thus, if you choose not to believe in the Buddha, that’s entirely OK. It’s your life after all and you harm mostly yourself.

Christianity on the other hand starts with the assumption that you are total crap* and only because God loves you anyways the stituation is not completely hopeless. You can’t save yourselves. Only God can save you. But he won’t unless you ardently believe in him and try to please him as much as you can. By adhering to the rules of a canon of contradicting scripture.

This is an interesting concept. It’s self-perpetuating. “What I tell you is the Truth! Believe me and you shall be saved. I’ll tell you things that logically contradict each other. Thus you may stay confused. But ‘confused’ is good! Logic is bad. Believing gives you certainty. Keep believing.”

As long as you believe you are absolved.

Feminism functions along similar lines.

It spends an enormous amount of effort to keep young people (girls, women) confused and afraid.

It tells them that any female is in immense danger of being oppressed, mutilated, raped, assaulted and discriminated against. But there is nothing the individual can do about it. The single female is too weak to cope with the world. She has no agency. She can only be saved in the long term by becoming a feminist herself.

It tells them that all men are bad, evil and dangerous. This is not much of a problem for a lesbian. But imagine the confusion in a girl that was taught to fear all men when she starts to physically long for them. Especially should she realize that it’s the big, strong men that give her the hots and not the small inoffensive ones.

Confusion galore. Where to turn to? To the dispenser of all truth and wisdom of course.

Browse through feminist tumblrs to see more confusion and clouded minds than I ever had thought possible.

Feminism has an interesting advantage over Christianity for the poor confused princess: Absolution is granted a priori due to the simple possession of the magic XX.
Where Chistianity tells you that you are crap be default and only through believe-work can you redeem yourself, feminism tells you that by being female alone you are good and innocent. Not you are bad but the world is bad. More to the point: The world as created by men is bad.

Is there better balm for a confused princess’s soul than someone telling you “It’s not your fault. Nothing is your fault. But you can change everything. Just sign here.”

How lucky for feminism that following would keep anyone confused.

*) If you need a source, just skim through Martin Luther’s 95 Theses.

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