In response to, Andrew Cadman: Women will not always rule the earth, Damaris Tighe wrote:
I’m not sure that ‘feminisation’ is responsible for our narcissistic elites – unless you think that narcissism is an exclusively female trait. But I do notice feminisation in the Twitterati and chattering classes, and the general culture, which influences political policy. Dare I say it, but the one sentence, ‘what about the children?’ is guaranteed to silence any rational discussion. One picture of a drowned child or of children killed in Gaza as a result of defensive war – as if that is all that can be said. Palestinians know that they only have to accuse (often falsely) Israel of killing children and the western commentariat is screaming in horror as if children have never been the unintended victims of war before.
The scales have tipped from a masculine culture which celebrated fighting (think of those young men rushing to fight in WW1) to a feminised culture which cannot tolerate war, with all its terrible consequences, broadcast to our TV screens.
I wonder whether the feminised West is now fully capable of defending itself – not only in a full-on war, but also from the mass immigration of young men from an uber-masculine culture. Germans (women?) gave teddy bears to the refugee families flooding Europe in the summer. Many were discarded along with used nappies. Symbolic, I think.