My Congresswoman, Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill) gave a speech not long ago at some woman power fundraiser. The quote of ire being:
Today I am asserting that humanity is at a crossroads on this small planet and that our survival as a species is dependent on women taking charge, taking the world in our own hands. I really do believe that we are at a tipping point from which there could be no turning back — a turning point that the traditional male hierarchy of the world ignores at their own peril. A peril that puts us all in the unacceptable danger — actually of extinction, so let us begin the era of the woman.
For starters, I don’t exactly get the idea that she has listened to my interests and attempted to weigh them against the interests of the rest of the people she represents.
Second, it appears to me, that if one were genuinely worried about extinction the first step would be to stop aborting our young. This would be followed closely by stop encouraging women to delay marriage and conception thereby reducing their fertility window. These aren’t the steps that Ms. Schakowsky has in mind however.
Third, if feminism really is supposed to mean equality for all, how is the upcoming age supposed to be the era of woman? Shouldn’t it be the era of equality? The obvious answer is that feminism doesn’t actually mean equality for all. That has been true for some while which is why younger women are abandoning the term. The truth is that modern feminism is about letting women do whatever they want and then not judging them on their actions or the consequences that stem from those actions. If anything is going to lead to extinction that seems to be it. So Ms. Schakowskey is right in a sense. The male hierarchy, in whatever form it actually exists, has been ignoring the problem.
Lastly, she picked a really good week to say something insane. On that note is anybody watching the alphabet soup or congress to make sure they aren’t also doing something insane?