Testosterone vs. estrogen: Feminists examine evil and good
By Paul A. Ibbetson
The current mentality forwarded today is that feminists don't bash men. That's just something angry males say when faced with the undeniable logic forwarded by the women's movements. If you are a reasonable male and wish to avoid an argument you will keep your eyes forward and just nod in agreement. The first problem with such a statement is that it is seldom placed to scrutiny with how feminists truly act. Second, these kinds of propositions are almost always void of half of humanity's thoughts on the issue. Yep, very few men other than the occasional token male academic feminist get to chime in on the subject.
An example of the common feminist disconnect with reality is seen in ABC's This Week with Christiane Amanpour. During the program Roundtable: Sex and Politics, Amanpour brought together a feminist coven to discuss the after-effects of the Anthony Weiner sexting incident. Strangely enough, the group discussed the good fortune of Weiner's adulterous actions as it was seen as fortuitous to the feminist movement. Considering that Weiner's spouse was victimized by the New York Democrat's philandering, this is contradictory enough. But guess why this wife's pain was seen as a feminist gain? Amanpour would lead her all-female roundtable through a discussion of the evils of testosterone and how the Weiner scandal could open new inroads for more females in politics. Here is where many a clear-thinking man and woman will start to really look askew at the feminist mindset.
Roundtable attendee Torie Clarke said that in politics and the public sector women were more honest, sincere and hardworking than men. She added later in the discussion that women do not compete in the negative ways that men do, but instead work to accomplish goals. Wrapped around the Weiner sexting scandal, feminist and roundtable attendee Claire Shipman got down to business and made the first strike on male testosterone as the culprit that leads to risky, and just plain bad business deals. Woman-controlled companies were said to be better profit makers. Additional claims were made that women do not have the same ego problems as men. In short, testosterone was framed as evil while estrogen was stated as being money-making-less-fighting-egoless-sex-scandal-free good stuff! The problem with these statements is that they are so biased and devoid of truth that it is difficult to decide whether to laugh or cry at the audacity of people that would actually share this tripe as intelligent dialogue.
Feminists miss the mark when they attempt to think like socialists and separate men and women into groups as if they have no individualism. This alone is a kind of dehumanization that leads to women's victimization. Of course Clarke's assertion that women are more honest, sincere and hardworking than men is ludicrous and based on nothing more than her desire for the world to be as she wishes it. In fact, women, as equally capable of remarkable accomplishments in society, also have the ability to screw up, just like men. Take the Anthony Weiner incident before the panel. Weiner was no doubt an adulterer and a liar, but the women he cavorted with through cyberspace were not children being stalked, but active, mutually consenting female adults who engaged in sexual phone calls and electronic photo and message swapping. If it takes two to tango it most certainly takes two to Twitter in the Weiner love circle.
World Net Daily has a painfully detailed history of the modern "sexpidemic" of female school teachers, public servants who failed to keep their dignity in their panties when it came to their students. Ranging from substitutes as young as 19 to veterans as old as 45, these female teachers violated societal trust and were convicted or are alleged to have been involved in sexual texting, phone sex, nude picture e-mails and many counts of sexual intercourse with under-aged high school and grade school male students. Yes, many female public servants in the education field, along with their estrogen, have put the shameful acts of Weiner to shame.
The idea that women don't have ego issues like men, and that they just naturally come together for the purpose of problem-solving is nothing short of stupid. In many cases, the harshest critics of women are other women. The relentless attacks by feminist organizations on females attempting to break the political glass ceiling such as Sarah Palin expose the hypocrisy that overflowed from the Amanpour roundtable. Women, alone or in groups, are often just as strategic, cutthroat and petty as their male counterparts. We don't even need to examine female political figures such as Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer to see this as factual.
The truth is that men and women are individuals with the potential to make smart and dumb decisions, good and evil actions. It is below intelligent discourse to demean men over the phallic falsehood that testosterone is a predictor of indecent conduct. It is as petty and baseless as decreasing the value of women based on the natural occurrence of menstrual cycles. We can be above this kind of thinking. Accountability for men is truly found at the same place it is for women. That is, in the evaluation of the heart, the mind and the soul. These are the critical areas from which public actions, policies and private conduct spring forth. The growth of women in politics as everywhere else will be found in the evaluation of these characteristics and not by attacking men's natural composition.
Paul A. Ibbetson is a former Chief of Police of Cherryvale, Kansas, and member of the Montgomery County Drug Task Force. Paul received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Criminal Justice at Wichita State University, and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Sociology at Kansas State University. Paul is the author of the several books including the 2010 release, "Oliver's Tale: A Squirrel's Story of Love, Courage, and Revolution." Paul is also the radio host of the Kansas Broadcasting Association's 2008, 2009 and 2010 Entertainment Program of the Year, Conscience of Kansas airing on KSDB Manhattan 91.9 FM. For interviews or questions, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.