“I don’t mind guys being here, but I feel a hostile male element that I don’t like, and that’s making me agitated.”
— Jill Johnston, 1975
One of the problems with trying to discuss feminism in the 21st century is that so few people understand the history of the movement. The insipid superficiality of contemporary “feminism” — a term that now means whatever any woman (or man, or trans-whatever) wants it to mean — reflects both the astonishing decline of education and the effects of feminists trying to expand their movement by depriving it of any meaningful definition. This problem is aggravated by the fact that feminists refuse to engage in debate with their critics, preferring instead either to ignore criticism or, quite commonly, to silence dissent.
At the University of Southern California, for example, radical activists have begun an effort to impeach student government member Jacob Ellenhorn, who is also president of USC College Republicans:
Ellenhorn was one of the main opponents against a massive diversity initiative last semester pushed by left-liberal student government members . . . As president of the College Republicans, he also hosted Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos, a popular anti-feminist firebrand, at the Los Angeles university last fall.
At issue today is a complaint filed against Ellenhorn by fellow student government member Diana Jimenez that alleges he has violated USC’s regulations and student conduct code by his advocacy and actions. The complaint . . . alleges he “misuses his title while representing our student body inappropriately.” He was also accused of creating a “hostile” environment by hosting a speaker who “blatantly perpetuates sexism,” the complaint alleges. It also takes issue with his filming of a USC sexual consent fair earlier this year, saying he did not fill out the proper paperwork to record it.
In other words, no one can invite a critic of feminism to speak on campus because this “blatantly perpetuates sexism.” Ellenhorn is furthermore accused of “undermining the work of . . . the directors of our Women’s Student Assembly,” which is some kind of ThoughtCrime at USC.
Notice the double standard: Radical feminist Gloria Steinem was recently paid to speak at USC, and there were no protests reported, but let someone who disagrees with Steinem show up, and the Women’s Student Assembly is outraged! Jimenez denounces Ellenhorn and demands the dissenter be “held accountable to this University.”
Speaking of being “held accountable,” whose job is it at USC to hold the Women’s Student Assembly accountable? Because I just happened to notice that Vanessa Diaz, executive director of the USC Women’s Student Assembly, calls for “dismantling of our capitalist imperialist white supremacist cisheteronormative patriarchy.” Has a vote been taken by the USC Student Government on this issue? Has anyone asked USC alumni, the university administration or parents who pay $50,210 a year to send their kids to USC if they support Ms. Diaz’s agenda?
Feminism is always a lecture, never a debate. No one in 21st-century academia is permitted to criticize or openly disagree with feminists. This has been a basic problem with the feminist movement for more than four decades. Feminists consider all opposition to be expressions of “sexism” and “misogyny” — if you disagree with a feminist, this means you hate women — and whenever possible, feminists strive to silence their critics.
Feminism is a cult whose leaders use mind-control methods to inspire in the cult members a paranoid fear of the scapegoated male enemy. The feminist cult recruits vulnerable young women — many of them mentally ill and profoundly alienated from society — who can be deployed as “shock troops” in protests, and exploited as a willing market for the products and services (books, TV programs, Women’s Studies courses, etc.) from which the professional leadership cadre reaps its income.
The Feminist-Industrial Complex of Women’s Studies programs have turned college campuses into indoctrination centers where radical professors recruit teenage girls to this cult, training them to become activists and organizers for the movement. Vanessa Diaz’s denunciation of America as a “capitalist imperialist white supremacist cisheteronormative patriarchy” is typical of the feminist rhetoric and ideology now promoted in our nation’s universities, and the persecution of Jacob Ellenhorn shows how feminists use their hegemonic authority on campus to punish anyone who dares to disagree. Feminism Is a Totalitarian Movement to Destroy Civilization as We Know It, and nowhere is this agenda more clear than on elite university campuses like USC. However, the feminist movement’s hostility toward free speech is not a recent development. Feminists have spent decades attempting to shut down opposition. Professor Kyla Wazana Tompkins is Coordinator of the Gender and Women’s Studies program at Pomona College, who in February published an essay at the“queer feminist” site Bully Bloggers entitled “Ball Busters and the Recurring Trauma of Intergenerational Queer/Feminist Life”:
My first understandings of queer and feminist politics came through exposure to early radical/liberal feminisms in the 1970s. You can see some of that moment in a film my mother, Lydia Wazana, made with our then-roommate Kay Armatage (Armatage went on to herself become a Women’s Studies Professor). The film, about lesbian writer, journalist, and dance critic Jill Johnston, depicts Jill Johnston’s trip to give a lecture at the University of Toronto in the fall of 1975 . . .
Professor Tompkins praises Jill Johnston (author of the 1973 classic Lesbian Nation: The Feminist Solution) for being “what was then called a ‘ball-buster’: a take-no-prisoners, man-hating dyke”:
There’s even a key scene in the film when she gets really mad at a man in the audience and gives him an intense ball-busting dyke response to what simply seems to be his presence. She says: “Like, I feel a hostile male element in here and it’s bothering me…I don’t mind guys being here but I feel a hostile male element and, um, that’s making me, that’s making me agitated.”
When the young man attempts to engage her she explodes at him:“You better get the f–k out of here or I’m going to kick you right in the balls and get you out of here so fast man…. I don’t like your generalizations, man….So sit down, shut up, or get out. I feel a hostile male vibe in here, and I don’t like it….You don’t feel it and I feel it. You feel something different than I feel!”
She includes these two video clips:
If you read the rest of Professor Tompkins’ essay on “ball-busting” feminism, you will notice that she describes serving as a volunteer “at Allison Mitchell and Deidre Logue’s Killjoy Kastle Lesbian Haunted House event in Los Angeles” last fall. Regular readers remember this:
Halloween approaches, and a coven of Canadian witches have brought their dark and ungodly evil to sunny Southern California:
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives has organized “KillJoy’s Kastle,” a “Lesbian Feminist haunted house.” ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives is a part of the University of Southern California’s Libraries.
“Lesbian Rule. Forget the dead this Halloween. Feel the pulsing throb of something larger than life in KillJoy’s Kastle,” reads USC’s website.
KillJoy’s Kastle will be a “sex positive, trans inclusive, queer lesbian-feminist-fear-fighting celebration,” put together by Toronto based-artists Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell and organized by “ONE Archives in West Hollywood.”
“This haunted house of freaky feminist skill sharing and paranormal consciousness-raising reanimates the archive of lesbian herstory with all its wonders and thorny complications,” they explain. “Expect horror.”
“Dare to be scared by gender-queer apparitions,” it continues, “ball-busting butches, and never-married, happy-as-hell spinsters.. . . . Each evening of nightmarishlynon-assimilated lesbian mayhem will include multiple live performances from a spirited group of international and local weirdos.”
Did any students at USC protest against Killjoy’s Kastle? Of course not. This kind of “sex positive, trans inclusive, queer lesbian-feminist” eventexpressed the anti-male/anti-heterosexual ideology that now defines feminism at the University of Southern California, as on every other major college and university campus in the 21st century. Parents pay $50,210 a year for their daughters to attend USC and be indoctrinated into this cult belief system. You may wish to check out the most recent issue of the USC Women’s Student Assembly newsletter, which features a link to “Capitalist Patriarchy Has Aggravated Violence Against Women”:
This violent economic order can only function as a war against people and against the earth, and in that war, the rape against women is a very, very large instrument of war. We see that everywhere. And therefore, we have to have an end to the violence against women. If we have to have the dignity of women protected, then the multiple wars against the earth, through the economy, through greed, through capitalist, patriarchal domination, must end, and we have to recognize we are part of the earth. The liberation of the earth, the liberation of women, the liberation of all humanity is the next step of freedom we need to work for, and it’s the next step of peace that we need to create.
Feminists blame the “war against people and against the earth” on “capitalist, patriarchal domination” that causes “violence against women” This is what the USC Women’s Student Assembly believes, and if you don’t believe that, guess what? You are not a feminist.
Feminists are trained in the USC Gender Studies program, which “brings top-notch scholars together with students.” Among these “top-notch scholars” is Judith “Jack” Halberstam, author of Female Masculinity(1998), The Queer Art of Failure (2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal (2012). Here is a quote from Gaga Feminism:
But compulsory heterosexuality is a system that makes it seem as if heterosexuality, with all of its imperfections and flaws and glitches, is the only game in town. What if there were other games, as compelling and potentially more equitable and easily as sexy as the heterosexual game?
Professor Halberstam has never played “the heterosexual game,” and inGaga Feminism describes (p. 11) her approach to teaching Gender Studies as forcing “students who are deeply invested in norms” to “focus on the strangeness of heterosexuality.” Professor Halberstam celebrates (pp. 57-58) “queer parenting,” including lesbian “butch-femme partners” as an “assault on fatherhood” in a “reproductive revolution”:
The butch dad and the femme mom raise the possibility of authority without patriarchy . . . gender polarity without compulsory heterosexuality . . . and they make possible an education for potentially gender-normative kids in the arbitrariness of all gender roles.
Children raised in such lesbian families, Professor Halberstam suggests, will “see masculinity and femininity as more malleable” and will learn “how to live in a contingent relation to gender and gender norms.” This is the feminism taught by “top-notch scholars” in Gender Studies at USC.
Parents pay $50,210 a year for their children to study with these “top-notch scholars” at USC, but I’ve spent only a fraction of that amount to acquire a library of feminist books which all convey more or less the same basic message: “Men bad, lesbians good, heterosexuality oppressive.”
“Gay revolution addresses itself to the total elimination of the sexual caste system around which our oppressive society is organized. . . . It is now recognized that any Marxist-Socialist analysis must acknowledge the sexist underpinnings of every political economic power base. Gay liberation cannot be considered apart from women’s liberation. . . . The lesbian is the key figure in the social revolution to end the sexual caste system, or heterosexual institution.”
— Jill Johnston, Lesbian Nation: The Feminist Solution(1973)
“In terms of the oppression of women, heterosexuality is the ideology of male supremacy.”
— Margaret Small, “Lesbians and the Class Position of Women,” in Lesbianism and the Women’s Movement, edited by Nancy Myron and Charlotte Bunch (1975)
“Women are a degraded and terrorized people. Women are degraded and terrorized by men. … Women’s bodies are possessed by men. … Women are an enslaved population. … Women are an occupied people.”
— Andrea Dworkin, 1977 speech at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, in Letters from a War Zone(1993)
“The radical feminist argument is that men have forced women into heterosexuality in order to exploit them . . .”
— Celia Kitzinger, The Social Construction of Lesbianism(1987)
“Heterosexuality is the institution that creates, maintains, and supports men’s power. . . . And heterosexuality has its ramifications at all levels of society; it is the source of all other oppressions.
“Heterosexuality is the pivot on which men have based the norm and created the origin and measure by which all relationships are structured. . . . Men, through heterosexuality, have devised their own concept and thereby constructed a system that generates all oppressions.”
— Ariane Brunet and Louise Turcotte, “Separatism and Radicalism,” in For Lesbians Only: A Separatist Anthology, edited by Sarah Lucia-Hoagland and Julie Penelope (1988)
“All women are battered women in patriarchy. Every woman born is in an abusive relationship with men as a class and with their system since the raison d’être of all men’s institutions — political, legal, educational, religious, economic, and social — is to achieve and perpetuate the slavery of women and the dominion of men. . . .
“All women in patriarchy are long-term prisoners of war, perpetual hostages.”
— Sonia Johnson, Wildfire: Igniting the She/Volution(1989)
“It is the system of heterosexuality that characterises the oppression of women and gives it a different shape from other forms of exploitative oppression. . . . This exploitative relationship is justified and predicated upon the act of sexual intercourse. Around the practice of this act family relationships are constructed. . . .
“Sex roles originate from heterosexuality. . . . Sex roles must be created so that no human being of either gender is fully capable of independent functioning and heterosexual coupling then seems natural and inevitable.”
— Sheila Jeffreys, Anticlimax: A Feminist Perspective on the Sexual Revolution (1990)
“Women’s heterosexual orientation perpetuates their social, economic, emotional, and sexual dependence on and accessibility by men. Heterosexuality is thus a system of male ownership of women . . .”
— Cheshire Calhoun, “Separating Lesbian Theory From Feminist Theory” (1994) in Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives, edited by Carole R. McCann and Seung-Kyung Kim, 2002)
“Heterosexism is maintained by the illusion that heterosexuality is the norm.”
— Susan M. Shaw and Janet Lee, Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions (fifth edition, 2012)
“Heterosexuality and masculinity . . . are made manifest through patriarchy, which normalizes men as dominant over women. . . .
“This tenet of patriarchy is thus deeply connected to acts of sexual violence, which have been theorized as a physical reaffirmation of patriarchal power by men over women.”
— Sara Carrigan Wooten, The Crisis of Campus Sexual Violence: Critical Perspectives on Prevention and Response (2015)
Considering that this feminist ideology is simple enough that even I, a mere heterosexual white male journalist, can explain it quite easily, why are parents paying USC $50,210 a year to teach their kids why and how to hate heterosexual white males? This is the great mystery.
It is worth noting that 17.9% of USC students are Asian, 12.5% are Hispanic and 5.4% are black. About half of USC students are female, and thus white male students comprise no more than 33% of USC’s student population. Why, therefore, does the executive director of the USC Women’s Student Assembly imagine she is being oppressed by a “white supremacist cisheteronormative patriarchy”? Because this is what every student at USC is required to believe, and anyone who says otherwise will be persecuted the way Jacob Ellenhorn is being persecuted.
In 1975, Jill Johnston yelled at men to “sit down, shut up,” threatening violence if they did not “get the f–k out of here.” This is now official policy at elite schools like USC, where feminists are determined to eradicate and silence the “hostile male element,” once and for all.