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Rant 1 – 05 May 12

I just saw something on the net; where I saw it is of no consequence. It was a saying, one of those series of a few words that are supposed to contain paragraphs of truth. It was a rather simple one:

Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.

No, it’s not.

Common decency is the notion that women are people.

If the “feminism” that is being defined here is the activist, visible, operational version of “feminism” then THAT feminism is the radical notion that women deserve a huge amount of revenge because a hell of a lot of men showed no common decency for a damned long time.

It’s really that simple, but it doesn’t cause the waves that the original statement does. It’s kind of calming, not inflaming, and therefore, it has little value to the activist who needs attention to feel useful.

Those of you who know me know that I am not an unreasonable person. Ergo, if I am going to rant against the mistreatment of women, when it is bona fide mistreatment (and I am), and then I fail to rant against the mistreatment of the recovery from the original mistreatment of women, I would be a hypocrite. I’m human, but I try hard to avoid being a hypocrite.

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