The theory of feminist devolution, BBC edition.

We’ve already discussed how feminists have pretty much corned the market in vagina-based art. Now they’re bringing that feminist je ne sais quoi to the highbrow stage of the BBC for a concert of feminist music.

Oh no! you are surely thinking. Not singing vaginas!

Well, no, but that wouldn’t have been much worse:

Ah, I needed a laugh tonight after the day I had and predictably, feminists were good for providing that laugh. (H/T MarcusD at Dalrock’s)

You know, now seems like a good time to repost with minor edits something I posted a little over a year ago on a now-private blog. From The Theory of Feminist Devolution:

I read this Soda Head quote at the Thinking Housewife recently:

…leftism is in and of itself a form of decay. It’s what happens not just to television shows but to nations, churches and universities as the energy given off by the big bang of their inception slowly ebbs away. Rather than expend vitality in originality and creation they become obsessed with introspection, popularity and lethargy. Leftism is entropy of the spirit and intellect.

In other words, leftism is devolution.  I’m using devolution in the sense of something that evolved (changed) over time to become great and then decays away, but let us also consider the bonobos.  From Wikipedia:

Along with the common chimpanzee, the bonobo is the closest extant relative to humans.

Personally?  I believe in the Bible, so I’m mostly a creationist (and don’t hassle me about the “mostly” part, fellow Christians. I studied under both Richard Alexander and Barbara Smuts, so I’ve had a long way to come in getting over my darwinist roots).  But let’s say that we were created by God in similar genetic groups and one of the non-human animals most similar to humans is the bonobo.  What do we know about bonobos?

The bonobo is popularly known for its high levels of sexual behavior. Sex functions in conflict appeasement, affection, social status, excitement, and stress reduction. It occurs in virtually all partner combinations and in a variety of positions. This is a factor in the lower levels of aggression seen in the bonobo when compared to the common chimpanzee and other apes. Bonobos are perceived to be matriarchal and a male’s rank in the social hierarchy is often determined by his mother’s rank.

Bear that in mind as we consider how feminism has influenced women, both religious and secular.

Recently a reader who had been raised Mormon sent me a link to this article: Mormon women laid bare: Powerful nude photo series protests religious system that enforces strict modesty.  From the article:

With the goal of ‘normalizing nudity,’ a new photography project featuring naked Mormon women hopes to shed light on the religion’s strict codes of modesty.

Salt Lake City photographer Katrina Barker Anderson, who is a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, launched Mormon Women Bare in July 2013 and has so far had more than 30 Mormon women volunteer to be photographed.

‘I know that images can be very powerful tools for change,’ the 30-year-old told MailOnline. ‘For the women who chose to be photographed, this act of artistic expression helps them reclaim their bodies while protesting a system that has told them they must remain covered and careful.’

I clicked over to Mormon Women Bare, to which I will not be linking, and read the following from the creator:

Mormon Women Bare is about reclaiming. It is about women reclaiming our bodies from a culture that teaches us that we belong to men, to God, to the society that objectifies us. It is about reclaiming the female body as more than just an object of lust or resistance. Through images and personal stories, this project breaks taboos by unabashedly showing what is supposed to be covered- our female form- while also exposing  the often not talked about price of a culture that places a woman’s ultimate value on her so-called “virtue”.

My reader, though now Catholic, was nonetheless very angry and wrote:

They aren’t faithful Mormons. They remain Mormon only because of the culture and are openly not “true believers” as they put it. They want to change a religion they don’t even have faith in. And as is evident in some of the images many of the women photographed in that series are either formally Mormon or not in good standing (because they have tattoos and piercing). Parading these women as Mormon is false and damaging. It’s also degrading to actual faithful women and the church and culture. These women are fakes! How dare they act as if they are the real deal representing the church and her people.

I would say they don’t just want to change it; they want to destroy it by devolving it.  I’ve noticed the same tendency in Christian women who try to break (or have broken) into the pastorate.  It isn’t about religious convictions; it’s about seeking power for themselves in order to destroy the institution.

This desire to destroy by devolution isn’t limited to the spiritual realm.  Consider this article from Salon:

Meet the world’s most famous vaginal knitter: Performance artist Casey Jenkins talks to Salon about her decision to knit with yarn inserted into her own vagina

Casey Jenkins didn’t realize more than 2.5 million people would see her vagina. But that’s what happened after a segment she shot for Australian broadcast network SBS was uploaded to YouTube last week. In the video, the feminist performance artist is shown knitting from a ball of yarn she’d inserted in her vagina. Pulling out a thread, the wool having been wound in such a way that allowed it to unravel from the center, she then proceeds to knit one long, unbroken scarf.

She’s talking via telephone from a laundromat in her hometown of Melbourne. It’s the first free moment she’s had to wash her clothes since returning from Darwin where she performed her now viral piece, “Casting Off My Womb,” at the Darwin Visual Arts Association. In it, Jenkins spent 28 days in a gallery knitting from the skeins she’d placed inside herself. She explains that the project wouldn’t have had the resonance it did if she’d paused when she began menstruating, but concedes it made the process more difficult “because the wool is wet and you have to kinda yank at it.”

At the Darwin Visual Arts Association…how fitting.  Women’s Art, under the influence of feminists, has devolved from this:

Catinou-Knitting-Anna-Elizabeth-Klumpke

Catinou Knitting 1887, Anna Elizabeth Klumpke.

To this:

Bonobo inspired art, circa 2013

Her motivation, she says…was a response to the societal expectations heaped upon women of childbearing age — a weight that increases in intensity as the years tick by, which can result in a building sense of panic. “There are a lot of very extreme and loud and clambering responses whenever you try and talk about menstruation or the vulva, or what a body like mine can and should do. I wanted to quiet down all that noise or move away from it to a point where I could spend some time contemplating what I want to do with my own body,” said the 34-year-old.

Oh dear, she’s in her mid-thirties and childless.  Could this explain her desperate need to call public attention to her barren womb? Is this just a bonobo-like attempt at a mating call?

The other reason for the piece is a bit more far-reaching. Jenkins’ work has long been concerned with questioning and subverting the conversation around the vagina and its place in society, as well as what constitutes women’s activities — in this case, knitting — which has led to the kind of sexist responses one might expect from armchair critics. While “Casting Off My Womb” was well received when Jenkins performed it in Darwin (“The people there, they call a spade a spade and a cunt a cunt”), it has raised the hackles of many an Internet denizen; the deafening roar of disgust and disbelief lead SBS to disable the comment field of the YouTube video. “I think that there are misogynistic attitudes toward the vulva, and there’s widespread repulsion in my audacity to show it. And then there are also misogynistic attitudes toward knitting, as it’s associated with something that women do,” she explained. “There is a dissonance between the two. They’re both constructs, patriarchal constructs … and people don’t know what to do when they walk together.”

Yes, she is partially correct in that last bit there; patriarchal constructs do include the elevation of feminine virtue and modesty and revulsion at women who behave like bonobos.

Genesis 3:19 says

…till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

Darwinists might have their own religious-like way of putting it:

till  you return to the bonobos, for out of them you were taken; for you were bonobos, and to bonobos you shall return.

As for me, all this has led me to conclude something we might call the Theory of Feminist Devolution:

Feminism causes women to devolve, as evidenced by their art, into a bonobo-like state.

 

Honey, pack up the kids and let’s go see some Michigan history! State Historical Commission declares the birthplace of 1960s radical movement “official historical site”.

I mean, what could make for a more fascinating stop on the next family vacation than the spot where The Port Huron Statement was created and signed?

A Michigan union camp where 1960s radical students signed their manifesto will be recognized as an official historical site, in a development critics say lends unwarranted legitimacy to a movement that was linked to violence and anti-Americanism. 

MLive reports:

In June 1962, college students met at a United Auto Workers camp in St. Clair County to fashion a manifesto calling for a “truly democratic” society. The resulting “Port Huron Statement” is considered a catalyst for the counter-culture student movement around the U.S. in the 1960s.

So what is this “Port Huron Statement”?

The “Port Huron Statement,” a 25,700-word document written by one-time University of Michigan student and future California lawmaker Tom Hayden, was signed at a United Auto Workers camp near Port Huron in 1962. But even though the mission statement for the left-wing group Students for a Democratic Society blasted the U.S. and helped spawn a sometimes violent student movement, state officials say it is part of history.

And when we take our kiddos to see this “historical” site, what will they learn? Let’s read some of the text from the Historical Marker:

“From June 11 to 15, 1962, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) delegates met near this spot to debate and approve what would become The Port Huron Statement. At the time, this was a United Automobile Workers retreat called FDR Camp. After a December 1961 meeting, held at the University of Michigan, SDS decided to build a student movement with a manifesto that provided a “truly democratic alternative to the present.” Using an original draft by Tom Hayden, about sixty students, working in groups, reviewed and debated each section. The statement was the catalyst for the student movement that changed America in the 1960s. Some 60,000 copies had been printed by 1966.”

Well gosh, a “truly democratic alternative” sounds like an awfully good thing!  Nevertheless, Ashley Pratte, spokeswoman for Young America’s Foundation, a conservative group of students and young professionals that drafted its own statement in 1960 told FoxNews.com:

“It is bewildering that the state of Michigan would waste taxpayer dollars celebrating a failed, totalitarian-oriented ideology. The Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) was a radical group that was eager to salute their Eastern bloc comrades as no threat to freedom. [But] what we know now reinforces how radical and ill-informed SDS was. Not to mention that their domestic policy gave us a blueprint that led to modern day Detroit.”

One Ms. Sandra Clarke, mouthpiece for the Michigan Historical Commission, justifies this away:

“Part of the job of the Michigan Historical Commission is not to provide monuments, but ways to tell stories about our state that are of significance and the marker at Port Huron falls under that. People seem to understand that’s the case and are okay with it.”

Yeah, they’re “okay with it”? Exactly how many normal Michiganders got a chance to say whether or not they were “okay with it,” I wonder.

Actually, the intention is probably to shunt school children past the marker when their parents are unaware that they are being “educated” to appreciate this glorious part of our past, the formation of the SDS, which later split into several groups, including Tom Ayers’ Weather Underground Organization.

Hey, I don’t think the state Historical Society has erected a monument to the Weathermen in my former hometown of Ann Arbor yet!  And with all those bombings for the cause of progressivism!

Get right on that, won’t you Ms. Sandra Clarke?

2015 New Year’s Resolutions

My husband doesn’t make New Year’s resolutions; he says it’s pointless because research has shown that within two months, most people have abandoned their goals. I don’t agree with him, though; the way I see it, if I even pursue my goals for two months, that’s better than doing it for zero months, and who knows, maybe I’ll stick with it longer. So, to that end, here are the resolutions I’m making for this year:

1. Get back in the habit of doing devotions and Bible study each day.

This is the most important one. I used to be really good about this, but I got out of the habit over this past chaotic summer and fall while we were moving and settling into our new home. It’s time to stop using that as an excuse, though; I don’t like it when I feel distance in my relationship with God, like I’m ignoring Him and only pursuing Him when I want Him to dispense some favor for me. And I want to get back in the habit of doing daily devotions with our children, too.

Here is a site to get a quick Bible study lesson:

Our Daily Bread: Daily Devotionals

2. Get regular exercise.

I didn’t need to exercise this past fall because of all the physical outdoor labor that needed to be done on our new property. Now that winter has set it, there is less of that kind of work for me to do, but I’ve gotten out of the habit of hitting the treadmill. So I’m starting small by resolving to hop on the treadmill or go for a hike 2-3 times per week for 20-30 minutes.

3. Make my first attempt at making maple syrup from our maple trees.

Philip and I both work full-time, so our attempts at homesteading are mostly of the hobby variety. Still, food production, preparation, and preserving are really useful skills to have, so even though I won’t be able to meet all our syrup needs given our small number of maple trees, I want to learn to do it.  Here are two useful sites:

Tap My Trees

How to Make Maple Syrup

4. Figure out a system for getting home cooked meals made most nights.

Even though I’m working full time and taking the kids to all corners of Washtenaw County for the various activities they are involved in, I need to make sure my husband has food that he likes. Although I have been cooking, it’s been really simple stuff like pasta dishes most nights because I simply haven’t been home at all; as soon as Christmas break began, I got busy in the kitchen, of course, but my husband recently expressed strong displeasure at the lack of well-prepared meat and vegetable dishes that happened over the fall. I got really upset with him at the time because I felt like that was an unfair request, but after calming down, I realized that lack of planning ahead on my part is a big chunk of the problem and that I could get up at 5:00 instead of 5:30 and get the crock pot going if I weren’t sort of lazy about it. So what I need to do is get a planning system in place.

Edited to add: Working full-time is my choice, not something Phil demands of me. He expects me to fulfill my duties to my family first, and if I can’t, then I need to cut back at work. So it’s my own choice to be this busy and it’s on me to make it work or readjust as needed. 🙂

5. Read six books.

I used to love to read, but blogging has tended to drag me away from reading books in favor of reading essays. Essay-reading is fine, but I think it’s beneficial to read longer works that are more in-depth as well. I’m going to start this goal tomorrow by heading out to the library; I go there every week anyway so the children can get things they want, so it shouldn’t be hard to grab a book for myself. I’ll read it before bed instead of wasting time looking at Twitter.

I’d love to hear about your resolutions if you’ve made any!

May your 2015 be a year full of blessings and peace!