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The Feminist Manifesto: How and why to rescue feminism from the Left
The Prometheus Institute ^ | 8/21/2006 | Raina Clampitt

Posted on 08/21/2006 7:31:24 AM PDT by tang0r

Legislative and social reform ploys, ranging from affirmative action to state sponsored quota mandates for female placement in the public sector, have stripped away any semblance of professional credibility that modern women can gain. Feigning equality for all, these policies have allowed society to swap meritocracy and individual responsibility for socialism, and to women’s financial, professional, social and personal detriment.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: feminism; left; libertarian; manifesto; womensissues

1 posted on 08/21/2006 7:31:25 AM PDT by tang0r
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To: tang0r
Here's the money shot from this article:

How small of an opinion society must have of women, if legislation must be in place to facilitate our professional growth and advancement.

True. And the same goes for racial quotas or racial preferment.

There was a time when certain sectors had to be encouraged to admit women and minorities to their ranks. That time is over; most organizations have learned that the women and minorities are nothing to fear, and we should now move forward without concern for anyone's injured "feelings" or "self-esteem." If you work well, you'll do well, whether in business, the trades, government, academia, the ministry, the military, the professions, or any other field you care to go into. Yes, there are some pockets of resistance, but their prejudices can't be legislated away and it's better to compete with them and defeat them than force them.

Equality for all does not mean that some groups, like my own, get preferment over white people or male people.

2 posted on 08/21/2006 7:50:15 AM PDT by Fairview
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To: Fairview
There are still a few incentives to not hire women as readily as men, and pretty much all of them have to do with the fact that women can get pregnant. Hire a woman and you may only have her until her early thirties, at which point her biological clock will go off and she'll retire to raise her kids. If she ends up pregnant before then, you may end up short one worker for a while and still have to pay her.

Then there's the possibility of "hostile workplace environment" suits. It doesn't really matter if you actually have such a workplace environment; all that needs to happen to hit you for a few hundred thousand dollars is for your employee's lawyer to convince a jury that you do.

Basically, hiring women carries higher costs than hiring men. So if employers are reluctant to hire women, it should come as absolutely no surprise.

3 posted on 08/21/2006 7:58:00 AM PDT by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Gordongekko909
Then there's the possibility of "hostile workplace environment" suits. It doesn't really matter if you actually have such a workplace environment; all that needs to happen to hit you for a few hundred thousand dollars is for your employee's lawyer to convince a jury that you do.

You would be surprised, or maybe you wouldn't be, at what constitutes a "hostile workplace environment" these days. Being the lone conservative female in my peer group when I lived in Boston, I had to once convince a friend (who was by most standards a level-headed, intelligent girl) that sexual harrassment did not extend to having one your co-workers sing the refrain of annoying song over and over again in his cubicle(apparently, the song was slightly risque but not obscene--hence the sexual harrassment angle.) This friend of mine didn't realize that she could just say, "Dude, quit the singing..." and felt the only way to deal with him was to go to HR and complain, and possibly... file suit.

So many young women have come to believe that a "hostile environment" is any one in which they might be the slightest big irritated.

I may be considered a gender traitor, but I'd never work for a female boss again. The best, most fair bosses I've ever had were always men (same with co-workers). I thought eighth grade was bad, but it never prepared me for the level of emotional immaturity, cattiness and downright b*tchiness I encountered with so-called "empowered" career girls. You've never lived until you've heard, "Oh my God... those are her SHOES?" uttered from the mouth of a fund manager (female) earning 7 figs a year.

4 posted on 08/21/2006 8:16:06 AM PDT by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Un-dead..." -- Frasier Crane)
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To: tang0r

I will take the feminists, they can keep their feminazi's.


5 posted on 08/21/2006 8:58:26 AM PDT by vpintheak (Yep.)
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To: RepoGirl
I clerked for a female lawyer, and she was hardcore. I don't think I've ever heard the c-word used so frequently to refer to other women (she would often show me letters written to her by other female lawyers and remark, "Isn't this a c***y thing to say?"), ever.

She was definitely fun to work for. We got along great. In fact, she got along great with all the guys she ran into. Other women, not so much.

6 posted on 08/21/2006 9:47:10 AM PDT by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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