Like all women who came of age when I did, I have been a beneficiary of feminism.
Feminists have a done a superb job of chronicling the treatment of women at the hands of men. They have done an admirable job of trying to secure power and access for women where women didn’t previously have it. But there is certain territory that feminism cannot touch. It has no valence here. It comes up against a force that renders it null and void.
This place has no particular name. You could call it Elemental Truth, I suppose.
Male imperatives are the driving force of the world.
Some people might say, “Yeah, we know that. We’re trying to do something about it!” Well, excellent. A lot of people have been very busy doing something about it. But there’s only so much you can do.
There are things that guys value, intangible things. The complaints of women can’t make them stop valuing these things.
There are certain inclinations guys have. Feminism can’t eradicate these inclinations.
The concessions men have made in the face of feminism (and even before) are significant, but it was their prerogative to make them. Do you think women could have overpowered men somehow and forced these concessions out of them?
And could women have forced men to establish the institution of marriage – a stabilizing force between men and women that pre-dates feminism, and exists in places that never heard of feminism?
Feminism has for a short time been a driving force in the West, but in the face of certain male drives – things like ethnocentrism, nationalism, and their various branches – it’s nearly insignificant. It’s like a little offshoot that gets sustenance from certain branches. There’s no doubting who’s dependent on whom.
In this sense, it really is a man’s world. Women and children just live in it.
On the deepest levels, I suspect that women understand this. They know that they have to maneuver their way in a world governed mainly by male fears, male desires, and male prerogatives.
Feminism has its limits.
It has changed a lot about the societies where it has taken hold, but some things are beyond its reach.