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5 Uncomfortable Truths About Girls

Modern feminism has returned us to the chains of ancient pagan culture.

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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August 25, 2013 - 1:00 pm
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Sometimes what the media doesn’t want you to notice can hurt you. I grew up with Silent Generation parents who held some fairly strong Victorian values, so I heard plenty about the shameful evils of modern media before I entered college to study communications. There I learned the perspective of many critics and behind-the-scenes media makers: “The masses are asses.” While “shameful” has become a subjective quality in our postmodern era, the fact is that the folks bringing you your media think you’re downright dumb, no matter what.

They’re also motivated to do more than entertain you; today’s artists who garner attention are those that encourage you to “think” …just like them and their promoters. This, in essence, is the dark side of Girls. At 26, Lena Dunham stands the chance of becoming the next Orson Welles — a young individual with talent, ability and the right connections to make waves in the media. That is, if she weren’t so damned educated. And before you jump on the “evil liberal universities” bandwagon, be warned: the uncomfortable truth is that you, too, have been brainwashed.

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I'll let Susan LM Goldberg speak from a woman's perspective about whether feminism has given woman freedom. From this man's perspective feminism has given men freedom. In past generations a man had to work usually as the sole support for his wife and children. He had to work to make sure his wife never had to work a day of her life even after he was gone. He worked so his kids were provided for and educated. He worked to leave an estate in the likely event he predeceased the rest of his family.

Thanks to feminism, much ... or most ... or all this burden is now placed on women. Thank you, modern feminism.
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Who's lena Dunham? And why should I care?
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"Real freedom requires thinking outside the box."

No, real freedom flows from recognizing that there is no box to begin with. If you believe such does exist, it's a condition within your own mind, a self-imposed construct.
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You lost me on the last item. Paganism is circular. Judaism and Christianity are linear. We are heading somewhere. We are going somewhere and God is in the drivers seat. YHWH stands for the expansive present. I Am is fully, extravagantly present in every moment of every part of his creation. Moreover, he is, he was and is to come.
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I sometimes watch Girls for the soft core porn but always fast forward to the good scenes. Most of it is so ridiculous and offensive in trying to normalize behavior that is childish, immature, ridiculous, dangerous, inappropriate, and probably a lot of other adjectives. The show is called "Girls" and not "Women" for a reason. Problem is that I guess todays "girls" are increasingly like this (boys too!). Perhaps they will change when their Obamacare runs out at age 26?
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Isn't this show just Sex and the City 10 years later? Or going back even further Sex and the Single Girl?

As an aside, Pete Seeger wrote the song that the became a hit for the Byrds. The lyrics are indeed taken from Ecclesiates.
31 weeks ago
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The New Testament clearly explains the gender roles established by God. Vary from them at your pleasure and peril.
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"The problem is that, as a culture, we have yet to move on from the humanistic influence of the ancient era”

Europeans twice attempted to move beyond humanism in the 20th century, in both Germany and Russia. If you wish to move beyond humanism, please try it somewhere else.
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I'll let Susan LM Goldberg speak from a woman's perspective about whether feminism has given woman freedom. From this man's perspective feminism has given men freedom. In past generations a man had to work usually as the sole support for his wife and children. He had to work to make sure his wife never had to work a day of her life even after he was gone. He worked so his kids were provided for and educated. He worked to leave an estate in the likely event he predeceased the rest of his family.

Thanks to feminism, much ... or most ... or all this burden is now placed on women. Thank you, modern feminism.
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As usual Susan Goldberg presents me with ideas to think about long after having read one of her articles. This time around, however, I will think about her thoughts right here and now. At the risk of oversimplicification, Goldberg's thesis is that feminists maintain "women are bodies" and thereby reduce women to the pleasure of sex(uality) and to the function of fertility. This identification has led the "liberated" ones to return to a Greco/Roman paganism. In contrast, Goldberg notes that women (and men too) have forgotten that we are an eternal soul in a temporal body. For terminological purposes, I will use "psyche" in place of soul. Indeed, my dictionary defines "psyche" as "the mind, soul and spirit of a person". Let me stipulate "pyche" as that, consitututing a person, to which one ascribes self-evaluation (hence, PSYCHology) as this specific and unique person. If a female defines herself as "a body", she will, indeed, bring her spirit into a morass of problems. What problems? Ones a bit different than the ones mentioned by Goldberg.

Writing from Germany, where women are infected by secular feminism, it would seem that women have simply identified themselves with their body and what they can make out of it in the accruing power in society. Period! Oh, sex is there, plentiy of it, never enough, BUT sex that excludes fertilty. A German woman averages ca. 1.4 children, whereas as 2.1 children per woman is necessary for species reproduction. The nourishing functions derived from sexuality in familial life just get in the way of sex pleasure and making that "woman = body"-unity into a center of power, particularly over men. Being a "sex goddess" does not seem to include much feritlity, though worship there is. As Pope Bendict said, we live "in a culture of (species) death". But there is more here on the old continent and in the country from which Goldberg most likely has her name.

Recently in the "Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung", a certain Friedrich List has published an article "Männer steigen aus", which is a free German translation of Helen Smith's "Men on Strike". However, the focus differes from Smith's fascinating book. List, using American websites, has discovered "Men going their own way" or MGTOWs. List believes to have found the full counter to feminism. Men are not nor should they be nourshing factors in a familial situation, let alone in any relation to a WOman. In other words, "men are bodies" and sex without fertiliy (at least fertility that a man normatively should nourish) is the thing to do. In Goldbegrian terms, "men are gods" of sexual pleasure and only if the rubber ruptures so many men become into feritlity producers. In other words, German men have ca. 1.4 children per man.

This attitude, so the author, is in many ways a function of men becoming tired of being blamed for everything, i.e., masculinity conceived as the oppressive factor in human history relative to which all "liberation" movements are revolting, particularly feminism.

In the 60s of the last century when I was a young Assistant Prof. at an American uni., I first encountered an inchoate feminism. One photo showed the women hugging together, having seperated from men, oozing an image of lesbianism. And that seemed logical to me. For, afterall, if men are the oppressive factor, how can a woman "surrender" herself in sexual love to the oppressor. Correlatively, I see in the MGTOWs a similiar trend towards homosexuality. (And pushing homosexuality is all the rage here.) Sex with a WOman is pushing a MAN into woe, i.e., loss of psychic self-respect. How can a man "going his own way" surrender to that? Well, one way for WOmen and Men to have heterosex would be in a hook-up culture or, at least, to exercise sex in exstacy with no reference to mutual sharing as seen in familial sexuality or just plain love. Men should not nourish women!!! Be your own man (psyche = body) and ignore the rest. Statistically, it seems that 27% of men between 18 and 34 are not married and some 60% between 35 and 60 are not married. Since 1991 the percentage of men living alone has increased 81%. Ah, once again, Benedict's "culture of death".

There is a more ominous factor that this long comment will not discuss. That factor has to do with the de-gender-ization of men and women. If you are born today in Germany your parents can list you as of Nov. as male, female or intersex-- and the last alternative is the future. Sexism will die because there will not longer be a "body" that determines sex idenfitfication.
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Oh, my. This could literally lead anywhere. You could get a reversion to tradition, or you could get, heaven forbid, what happened the last time Germany got this way.

Thank you for that amazing report.
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Western civilization didn't get anywhere until it was informed by a revival of classic traditions in science, philosophy, mythology and the arts. Greek mythology is the foundation of modern psychology. Without classical humanism we'd be stuck in the Dark Ages. If you don't believe it take a walk through the Vatican Museum.
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Yet the Greeks on their own, at least after they colonized the middle east, were as bad as medieval Christians. (See the blood libel in Contra Apion.) Ditto the Romans. (One problem with early/medieval Christianity was that monotheism was grafted onto people who were basically barbarians - I'm including the Romans and Greek colonists here - thus the distortion of Biblical law into torture and horrific deaths.)

Perhaps just as they misunderstood Greek art, thinking the statues were naked and the temples were pristine white marble, so they adapted an idealized version of Greek culture. Just an idea.
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Please do not confuse medieval catholicism with christianity. The former is based on greed and power, and the latter on love of God and neighbor. There is zero correlation.
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There's a reason the media are called "the chattering classes." It's because they make the most noise, so we listen to them.

Women's roles are still evolving, and I find it hard to take seriously these 20-somethings who have not gone through the extreme stress and grind of trying to raise children and work at the same time, and therefore don't have a frame of reference.

Women's roles are going to continue to evolve, and make everyone feel in limbo for quite some time to come. My best advice to girls: Make a PLAN for your life, as soon as you're able. Decide when to have children, how best to care for them if/when you have a career, etc. Try not to dive headlong into womanhood, but have an idea of where you'd like to be eventually.

Keep your minds open! (Probably good advice for all of us)
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Men's roles are going to "evolve" too. They're not going to stay in "limbo." There is a feedback loop between how women conduct themselves and how men will conduct themselves in response. Women certainly have the power to change the "rules of the game" in mid-game, as they've proven repeatedly. Women need to realize that it's not all about themselves. Their actions have consequences on others and should be based on more than just capriciousness.

Sidenote1: I don't like to word "evolve" in this context - the word makes it seem like it's just a natural thing, like the passing of the seasons, when it's absolutely not. The destruction of traditional genders was done intentionally by people - it is not an "evolution" - it's under the full control of the culture.


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Actually, it's under the full control of an agenda. Just read Marx.
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The Tetragrammaton, written in the original ancient north semitic script, is also a pictograph, wherein the 'Y' is a man kneeling, 'H' is altar steps, and 'V' is a figure on the altar with arms raised. I am inclined to interpret it as 'the exalted one' or 'exalted giver of life'. it is both pictographic and phoenetic.
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