An interesting article has appeared in the online BBC News today. Snippet follows:
Women's prisons should close, says justice taskforceYou know, it's odd. Rather than make me angry, this makes me fold my arms and feel validated. As if we didn't have enough evidence already that men are third-class citizens, the pile keeps growing. Now it seems, in one country at least, that men are the only ones worthy of being chucked into the slammer.
The report said community sentences instead of prison would help reduce reoffending among women. Women should not be sent to prison and should instead serve community sentences, according to a new report by the Women's Justice Taskforce.
Of course, this is nothing new. Baroness Corston, waaay back in 2007, was preaching the same sermon:
I say this makes me feel validated. I mean that when I contemplate such things, I am less inclined to feel sad about any aches and pains that women might suffer in this life. Nor am I burdened by any sense of responsibility to DO something about it. Such "burden", if it ever truly existed, gets progressively lighter as stories like this come down the pike.
It's nothing personal. The average woman isn't responsible for this state of affairs - it's just the way things are right now. But oh, that patriarchal male privilege. Gotta love it! Why, it even gives women their very own justice taskforce, presumably "manned" by women unless somebody informs me otherwise.
Time for a stroll down memory lane. Do you remember this old favorite?
Now, this meme is NOT the product any radical feminist womyn's art collective. In fact, it was created by a schmuck named Todd Goldman, who featured this and similarly themed illustrations on a line of products such as clothing (marketed to teen-aged girls), calendars (sold in places like Walmart) and cute little purse books (merchandised to the female market in respectable bookstores).
Such is the message being drummed into the heads of . . oh. . .high school girls, for example. And in three or four years, they will head off to college for their first Women's Studies class. So, think of this as a head-start program! ;)
Todd Goldman is a mainstream graphic designer who happens to be male and knows how to make a buck. And he is savvy enough to tap into the mainstream demographic represented by Sharon Osbourne and crew, and by their female audience members who laughed hysterically about a man getting his penis cut off. Well, at least nobody threw any rocks at the poor guy -- so I guess Todd Goldman has clean hands. . . . right?
But anyhow, Sharon Osbourne, her panelists, and her audience members, are not radical feminist womyn by a long chalk . . . are they? So at least they are not recommending male genocide, which is good to know. Likewise, I know perfectly well that moderate mainstream feminists would never condone such things. And how do I know this? Because I have chatted with enough of them to hear what they typically say. And yes, that is what they typically say.
Now, I would grant that your average "radfem" of the Agent Orange variety would take no exception to throwing rocks at boys, or for that matter, males of any age at all. But your average mainstream feminist, who is a humane and civilized soul, would quickly reassure us along the following lines:
1. Don't take it literally!
2. Lighten up! It's only a t-shirt!
3. It has nothing to do with feminism!
4. Oh quit whining!
And while a Radical Feminist man-hater might declare that men have the same designation as annoying rodents, a cutesy "sex columnist" like Anka Radakovich would draw the line well south of that. She would only compare men to dogs -- which sounds way better than calling them rodents, don't you think so? Oh. . and Anka is quick to assure us that even though men may be dogs, "we love them anyway." Just like the good old family pooch, I reckon. Well hey, that's a comfort!
But seriously, do you sense the pattern to all of this? Men are annoying rodents. Men are dogs. Boys are stupid. Throw rocks at boys. Don't send women to prison. Women are the primary victims of war. Do you spot the anti-male attitude arc which runs through our entire culture like a gaudy red line?
I sure as hell do.
All right. Here is a link to the Agent Orange files:
Hey, on the Todd Goldman picture, do you notice how the flying rocks resemble sperm, and the boy's head looks like an ovum? Interesting. . .yes?