Politically Correct Errors and Better-Construed Feminism
For a long time, political correctness has dominated academia and the media, pushing
aggressive and heavy-handed party line in a manner quite reminiscent of fascism and Communism. It is time that there be a real challenge to political correctness - a challenge that is intellectually valid and that addresses their arguments at the core.
One core claim of political correctness is that beauty is in all cases a product of social
norms. Want to know how to strike a body blow to this argument? It is as follows. In a recent
experiment, a psychologist named Judith Langlois - a woman - showed that a face with certain
proportions will be regarded as beautiful by people from all around the world. What this
shows is that there is such a thing as beauty that is not culturally relative or
taste-dependent and that all "beholders" recognize as beauty. Which not only refutes the
politically correct claims on the subject but also supports a strong argument that true beauty is universal to all humanity, possibly even to all of life.
Another refutation of the political correct claims on this subject is the behavior of the
politically correct. If beauty really were relative, then they would be attacking all women,
however attractive or unattractive they happen to be. And yet the politically correct attack
beautiful women and leave the ugly women alone or enlist them as their soldiers. What this
shows is that the politically correct, like everyone else, know what beauty is and what it
isn't. And their claims on the subject is inconsistent with their own behavior, which makes
Another core claim of political correctness is that sex is exploitation of women or
degradation of women. By that standard, all economic activity is exploitative; yet none of
them are advocating unemployment. By that standard, the practicioners of political
correctness themselves owe their lives to exploitation and degradation of their mothers; yet
none of them are committing suicide.
A further claim of political correctness is that there are no inherent differences between
men and women. This is where they confuse two concepts: Similitude and equality. Equality
does not mean being the same, it means having equal rights and equal powers. And in pushing
similitude with the worst of men as key to personal advancement, the practicioners of
political correctness destroy good and valuable qualities - such as compassion, warmth,
beauty, and ability to produce and nurture life - that are more common to women than they are
to man (or, in case of ability to produce life, uniquely feminine). The result is womanhood
eviscerated and robbed of the wonderful qualities that are distinctly feminine and pressed
into behaving like the worst of men. This does not benefit women, and it doesn't help women
to get ahead. This makes the women who have believed political correctness the worst women to be found.
Perhaps the most outrageous claim to have come out of political correctness has been the idea
that the politically correct speak for women, and that anyone who argues with any of their
claims is a misogynist or a chauvenist. There are two main problems with this argument. One
is that other women have not voted for the practicioners of political correctness to speak
for them, and their claims that they do is a vast and illegitimate grab for power. Another is
that the practicioners of political correctness are the worst women in known history, and the
worst elements of a type have no right to speak for the type. A good woman will want to be
good to men in her life, in the same way that a good man will want to be good to women in
his. Both the politically correct women, who preach nastiness, and the fathers' movement,
which preaches violence and oppression, are the worst elements in their gender; and in each
case 50% of humanity is ill-served through representation by such degenerate elements.
It is wrong for political correctness to claim that it speaks for women's advancement, or
social progress, or anything along the same line. What we see here is a product of an
academic groupthink in which a bunch of cold, mean-spirited, hateful harpies have decided
that they speak for all women without other women having voted for them as their
spokespeople. It's not progress, it is a digression. It's not women's empowerment, it's
harpies' empowerment. Women, for the most part, have not benefited one bit from political
correctness, and many have lost much as a result of it as they were robbed of their right to
be beautiful, their right to be warm and loving, and their right to be loved by a man.
Most demonstrative of the wrongness of political correctness has been the fact that in
countries where women actually hold advanced status - such as Sweden and France - the women are not under pressure to be ugly, mean or asexual. Women there are free to be the best of
what they are; and they also have rights and powers that in most cases exceed those of the
American women. Political correctness is not women's rights, and it's not social progress.
Political correctness is a historical error; and it has only gotten as far as it has because
not enough people have had the intellectual courage to confront it.
With many men howling that women should obey them and that they should have right to batter
them, clearly there is a need for feminism; but it has to be a better construed feminism. It
has to be a feminism that recognizes that women have qualities that are different from those
of men, and that many of these qualities are good. It has to be a feminism that recognizes
that equality is not sameness, and that a cat does not need to be a dog in order to have an
equal value with the dog. It has to be a feminism that accepts and values beauty, love,
romance and sexuality and allows these beautiful qualities to live and grow. And it has to be
a feminism that is represented by the best among women and not by the worst women in history.
Feminism, as such, is a rightful, even a noble, cause, and one that should have the support
of people of goodwill and people of intellect in both genders. But required on the part of
feminism itself is movement away from grievous errors, such as ones I've described. Women
benefit from thought that affirms instead of negating the feminine, and they also benefit
from better representation than is afforded them by political correctness. Moving toward
feminism that allows the woman to be the woman while protecting her from ill-treatment would
actually benefit the lot of women in the world.