[OPE] horizontalism and the socialist intelligentsia

From: Jurriaan Bendien <adsl675281@telfort.nl>
Date: Wed Apr 08 2009 - 11:38:39 EDT

So women are still getting a bad deal from men, eh? Sorry, Jerry, but that does not speak to the "feminization of culture", in a scientific, objective sense, that's your moral viewpoint talking.

What "feminization of culture" refers to, is that behaviours, attitudes, dispositions, methods and norms which were previously exclusively associated with women are becoming "mainstream" (to some extent, via the conduit of gay culture although people often don't realize it) and also "normal" for men. And, I suppose, conversely, that behaviours, attitudes, dispositions, methods and norms that were previously the sole preserve of men, are becoming more "acceptable" as characteristics of women. The best and clearest indicator of all that, is found in developments within the psychological sciences themselves, where the dour sexism of previous generations has been largely removed.

I am not passing moral judgement here about whether all of this is a good or a bad thing, nor am I arguing, that it means that men will now treat all women as "sugar and spice and all things nice". I am just noting it as a fact of life, as an objective cultural trend. I am well aware that America is a very crude, rough and violent place, a rapist's paradise, but the trend is inexorably happening there, too.

>From a Marxian, materialist point of view, changes in the world of work actually promote this trend: for the work of "information processing and managing relationships" using digital equipment, many skills, dispositions and behaviours are practically required which traditionally were associated mainly with women. Plus, if, as I said, women nowadays constitute close to half of the paid workforce, that changes the balance of power.


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