Why can’t a woman by more like a man? So opined Henry Higgins,
Why do they do ev’rything their mothers do? Why don’t they grow up- well, like their father instead? Why can’t a woman take after a man?
Why indeed? This is pretty much the question every progressive feminist seems to ask.
Front and centre is Jessica Valenti. She has joined the hysterical reaction to the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case and asks “While Monday’s US supreme court ruling in favour of Hobby Lobby was officially about religious freedom, the real issue at stake is sex – namely, if women should be able to have it as freely as men.”
Not really. It was ‘officially’ about religious freedom because it was about religious freedom – pretty much every constitutional lawyer in the country knows this, but I am not going to rely on Ms Valenti for a sophisticated interpretation of the Bill of Rights.
However her second question really illustrates how many on the Left are from the Henry Higgins school of feminism. Why can’t women be able to have sex “as free as men”? Ah, yes because having sex as freely as men (the frat boys, the jocks and the cads out there) should be the highest ideal women should aspire to.
Why can’t women be more like men? It is just so annoying that they have those irritating ovaries that produce an egg once a month just waiting, waiting to be fertilised by some poor, unsuspecting man and create new life.
How unbelievably inconsiderate of women to have uteruses that will then go head and nurture, protect and grow that newly created human life! It is true, why can’t a woman be more like a man?!
Someone should invent something quickly that suppresses women’s annoying fertility – for then they will be able to have ‘sex as freely as men’. Then some men can use this as an opportunity to get on with the worthy business of objectifying women.
But it does not stop there – after growing and nurturing a human foetus women then have the temerity and physical strength to bring forth that human life from the safety of her uterus, into the world. Again, someone must do something to deal with all these ‘foetuses’ that are stopping women from having sex like a man.
Further, outrageously many women will continue to nurture her newborn baby for a full six months with just the power of her lactating breasts. That is quite the trick – from egg to thriving human baby in just 15 months. I’d like to see a man try this.
But instead of celebrating this ability, feminists seek to denigrate it. Incessantly. A never-ending war on women. I am not saying producing human life should be a woman’s only destiny, but it certainly remains a big fact of life for most women at some point and this power should be celebrated and not mocked by the very group of people to seek to promote women’s rights.
There is also the question of whether men have always been free to have lots of meaningless causal sex. In fact, this has only occurred relatively recently.
It is true the penalties for women having illegitimate children were devastating and much greater than those imposed on men. But there were shotgun wedding with actual shotguns behind the groom’s back. I am not saying we should return to these days, but it is misleading to say men had a free ticket when it came to sex. They did not.
It is only now, due to the sexual revolution that both sexes can be free to have as much sex as they darn well want. And what a glorious revolution it has been. However, it seems the sexual revolution and contraceptive freedom is something of a bait and switch. It promised a lot but it turns out that many, many women are turning their backs on contraception due to side effects and taking the risk instead.
Now, we have something of an arms race between the sexes to see who can have the most meaningless, connectionless and often drunken sex involving quasi-consent. This, no doubt is what leads to the Oxford President Ben Sullivan being wrongly accused of rape. And this was at Oxford – where the best of the best attend. If these students cannot navigate the new sexual terrain safely who else can?