Friday, May 21, 2004

A uterus is no substitute for a conscience

/ feminism / demythologized
Barbara Ehrenreich, writes about the lesson of the horrors of AbuGhraib for feminism...

"A certain kind of feminism, or perhaps I should say a certain kind of feminist naivete, died in Abu Ghraib. It was a feminism that saw men as the perpetual perpetrators, women as the perpetual victims and male sexual violence against women as the root of all injustice. Rape has repeatedly been an instrument of war and, to some feminists, it was beginning to look as if war was an extension of rape. There seemed to be at least some evidence that male sexual sadism was connected to our species' tragic propensity for violence. That was before we had seen female sexual sadism in action."

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