Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A quote and my response

"Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." by Pat Robertson

I ran across this quote a couple minutes ago. I am amazed at its misogynistic imperiousness and the utter stupidity of this statement. It is also obviously logically flawed; a slippery slope "argument" with no basis in reality. Well, except for the leaving husbands bit; that may have some truth in it as feminism may give a battered woman the confidence to leave her abusive husband. And unless you live with the incorrect belief that all men are infallible and can do no wrong, you would know that a woman saving her own life when a man who swore to God to protect her life is the better person and deserves her freedom.

If there is any truth in the witchcraft thing, it is anachronistic. Perhaps women back in the Dark and Medieval eras were seduced by the thought of having arcane power, but they had little to no power in their daily lives! If a person has no influence in politics, religion, household finances, etc., and lacks even the ability to deny their partner sex, that person would try to find a means of gaining power, even to the extent of deluding him/herself that they have supernatural abilities.

Mothers who kill their children are psychotic, not feminists.

How, pray tell, do feminists go about "destroying capitalism"? Seems to me the only damage done to America's economy is the result of natural phenomena and bad diplomacy.

And as to becoming lesbians, even if you don't believe that homosexuality is a choice and not an intrinsic and immutable trait, I'm sure that a hell of a lot of women would rather live as a lesbian than suffer the idiotic, narrow-minded, self-righteous pompousity of a man like Pat Robertson.

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