Is #Gamergate the start of the public revolt against feminism?
My #GamerGate coverage had only just begun when @streever — who obviously doesn’t know me from Adam’s housecat — made the mistake of disputing my authority to describe feminism as “anti-male and anti-heterosexual.” This is not necessarily @streever‘s fault.
The whole point of my “Sex Trouble” series about radical feminism’s war on human nature is that the vast majority of people, including many otherwise normal women who naively call themselves “feminists,” don’t know the truth about feminist theory — its esoteric doctrine, as opposed to its exoteric discourse. Your typical ordinary “feminist” is merely a liberal whose ideological commitment is no more profound than this:“Vote Democrat — because vagina!”
Understand what I mean when I say feminism is a journey to lesbianism: There are lifelong lesbians who aren’t feminists for the simple reason that they don’t need a theory to justify themselves and they don’t enjoy politically correct sex. Non-feminist lesbians include not a few stone butch dykes who refuse to listen to post-modern crypto-Marxist lectures about why their preference for masculine wardrobe, penetration and domination is the “wrong” way to be lesbian. Furthermore, there are many lesbians who just don’t hate men enough to be feminist. In fact, a lot of ladies who are “playing for the other team” (to use the famousSeinfeld phrase) have an ironic empathy for the problems of heterosexual men, as lesbians also have to deal with the typical woes of trying to get along with women. (Some ex-lesbians are “ex-” for this very reason: They can’t cope with the hormonal drama.) Anyone who looks at exit-poll data must realize there are more Republican lesbians than the mainstream media is willing to admit; if you’re pro-capitalism and pro-America, it’s kind of hard hard to be a feminist.
So, there are non-feminist lesbians and there are “heterosexual feminists,” but the latter category is rather timidly defensive within the field of Women’s Studies, where “raging lesbian feminists” prevail and gender theory necessitates problematizing heterosexuality. It is certainly no accident that the most widely assigned anthology of feminist literature — Feminist Frontiers, a common textbook for Introduction to Women’s Studies classes at American universities — is edited by three lesbians. The best and most recent research indicates that heterosexual women outnumber lesbian/bisexual women by a ratio greater than 40-to-1 (97.7 percent to 2.3 percent), but if you were to attend next month’s annual meeting of the National Women’s Studies Association, you would find theNWSA Lesbian Caucus accounts for far more than 2.3% of the faculty and graduate students in attendance, and nobody in the NWSA would dare challenge the Lesbian Caucus directly. The heterosexuals in Women’s Studies “know their place,” so to speak, and their metaphorical place is in the back of the feminist bus.
“If you consider sexual desire and romantic love between men and women to be natural and healthy, you are not a feminist. . . . There is nothing natural about sex, according to feminist ideology, no biological urge that causes women to be attracted to men.”
— Robert Stacy McCain, April 10, 2014
Beyond this demonstrable phenomenon of the extraordinary lesbian influence on radical feminism as it is taught on our university campuses, however, beyond all the quotes I could produce to demonstrate that phenomenon, there is the simple truth: Feminist theory is incompatible with (and hostile to) the normal woman’s life of men, marriage and motherhood. A woman might be a heterosexual feminist, but she can never be a happy heterosexual feminist, because feminism’s core beliefs are that (a) all women’s problems are consequences of male oppression, (b) this oppression (patriarchy) is systemic and pervasive, (c) all women suffer from patriarchal oppression and all men benefit from it, (d) the nuclear family is the basic institutional unit of patriarchy, (e) both normal gender (i.e., sex roles, and our concepts of masculinity and femininity) and normal sexuality are “social constructs” produced to serve the interests and fit the prejudices of male-dominated patriarchal society, and (f) women cannot be equal until they destroy this system. Feminists must, as their slogan says, “Smash Patriarchy.”
Readers may ask, “What does #GamerGate have to do with #feminism as a journey to lesbianism?” Maybe not much. Or maybe everything.
Videogames are a male-dominated phenomenon, which is a bad thing, as far as I’m concerned. I lost interest in videogames more than 30 years ago simply because feeding quarters into a Pac Man machine was a waste of time and money. Our family has a little Pac Man console that we packed away the last time we moved and I haven’t unpacked it yet, but I occasionally used to plug in Pac Man and spend an hour or two racking up a high score, then toss it aside and dare the kids to top my high score. But I quit videogames before FPRP (First-Person Role-Playing) games became the norm, and so I never developed an appetite for “Mortal Kombat,” “Grand Theft Auto” or “Call of Duty.” My teenage son wastes hours playing “League of Legends,” much to my dismay. Time spent playing games is time that could be better spent on something useful and productive, and it is disheartening to see bright young people develop a habit of (or rather, an addiction to) time-wasting.
In her book Men on Strike, Dr. Helen Smith criticizes the stereotype of male gamers as stunted, puerile losers. However, (a) it’s hard to see how playing “Madden” all day is compatible with a fully functional adult life, and (b) couldn’t those endless hours of gaming be better spent on some income-generating activity, or at least something with real-life utility? But having spent my own adolescence in a haze of sex, drugs and rock-and-roll, maybe I shouldn’t be so harshly judgmental of the arguably less harmful recreations available via XBox and Playstation.
Yet if teenage boys (and adult men) would rather spend time playing “World of Warcraft” than working, educating themselves, or pursuing the companionship of females, why? Isn’t it a fact — as I believe Dr. Smith would agree — that the workplace and schools have become hostile to men in many ways, and that relationships with women are less satisfying to men because of the anti-male attitudes feminism has encouraged women to adopt? If universities now treat normal male sexuality as a sort of hate crime waiting to happen, if a man can lose his job for even daring to flirt with a female co-worker, and if any potential girlfriend would bring to a romantic relationship a towering stack of resentments against males, what options are left to the young bachelor? Why bother? Instead he spends all weekend in a “Call of Duty” gaming marathon, an emotionally satisfying activity he perhaps interrupts only to (a) sleep, (b) order a pizza, and (c) jack off to some porn.
This is sad beyond words, but there is obviously a reason that videogames are a multibillion-dollar industry, just as there’s obviously a reason a vast amount of the Internet is nothing but porn.
Now, however, as a result of #GamerGate, this poor fellow discovers that one of his few remaining pleasures in life — the games that occupy such a large part of his leisure hours — is threatened by feminists whining about the need for “diversity” and “inclusion,” complaining about“objectification” and “sexualization” and of course, THE MALE GAZE!
You expected these dudes to meekly accept your feminist lectures?
Not just no — hell, no. When you back men into a corner and terrorize them with threats, don’t be surprised to learn that the patriarchy knows how to smash back.