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I demand to be oppressed!

So. We have this big hit superhero movie. Directed by a woman. Staring not only a woman but a minority woman. And everybody loves it. Audiences flock to it. It had the biggest-ever opening weekend for a movie by a female director. Critics lavish praise upon it like relish on a summertime hot dog. And DC Comics breathes a huge sigh of relief that their otherwise dismal movie franchises are suddenly revived. By Wonder Woman

You’d think the Speakers of the Feminist World would be over-the-moon delighted. That is, you would think so if you did not already understand that over-the-moon delight is not something a current-gen feminist feels, except perhaps when grinding the brains of some poor, working-class guy into the dirt from her superior perch at Harvard or Yale.

Some are indignant because Wonder Woman, who in the film arrives on the real-world scene during WWI, doesn’t immediately begin pumping for contraceptives and universal suffrage. Others are actually body shaming gorgeous star Gal Gadot for being too good looking and … um, not fat enough or something. (Which has apparently been going on a long time. As has criticism of Wonder Woman’s lack of hairy armpits.)

My first temptation of course is to say, “Get a freakin’ LIFE, you eejits!” Get some popcorn, enjoy yourselves, and don’t take it so seriously.

But on consideration (and after reading the Very Heavy review by Jill Lepore, Harvard professor, New Yorker writer, and — whodathunkit? — Wonder Woman scholar), I’ve changed my mind.

Not about the movie, which I haven’t yet seen. But about feminism.


Lepore (who enjoyed the film, albeit grudgingly and drudgingly), is pissed off that it took so long for Wonder Woman to get her own movie. She also feels guilty for enjoying a kick-ass movie when her fellow wompersons are suffering so dolefully:

A lot of viewers will come to this film, as I did, after the most ordinary of days, punch-card-punching, office-meeting, kid-raising, news-watching days, days of seeing women being silenced, ignored, dismissed, threatened, undermined, underpaid, and underestimated, and, somehow, taking it.

Women being silenced?

In the day of Twitter, Facebook, and female Harvard profs writing in the New Yorker about a woman superhero in a movie directed by a woman … women are being silenced? Appears to me women have never been louder.

I grant you that women in Saudi Arabia or Iran are being silenced — and worse — by mad male hierarchies. But I don’t think that’s who Lepore means. U.S. feminists have shown amazingly little concern for real oppressions outside their elevated enclaves.

And “ignored, dismissed, threatened, undermined, underpaid, and underestimated”? Sounds to me more like the plight of the poor, desperate unemployed loggers and fishermen who live in my neighborhood. The non-women.

Again, my first temptation is to say that these uber-privileged chicks who whine about how oppressed they are should get their butts out into the real world and see how the rest of us live, men and women alike. Or they should (particularly Lepore who, after all is a professor of history) take a look at how things were just a generation ago, when newspapers listed only low-level drudgery under the classification “Help wanted — women,” and when my mother wasn’t even “allowed” to fill out an insurance application because the form was aimed at men, who would then add subsidiary information about the little woman. Or look back not that much farther to the time women couldn’t own property in their own names. Today most college students are women and we’ve taken over entire professions once dominated by men, nice, clean-hands professions like advertising and PR.

We’ve come a long way, Baby.

But no. I’m not giving in to that temptation to point out the obvious to women who can’t see reality for all the college ivy hanging in their faces.

Now, it’s true that some of us women, along with our brothers in genteel (or not so genteel) poverty, are indeed Just Getting By. That’s life in a world increasingly divided between the privileged and the peasants. That was always life, in one way or another.

But I read all that whining and I observe where it’s invariably coming from: from “oppressed” women who have it way, way better than my neighbors and I do. From “silenced” women who have way more prestigious speaking platforms than I’ll ever have. From “undermined” and “underestimated” women who look down their patrician noses on me and the people I live among.

And here I am, grubbing along reasonably contentedly, but hardly spectacularly. I am supported, I must note, largely by members of the Evil Privileged Male Power Structure, and I suspect mostly by members of the Even More Eeeeevil Privileged WHITE Male Power Structure. And instead of being angry about that I’ve been so blinded I’ve actually been … grateful.

But I have decided — NO MORE! Considering myself non-oppressed has clearly gotten me nowhere. If joining the capital-O Oppressed class is the path to prestigious appointments and lucrative assignments from top-flight publications, then damnit, I DEMAND TO BE OPPRESSED. Hard and fast. Right bloody NOW! Start sending me that Harvard salary and those recruitment letters from corporations terrified that they’re not advancing women fast enough to suit the next-gen feminists of the world. Yeah, send me those New Yorker assignments, you evil, women-stomping system.



  1. Bear
    Bear June 12, 2017 8:00 am

    “…after the most ordinary of days, punch-card-punching…”

    Who the hell still does keypunch? Even I haven’t done that since the ’80s.

  2. MacGregor K Phillips
    MacGregor K Phillips June 12, 2017 8:16 am

    For those that have not seen the movie yet I have only one thing to say. Go see it as soon as you can. I loved the movie and the way Gal Gadot portrayed Wonder Woman.

  3. Comrade X
    Comrade X June 12, 2017 8:45 am

    Gadot spent two years in the IDF so methinks she really does know something about kicking ass!

  4. larryarnold
    larryarnold June 12, 2017 9:06 am

    When I got back from Vietnam in the 1970s my wife had two classes left for her degree. The college told her she could do them in a summer session, but she would have to live on campus in a dorm. (We were stationed too far away for her to commute.)

    They also told her that, in order for her to leave campus overnight, I, as her husband, would have to sign a permission slip.

    The school was not considered to be one of the strict ones.

    We had our revenge, though. She was living in a college dorm while she was seven months pregnant. That caused all kinds of hoohaa.

    Bear, at the shop where I get my oil changed they punch your card. After five punches, you get a free oil change.
    Back in the day I went from being an Army Infantry captain to taking freshman sociology classes. College professors, particularly in “social” subjects, are — interesting.

  5. Claire
    Claire June 12, 2017 9:10 am

    “They also told her that, in order for her to leave campus overnight, I, as her husband, would have to sign a permission slip.”

    Did you sign it, you Evil Male Oppressor, you?

    Wow, that’s a new one on me. I do recall that, around that time, wives were still put on their husband’s passports (though maybe by then it was optional; not sure). They were apparently not quite human-adult enough to have their own.

  6. david
    david June 12, 2017 10:10 am

    Ermagherd! Must EVERYTHING be turned into a political talking point? Why in hell can’t the social justice vermin just do their thing one on one and not try to ruin EVERYTHING for the rest of us. I’m really sorry that they are so unhappy in their lives, but if they could drag their asses out of their safe spaces, and maybe shut down the ‘device’ (is your phone a ‘device’ because you can’t remember what to call it?) once in a while, they might find out that some of us troglodytes are really pretty cool folk.

    But I honestly don’t want to go to he drive-in hot-dog place, buy three scoops of black raspberry / chocolate fudge ice cream in a wafer cone, and then be told it’s oppressive to someone or that I’m culturally appropriating some LBGTWTFE food item.

  7. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty June 12, 2017 10:27 am

    My sons used to watch “Wonder Woman” on TV long ago. I always thought it was silly. Does this new woman carry a gun? Or is she still counting on magic bracelets? Oh, and the silly magic mini-rope?

  8. Jim B.
    Jim B. June 12, 2017 11:58 am

    An interesting story about all this would be the making of the doc movie “Red Pill” by Cassie Jaye. While the movie itself sounds interesting, it’s actually the story behind the making of the movie that’s actually the more interesting. Look it up.

  9. SKSK
    SKSK June 12, 2017 1:22 pm

    Re: this “battle of the sexes” thing…can’t we all just be people together? Been wondering about that for years!

  10. Claire
    Claire June 12, 2017 2:49 pm

    I hear ya, SKSK. I find it particularly ridiculous that we’ve gone from a culture where men looked down on women to one in which so many women now look down on men — all without ever having touched a sane and pleasant point of balance.

    It seems so obvious that we’re all humans who both need each other and deserve our individual chances to be what we’re meant to be. Trying to outmaneuver each other for social, economic, or political dominance based on sex seems stupid.

    And this whole business of feminists picking Wonder Woman apart? Sheesh. Aside from being a foolish waste of time, it is (dare I say it?) just a modern variation on the stereotypical female-on-female cattiness of the unlamented past.

  11. jc2k
    jc2k June 12, 2017 3:28 pm

    The success of WW is proof that the Ghostbusters reboot was a terrible movie (they’re still saying it failed because misogyny).

  12. Claire
    Claire June 12, 2017 3:47 pm

    Good point, jc2k. The Ghostbusters reboot was terrible. Absolutely. Aside from the “why the heck would they need to remake ‘Ghostbusters’?” aspect, I thought at the beginning that the all-female ghostbusting crew just might work. Some of those women are talented actresses & there was some good chemistry going on. Then … blooey. What a mess!

  13. david
    david June 12, 2017 4:38 pm

    I loved that movie! Guess that makes me a pig, huh? Oink!

  14. Claire
    Claire June 12, 2017 5:51 pm

    Well, according to, the remake of “Big Trouble in Little China” remains in development hell. So we’ve still got the John Carpenter original — which I’ll see as soon as Netflix gets over “very long wait” status.

    If you like Dwayne Johnson (and I do), he and Kevin Hart were hilarious together in “Central Intelligence.” They should be the new Laurel and Hardy or at least the new Abbott and Costello. It’s a moron movie and not to everybody’s taste, but damn was The Rock the funniest straight man ever.

  15. Desertrat
    Desertrat June 12, 2017 6:47 pm

    I guess I missed out in this “looking down on women” thing. Among other achievements, Mommy was a Fulbright Prof and then worked with President Magsaysay in his land reform program. Any residual “might have been” certainly went away when Denise McCluggage kicked Don Yenko’s butt at the Sebring 12-hour race over fifty years ago.

    Women are neat people. Womyn? Meh…

  16. Jim B.
    Jim B. June 12, 2017 6:48 pm

    Actually, Cassie Jaye, the producer of the “Red Pill” started out a Feminist. She went into making the documentary intending to “pick apart” the so called “men’s movement” or as they call it the “MGTOW movement”. She actually admitted, in an interview, that she didn’t really start listening to the men, at first, until she went to edit the movie. When she first interviewed the men, she was “listening” for certain firebrand words that she can latch onto in order to attack argue the men. She originally wanted to pick apart the men’s movement.

    She ended up saying that she’s no longer a Feminist. While she didn’t say so in so many words, I suspect if she had heard of it, she could’ve say she was for the rights of the individual. Like I and many of you are.

  17. larryarnold
    larryarnold June 12, 2017 10:06 pm

    I find it particularly ridiculous that we’ve gone from a culture where men looked down on women…
    Reference old-time “male privilege:”
    Among passengers on the Titanic, men outnumbered women in first, second, and third class. Among survivors, women outnumbered men in first, second, and third class. A total of 145 out of 805 male passengers, 18%, survived; and 296 out of 442 female passengers, 67%, survived.

    Darn right I signed my wife’s get-off-campus form.
    p.s., We just celebrated our 48th anniversary.

  18. E. Garrett Perry
    E. Garrett Perry June 13, 2017 3:05 am

    Regarding Wonder Woman and Ms. Gadot:

    I like seeing the pecksniffs get their noses twisted as much as anybody. But the objection to Gadot as a Zionist and literal soldier of Zionism has merit. Zionism is nothing more than bloody-minded ethno-religious hypernationalism dressed up in the flowery language of Theodore Hertzl’s time and place, which has somehow become fashionable in certain libertarian circles based apparently upon the facts that:
    A: The people whom they are expropriating and murdering happen to be Muslim, and;
    B: The IDF makes good pinup calanders.
    Behaviors which no libertarian would accept in the furtherance of any other ideology, patterns of thought which we rightly denounce as bloodthirsty collectivist horseshit when literally anybody else does it, are written off and shrugged away. I find it extremely disturbing. Zionism- the political doctrine that the Jewish people have the right to forcibly repossess and reoccupy the Holy Land, in direct contravention of nearly two thousand years of Rabbinic tradition and jurisprudence, is nothing but National Socialism turned on its head. You cannot attach blame to the innocent people who happened to be borne Israeli any more than to a white American borne on Amerindian land. Gal Gadot, on the other hand, made no attempt to evade, resist, or Svejk her IDF service. She willingly served in the armed forces of a nation whose entire existance, and the propaganda justifying it, comes down to Lebensraum (the Settler movement, which has significantly infiltrated the IDF, is extremely blunt about this). She advocates for the ideaology which justifies this behavior. Enjoy the movie- I’ll be catching Robin Wright’s performance- for the piece of art that it appears to be. But I think it’s high time that the libertarian community faces up to its egregious double-standard as regards Israel and Zionism. We wouldn’t call it “social justice pecksniffery” if people objected to a movie starring an SS drill instructor, who used his role to advocate for National Socialism and the further expansion of the Greater Reich.

  19. Claire
    Claire June 13, 2017 3:16 am

    Re: Titanic. True, larryarnold. But while not denigrating the heroic sacrifices of those men, I have to point out that “women and children first” is a tradition that has more to do with preservation of the species than genuine respect for women.

    Those same men who died allowing women to get into the lifeboats also believed things like women shouldn’t be educated because education focused energy on their brains when it was needed for their reproductive organs. Or that women were physically inferior to men (simply because our physical strengths are different). Or that women were less intelligent than men, less rational, and more prone to mental illness. Many, if not most of them believed women shouldn’t v*te, own property, or have careers.

    They might have had the dubious “privilege” of sacrificing themselves, and 100+ years later that’s still incredibly moving. But in more common circumstances, they still held nearly all economic power and were elevated over women in most every way.

    So yes, even though those brave and noble men practiced chivalry unto death, they still looked down on women. And I can attest (from having lived it and watched my mother live it) that men even of recent generations held women in contempt in various unjust ways ways. It was bigotry, pure and simple, not much different than the bigotry feminist women now express toward men.

    Congratulations to you and your wife on you anniversary. And kudos to people like you and Desertrat and his awesome mother whose families busted the prevailing norms.

  20. larryarnold
    larryarnold June 13, 2017 8:46 am

    I should have been clearer.
    I wasn’t disputing the fact that women were for a long time and in most cultures relegated to second class status, and that lots of that still exists today. But every story has two sides.
    I should have used my [devil’s advocate] tags.

  21. Comrade X
    Comrade X June 13, 2017 9:47 am

    I know Hamas, Hezbollah and the Palestinian National Authority are forever the advocates of peace and tranquility whereas all that is needed is for the IDF to lay down their arms and peaceful coexistence will therefore be throughout the middle east between Jews, Moslems, and Christians.

    I wasn’t going to Wonder Women (I rarely go to the big screen), I was just going to wait for it to come out on DVD but if Ms.Gadot and her honorable relationship with the IDF can bring out such hatred and venom from those obviously drowning in bigotry, this movie will now get my monetary support.

  22. Pat
    Pat June 13, 2017 10:58 am

    Somewhere between the two, there should be a meeting place!

    I’m not a fan of Zionism; that doesn’t mean I hate Jews. (I can be pro-choice and pro-life at the same time also.) I believe the Palestinians were displaced wrongly; that doesn’t mean I “approve” (as if they all care what we think) of terroristic Hamas. Both countries have done wrongful things to each other, in fact the Arab countries and their religions have been fighting between and among themselves for many years – much, much longer than we have existed.

    But none of it has to do with the quality of art that may or may not emanate from a movie screen. And if libertarians only indulged in libertarian art and the artists who bring us these things – movies, books, music, dance, painting, architecture, photography, etc. – we would have very little to entertain us, and little beauty to enjoy. We should take pleasure where we find it, and stop politicizing every issue.

  23. Comrade X
    Comrade X June 13, 2017 11:24 am

    “We should take pleasure where we find it, and stop politicizing every issue.”


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