Monday, 9 March 2015

Why I don't like International Women's Day

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In Romania International Women's Day is a charming opportunity to give flowers and chocolates but I still hate IWD because it is Marxist. 


I had never heard of it till I came to Romania and it used to be unknown in the West, but now it gives rise each year to annoying articles in the leftish papers in England. One of my English women friends (30 and just became a mother, in case you imagine she is older) pointed out in exasperation on Facebook, 
They always talk about 'exceptional' women who are so because they're doing something traditionally considered 'male'. How about women being exceptional, for heavens sake, for being mothers, wives, home makers?
BBC Radio 3 devoted yesterday to women composers yet, as Melanie McDonagh says today in the Telegraph, a year would not be enough for male composers. The comparative lack of female painters is equally striking and the comparative lack of female mathematicians. 

Does this point to oppression of women? Obviously not. Girls from the upper classes, after all, were taught to paint and draw for centuries. Nor does it mean women are in any way inferior to men. It points to men and women being very different - and, if one believes in a loving creator, very different by Divine purpose.

I am aware that a lot of women are achieving success in painting these days and am pleased about it. I do not think women are for some reason unable to be great painters or composers, but am sure there are reasons why so few have been until recently and it is not because of lack of opportunity. 

Harvard University President Lawrence Summers lost his job because he thought there might be innate differences in mathematical ability between the sexes - and perfectly sensible, highly intelligent women I know, educated at Oxford or Cambridge, think it was right that he was pushed out. This can only be explained because of a false analogy between racial equality and sexual equality, which are not on all fours. 


I have absolutely no wish to denigrate women, whom I regard as the superior sex. Most of the closest friends I have had in my life have been women. I find them more interesting than men. 

I do not want all women to be wives or mothers and esteem women who do not marry, just like men who do not marry.

But nothing is more wicked than the idea that sex is a social construct. It's much worse even than the idea that nations and peoples do not really exist.

Feminists can be religious believers, and vice versa, but modern post-1960 feminism is one of the consequences of the decline in religious belief in rich countries, because it assumes the differences in the sexes are arbitrary and not created by an all-loving God.  

Though Christopher Hitchens, despite being an atheist, Communist (Trotskyite variety) and feminist also got into big trouble for saying that women are less funny than men. His piece is here.

Feminism is, I think, misogynistic. Vladimir Putin's pet political philosopher Alexander Dugin is not a thinker I admire (and is a pagan, by the way) but he makes a good point when he says that liberalism is the most ‘male affirming’ theory. Liberals ultimately conceive of emancipated woman as just another man, he says. I think this is right.

My last remark on the subject of International Women's Day is that I remember the late Alice Thomas Ellis, asked what was the greatest achievement for women, replied, 'The Annunciation'.

8 comments:

  1. I'm with you, Paul. Womens Day is political and I resist it, as I resist the political system that created it. We have Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and Martisor. What more?
    Sad to say, it's creeping into American life.

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  2. I hate it because it is only a day. What about getting 182.5 days instead?

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  3. There was a good article in the The Wall Street Journal on the eve of International Women's Day, arguing that conservatives should forget the socialist origins of the celebration, and focus on making the point that women are freest and have the most opportunities in countries with free markets.

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  4. Mother! whose virgin bosom was uncrost
    With the least shade of thought to sin allied;
    Woman! above all women glorified,
    Our tainted nature's solitary boast;
    Purer than foam on central ocean tost;
    Brighter than eastern skies at daybreak strewn
    With fancied roses, than the unblemished moon
    Before her wane begins on heaven's blue coast;
    Thy Image falls to earth. Yet some, I ween,
    Not unforgiven the suppliant knee might bend,
    As to a visible Power, in which did blend
    All that was mixed and reconciled in Thee
    Of mother's love with maiden purity,
    Of high with low, celestial with terrene!

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  5. The art world in NY sees many women artists exhibiting, selling, and working. Lots of young women in the NY school system are involved in math and science, particularly Russian and Chinese kids with a smattering of native-born Americans. I think that a great deal of activity is taking place but that -- ahem -- older people with no connection to the young do not see it.

    Paul, as a "childless bachelor" you are not interested in women as wives or mothers. Wanting them to be wives and mothers is a tactful, convenient way for you to ignore and set them aside.

    Very happy that women can vote, travel, control their maternity, go about without a veil or bustle, and have a day dedicated to them in the free market or anywhere else. When it takes place in the Islamic world that will be a great day.

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    1. I am aware that a lot of women are achieving success in painting these days and am pleased about it. I do not think women are for some reason unable to be great painters or composers, but am sure there are reasons why so few have been until recently and it is not because of lack of opportunity. I have absolutely no wish to ignore women whom I regard as the superior sex. Most of the closest friends I have had in my life have been women. I find them more interesting than men.

      I do not necessarily want women to be wives or mothers and esteem women who do not marry, just like men who do not marry.

      I had never heard of International Women's Day before I came to Romania. I hope it is not becoming well-known in the West.

      Of course many things the Marxists believed in in the teens of the last century are now widely accepted: sexual equality; free love, including for homosexuals; contraception; abortion; internationalism; anti-colonialism; racial equality; redistribution of income; atheism; materialism; the general idea that tradition is oppressive.

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    2. Freedom and tradition can coexist, although maybe only in the more sophisticated and accommodating societies.

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  6. I suspect I will not do well in this discussion. Myself, I always look for any excuse to give flowers and chocolates to a women, especially a Romanian woman.

    I do know several and they are remarkable. I have even found myself giving them flowers and chocolates in apology for infractions that I have no idea of what I did. None the less I have always welcomed the opportunity. I pray you forgive me if it appears that I make light of the discussion.

    Don Patrick

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