Monday, November 3, 2014

Lena Dunham Threatens to Sue Truth Revolt

In the movie As Good As It Gets, one of the main characters is Melvin Udell, a famous romance writer. At one point in the film, a fan asks him: "How do you write women so well?" His response: "I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability."

The other day, I cited various articles pointing out that Dunham had admitted to sexually abusing her younger sister, as plainly and graphically stated by Dunham in her autobiography. Dunham is upset that conservatives have called her on this, and has now threatened to sue Truth Revolt--which was one of the first web sites to report the story--for having the gall to actually quote her. To me, this epitomizes the heart of feminism--that a woman cannot be held responsible for her actions. This goes hand-in-hand with the affirmative consent laws and rules being adopted for universities, which implicitly is grounded on a theory that a woman should be free from responsibility for having sex when she is drunk--it was someone else's fault.

More interesting, though, is the lack of reaction from feminists. However, Dunham's actions are part and parcel with feminist theory. Robert Stacy McCain explains:
In case you didn’t get the headline reference to the late feminist Andrea Dworkin, here’s a quote from her 1974 book Woman Hating: 
The incest taboo does the worst work of the culture: it teaches us the mechanisms of repressing and internalizing erotic feeling ... The destruction of the incest taboo is essential to the development of cooperative human community based on the free-flow of natural androgynous eroticism.... 
The incest taboo can be destroyed only by destroying the nuclear family as the primary institution of the culture. The nuclear family is the school of values in a sexist, sexually repressed society. 

Most people have no idea of the insane hateful perversity that is feminism’s ideological core. The fundamental theories of feminism constitute a doctrine hostile to men, marriage, motherhood, morality and, ultimately, hostile to heterosexuality, per se.  But this esoteric doctrine is never the topic of discussion when feminists are engaged in public propaganda. The general audience hears only the exoteric discourse, which focuses on specific grievances and is couched in liberal rhetoric about “rights,” “equality” and “progress.”
Feminism’s inherent contradictions create cognitive dissonance, and the feminist is prone to irrationality, becoming unhinged from the stress.  ...
 Read the whole thing.

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