It’s white men all the way down

Mike Pence and the House Freedom Caucus discuss women’s health care. (Image: VP/Twitter)

How did we get here? It’s an existential question that can be taken several ways. From the primordial soup emerged microscopic life forms that evolved across millennia until, in the Pleistocene Epoch, early humans walked the Earth. That’s one version of how “we” got “here.”

Now that there’s an established “we,” how do we find ourselves “here?” (E.g. in the hierarchical structures that human beings use to organize themselves into societies?) Bringing the question into sharper focus for those of us in the Western Hemisphere, why the hell are white men the self-appointed and seemingly unextractable chieftains of humanity? They act as if they hold up the world. It’s turtles white men all the way down.

I know this: I am smaller than most men, less aggressive than most men, and physically weaker than most men. On average, this is true of women. We can also give birth — a gift to men that is inexplicably punished by so many of them because, somewhere in the lizard brain, key information is repressed: namely, that they entered the world through female reproductive organs. They should be goddamn grateful, but instead they turn on us. Historically, our biology has been our destiny, but this makes no sense in today’s world, if it ever did.

Beyond the male advantages of size, strength, and a hyena-like sense of fairness, men hoover up the spoils while empire-building, and even the nicest guys around benefit from the traveling carnivals of masculine leadership that come and go from our seats of government with the regularity of Japanese bullet trains. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. If you’re not concerned that Foghorn Leghorn could get elected President of the United States before any woman could, you need a good proctologist to reposition your head. As they say.

One more thing. Do you know why I hate organized religion? Let’s put it this way: I reject with every fiber of my being any book of fairytales written by men thousands of years ago for the purpose of oppressing women and exalting men in the name of God. Weeping Jesus on the cross, Jimmy Carter nailed this issue:

“This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries. The male interpretations of religious texts and the way they interact with and reinforce traditional practices justify some of the most pervasive, persistent, flagrant, and damaging examples of human rights abuses. At their most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation, and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment, and influence within their own communities.”

So, NO THANK YOU, clever men who kept women illiterate and then codified their own power into religious texts! Here in America, I’m talking to you, white faux Christian men.

People ask all the time, “Why do women vote against their own interests?” or “Why do women tear each other down to the benefit of men?” Easy. Because the crumbs of patriarchy are apparently worth fighting over. That’s how the system works. Those women look sideways instead of up. I look up every damn day; and these days in the U.S. of A., there are a vast plentitude of men — almost all white, Christian, straight, and old — who preside over my life and my body and my future with the most hideous and pernicious arrogance, as if that role is unquestionably theirs — theirs to exploit at my expense and yours, women of all political persuasions.

I look at photos like this:

And this:

And this:

I am in desperate need of a shepherd’s crook to remove superfluous male bodies from the world’s stage. For every person who looks at these pictures and sees a terrifying problem, there are exponentially more people who don’t. It looks to them like the world we live in because it is the world we live in. But it doesn’t have to be.

Male violence and male entitlement are ruining the world we all share, and saying so does not mean that I hate men, but I don’t even care anymore if pathetic wankers enjoy leveling that charge at me to deflect from this colossal screw-up. Men are failing stewards of future generations and all life on this planet. So label me. Have at it. People who utter the word feminazi are broadcasting their support for our gendered caste system, not to mention embarrassing themselves by sounding like unpaid interns for Rush Limbaugh. Quoting Mr. T, I pity the fool. (I don’t only quote esteemed former presidents.)

But thank you Goddess, there is also this:

There are men like my friend John who see reality and seek justice. I’m also married to this kind of man. He understands that the erosion of privilege does not equal oppression. You’re either batting for #TeamEquality or you’re not — there is no other position, no other league. You either actively stand for necessary change, or your indifference places you on the opposing team. Progressive men, I am talking to you. Conservative men, you are not a lost cause. You can find your humanity and stop trading it away for fleeting power and everlasting shame.

What really pisses me off, though, is that women are innately, inherently, incontrovertibly equal to men, but circumstances force us to keep saying it, searching for ways to prove it, and busting our asses to legislate it. Why is all that hard work still needed? The sky is blue. THE SKY IS BLUE. It just is. Living in a fact-free universe is nothing new. Women have dwelled there since the dawn of freaking time.

I am no one special. I have raised a child and gone to work and paid my taxes and made the mistakes that humans make. I try to be a good person and I always say I’m sorry when I should. I am not sorry that I am angry with men. I refuse to explain #NotAllMen one more time. I join the chorus of female voices imploring men to step up to bat. It is baseball season after all. The bench is deep. It’s black men and white men, gay men and straight men, rich men and poor men, all the way down.

Lori Day is an educational psychologist, consultant and parenting coach with Lori Day Consulting in Newburyport, MA. She is the author of Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More, and speaks on the topic of raising confident girls in a disempowering marketing and media culture. You can connect with Lori on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

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  • Just Passing Through

    Those pictures of turtle-white men all the way down is so depressing. A few steps forward, a hundred steps back it seems is the destiny of women.

  • I think some of this is cognitive development (I see cognitive development everywhere). I see a lot of people who are stuck in a stage where they use linear hierarchies to understand everything, and in linear hierarchies someone has to be at the top. When you’re the one at the top this tends to make more sense than it should. Being able to see things in terms of equal but different is a lot harder (a lot of feminists have a hard time with it too, and we’re more motivated to understand it). There’s a tendency to try to erase either different or equal, when both at once are too hard to juggle (like in the conversation of amount task when kids can do either height or width but not both at the same time, only we aren’t hard wired to get past it for hierarchies).

    Obviously there are a lot of other factors as well, including male power as you’ve described, and male anger at women (because who else are you gonna get angry at?).

    • Tired feminist

      My problem with the “equal but different” trope is that *usually* who says it is a privileged person trying to frame their privilege as natural.

  • anne cameron

    Well written, and thank you.

  • Kendall Turtle

    Lmao WOW, misogyny level: over 6,000

  • Hierophant2

    There are so many things wrong with what you said, it’s not even funny.

    The concept of women staying at home was not possible on farms, where the entire family had to work to maintain the livestock, the fields, etc. Women have always worked alongside men. “Gender roles” always existed but they have NEVER in history included “women staying at home.”

    IQ is partially a result of education and social conditions, so IQ does not prove anything about who’s a “genius.” “Genuises” do not build societies. Engineers, construction workers, merchants, soldiers, miners, farmers, garbagemen, build societies. The role of “geniuses,” if you want to see it that way, is to advance our notion of what can be done and what is possible, not to do the building work.

    Please, do try to inform yourself even a little bit about the stuff you write about. It’s just not credible.

    Also, if you’re implying that feminism is about equality, it’s not. We’re not trying to make women equal to men. We’re trying to ABOLISH privilege.

  • Cassandra

    FUCK OFF MRA.

  • bevtoastily

    Please don’t think that you’re educating anyone here.Your second paragraph is a bunch of boring, cliched, pseudoscience b.s. that we’ve all heard a thousand times, but I found this tidbit to be particularly amusing:

    “The geniuses are going to be the ones doing the society building.”

    Wow. You’re delusional.

    • Gundog

      Skyscrapers, the computer, and the plow were invented by dumb people? A group of mouthbreathing ne’er-do-wells built CERN?

  • Yisheng Qingwa

    Fuck off, MRA tool.

  • Actually, back when society was largely agrarian, when women “stayed at home”, they grew all the vegetables the family ate, raised the small animals that they also ate, wove the clothe for clothing, sewed the clothing, sheared the sheep, spun the wool to make the yarn for warm clothing, and knitted the clothes. They also milked the cows, churned the butter, soured the milk for buttermilk, made cheese and brewed beer. In their spare time they cooked all the meals and cleaned the house. They took care of the children, the elderly, the poor and the sick. They birthed babies. Men could not have survived without them. The same is true today, although men work hard at pretending they could. Women could survive without men, no problem. In fact more of them would survive.

    • Gundog

      I totally agree. I placed no value or judgment on what I said. I merely answered the question of “how we got a bunch of white men in power?” My answer was that biology and environmental luck played a huge part. To make a more free and just society, we have to take that into account, not deny it and blame it all on a loosely defined oppressive male cabal called “patriarchy.”

      • Well little doggy, I wonder by what authority you think you can answer the question? You referred to “historical context”, yet you demonstrate no knowledge of history whatsoever. And before you discuss patriarchy, you really ought to educate yourself as to what it is. It’s not actually a “male cabal”; it’s a system. A system is different than a group of people. I think you haven’t been honest in your response actually, doggy. I think what you really wanted to say was that you wish women would stop blaming men. I don’t blame you. But why don’t you be the change you want to see? Be a better man.

  • Tired feminist

    Isn’t it lovely when the stupidest of trolls passes by to fantasize about how men are smarter than women? HAHAHAHAHA

    I mean, even the MRAs that comment here are in average smarter than you. But please go ahead! Entertain us.

    • Gundog

      Reread what I wrote. I never said men are smarter than women. I said the IQ distribution for men is wider than for women which leads to more exceptional cases, but also more awful cases.

      • Tired feminist

        LMAO nope, I won’t re-read what you wrote. I have better stuff to do.

        • Gundog

          Yet you will take the time to write a reply saying you won’t reply…

          • Tired feminist

            Why of course. This is still much better than your blabbering.

  • Sabine

    Hahahahahahaha!

  • Rachael

    You are kidding, right?

    • Gundog

      I’m kidding that societal gender roles arose from nature and circumstance and not a plot of the illuminati patriarchy? Not at all. Ignoring basic truths and causes will not lead us to the correct solution to our problems. The real and measurable differences between men and women need to be addressed.

      • lk

        There is a lot more to why women are oppressed than just nature and circumstance…

        The circumstances what women find themselves in are not just random or biological.

        What about laws, access and social expectations? Around the world girls are denied education, leadership roles, sold into marriage, denied access to jobs, access to transportation, access to the tools and knowledge to avoid pregnancy.

        The idea that women are just naturally second-class citizens is insulting. It is not nature that prevents women from learning, it is not nature that makes men buy prostitutes, it is not because of nature that women have sex-selective abortions.

        Men— through religions, law, male violence, culture–create a world where woman often times must be dependent on them to survive.

  • Meghan Murphy

    An aside: I find the fact that MRAs like to talk about ‘third wave feminism’ so much incredibly amusing. Especially when they use the term to take aim at women who’ve been so critical of third wave feminism… You all seem to say in an attempt to convince people you know what you are talking about, but the effect is the opposite.

  • Gundog

    No it hasn’t. I’m not arguing specific numbers or assigning value to them, but it is true.

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160289606001115

    • That’s one study, not a summary of many studies. I’ll wait for the textbooks to weigh in. (Also, it’s been discredited in other areas as well as intelligence. It amounts to male scientists saying “women, they’re all the same!”) I’m not saying there aren’t sex differences, but that that they tend to balance out, with women scoring higher in some areas, and men in others. Assigning value to those differences tends to be pretty tricky. (Including deciding what counts as genius.)

  • Gundog

    And here is an example of why things stay the same – people refuse to face the real causes of their problems. White male dominance in power structures can’t be a natural outgrowth of our current society, it has to be a unseen force called patriarchy. Don’t even try the whole implicit bias argument. That is even more scary because it assumes we have no control over our actions. It is chasing the ghost of ghost.

    • Tired feminist

      You think your worldview is unbiased why, exactly?

    • Cassandra

      “White male dominance in power structures can’t be a natural outgrowth of our current society, it has to be an unseen force called patriarchy.”

      What does this even mean? Why is it natural? What is our “current society?” How is power taken and held? Is that a good thing? Would you trade places with a black person? A female? A black female? A woman who cleans toilets in hotels? Would you like to be pregnant and told that you HAVE to carry it and give birth to it like you’re some kind of livestock? The technicolor yawn of male privilege you have so graciously bestowed upon us in this comment section makes the author’s point almost more clearly than the OP.

      Only a person privileged within patriarchy would say that patriarchy is an “unseen force.” You literally demonstrated what male privilege is with that sentence. We can’t help but see it because it throws misogynist acid in our eyes from the minute we’re born until the day we die.

    • Morag999

      You are an example of why things stay the same. You are the problem — past, present and future.

      Patriarchy isn’t an “unseen force,” genius boy. It’s you, and billions of other assholes like you.

  • Meghan Murphy

    You’re just embarrassing yourself, bud.

    • Gundog

      We have different definitions of embarrassing.

      • Meghan Murphy

        Says the man who has no idea what third wave feminism is vs the women who are actual feminists and who write/talk about this stuff all the time…

      • oneclickboedicea

        Different definitions of women’s studies too, different definitions of objectivity, bias, facts and almost everything.

  • Tired feminist

    What the fuck were you doing in a women’s law group?

    • Gundog

      Mostly discussing women’s law/legal issues.

  • Tired feminist

    Waiting for Gundog to tell you to re-read his comment because you didn’t get what he meant. 😀

    • lk

      Lol, I love when they tell us to re-read their comments….as though reading it again will magically turn their comment into something that is logical and rooted in reality and actually makes sense.

      I have to wonder if commenters like Gundog are just here kidding with us b/c I don’t understand how a rational person can look at the state of women in the world and claim that it is just a matter of luck and biology….

  • Tired feminist

    Bud you don’t even KNOW what third wave feminism is. (Hint: it’s not what you learned in A Voice For Men.)

  • Tired feminist

    You’re fucking delusional if you think the life standard of the privileged in our society is sustainably extendable to all.

  • marv

    Why can’t real intelligence involve skepticism of conventional definitions of it? Designing the Hadron Collider and computers is skillful and clever but why do scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical abilities dominate the very meaning of IQ? Why shouldn’t astute and activist people entirely committed to abolishing gender, race and class – among other inequalities – be considered the highest IQ holders? Feminists on this site, for example.

    I used to live in a group home with five so-called intellectually impaired adults. They were some of the most intelligent people I have known. For oppressed groups and individuals to be lifted up as ingenious, those at the top who construe IQ must be dragged down from the lofty towers of patriarchy to level ground.

    “Intelligence”, unbind the word to liberate the weary.

  • Moderight

    Then do something.
    DO SOMETHING!

    Build your empire. Become the political candidate. Become a CEO.

    Just saying stuff about “removing superfluous male bodies” is as helpful as throwing a penny in a well.
    How about you work day and night studying a field of interest to you that will advance yourself to those positions and encourage others along the way?

    Will it be hard? Yeah, of course. There’ll be a lot standing in your way. But getting fussy on the internet will solve nothing.

    I’m studying C# because I want to make my own games. I spend breaks and lunch at both my jobs and free time to learn. It’s not an overnight process, but bit by bit I’m getting better.
    Ladies, do something please. And if you are, keep doing it.

    • FierceMild

      Wait, you mean, like, run for president?

      • Meghan Murphy

        lol

      • lk

        Rofl…I love this response so much!

    • lk

      Women are doing something, we do lots every.single.day…work, pay taxes, volunteer, raise children, cook, clean, protest, vote, donate money and time to organizations that help, fight against male violence and harassment, survive male violence….just to name a few.

      Let’s just start with the author of this article…who is doing a hell of a lot more than “getting fussy on the internet”…

      Lori Day: educational psychologist, consultant and parenting coach; published book author, speaker.

      If you think all the women on this site do is “fuss on the internet”…you are mistaken.

    • will

      “But getting fussy on the internet will solve nothing.”

      Projection. YOU are the one “getting fussy on the internet”. Lori Day is a highly educated professional who has written a well-researched rigorously considered article and published it on the internet. What are YOU doing, besides lecturing feminist activist on how they are doing it wrong, dickcheese?

  • lk

    Damn, I love the passion in this article!

    “The erosion of privilege does not equal oppression”
    Say this a million times! If I hear one more person talking about how men, whites and rich people are truly oppressed and women, ethnic minorities and people who are low-income get everything..I’m going to scream.

    These kinds of statements are completely disconnected from facts and from reality.

    Fighting to end racism, sexism and poverty is not oppression. The idea that that freedom for women-freedom from rape, from domestic abuse, from prostitution, from poverty-is oppressive to men is just ridiculous.

  • Meghan Murphy

    No one here thinks you are a ‘head in the clouds hippie.’ Let’s use our words, shall we? Are you a socialist? I am… But socialism would mean that the ‘privileged’ would have to start doing their share of the ‘dirty work.’

  • Meghan Murphy

    Why don’t you tell us what third wave feminism is and then also tell us about our own politics.

  • Meghan Murphy

    They’re third wavers/liberals. They don’t address the root of patriarchy.

  • SANDRA WILLIAMS

    This is great, but folks need to understand that the oppression, subjugation of women stems from the trillions of dollars of free labor women provide.

    • FierceMild

      What do you mean by that? It kind of sounds like you mean to say that women are responsible for the fact that they’re expected to provide free labor and if they would just stop the world would be equitable and fair.

  • Tired feminist

    How?

  • Tired feminist

    Hehehe, this is going to be fun. 😀

  • Tired feminist

    So what are those sooper innate inborn natural genetic God-given differences between white dudes and everyone else? Enlighten us.

    • FierceMild

      Waitwaitwiat, I know! FAMILY VALUES!

  • Cassandra

    And what makes you think you have a monopoly on rationality? Who died and made you king and judge of what is rational? Funny how you MRA types always define what “rational” is as what justifies your bullshit.

  • Tired feminist

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    And apart from delusional, you’re also a typical U.S. American who thinks the U.S. are the entire world!!!! You’re too funny. Please continue.

  • Cassandra

    The “we invented everything because we’re so smart and awesome” MRA thing is amusing, isn’t it? Males have done everything they possibly can for centuries to make sure women as a class aren’t allowed to do much of anything, but yeah, men are so super fucking amazing. LOL!

    To paraphrase Warren Buffet, “The reason I’m so successful is because I was competing with only half the population.” Given he got lots of cookies for that and it cost him nothing to say, but damned if it isn’t true!

  • Tired feminist

    Hey, you said you had a Women’s Studies degree. Not that anyone believes you, but at least make an effort to pretend better.

  • Tired feminist

    What did you learn in your degree? Go ahead. Teach us.

    This only gets better. 😀

  • Cassandra

    Please do explain to us, since you’re on such a roll, how it’s possible, within a capitalist system, to extend a white, middle class lifestyle to all US citizens. Can’t wait to hear your plan.

  • Tired feminist

    What is “objective”?

  • Moderight

    Theres thousands of women who’ve been able to climb the ladder even with these setbacks. Musicians, writers, artists, scientists, politicians, mma fighters, olympic stars, entrepeneurs, CEOs, etc.

    I know not everyone has the same advantages, but in our modern era it seems like there’s far less holding women back, and far more opportunity to become whatever you want.

    • Meghan Murphy

      Oh my god. I guess you think systemic racism isn’t real and people of colour just need to work harder, too? And that poor people are poor because they’re lazy?

  • FierceMild

    White middle class male lifestyle is what we’re talking about.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Ok. But you’re the one who specified ‘third wave feminism,’ so I assume you believe that third wave feminism is a particular thing, and said it intentionally. I can’t speak to your ‘ideas’ about the root of patriarchy/the oppression of women because I don’t know what they are.

    • Kendall Turtle

      Gundog’s view is that women deserve it cuz our lady brains.

  • Meghan Murphy

    I am not opposed to the existence of a state. I am pro-state. The state is not inherently bad — it is *meant* to be for the people. It is meant to provide services and infrastructure. Capitalism has failed the people astronomically, yet you still support it? Capitalism harms thousands upon thousands of people, globally, every day, but socialism is a necessary failure?

  • Tired feminist

    “We see lots of white dudes”

    LOL, Americans. Who’s “we”?

    And you didn’t quite answer my question. Even if all of this were true, doesn’t mean it’s innate.

  • Meghan Murphy

    The point is that if ‘just doing something’ resolved the circumstances of the marginalized, ‘something’ would already have been done, and systemic oppression would not exist.

  • Tired feminist

    Because you have no clue what 3rd wave feminism is but are too macho to admit it?

  • Tired feminist

    I see. And what makes you think human beings can be like that?

  • Cassandra

    Well it’s sad that you’re so resigned and accepting.

    Your philosophy does not take systemic, institutional power imbalances into account and amounts to victim blaming.

  • Cassandra

    How old are you?

  • Cassandra

    Awesome as always, Morag.

    The only reason I ever engage with an MRA is for other women who may be getting into feminism for the first time, or coming back to it, and reading comments. They need to see the ugly.

  • Cassandra

    The arrogance is breathtaking. He truly believes he knows better about everything than all of us. He’s coming in to set us straight with his manly “logic!” LOL!

  • marv

    Instead of recognizing science’s narrow constructions of IQ, you are simply regurgitating its biases as objectivity. Science is a willing tool of ruling class interests. Scientists do not function apart from their social makeup. Your pro-middle class and capitalist mind-frame demonstrate how “completely subjective” you are as well. Thankfully some scientists are admitting the pretense, coming to their senses and adopting a social justice stance. Be part of the solution not the nightmare.

    https://freerads.org/2017/04/04/zapatistas-reimagine-science-as-tool-of-resistance/

    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/04/scientists-prepare-march-science-people-reboots

  • Wren

    JFC, DID YOU JUST SAY THAT ONLY MEN WORK SHIT JOBS??
    Seriously, you can’t make a coherent argument to save your life. Your English skills are questionable. You’re just a troll. You’re lucky anyone here took any time to respond.
    BYE.

  • Kendall Turtle

    You don’t think it was deliberate when women literally weren’t allowed in politics? Lmfao

  • Kendall Turtle

    Lol this is one of the most blatant strawman I have ever seen.

  • Cassandra

    “Again, that’s a lot like saying they aren’t really Christian, they are Lutheran.”

    No, it’s actually nothing like that at all.

  • Tired feminist

    Oh yeah, I forgot only first world citizens have internet!!! Pardon my uncivilized Latin American ignorance.

    NOW you are answering my question. Which is not to say what you’re saying makes any sense. How do you know out “views of risk vs. reward” (LOL) are innately different? Why are you so sure testosterone levels are relevant to explain social behavior, which is something mostly learned?

    “If men are brutal and women are not, then men and women are innately different.”
    Oh, really? Why? How on earth does it logically follow? For someone who claims to be sooper logical you’re just embarrassing yourself.

    But let’s give you a chance, considering your obvious intellectual challenges (thanks @will!) and pretend you’re right. Let’s assume men’s brutality is both natural AND inevitable. So what?

    Why should women care? If someone is raping your child, do you care if his behavior is natural or learned? You want to save your child. We don’t give two shits if you rape and kill us out of free will or not. We will fight for our rights either way. Deal with it and get the fuck out of here.

    • Morag999

      “If someone is raping your child, do you care if his behavior is natural or learned? You want to save your child. We don’t give two shits if you rape and kill us out of free will or not. We will fight for our rights either way. Deal with it and get the fuck out of here.”

      Yes. If it is true that male brutality is innate — as many men argue — and if it’s true that their empathy deficit is natural, it does not follow that women and children exist to be victimized by them. All they are arguing (quite convincingly) is that males are grossly defective human beings.

      The song and dance about these defective humans also being “geniuses” is, apparently, supposed to make us shrug our shoulders in defeat and, you know, take the good with bad. As in: “Yeah, it’s true that men rape us and our babies; but, by golly, these rapists also build SKYSCRAPERS.”

  • Meghan Murphy

    Are you in Grade 12? You sound like you’re in Grade 12.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Well, now I’m kinda failing to see what it is you are disagreeing with, in terms of our politics over here…

  • oneclickboedicea

    According to you there is no patriarchy or oppression of women so it would be difficult to have a definition of something you are in denial about.

    • Kendall Turtle

      Oh no no no he does believe in a patriarchy, it’s just that us women deserve it cuz our dumb dumb lady brains. Oppressing us was a natural result of men’s superiority, duhhhh.

  • oneclickboedicea

    And learnt nothing. A blinkered mind will not learn.

  • FierceMild

    Right?

  • lk

    Oh my goodness…..That post really says so much….

    Why does someone who clearly views women as sex objects even bother coming on a site like feminist current?!

    “Women aren’t attractive to me. I walk down the street and they all look either too fat or too manly.”

    I’m absolutely shocked that this guy has not found a woman who is dying to jump into bed with him. Shocked!!

  • lk

    Did he really just call you a racist for acknowledging the existence of racism?

    Lol…how original…

  • lk

    “I contend that our current is from environmental luck of a bunch of white men sailing to a relatively uninhabited land with not central power structure, and the outgrowth of the very natural gender roles that existed during an agrarian society.”

    So environmental luck created a system in which the bulk of the wealth and property is condensed primarily in the hands of white men?

    So the killing of Native Americans had nothing to do with it? And the use of black slave labor? Jim crow laws?

    What about the passage of laws that prevented women from going to school, owning property, being able to get divorced, vote, had nothing to do with it? What about the creation of religions that claim that God/gods want women to be subservient to men?

    None of that is luck. None of that is environmental.

    All of these acts are about keeping the wealth and the power concentrated in the hands of the few.

  • lk

    I’m particularly impressed by his ability to cut and paste definitions from the dictionary…I wonder if that’s one of the discussion skills that he learned while getting his minor in Women’s Studies?

  • ptittle

    Oh but it’s much better when it happens in class, because you’re standing at the front of the room, so clearly an expert on the matter, and he’s slouched at his desk and so clearly half your age. (The delusions of grandeur in that case are just … stunning.)