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178. Problems With Feminism

I talked with the ladies from Freed From Feminism a few months back and wanted to revisit a few great parts of our conversation. In this conversation, we discussed a wide range of problems with feminism. So, I thought it would be good to revisit our chat and elaborate on some of those ideas. After you listen to this episode, if you’re interested in what they have to say you can check out the full interview here.

“Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature.”

Phyllis Schlafly

Some of the Problems with Feminism

The thrust of the argument for Theresa and Beth is that feminism is based on an idea that cannot stand. Women and men are inherently unequal. While that doesn’t mean women are more or less than men, it does mean there is difference between the sexes. However, feminism seeks to erase those differences, which inevitably leads to many problems and complications. Below, we’ll take a look at a couple of the problems with feminism that arise from this mistaken idea that men and women ought to be equal in all respects.

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Feminism Doesn’t Actually Liberate Women

I think it is crucial to understand the spell that feminism has cast on our society. After that, we can begin to look at the particulars more closely. But, until we look at how feminism goes wrong in its assumptions, we cant dive into instances where this error plays out.

Where are the Fatherly Role Models?

Despite the need for good depictions of dads, we seem to get terrible images of fatherhood from our media. For example, Everybody Loves Raymond and Modern Family seem to do everything they can to portray the dads as blundering idiots. Rather than offering an accurate, yet comedic, look at a father, they feature caricatures of fatherhood.

Mothering is Full-Time Work

As someone who has worked full-time while in school, I can say I know what it means to be busy. But, I don’t know if that compares to the moms I know in my family. For those that work on top of being moms, I can say I don’t know how they do it. While I disagree with Beth and Theresa that all moms should be stay-at-home moms, I recognize it’s the best situation. I do think it could be good in some cases for women to have a job (not a career) and children or find some balance. Especially today when feminism is so ingrained, I think it’s good to take steps in the right direction. Ideally, however, moms would be full-time moms instead of balancing their family and career.

211. Elitism and Prideful Disdain | A Nasty Story by Fyordor Dostoevsky Conversation of Our Generation

In Dostoevsky's Nasty Story, we follow the dreadful evening of a prideful bureaucrat. The story follows Ivan Ilyich Pralinsky, as he decides to crash his subordinate's wedding reception. His reason for doing so, whether he admits it or not, is his pride. And, that's what I want to discuss today: how elitism leads people to pride and a disdain for "common people." What is Elitism? Basically, elitism is the idea that a group of wealthy, powerful people deserve their wealth and power. Even if the elites are born into it, they still feel deserving. And, if they're deserving, then the common people they look down on did something to be undeserving. So, it turns out to create a sort of social, political, and financial caste system. The problem is, the self-proclaimed elites aren't always deserving of the praise they seek. So, it can go wrong for them. Humbling the Elites In the past, I've reviewed Dostoevsky's work, and discussed the neuroticism of his characters. Ivan Ilyich Pralinsky is no exception. Throughout this story, he has this inner dialogue where he'll be held up as a hero of the people. But, the story doesn't go the way he planned it. In the end, he is humbled terribly and it shows that the higher one holds himself up, the further he can fall. Pralinsky's elitist attitude blinded him from reality just as our elites are today. If you want to read it, you can find it for free here. For more book reviews and discussions like these, check out my library. For more on this, click here for the full episode and show notes to Elitism and Prideful Disdain. Subscribe to my podcast, wherever you listen, here>> — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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  2. 210. Political Action and the Call to "Do Something"
  3. 209. Breaking the Rules of Philosophy
  4. 208. Failures of Modernity and Rationality
  5. 207. Was Lincoln a Good President?

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