Catherine MacKinnon–she’s the ultra-radical feminist who, along with the late Andrea Dworkin, claimed that heterosex was basically rape. A nut-case, no? And yet…here’s a quote from MacKinnon’s latest book, “Are Women Human?”:
“If women were human, would we be a cash crop shipped from Thailand in containers into New York’s brothels? Would we be sexual and reproductive slaves? Would we be bred, worked without pay our whole lives, burned when our dowry money wasn’t enough or when men tired of us, starved as widows when our husbands died (if we survived his funeral pyre)?”
Now, if MacKinnon had just made it clear what her statement implies–that most of those women forced into prostitution and dowry burnings happen to be Third World women living under regimes, either political or economic, that would be deemed intolerable by men and women alike in America, she’d have made a lot of sense.We Americans don’t ship our daughters to brothels or kill them when the dowry proves insufficient. As for the wives discarded when their husbands tire of them, well, they’re victims of the divorce revolution touted as so liberating by feminist ideologues.
Then there’s this statement of MacKinnon’s in this U.K. Sunday Times interview (thanks, Arts & Letters Daily), wondering just how feminist is it to pole-dance, take off your clothes in public, and engage in casual sex the way the the ideologues have urged us:
“MacKinnon has seen the women’s movement go from flower power and free love to ‘reclaim the streets’ demos against violence, only to find that women have gone on to offer men sex of the most explicit kind in the name of equality. As an article in The Wall Street Journal put it: ‘How did feminists end up in bed with (Playboy boss) Hugh Hefner?'”
See what I mean? Catherine MacKinnon is always half-right–on the money about the dire consequences of ideological feminism but refusing to relinquish its core ideology that insists all men are violent, vile patriarchs. Now if only she would wake up and get it all right.