I need feminism because some people just don’t know when they’re wrong.

Posted: November 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

Ah, we return to the I need feminism because meme. The last time I addressed this one, it was a little tenuous as the main point I wanted to raise was raised by massive mangina Tony Porter and the feminist meme just backed it up.

This time, it’s different. This time the focus is entirely on the meme itself and the poor, unfortunate woman whose steadfast belief I will be questioning. I’ve touched upon a couple of these issues in past blogs, but only in passing or as part of wider conversations about other topics.

It’s no secret I find feminists love playing the victim, I titled an entire entry around it. These I don’t need feminism memes are just one way of highlighting the most trivial problems faced by women today. Some of them are so utterly ridiculous that it really does call in to question the aims of the feminist movement as a whole. I mean, one of the pictures actually mentions the words ‘stare rape’. Is that what feminism has come to? Literally making stuff up in order to feel victimised.

There is one bone of contention that seems to be persistent though, and I have touched on this in the past (mostly in my blog about male teachers), the lack of women in leadership roles. Numerous feminists across the globe think it’s purely down to discrimination that only a minimal amount of management positions, 32% seems to be thrown around a lot, are held by females. The idea they like to hold on to is that we need a gender quota, making it so that 41% of all management positions are held by women. Of course, this is a stupid idea, for reasons that should be pretty obvious – if you are forced to hire a woman due to a gender quota you are discriminating against whoever else applied for the job, be it male or female. That’s right, gender quotas can discriminate against other women too. They also force companies to hire someone who may not be the best possible candidate for the job. Perhaps, though, the most important reason, in my eyes anyway, is that you are making a rather large assumption that woman want to fill those management positions. It’s a pretty big step to go from asking ‘I wonder why there aren’t many female managers’ to ‘we must impose a quota to ensure there are more female managers’. That assumption is dangerous for so many reasons, mainly because it automatically makes management positions somehow more important than any other job.

Why not gender quota other jobs, too? Like binmen, or road sweepers, or sewage workers? You know, all the shit jobs that the majority of people don’t want to do. Is it because they aren’t glamorous enough, don’t hold enough social power, don’t pay enough? Why aren’t they clamouring for gender quotas in primary teaching, where men make up less than females do in management positions, why aren’t they asking that mandatory employment of male nurses should be forced on hospitals? Don’t know, only the feminists can answer that one. It does seem strange that they are entirely focused on one particular job area that they feel excludes them and are more than happy to let the gender imbalance rage on elsewhere. But then, what else do you expect from feminism? It’s not like their own members even know what they stand for, you only have to visit any feminist page on Facebook to see that.

Anyway, back to management and memes. This is the meme I’m talking about:

http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y472/johnsalmonworld/IMG_2622_zps0811bb21.jpg

Is it now becoming a bit more obvious why I say these memes are ridiculous and just highlight a persistent victim culture imbedded within feminism? Here’s the deal, feminists want more women in management positions, I don’t have a problem with that, but they want to do it in the most backward way possible.

First, their idea assumes that women need help getting jobs – what happened to women being strong, capable and independent? Second, their idea assumes that there are enough women to fill 40% of each company, and third, their idea devalues every other job on the planet, it poses the question of why feminists are so intent on management positions, it implies that those positions are the ones of most worth, and to hell with everything else. Personally, I see that as offensive to women, which is the exact opposite of the feminist intentions, but then when has the feminist intention been about anything other than crying until they get their own way.

Take a look at the meme. That explains everything you need to know about this particular feminist issue. They get more women into management positions and then, shock, horror; they find out that, actually, some people prefer a male manager because women can be moody and bitchy. And that’s sexism? That’s something that feminism is needed for? If we take this particular meme at face value, what this woman is effectively saying is that anyone who doesn’t share the feminist opinion is wrong. Period. What she is saying is that, not only do we need to get women into management positions through the use of quotas, we need to make sure they’re liked by their employees, especially women. Because women need to stick together, the sisterhood should never turn their backs on one another, they should never, even if they secretly think it, admit in public that they would prefer a man. That’s the way to set back 100 years of progress.

But, the thing is, the unfortunate victim of this meme, the one whose opinion has been cast aside by the co-worker holding that sign, is fully entitled to have that view. Surely, part of the feminist mantra is for equality? Well, if that is truly the case (and I highly doubt it is), then the fact this woman is expressing an opinion should be celebrated, not denigrated. It should be listened to, not ignored, respected, not cast aside. Either that, or sign-holder-lady is, in fact, the kind of feminist who loves the idea of equality, as long as it only benefits her. Yeah, you can have an opinion of females in management positions, but only if it’s the one I agree with, the one that I see as correct and right, the one that only I, and the sisterhood, have deemed to be acceptable.

Some women make bad managers, some men make bad managers, some women who make excellent managers struggle to get along with certain people, some men who make excellent managers struggle to get along with certain people. You can see where I’m going with this. A 100% harmonious office space is nigh-on impossible, people have different personalities and character types, they clash, they argue, they disagree. It’s a perfectly natural thing. Having an opinion that contradicts the feminist view, especially if that opinion is held by a woman, should not be a source of consternation, it should be evidence that people don’t necessarily see the inherent sexism in everything that feminists do.

Another thing, the woman who’s holding the sign obviously disagrees with the co-worker in question, but seen as the co-worker wouldn’t work for a woman, we can only assume the two of them work for a man. It begs the question, if sign-holder-lady is so in favour of females in management, why is she working for a male? If she was the bothered, wouldn’t she have found a job that has a female manger? Or is this another case of having your cake and eating it too?

All this would be easy to sweep under the carpet and explain away if this was the only time a woman ever expressed a desire for a male boss. But it isn’t, countries all over the world have conducted surveys that show, comprehensively, that some women do prefer a male boss.

Great Britain:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-business/10233798/Hobbs-CEO-Women-prefer-a-male-boss-because-female-leaders-lack-personality.html

America:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/149360/americans-prefer-male-bosses-no-preference.aspx

New Zealand:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11112039

See, it’s not a ‘problem’ the feminists need to fix. You can’t ‘fix’ personal opinion. If somebody prefers to work under a male boss, perhaps you should just accept that. By all means, don’t stop fighting to encourage women to go into management positions if they want to but, for crying out loud, stop harping on at us about gender quotas and discrimination.

I’m going to ignore the feminist, man-blaming undercurrent of that second article by the New Zealand Herald because that would de-rail this blog. What I will focus on is the one statistic that, I imagine, the feminists would love to ignore:

 Overall, the survey showed the majority of men and women in the workplace (61pc) did not mind whether they had a female or male boss.”

See, it really doesn’t matter. Personal preference is one thing, but it would appear that double the amount of people don’t care who is their boss than those who prefer a male boss. But no, the feminists don’t focus on that, they focus on the number that lends greater credence to their cause.

There are two more quotes from that article I want to highlight, and I’ll put them right next to each other:

“But Ms Dulieu said it was “worrying” that as many as third of women, and a quarter of men, did have a preference for a man manager.”

However, younger participants in the survey, aged between 18 and 24, were the only age group to prefer a female boss to a male one – perhaps due to “new talent entering the workforce with a fresh and open mindset”, Hobbs said.”

So, it’s worrying when people prefer a male boss, but fresh and open when people prefer a female manager. And what kind of sexism is that? Is it perhaps the feminist kind that places the success of women over everything else? Sounds like it to me. Preference for one type of manager or another is purely personal choice, it is nothing something that the feminists can legislate, it’s not something that can be changed. The fact that 60% of workers don’t give a fuck should be the statistic the feminists are holding on to, if anything that’s showing the progression of women in the workplace, that’s showing that people want the best person for the job, regardless of penis or vagina. But no, the feminists hold on to the stats that allow the perpetual victimhood, the stats that allow them to introduce gender quotas and pursue the course of affirmative action that suggests women need a helping to get a foot in the door in the first place. I’ve said this before, that line of thinking is insulting. Not only does it suggest that, contrary to feminists belief, women can’t do it on their own, it automatically breeds resentment among those that have done it on their own, male and female.

Case in point:

http://nypost.com/2013/11/10/female-fdny-recruit-fails-running-test-five-times-but-graduates-anyway/

Notice how the most scathing comments come from a woman. Yep, a woman who didn’t need the help of the sisterhood to allow her to become a firefighter. A woman who has obviously worked her arse off to get where she is, and is now being undermined by the inclusion of a woman who obviously hasn’t cut the mustard and yet has been given numerous chances because she has a vagina. Can you imagine the reaction if a man was allowed to join the fire service having failed one the entry requirements? Yes, a requirement, as in, without this specific test being passed you aren’t allowed in. But when it comes to pussy, those kinds of essentials don’t really matter do they?!

It’s a typical reaction. Instead of focusing on the positive developments – 60% of people who will work anyone, the fact women are in the workforce, the fact this one particular person has an opinion she is willing to share – they focus on the negatives, the negatives that allow them to wallow in their beloved victimhood. The negatives that allow them to come out in public and decry the lack of women in management positions. No, don’t listen to the people, don’t listen to the workers who you would be affecting, don’t listen to the women who, you claim, your entire movement is designed to empower, listen to your own minds and hearts, listen to the voices that tell you your job is not done until every manager is a woman who is loved by everyone, listen to your fellow sisters who share in your desire to monopolise every job sector you feel is advantageous to you.

There’s a very simple solution, if you want to empower women, empower them with the thought that if they choose to go into senior management positions they will be supported. Instead, you demonise those who hold an opinion that differs to yours, you shame them into thinking that they are betraying the women who have fought for them to be in that position, even though those women are in fact brainless morons who have no understanding of the women they claim to be fighting for.

The problem with memes like the one above is that, although this is referencing one personal conversation had in one company between two individuals who just happen to be women, it shames women into thinking that, if they don’t support feminism, they are gender traitors who are, somehow, disrespecting all  the work feminists have done.

Having an opinion? Absolutely fine, as long as it matches with our opinion, if it doesn’t well, then, we’re sure going to let you know how much of a disappointment you are.

Chalk up another win for feminism!

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Comments
  1. Some people don’t know when they’re wrong. And I’m one of them. I’ve been wrong loads of times, but these days, I have this thing where I’ve realised that and now my views are just opinions and it matters what evidence backs them up and if I can back them up with more evidence than someone elses opposing view then i’m right as far as i’m concerned.

    5th of board positions in the uk are female anyway. I kind of think Cameron(asshat) will veto this as he’s pretty pleased with his voluntary campaign to increase women on boards.

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