It’s sadly funny, the contradictions that people accept. For instance, girl power encourages women to take risks, to better themselves, to not allow themselves to be mistreated or abused, and I salute it. However, where are women oppressed the most (besides Islam — congrats to those paying attention)? Film. Whether it’s porn or network or cable or YouTube, the way that many projects are sold is primarily through titillation, that is, female skin.
So what is society telling its daughters? Be strong! Stick up for yourself! Don’t let men mistreat you! Oh, but it’s ok to strip before millions and show your bits to the world? What is that, then, but whoredom? Take the money and show everyone your body, or copulate on screen for pay. Hollywood wants whores.
Funny, isn’t it, that the empowerment sold to teenage girls disappears when the girls get out of high school? Then “girl power” becomes this vague and murky fog of “personal choice”. If you like to have your sex acts filmed for money, well that’s completely ok. Not like porn or Hollywood oppress people — oh no — we can’t go there. It’s like people have no idea what most set conditions are like or what women do to get a starring role or what people are willing to do for money once the bills and the addictions pile up. Is that taking advantage of the vulnerable? You bet. Is that exploitation? You bet. Is that oppression? You bet.
So where are the proponents of girl power before the towers of Bablyon, at the intersection of Hollywood and Porn? They are silent, just as they are silent before the rapist polygamist cult known as Islam.
Why has lesbianism grown popular? Why did it make the jump from porn to drama and superhero shows? It’s not a hard question to answer once you consider the target demographics. It’s because weak men who do not want to prove themselves want to view situations where there is no competition. They want sexual gratification with no effort involved, and so they can be the sultan of a world without men where women make it with women for their entertainment. Similarly, insecure women are attracted to male homosexual stories and pornography.
This leads to the final ironic twist — that public support of homosexuality is even lower than the activist groups presume, because the people who consume homoerotic material are actually from the opposite sex, not the same sex, and the primary reason they do so is because they are lacking confidence and role models of authentic masculinity and femininity.
Homosexuality and lesbianism have only taken a hold because a lack of strong men and women, and only keep going because they aggressively indoctrinate. To counter that, to stop the lies of “you’re not a real man” or “you’re not a real woman”, flood the cultural landscape with strong, confident, and virtuous men and women in all forms of media. This naturally establishes a ceiling for the recruitment efforts of the sexually confused. When men and women see that they don’t have to be an action superstar or a sex kitten and can still be fully male or female, this establishes a pathway to happier futures where they then become role models of both sexes.
“Filter bubbles” are apparently a thing, and surely something to worry about, according to this site, and others. Strangely, all this concern is from the left, and as usual, it is concern trolling par excellence. To wit, they never cared about any such thing as long as they were dominating the discussion. Now, however, when their dominance is threatened, out come the concern about the public mental space and “filter bubbles”. Few people have noted that the person behind this concern is a former head of Moveon.org, the leftist political organization who wanted people to “move on” from discussing Clinton’s moral failings.
So now I’m supposed to care what a leftist says when his empire is collapsing? Sorry, but no. You didn’t care anything stopping pornography or the war on decency or preventing public displays of Christianity — personal or otherwise. Forgive me if I don’t think that your concern about the public space is sincere or anything but self-justifying. The internet has finally allowed people to find information without having to go through accepted leftist sources and they are angry about it. They see that there is a real chance that control will finally slip free from them; home schooling, indie everything, more choices than before in food, political parties, the death of mainstream denominations, the rise of internet news and talk radio — all of this is a world of wonderful options, but the left sees it as scary, because it means there are so many moving parts that they cannot hope to control them all. To which, I say, good. Having you as our gatekeepers and slaveholders was never the point of America, so long live whatever filter bubbles that exist.
Also, do you think that people don’t understand others’ perspectives just because they don’t choose to read them all the time? Guess again. That’s the big lie, here. I know very well what leftists think, how they think, and what drives them. I have no wish to refamiliarize myself with the droolings of fearful and uninformed children. I already know. Now I am going to surround myself with things I like. Take your fake concern and jump off a cliff.
I detest being classified.
When people look at you and say, “Oh, you’re such-and-such” my natural reaction is to say, “Oh yeah? Watch this,” and then do something completely opposite. It’s not that rules of thumb aren’t useful within their limits, but I feel this horrible suffocating feeling when I am identified, pegged, classified, or otherwise forced into some schema. I feel that my ability to act except within some pre-mapped role is cut off, that because I am an EBZH or whatever, there are things that I cannot do. Because some site says that EBZHs are weak at this or that, then I cannot do this or that. As a result, I no longer visit such sites. I’ve researched all I need to research on Myers-Briggs (among others) and I know myself well enough to not need further conclusions.
However, it seems that humanity never has enough of these schemes. They multiply like locusts. Every year there is a new one. Every year there is a new way to feel fondled by the mental apparatus of strangers, to be saddled with all their expectations, to be sorted, binned, analyzed, and stored. Some people enjoy this; I do not. I feel some intangible part of myself is being exposed and therefore, eliminated, like I am being made into a marionette and the strings are being attached to my back. Now whenever I say or do something, I can feel the eyes upon me and the classification being applied, “Oh, he’s just being a puma”, dismissing and devaluing and diminishing me until I am nothing but an electrostatic charge whirring between NAND and AND gates on some deterministic electrical board, every move known before I make it, by those who are not God, but whom are imitating him for their own selfish and cruel reasons.
I think it is an incontrovertible fact that few not from the South understand the South. Sure, they can put on airs and use high-falutin’ language to psychoanalyze things, but the answers for them are always the same: racism, exploitation, white men bad. They never look beneath the surface to understand complexity, because they have not the mind for it. They need simple explanations to avoid looking too much in the mirror. If the South wasn’t bad, then they could not be good. They could not take stock in the virtue heaped up by their ancestors and might have to deal with the difficult process of coming to grips with the truth for themselves. No, child-like dichotomies is what they need.
I say all this because there is no end to people who talk about the South, and Oxford American is just another in a long line of weary elitist lit-crit who pound out the same answers over and over again. Of course, in 2017, we need to talk about the slave trade. Of course. Let’s borrow our hate and pat ourselves on the back because we aren’t slave-traders or own slaves. Yet, the boring and trite world view that this magazine seems to want to impress upon us all neglects the fact of their own blindness. They spend so much time flogging imaginary or long dead people for their sins, that they never see their own. Nor do they have any idea about modern slavery, who funds it, and who practices it.
I am wearied by the ignorance. Speak what you know about and stop trying to convince us all of your moral, Puritanical, superiority. It didn’t work in the past two-hundred years it has been tried and it does not work now. If you don’t know, then admit that you don’t know. Get in touch with your own ignorance and stop filling the world with your self-congratulatory pabulum.
You can have either compromise or victory, but you cannot have both. This is a lesson I’m convinced more and more people are learning, and because all they have ever done is compromise, they find themselves washed out to sea. Just a little further from shore, just a little each and every day, and eventually, you will lose sight of land. For one person, this is a shame; for an entire state, it is a tragedy; for a country, it is ruin.
The small corners you cut with yourself leads to doctor visits and strange diets.
The small corners you cut with your children leads them to being found with crack pipes and needles.
The small corners you cut with your wife leads to counselling.
And people wreck their lives because they cannot understand that tomorrow will come. The consequences are inevitable. Some are so vain that they think that the universe will work differently just for them. The hypocritical will live like garbage and then expect Jesus to get them out of it. Here’s a hint: He will not have His grace treated cheaply.
And when you have a large group of people who do not understand that actions have consequences, and who do not understand that their choices affect others, that is how we got here, folks. That is how the land of the free and the home of the brave is one of the most expensive places to do business in the free world. That is why so many government representatives lie on the campaign trail and vote opposite to their words and are still reelected. That is why there is no difference between entertainment and the exploits of barbarians.
Ruin is here, because people have compromised their entire lives and now we live in a trash dump. Digging our way out will be a lot harder than living disciplined and free. That is because it is always harder to overcome years of sin than it is to never have sinned. The real problem however, is that some — many — have mistaken a garbage dump for paradise.