Friday, May 11, 2018

Plantations

     The “plantation” metaphor is used rather frequently in discussions of the political attitudes of American Negroes. It’s a good one; it expresses the sense of captivity to a mindset that nicely parallels the condition of physical enslavement suffered by most Southern Negroes before the Civil War. And of course, using it is guaranteed to provoke mindless, spittle-flecked rage from any Leftist within hailing distance, which is always a plus.

     Mental chattelization is arguably worse than physical chattelization. The latter is imposed by an external power, and can therefore be resisted. The former, being self-imposed, tends to persist much longer, as most of us have a hard time arguing with our own attitudes.

     What I have in mind for today isn’t related to a physical enslavement that’s left enduring effects on the minds of the enslaved. Rather, today’s topic is the Left’s attempt to impose mental enslavement on women:

     WHEN young Sydney mother Maddie asked her closed Facebook group of 26,186 mothers for some tasty alternatives to sandwiches for her husband’s lunches, she wasn’t expecting the backlash.
     “I would love to hear what other mums make their hubbies for lunch and snacks throughout the work day,” she posted on Tuesday. “We are getting over sandwiches.”
     You would think she’d asked for a hemlock recipe, judging by the torrent of scolding which erupted.
     She was nothing but a “slave” and a “1950s housewife”.
     She was “weird” and no one in their right mind or a “pink fit” would do something so demeaning as make their husband lunch. Let alone snacks.

     Please read the whole article. Granted, Australian feminazis are unusually virulent compared to others in the First World. What matters is the open attempt to herd women into a particular mindset and the concomitant pattern of behavior. The aforementioned Maddie, a wife and mother who routinely and cheerfully sees to her husband’s daytime nutrition, must have been profoundly disturbed by the feminazis’ assault. The towering irony of suggesting that Maddie had positioned herself as her husband’s slave while attempting to impose an equally pernicious mental slavery upon her and others must not be overlooked.

     The attack on Maddie’s innocent question was apparently orchestrated by a feminazi crowd-flogger named Polly Dunning:

     Leader of the attack pack was Polly Dunning, daughter of professional feminist Jane Caro, and mother of a toddler about whom she infamously wrote last year, recounting her horror at finding out she was pregnant with a boy: “I felt sick at the thought of something male growing inside me.”

     Dunning told Maddie: “You should pack him nothing for lunch. And you didn’t really ask for advice, you asked what other ‘mums’ pack their ‘hubbies’ (which, to me, is slightly weird phrasing, but whatever).”

     While it’s moderately remarkable that Dunning found a “male” willing to impregnate her, what’s entirely unremarkable is the “progressive” politicization of marital relations. It’s entirely consistent with the mantra that “the personal is political,” and it’s been going on for decades. The seminal figures, Catharine MacKinnon, Andrea Dworkin, Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, and Germaine Greer, were all Leftists.

     But enslavement to a “progressive” mental plantation is no more to be borne than confinement to a physical one.


     We in the Right have a tool ready to hand that up to now we’ve used only sparingly: the use of comparisons to enslavement, employing the plantation metaphor for the mental confinements the Left strains to impose on its targets. The parallel is striking.

     If caught, a slave who attempted to escape his “owner” would be punished physically: sometimes with a whip, and sometimes with the amputation of a limb. A woman who dares to express her willingness to accept the traditional wife / mother / homemaker role is punished by the feminazis’ infliction of mental cruelties. In the case narrated above, wife / mother / homemaker Maddie’s decision to support her husband’s breadwinning by packing a lunch for him to bring to work evoked exactly that response from the harpies of the Left.

     Women, of course, are only one of several demographics under the Left’s crosshairs. Any identifiable group, the more cohesive the better, will receive comparable treatment: Do as we say, speak as we speak, think as we think, or we’ll heap opprobrium on you, encourage others to do the same, and inhibit your friends against speaking in your defense.

     It works far more often than an independent-minded individual would suspect, which is why we in the Right must counterattack aggressively. The enslavement / plantation metaphor – “You’re trying to herd all the [insert group designation here] onto your own mental plantation!” – is a perfect tool for the job.

1 comment:

Pascal Fervor said...

Inflicting mental cruelties sounds like hurting someone's feelings not merely incidentally as is the common charge in PC kangaroo courts, but deliberate attacks on the feelings of the victim.

Seems like charges of harassment would be picked up by a prosecutor in any municipality that was NOT left-leaning.

I await to hear of one such location.