Posted at 10:33 AM Aug 03, 2009
By Andrea Grimes
Looks like the folks at Psychology Today spent their Sunday arguing over whether or not feminism is "illogical, unnecessary and evil." Thank god somebody at a respected academic-ish publication has finally tackled this issue. Rush Limbaugh and the Quiverfull bunch must be thrilled with evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa. (Wait, is that the dude who changed my life with Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters, you ask? It is!) His blog entry on the magazine's website argues that feminists don't understand history, their own brains, or the power of a nice set of tits. Mostly, his argument (if you can call wanky posturing an "argument") boils down to a fundamental misunderstanding of everything to do with feminism.
FAIL number one: feminists do not argue that men and women are identical. Feminists believe that men and women should be treated equally. But man, you'd have to Google "feminism" to find that out, so it's understandable that he could have missed it.
"An insurmountable body of evidence by now conclusively demonstrates that the vanilla assumption is false; men and women are inherently, fundamentally, and irreconcilably different. Any political movement based on such a spectacularly incorrect assumption about human nature - that men and women are and should be identical - is doomed to failure."
However, in the only two biologically meaningful measures of welfare - longevity and reproductive success - women are and have always been slightly better off than men. In every human society, women live longer than men, and more women attain some reproductive success; many more men end their lives as total reproductive losers, having left no genetic offspring.FAIL number two: sorry, ladies, you are not worse off than men, and you never have been. You live longer--even though you're likely to live unhappier, abused and oppressed lives--and you get to have BABIES! What the hell do you need feminism for?
And now, Kanazawa's pièce de résistance:
Another fallacy on which modern feminism is based is that men have more power than women. Among mammals, the female always has more power than the male, and humans are no exception. It is true that, in all human societies, men largely control all the money, politics, and prestige. They do, because they have to, in order to impress women. Women don't control these resources, because they don't have to. What do women control? Men. As I mention in an earlier post, any reasonably attractive young woman exercises as much power over men as the male ruler of the world does over women.
See, ladies!? If you're young and beautiful, you're like Donald Fucking Trump! You don't need feminism! Fuck all those ugly old ladies, anyway, right!? All you have to do is use your sexuality to manipulate idiot men with boners for brains--don't you want to do that? Don't you want to fuck me to get ahead, my little graduate assistant?!--and you are on top of the world! Or at least on top of the guy who's on top of the world, and that's just as good!
For a far more moving, better thought-out rebuttal to This Asshole, check out Gina Barreca's Psychology Today blog entry in response, "Satoshi Kanazawa is just so cute when he rails against feminists!"