Feminism a new cancer

2017-08-08 06:00

Tasneem van Rooyen wrote a typical article based on the mythical concept of patriarchy by which it supposedly oppressed women (“What is a woman’s priority?”, People’s Post, 1 August).

The ideology of patriarchal theory assumes that all men benefit at the expense of women.

It is not possible to analyse the wrongs within society by using a narrow lens which only considers the negative effects impacting women while ignoring the experiences through the eyes of others.

If patriarchal oppression were reality, then feminism would not exist – particularly the so-called progressive totalitarian variety that tries to implement apartheid-style segregation and safe spaces. Counter arguments are viewed as aggression and even normal conversation is deemed to contain “micro-aggression”. Speech is an act of violence that justifies retaliatory physical violence.

So let us assume that every man has toxic masculinity, power and privilege in South Africa. Under real patriarchal oppression, 99% of male deaths due to dangerous jobs can be prevented by sending women to complete such work such as mining, high-rise building construction and servicing electrical pylons. Patriarchal oppression would reverse the bias in family courts, provide greater medical expenditure to cure male diseases, provide ample shelters for male victims of domestic violence, reverse the high ratio of male suicides in society, ensure the implementation of only male gender studies and provide more lenient jail sentences for men as opposed to women.

Modern feminism has metastasised into a social cancer.

W Chapman Parow

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