Feminist Myths

Posted on July 5, 2011 by


This post will be on a few of the most common feminist mythologies that one can still find floating around in academia, popular culture, and the blogosphere. There will be at least one other in the future. This isn’t to pick on feminism per-se or deny that other political ideologies don’t have their own myths and faults, and I intend to write about those in the future as well. Sometimes these are deliberate propaganda, other times these myths arise because the popular understanding of several subjects is bad. Human biodiversity and evolution are just two subjects in which popular understanding is extremely shallow.

Nonetheless I’m focusing on feminism first and foremost. Partly because it’s what I’m most familiar with, having spent years as a self-identified male feminist, and partly because its probably the single largest direct political opponent that proponents of marital law reform and traditionalists of all stripes have. Taking away some of their emotional or rhetorical propaganda is thus a good thing.

The “Rule of Thumb”

This myth is typically expressed in the following manner: at some point in the not –so –distant past –anywhere from 150 to 400 years ago depending – it was legal for a man to beat his wife provided that the instrument of correction (usually a rod) was no thicker than the breadth of a thumb. Given the popular anger and Christian /patriarchal disapproval of “violence against women” this meme has spread pretty widely.

Alas, as detailed here:
http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=602702
This was never a factor in English common law, nor was it ever something legal in the United States. There might have been laws allowing 3 strikes with a stick back in Wales around 1000 years ago when it was an independent country.

The Super Beating Bowl

More along the same lines. Supposedly, according to the “liberal” leftwing  media watchdog – Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting- violence against women rises during Superbowl Sunday. The history of this claim is long and fascinating but of course it’s basically bunk.

http://www.snopes.com/crime/statistics/superbowl.asp

Feminists Hate the Super Bowl

A more recent claim by many feminists involved in domestic violence and and anti-sexual violence activism is that there is a huge human trafficking problem that occurs on Superbowl Sunday as supposedly all those evil men folk stop by on their way to the game to cheat on their wives with underage, trafficked, and brutalized prostitutes.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41360579/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/t/super-bowl-magnet-under-age-sex-trade/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/01/31/super-bowl-and-sex-trafficking-what-texas-is-doing-to-combat-surge.html

Once again though, it’s a moral panic:
http://www.the-spearhead.com/2011/01/19/flashbacks-of-misandry-sex-trafficking-and-the-super-bowl/

Christianity as a religion was different than many Pagan religions in its desire for truth. God was on the side of Truth, God did not lie, and lying was a sin. Investigating those who would use lying as a tactic from the left , right, or center is something  that can remind everyone of the importance of the truth and how lies can mess up not only your personal and spiritual life but that of the society as a whole.  This post will, I hope, serve to be a permanent lesson on the dangers of letting ideological untruths dominate public discourse.