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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Misandry, Salon, and another great historical irony

This last week, I've been promising myself to find a certain word, and the journey led me to an interesting article on Salon.com of all places.

I knew the word for a man who hates women is "misogynist'" but I wasn't aware of any parallel word for the Rosanne Barr's, Rosie O'Donald's, Jeanie Garafalo's of the world who just out-and-out seem to hate men and anything they (we) stand for. I found "misandry" on wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misogyny) ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misandry )and then tangented off to a few other websites that came up within the search. including....

http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2007/10/03/faludi/ and
http://letters.salon.com/books/feature/2007/10/03/faludi/view/index11.html?show=all

Now, salon is certainly not on my daily "to read" list... but the artical was worth a browse. A perfect editorial was found at:

http://www.ifeminists.net/introduction/editorials/2005/0615letter.html

THAT one was very well written!

Going back to the Salon articles.... as is sooooooooooo vogue nowadays in "reporting" (quote-unquote), the Salon article above that ends with "faludi" (not the index=ll one) puts a non sequitor at the end of the article. In other words, after paragraphs detainling one subject, something is thrown out at the end that is unsupported by the rest of the story, and is only tangetally connected. The quote was this....

And yet. One can't help thinking that, as in an ugly fight between lovers, some of the things that were said in the heat of the moment -- about the goodness of Rudy Giuliani; about how the attacks were retribution against the pagans, abortionists, feminists and gays; about "the end of irony" -- are better left unpacked, because if we dredged them up again, we might never get past them.

A very fine statement, and intriguing ... but it really didn't have much to do with the rest of the argument...so..... let's consider this quote and give it some air to breathe. According to the Bin Laden tapes and the writings of the hijackers, the fact that the attacks were in fact "retribution against the pagans, abortionists, feminists and gays" is not disputable. Our permissive culture encourages and glorifies EVERYTHING the Muslim belief considers evil and sinful. When they refer to us as "The Great Satan" it is not some lightly chosen insult, it is the true and heartfelt belief that we ARE the personification of Lucifer, Beelzebub... SATAN. We are the advisary to the one true God... in their eyes. It's a hard pill to swallow, but even harder to dispute. Now HERE comes the irony (and you guys KNOW how much LOVE historical ironies!)

The actions of Al Queda and the Iraqi insurgents are doing nothing less than guaranteeing that the party of religion and faith and "prudishness" is being driven out of power, and the party that is ... ahem... hell bent on encouraging peganism, abortions, feminism and gay rights will be put into power.

This must be karmic turnabout for the fact that Jimmy Carter cut-loose the Shah of Iran due to his lacking human rights, only to have him replaced by an even WORSE Califate based upon Shira law. Irony.... I LOVE it!!!

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