From alcohol abuse among girls to the destruction of Israel, the big bad feminism is apparently the root of all evil. Most recently, feminism has become the scapegoat for victim blaming. Really.
Jessica over at Feministing caught this one before I did, but I thought I should still spread the Bad News to anyone who hasn't yet been made privy to Kathryn Jean Lopez's antifeminist nonsense. Her article, titled, "What Feminism Wrought" details the horrors that can be attributed to the belief in equal rights.
To start, Lopez blames feminism for the results of a recent poll conducted by the Boston Globe, in which almost half of 200 teens polled thought pop star Rihanna was at fault for being beaten by her boyfriend, Chris Brown. You may ask yourself how anyone could blame feminism for victim blaming behavior when so many feminists are anti-sexual violence and anti-victim blaming activists.
Well, according to Lopez, feminism is to blame because we feminists have gone and 'confused everyone' by 'inventing oppression where there is none and remaking woman in man's image.' That's right. Now everyone is running around like chickens with their heads cut off because the darn feminists are going against 'natural gender roles,' in which men protect women and women expect protection.
While condemning feminism for causing victim blaming behavior and all around confusion, Lopez engages in some victim blaming herself, saying,
I appreciate the kids' wanting Rihanna to take some responsibility for her situation. She's an adult, after all, as is Brown. And if she gets beaten, she should get the heck away from the person responsible. And as a best-selling artist, she has the financial freedom to extricate herself from her trouble.
I guess in Lopez's world the only thing that prevents women in abusive relationships from leaving is money. Unfortunately, real-life domestic violence is much more complex than simple financial factors.
Aside from attributing victim blaming to feminism, Lopez has some other bones to pick with the movement.
But while feminists whine about false pay gaps and oppression that doesn't exist, we ignore the mess that we've created in rejecting the fact that there is good in nature and tradition.
There isn't actually a wage gap and opression is pretend! This is such a relief! I'm gonna go tell all my feminist friends that they don't need to pay any mind to the wage gap or opression of any kind because everything they've been working for has been accomplished. I can't believe we didn't get this memo sooner. Thanks Kathryn Jean Lopez!
P.S. This is why feminism is scary!
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