Topic: On Politics
I didn't glom onto this yesterday when I passed along the hand-wringing comments of Yale's Ms. Della Sentilles (see below), but it occurs to me this morning that she's actually something of an innovator, ideologically speaking.
Think about it: After decades of squealing and shrieking about the oppression of women in fascist Amerika, what was a good little progressive gender feminist to do when confronted with the less-than-enlightened practices of the Taliban? Alas, the Islamofascists of Afghanistan were not white males. They were saintly Third World exploitees, an inconvenient fact that set up a contradiction in feminist practice.
Here's Ms. Sentilles on the oppression of women at Yale:
Misogyny at Yale is rampant. It’s apparent in the lack of tenured female professors and the lack of adequate child-care options. . . . It’s apparent in the lack of a rape crisis center and the Administration’s denial of the prevalence of rape on this campus (national statistics predict that 79 Yale women are raped annually; last year, Yale reported only eight). It’s apparent when a large group of Yale fraternity pledges parade outside the Women’s Center chanting, "No means yes and yes means anal."
A "lack of adequate child-care options"--yikes! If this is enough to get Ms. Sentilles going, you'd think that the Taliban's abuse, torture and murder of countless women would really bring her blood to a boil. But no:
As a white American feminist, I do not feel comfortable making statements or judgments about other cultures, especially statements that suggest one culture is more sexist and repressive than another. American feminism is often linked to and manipulated by the state in order to further its own imperialist ends.
Introducing Della Sentilles, America's first self-loathing gender feminist. Yo, girl, how does it feel to be an ideological pioneer?