Monday, October 29, 2012

Androgynes, Neuters, and Castrati, Oh My!

It is a commonplace to point out that we live in an age of feminized men and masculinized women. The question is, is this a good thing?

To a large extent this was the very goal of feminism -- to erase (or better, to ignore) the differences between the sexes (which are now called "genders" in order to emphasize the supposedly cultural basis of these superficial differences).

One thing you will have noticed about leftism in general and feminism in particular is that you are not permitted to question their assumptions. Doing so makes you a racist or homophobe or something. They get all hysterical on you, like that Harvard professor who almost fainted when Larry Summers wondered out loud if there might be some innate differences in aptitude between men and women with regard to science and engineering.

For the left, that question is closed -- not by the evidence, of course, but by fiat. It is a principle; or, more to the point, an article of faith. As such, questioning this article of faith evokes the same kind of emotional reaction as do insults to Muhammed in the Islamic world.

The result is that we can't really talk about the principle, nor can we evaluate it, without making the left uncomfortable. For example, Obama represents our first truly androgynous, metrosexual, and post-gendered president. He is not identifiably male or female, but an indiscriminate blend of both. How's that working out?

How did we get to such an appallingly misogynistic place?

First, an observation by Mouravieff. It goes without saying that there is no reason why a woman shouldn't pursue a genuine interest in science, "on condition, however, that even if dazzled by science she does not lose her feminine emotionality.... She must be aware of acquiring a masculine mentality and identifying with this."

Now, if you convey this banality to a normal woman, she will respond with a quiet nod of the head, or maybe just a "no shit, Dr. Phil." But if you say it to a feminist, she will respond with a violent rotation of the head while spitting out expletives, like Linda Blair.

Mouravieff continues undaunted, because what's the worse they can do, deny you tenure?:

"A male mind in a woman's body excludes the possibility of esoteric development. This type of woman is unfortunately widespread in our days, as is that of the effeminate man, representing what the Tradition calls the neutral sex," or what Vanderleun calls the new castrati.

For such con-fused individuals, writes Mouravieff, "The Kingdom of God is closed for them."

Wo, wo, wo. Hold on just a minute. That's a pretty radical statement. Are you suggesting that feminists are spiritually condemned or something?

Yes, but only in a spiritual fantasy world that they reject anyway. It's like those atheists who get offended when some fundamentalist tells them they're going to hell. So what? If some nut believes in unicorns, I don't fret over the idea that I'll never get to ride one.

Likewise, feminists shouldn't be troubled by the fact that they are barred from higher states of consciousness that they don't believe in anyway. For feminists, the highest state of being is that of the profane man with lots of worldly power -- a crass Bill Clinton or vulgar Barack Obama.

Since 1789 we have been living in the "age of revolution." Prior to this age there were, of course, changes in power, but not fundamental changes with regard to the order of the world, or Nature of Things.

Even -- or especially -- the American Revolution was not of this nature. It was not for the purpose of overturning the order of the world and remaking man, but rather, simply fostering the conditions that would allow man to be what he is. Thus, it did not reject tradition, but recognized that tradition nurtures man's true interior order.

Not so the French revolution, and virtually every revolution since. Mouravieff writes that "while life on the material plane is moving at an accelerated pace due to the political, social, and industrial Revolution which has occurred since 1789, man has made no marked progress on the moral plane." No kidding. What's your point?

Well, for starters, what is required today -- and every day, really -- is an interior revolution. "Revolution" means to "turn around," which is precisely what repentance means, i.e., "metanoia" (the Greek term used in the Septuagint).

It seems to me -- I was just a kid, of course -- but still, it seems to me that there were many seeds of this kind of liberating interior revolution in the 1960s, but that the whole thing was eventually hijacked by the left in general and by mind parasites in particular.

Nevertheless, it is a historical curiosity that movements of spiritual liberation evolved into an oppressive statism, which is why a wholesale pneumababbling huckster such as Deepak Chopra should be one of Obama's most obnoxiously unredeemed supporters.

Speaking of vulgarity, Mouravieff makes a subtle point that "Periods where the ennobling role of the woman in the life of human society has faded are marked by a triviality of morals and manners, expressed by a taste for realism [I would say "naturalism"] carried to its utmost limits." At first blush this seems paradoxical, for so much of our pornographic society seems to be geared toward developmentally arrested teenage boys.

But again, women are the "leading edge" on this particular plane of phenomena (think of Eve in relation to Adam). Woman have to first reject and even forget about the feminine, which then evokes a certain type of masculinity to go along with it. As mentioned in the last post, it is subhuman, in the sense that it not only doesn't aspire to humanness, but rejects the whole idea that such a station even exists.

And if you have no target, you're sure to hit it.

9 Comments:

Blogger Cond0011 said...

"For feminists, the highest state of being is that of the profane man with lots of worldly power -- a crass Bill Clinton or vulgar Barack Obama. "

Good point. It does seem the militant feminists seem to take on the worst attributes of what is considered a 'man' and vice-versa for the effeminate Man.

10/29/2012 11:30:00 AM  
Blogger mushroom said...

Periods where the ennobling role of the woman in the life of human society ...

I missed the first 'h' the first time, and it freaked me out but it still made sense.


... it seems to me that there were many seeds of this kind of liberating interior revolution in the 1960s, but that the whole thing was eventually hijacked by the left in general and by mind parasites in particular...

That's absolutely true, and I still sometimes feel cheated by it. I believed in the same things I do now -- liberty, personal responsibility, less government, conservation (as opposed to "environmentalism"), that obedience and righteousness are not always the same, etc. Back then that was regarded as a "freak philosophy".

Perhaps there was societal and community pressure to "conform" back when I was a kid, but at least there weren't, for the most part, government regulations and a cadre of armed and armored bureaucrats to compel conformity.

10/29/2012 11:30:00 AM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

You're like me -- a right wing hippie. Or a bohemian neotraditional retrofuturist gentleman slacker.

10/29/2012 11:35:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Funny thing about that; it's crossed my mind several times lately how living outside the lines, as it were, requires much more self-discipline, not less. Kind of like some of the videos Sipp likes to put up where people do dangerous work the old-fashioned way.

Or going back to matters of "gender," the feminist and feminizing influence whereby so much of life is made "safer" also serves to make people in general less safe in a multitude of ways, by protecting people from adversity and the natural consequences of their actions.

10/29/2012 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger mushroom said...

That's true. They say that one easy way to lessen the number of concussions in football is to go back to the old leather headgear. The best driver on the road is the guy with a trunk full of reefer.

10/29/2012 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

I've heard it said that boxers had far fewer head injuries in the days before gloves, too.

10/29/2012 12:51:00 PM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

Same with professional hockey. I've also read that there are more bicycle injuries now that helmets for kids are mandatory. And in this Sowell book, there's a whole section on how sex education is positively correlated with unwanted pregnancy, disease, abortion, and single motherhood.

10/29/2012 01:03:00 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

"At first blush this seems paradoxical, for so much of our pornographic society seems to be geared toward developmentally arrested teenage boys."

As in the wall-to-wall boner pill ads on TV. I think they are embarrassing, hate them. It may be Gods way of telling you to grow up and find something else to occupy your time with.

10/29/2012 06:27:00 PM  
Blogger chris m said...

I'm sorry my comments are always so disjointed with what's going on here, but some of it has to do with the fact that my husband or I will copy the post and read it over lunch together and then I hardly ever get a chance to read the comments that go with the post. So forgive me if this has been mentioned in comments, but I was wondering if you had seen the movie "Moonrise Kingdom" I only saw if for the first time last night, and don't quite know what to make of it yet, but it seems to fit with these posts lately.

10/30/2012 08:04:00 AM  

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