Monday, July 28, 2008


I think I'm going to leave it to Kathy G. and/or Susan to take down Megan's post on gender and privilege. I'm not sure if I'm fond of the blogger Megan is at least partially missing the point of in quoting, so I'm going to not walk into that particular minefield.
I would like to say I like the word kyriarchy, as opposed to patriarchy, a lot. The idea of a patriarchy blends too easily with misandry and reactionary positions, while yet encompassing some very real and important realities. Kyriarchy doesn't lend itself to the limiting binary dialectic inherent in patriarchy, instead encouraging a more detailed, nuanced, and realistic understanding of the manifold nature of human existence. Yes, I'm a guy so I have a stake in this, but I'm also a quasi-Platonist, so I appreciate good dialectics. Binary, bifurcatory, Hegelian dialectic seems, I think, to have a strong influence on some feminist thought, probably primarily through Marxism, and is something I'm very strongly opposed to, philosophically speaking. I could go on, but I don't know that anyone reading this would really want me to. Anyhow, sorry to pass it off to Kathy and Susan, but one has to know one's limits.


Susan of Texas said...

I did a drive-by, but I wouldn't mind doing more later.

NutellaonToast said...

Oh God, please someone else take this one on.

It's far too rich not to be mined, but trying to parse that shit-fest down and it give it the thorough pummeling it deserves is going to be such an arduous endeavor.

Don't make me do it. For the love of God, DON'T MAKE ME DO IT!

Susan of Texas said...

I shifted through the post again and it's just way too many words explaining why Megan is not an elitist jerk, she's just proud of her boot-strappiness and hard work. Feminism is just her excuse.