Misogyny is a brutal sensibility and it creates a brutal society

I posted these words on April 4, 2017, on AJC columnist Jay Bookman’s blog in response to his article given in the following link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/04/04/opinion-at-fox-news-a-culture-deep-in-misogyny-and-intimidation/

“As a poster posted earlier, this sexual misogyny is more far-reaching than simply that on FOX News and within the character of Bill O’Reilly.

Moreover, it’s existence affects the world vision of America’s culture to be one of respecting dominance, the bully tactic, and ‘winning’ more than more reasonable approaches to communication.

Until the voices of forthright women can be valued as much as those of forthright men, sexism and valuing dominance instead of egalitarianism will prevail in our nation and in our world.”

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Previously, I had posted the following on this same thread of Jay Bookman’s blog:

“Too many men have been conditioned to believe that the only way they can have sexual activity is to dominate, just as they try to be bullies in society at large. This is a mindset of Trump, Ailes, O’Reilly, and no doubt Putin. This is not the kind of man I respect nor desire, nor is it the kind of world I want.

There are misogynists on this very blog, imo, who could learn something from reading this link from my blog regarding sexual activity that is based on equality, respect, and even love.”

https://maryelizabethsings.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/puritanism-sexuality-and-the-work-ethic/

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4 Responses to Misogyny is a brutal sensibility and it creates a brutal society

  1. dbm1fromjaybookmansblog says:

    I read the link about puritanism, sexuality, and the work ethic and posted two replies. I hope it is all right if I repost them here, since this is a more current thread.

  2. dbm1fromjaybookmansblog says:

    There is much of value in this article, but there is one point that must be corrected. Ayn Rand’s philosophy, and capitalism at its best, are not about winning and losing, nor about accumulating wealth, nor about suppressing pleasure. They are about the spirit of the trader whose approach to others is to exchange value for value, neither seeking nor giving sacrifices. (This applies to both personal and economic relationships, but in different ways.) They are about economic productiveness. They recognize the value and importance of pleasure.

    (This does not describe the full scope of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, which is fundamentally about reason.)

  3. dbm1fromjaybookmansblog says:

    Most people still do not understand what capitalism is and what it requires. This makes it easy for capitalism to be contaminated and distorted in various ways. Mary Elizabeth has identified one of these ways. Mixed-economy statism and the resulting pressure-group warfare is another important way. Under true capitalism, those who wish to succeed must do so by being economically productive and exchanging value for value. Under mixed-economy statism and the resulting pressure-group warfare, people can acquire wealth by the direct or indirect use of government force, and there is “winning” and losing.

    Seeking power over nature is all right as long as one fully understands how “nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed”. Seeking power over fellow humans is very wrong and very destructive.

  4. Thank you for your comments on my blog, dbm1. They are always thoughtful, even if I do not always agree with some of your points-of-view.

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