First of all, let
me tell you how thrilled I am to receive
hate mail from a feminist named “Daisy.”
I can’t think of many names – with
the possible exceptions of Coco, Mercedes,
and Jasmine – that could make you
sound less like a feminist and more
like a stripper in a club that offers
two-dollar table dances. Nonetheless,
I will try to answer most of your
questions, sent via e-mail.
In your opening paragraph,
you asked me, a) whether my wife hates
me as much as every other woman in
America hates me, b) whether I am
against women voting, c) whether I
am against women holding elective
office, d) whether I think rape should
be legalized, e) whether I think women
should be banned from the workplace,
f) whether I think all women should
be barefoot and pregnant, and, finally,
g) whether I support female genital
The answers to those
seven profoundly rational questions
are as follows: No; No; No; No; No;
No; and No.
final question, which consumed most
of paragraph two of your e-mail, will
take a bit longer to address. But
that’s okay. The question “Why don’t
you take feminists seriously” is an
important one. It deserves a more
complete response. So here are my
1. I do not consider
21st century feminism to be a political
ideology or philosophy.
generally do not become feminists
because of some well-defined political
goal. For example, in your email you
enumerate several important political
objectives. You want to vote. You
want to be free to hold elective office.
You want rape to be illegal. You want
to be able to work. You don’t want
to be forced to get and stay pregnant
at all times. You want genital mutilation
(of females) to be illegal.
I have an important
newsflash, Daisy: You have already
achieved all six of these political
objectives. But, nonetheless, you
continue to rant. And you continue
to live in the past. That makes it
difficult to take you seriously.
2. Generally speaking,
feminists get together with other
feminists because it is less expensive
than seeing a therapist.
Feminists are usually
drawn together by an inability to
deal with men. When they get together,
whether in a small group or a large
one, criticism of males tends to dominate
Let me give you an
example. A few days after I made an
appearance on The O’Reilly Factor
– to talk about race and class, not
gender – two feminists gathered outside
my office to criticize some pro-life
bumper stickers that were posted on
my door. One feminist stated that
it must be difficult to have to come
to work every day on the same floor
with such a sexist professor. The
other said they should keep their
voices low because I might overhear
them. Since I was actually in my office
at the time (with the door shut) I
did overhear them.
Despite the fact
that the conversation began with one
feminist trying to sooth another,
they soon worked themselves into a
frenzy. The mere repetition of words
such as “patriarchal,” phallocentric,”
and “male-dominated” has an effect
like the one described in George Orwell’s
1984. If you want to see the “two
minutes hate” in practice just attend
an annual “Take Back the Night” march
or The Vagina Monologues.
Regardless of whether
it is a gathering of two, two hundred,
or two thousand feminists, the dynamics
are always the same. And those dynamics
make it hard to take feminism seriously.
3. Most feminists
don’t really want equality.
One good example
of this phenomenon comes from a recent
argument I had with one of the stars
of The Vagina Monologues. She wrote
me to complain about a column I published
criticizing that infamous feminist
play. She told me she was “offended”
and “hurt” by my critique. I then
asked her whether the flashing “vagina”
sign in front of the school was offensive
to the Greek Orthodox or Baptist churches
located nearby. She responded by saying
that she “didn’t give a sh*t” what
they thought. It mattered very much
that she was offended. It didn’t matter
at all that she had offended others.
(Take a moment to look up the word
“sociopath” in the dictionary).
Another example comes
from a former secretary in my department.
One day she left work crying because
I criticized campus feminists (for
hanging racist posters on campus showing
Condi Rice standing in a cage holding
a bunch of bananas). The next week
she was back in the office tearlessly
(and tirelessly) criticizing her husband
for his inability to maintain an erection.
campus feminists strive to be a) constantly
offended, and b) constantly offensive.
One unanticipated consequence of the
feminists’ unequal application of
the “right to be un-offended” is that
many people now deem feminists to
be emotionally inferior.
That is another reason
why people (myself included) don’t
take feminists seriously.
4. The feminist love
of postmodernism has resulted in widespread
academic and personal dishonesty.
A few years ago,
I began to realize that one can seldom
trust a feminist to tell the truth.
For example, I once asked a feminist
to debate me on the issue of abortion.
She told me she really wasn’t pro-choice.
I did an internet search and found
that she had repeatedly referred to
herself as “pro-choice” on feminist
list serves. She made those references
to herself both before and after our
conversation. In other words, she
When I asked another
feminist to debate me on abortion
she said that she didn’t discuss such
personal topics publicly. But then
I read her biography. After talking
about losing her virginity (including
details about how she cleaned the
blood off the couch afterwards) she
dedicated countless pages to the issue
of abortion and how a “lack of choice”
adversely affects young women. After
reading on, I realized why she didn’t
tell me the truth. She revealed that
she was a postmodernist who didn’t
like to use the word “truth.”
The next time I got
into an argument with a feminist –
over whether a female student who
lied about a rape to get out of a
test should be expelled – I understood
the postmodern feminist position better.
Feminists just can’t help but lie
because there really is no such thing
as the truth.
Since so many feminists
cannot tell the truth - because it
doesn’t even really exist - I simply
cannot take them seriously.
Those are just a
few reasons, Daisy. I eagerly await
your response, so I can treat my readers
to part two of the series. After all,
these may be the best tips you get
Mike Adams is a criminology
professor at the University of North
Carolina Wilmington and is a regular
IV of this series.
Copyright © 2006 Mike S. Adams