Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Real Red Pill

I recently watched the 2-hour documentary film by feminist film-maker Cassie Jaye entitled "The Red Pill - A Feminist's Journey Into the Men's Rights Movement".

At the end of her documentary, after her 1-year journey making the film, she states: "I don't know where I am headed but I know what I am leaving behind. I no longer call myself a feminist."

My main thought throughout -- which is not mentioned once in the film -- is how the gender war has totally served the dominance hierarchy; how the grievances on both sides are really predominantly about class; and how an industry of professionals benefits from and manages the gender war.

The real "N-word" is the word you can't even think of saying, the "C-word".


Levantine said...

I tend to agree with that (I've seen excerpts of the film and interviews with Cassie Jaye) ...

... and I can think of reasons why is that so:

The C-word

i) denotes a system, a general state of affairs, an abstraction which is a top part of a slippery slope that leads toward impotent intellectualizing.

ii) Spengler wrote ...... "Capitalism." It is hopeless to try to define this catchword - for such it is. It is no product of economic experience, but is meant to have a moral, not to say semi-Christian implication. It is intended to express the essence of economic evil, ......

Those words are right, to some extent right, and people sense that.

I cut his sentence above because he continues in a much more objectionable way:

.... the great sin of superiority, the devil disguised as economic success. In certain middle-class circles it has even become a term of abuse for everyone who is disliked, every person of rank, successful entrepreneurs and tradesmen as well as judges, officers, and scientists, or even peasants. It denotes everyone who is not a "worker" or labour leader, everyone who has not failed through inferior ability.

Oh "yes", but in other places he heavily criticizes that same social environment - the environment that he here takes as quite meritocratic.

My bottom line is that there are no easy shortcuts in all of this.

Denis Rancourt said...

Thank you for your great comment Levantine.

My intent was that the "C-word" is "class", as in the class layers of society's dominance hierarchy. Much critical left talk about capitalism in-effect abstracts away class and casts things in term of capitalist principles.

In the days of Mary Mother Jones, it was all a class war. Capitalism (and its owned institutions: courts, banks, ...) was correctly identified as merely the instrument of class-based exploitation and dominance.

That class war and the class focus was systematically driven out of our consciousness, and replaced with human rights, anti-racism, anti-poverty, environmental consciousness, etc., with the help of labour unions of course. All diffuse and neutralizing concepts managed by the courts and institutions owned by the dominant classes.