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August 25, 2013:
7. Five Uncomfortable Truths About Girls: How Modern Feminism Returned Us to the Chains of Ancient Paganism
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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1. We may speak English, but we think in Ancient Greek.
Like most of my fellow classmates, I paid enough attention to the Greco-Roman pantheon to pass the test and move on with my life. The problem is that, as a culture, we have yet to move on from the humanistic influence of the ancient era. We are so incredibly oblivious to the fact that we continue to embrace Greco-Roman perceptions of the body, mind, and spirit to such an extent that these perspectives fuel culture wars. Feminism has always been a paradox to me and now I know why: Real freedom requires thinking outside the box. If you're so ingrained in a way of thinking that you're blind to it, you've effectively become a prisoner of your own mind. This leads me to point #2.
2. Your body is the only best and worst thing about yourself.
Women are things. No, really; in the feminist mindset women are bodies, physical channels of sexual pleasure and fertility, nothing more. As long as feminism embraces the Greek mindset regarding women, our bodies will be the only definition of ourselves. Speaking of which, case in point: For my 13th birthday I received a copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves and a subscription to Seventeen magazine from an avowed feminist.
That's the mixed message of feminism: You are your body and here's how to have fun while being judged for the way you look for the rest of your life. Feminism doesn't say you are an eternal soul inside a temporal body; feminism demands that what you see is what you get and, like a petulant tween, tells anyone that if they don't like it, they can just go screw. Speaking of which...
3. Random fornication is more important than critical thinking.
There's nothing brave about it. It's just gross and grossly impersonal. Brave is Joanne Woodward at the age of 27, with no previous lead credits to her name, taking on the role of a woman with Dissociative Identity Disorder. A 26 year old getting fake-screwed on a hipster cable network, on the other hand -- wow, look how far feminism hasn't gotten us in 56 years.
Then again, if anyone's looking to do a Game of Thrones-esque show about the goings on among Aphrodite's temple prostitutes, I can think of a promising young writer with experience in writing coitus for the small screen.