I have been thinking recently about what it takes to keep women down.
I was led to believe that women’s oppression and subordination was an incidental irrelevancy in the minds of men. But now I’ve changed my mind. Men expend a lot of energy keeping women down. Not a disproportionate amount of energy… it is still very much worth their while having a sex class, a slave class, and a class they can exploit for cheap labour, but it is becoming very clear to me that none of this happens by accident. It’s a daily intention; men have to actively, persistently, work at keeping women down.
Cordelia Fine (hilariously) ridicules the “scientists” who worked very hard trying desperately to find a correlation between maleness and intelligence.
“The hypothesis, widely believed, that this sex difference in the brain was of profound psychological significance was championed by Paul Broca, one of the most eminent scientists at the time. Only when it became inescapably clear that brain weight did not correlate with intelligence did brain scientists acknowledge that men’s larger brains might merely reflect their larger bodies. This inspired a search for a measure of relative, rather than absolute, brain weight that would leave the absolute bigger brain sex ahead. As historian of science Cynthia Russett reports:
“Many ratios were tired- of brain weight to height, to body weight, to muscular mass, to the size of the heart, even (one begins to sense desparation) to some one bone, such as the femur”
🙂 Oh they are silly aren’t they.
My point is that all of that male energy was instantly swatted away like a fly last year by Cordelia Fine.
In other words, because the oppression of women isn’t natural, men actually do have to expend energy keeping us in place. I’d underestimated before how much energy they actually do use. The constant re-writing of history, the constant misinformation and brainwashing. A good example is the Royal Wedding, which was one enormous propaganda campaign led by the patriarchy against women, to remind us of our position in life.
Is it possible that if enough women keep resisting rather than complying, that the energy women expend on fighting for justice will OVERTAKE the amount of energy men expend (every single day) on keeping us down?
This is just wishful thinking isn’t it. It’s going to be a bloody battle right to the end.