Day: November 15, 2008

Hillary, Sarah, feminism and “that fascism thing” — 101…

Well, one thing for certain this election has wreaked is a rift in what was supposed to be feminism for the whole.  For American women.  I thought I’d play a tune from the past, “Warning Sign” because it fits with the right now.  Hillary was our first warning.  Then Sarah.

Basically what we saw was intolerable behavior by the media towards both of them, including women in media and supposed feminists.  This kind of a rift is predictable when we look through a historic lens at regimes and cult leaders.  I certainly never thought I’d see this in my lifetime in America, but here it is.

And, there have been no apologies.  That in itself is the problem.   And the warning sign.

I was reading Violet today and she is describing the sociocultural fallout in this piece:

Change we can be scared shitless by

It would be important now to nip this kind of thing above in the bud, before it goes farther along.  I’ve watched the late night talk shows of late and there is a free pass for Leno and this other guy Conan to get away with it — so, you can assume it’s a trickle down to the proletatiat’s mind en generale.  They aren’t too bright, especially when it comes to that segment called “jaywalking.”

Fascism breeds easily in an era of mass dumbdown like we have right now.  And in an era of economic uncertainty.  To counteract that means education!  And a critique of the media that is allowing it — either in terms of direct boycott or mass protest.

Actually, those shows are a total bore.  One wonders where the writers are?

Interesting to see what is being taught of late regarding Feminism — here is a sample…from Canada:

Feminism, Texts, Theories

As regards the situation here circa 2008 —

We had talked about malignant narcissism a bit and referenced Vaknin on that.  Here he is on Fascism:

“…The first axis of tension was between renewal and destruction. Fascist parties invariably presented themselves as concerned with the pursuit and realization of a utopian program based on the emergence of a “new man” (in Germany it was a mutation of Nietzsche’s Superman). “New”, “young”, “vital”, and “ideal” were pivotal keywords. Destruction was both inevitable (i.e., the removal of the old and corrupt) and desirable (i.e., cathartic, purifying, unifying, and ennobling).

Fascism emphasized rigid social structures – supposedly the ineluctable reflections of biological strictures. As opposed to politics and culture – where fascism was revolutionary and utopian – socially, fascism was reactionary, regressive, and defensive. It was pro-family. One’s obligations, functions, and rights were the results of one’s “place in society”. But fascism was also male chauvinistic, adolescent, latently homosexual (“the cult of virility”, the worship of the military), somewhat pornographic (the adoration of the naked body, of “nature”, and of the young), and misogynistic. In its horror of its own repressed androgynous “perversions” (i.e., the very decadence it claimed to be eradicating), it employed numerous defense mechanisms (e.g., reaction formation and projective identification). It was gender dysphoric and personality disordered.

All fascist movements were founded on the equivalent of the Nazi Fuhrerprinzip. The leader – infallible, indestructible, invincible, omnipotent, omniscient, sacrificial – was a creative genius who embodied as well as interpreted the nation’s quiddity and fate. His privileged and unerring access to the soul of the fascist movement, to history’s grand designs, and to the moral and aesthetic principles underlying it all – made him indispensable and worthy of blind and automatic obedience…

This strongly conflicted with the unmitigated, all-inclusive, all-pervasive, and missionary populism of fascism. Fascism was not egalitarian (see section above). It believed in a fuzzily role-based and class-based system. It was misogynistic, against the old, often against the “other” (ethnic or racial minorities). But, with these exceptions, it embraced one and all and was rather meritocratic. Admittedly, mobility within the fascist parties was either the result of actual achievements and merit or the outcome of nepotism and cronyism – still, fascism was far more egalitarian than most other political movements…”