AEI Camile Paglia’s anticipatory response to Suzanna Walters’ anti-male bigotry: ‘It’s a man’s world and it always will be’ In the Sunday Washington Post, Northeastern University professor Suzanna Walters wrote what must be one of the most hate-filled, sexist, bigoted op-eds in the history of the paper that universally condemned all men on the planet (including apparently all gay men, black men, Muslim men, trans men, etc.). The diatribe was titled “Why Can’t We Hate Men?” with the answer being, according to Prof. Walters, “we can,” or in her words “We have every right to hate you.” But by “we” Prof. Walters apparently means “I” — since her op-ed has been almost universally condemned by everybody including most liberals and feminists, and supported by almost no one (see the nearly 3,000
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In the Sunday Washington Post, Northeastern University professor Suzanna Walters wrote what must be one of the most hate-filled, sexist, bigoted op-eds in the history of the paper that universally condemned all men on the planet (including apparently all gay men, black men, Muslim men, trans men, etc.). The diatribe was titled “Why Can’t We Hate Men?” with the answer being, according to Prof. Walters, “we can,” or in her words “We have every right to hate you.” But by “we” Prof. Walters apparently means “I” — since her op-ed has been almost universally condemned by everybody including most liberals and feminists, and supported by almost no one (see the nearly 3,000 comments at the Washington Post opposing her sexism, bigotry and vitriol, and the overwhelmingly negative comments on her own Twitter posts here and here).
Actually, although it took place almost five years ago, radical, freethinking, iconoclastic, unorthodox, heretical feminist Camile Paglia must have anticipated Prof. Walters’ unwarranted, mean-spirited and hateful attack on all men when she prepared her opening statement (“It’s a Man’s World, and It Always Will Be” with the sub-title “The modern economy is a male epic, in which women have found a productive role — but women were not its author”) for the Munk Debate, “Resolved: Men Are Obsolete,” held in Toronto in 2013. Here’s Prof. Paglia’s anticipatory response to Prof. Walters’ bigoted anti-male vitriol in the Washington Post [with some additions]:
If men are obsolete, then women will soon be extinct….
A peevish, grudging rancor against men has been one of the most unpalatable and unjust features of second- and third-wave feminism. Men’s faults, failings and foibles have been seized on and magnified into gruesome bills of indictment. Ideologue professors [like Professor Walters] at our leading universities indoctrinate impressionable undergraduates with carelessly fact-free theories alleging that gender is an arbitrary, oppressive fiction with no basis in biology.
It was always the proper mission of feminism to attack and reconstruct the ossified social practices that had led to wide-ranging discrimination against women. But surely it was and is possible for a progressive reform movement to achieve that without stereotyping, belittling or demonizing men [as Suzanna Walters did in the Sunday Washington Post].
History must be seen clearly and fairly: obstructive traditions arose not from men’s hatred or enslavement of women but from the natural division of labor that had developed over thousands of years during the agrarian period and that once immensely benefited and protected women, permitting them to remain at the hearth to care for helpless infants and children. Over the past century, it was labor-saving appliances [washing machines, refrigerator, sewing machine, electric lighting, frozen food, the birth control pill, automobile, microwave oven, dishwashers, clothes dryers, indoor plumbing, air conditioners, etc.] invented by men and spread by capitalism, that liberated women from daily drudgery.
Indeed, men are absolutely indispensable right now, invisible as it is to most feminists [like Suzanna Walters], who seem blind to the infrastructure that makes their own work lives possible. It is overwhelmingly men [and not women or feminists] who do the dirty, dangerous work of building roads, pouring concrete, laying bricks, tarring roofs, hanging electric wires, excavating natural gas and sewage lines, cutting and clearing trees, and bulldozing the landscape for housing developments. It is men [and not women or feminists] who heft and weld the giant steel beams that frame our office buildings, and it is men who do the hair-raising work of insetting and sealing the finely tempered plate-glass windows of skyscrapers 50 stories tall.
Every day along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, one can watch the passage of vast oil tankers and towering cargo ships arriving from all over the world. These stately colossi are loaded, steered, and off-loaded by men. The modern economy, with its vast production and distribution network, is a male epic, in which women [like Suzanna Walters] have found a productive role–but women were not its author. Surely, modern women are strong enough now to give credit where credit is due !
MP: Thank you Professor Paglia for presenting the case five years ago for why we shouldn’t only not “hate men” as Prof. Walters suggests in her bigoted, sexist, hate-filled anti-male op-ed, but why to the contrary we, especially women, should celebrate, recognize, and thank men for their invaluable contribution to improving our lives in ways that would never have been possible in the all-women, female-dominated fantasy world Prof. Vitriol promotes. If Walters gets her way, such that men step away from power and are not in charge of anything, then women, including the professor, “will soon be extinct” as Prof. Paglia reminds us.