Saturday, 1 June 2013

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Twitter is currently ablaze about an outrageous article by Louise Mensch, in which she complains about "intersectional bollocks" derailing feminism. I have a few observations.

1. "Mensch" is literally Yiddish for "man". Metaphorically, it means "decent human being", as in, "He helped the family out enormously when Granny was ill. He's a real mensch." Let's all savour the irony there.

Intersectionality affects various aspects of being human... )
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Louise Mensch turns out to be quite the interesting read. In her recent Guardian article trashing intersectionality, she thoughtfully provided a link to her series on What Men Want. As expected, I found many of her viewpoints highly problematic. Much of it was about how women should mould themselves to men's desires. Now, I've seen this approach before. It's just enough out of favour these days to give the impression of being new. When the "Surrendered Wife" movement sprang up around a decade ago, I coined the term Nouveau Doormat to describe it. Suffice it to say that I've never had a high opinion of this way of doing things. I think it's harmful to women and insulting to men.

Then I read her article What Men Want: Relationships. TW for discussion of rape )

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