No, this isn’t empowerment -Yet

 


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2The theory and practice of female empowerment doesn’t seem to have travelled far, at least, not yet. It’s still a word, not a fact. Having basic rights isn’t empowerment. Getting the odd, grudging bit of recognition of an issue isn’t empowerment. Not getting raped, abused, or harassed isn’t empowerment. Sprinkling a few women, out of billions of women, in better jobs isn’t empowerment.

 

 

Tokenism isn’t success. It’s certainly not empowerment, or empowering. It’s a dog biscuit. Arguing about equal pay, for example, which the law says you should have anyway, hasn’t yet resulted in that happening. Empowerment is about results, not talk.

Defining “empowerment”

Neo feminism may be better at raising issues than old feminism, but it’s downright lousy at delivering lethal punches. The scum are still around.  #metoo did get somewhere, but nowhere near far enough.

If you define empowerment as:

  • The power to achieve goals
  • Actual power to manage life problems
  • Actual power to take positive action
  • Standalone power to defend your rights
  • Actual power to deliver security and freedom from fear

…. How far has the empowerment come? Not very. The problems remain, in all their inglorious squalor. So-called men and their bizarre behaviours are still the lifetime obstacle course for women.

Ladies, as I’ve been saying for years, the glass ceiling is made of the same material as their jaws. They can’t take a punch. You’re dealing with a pack of inferior, talentless office boys that most other men see for what they are – Cowards, fools, nasty little bullying insects who need to be trodden on, not “debated with” as if they were anything but cockroaches.

Maybe you don’t see them the same way, due to the vast range of issues, but they’re not fighters. There’s a very old male joke about bullies getting married – “Finally found someone you could beat?” which pretty much covers the image of these misogynists with other men. We despise them, for so many good reasons.

The immortal Celts in EnglandMany of us guys are baffled that these uninvited insults to our gender brand are anti-female at all, let alone making an industry of being anti-female. We’re not anti-female. Why the hell would any real guy have some psychosis about oppressing women? Why would you beat up the one person who can stand the sight of you enough to marry you and have your kids? How much more of a friend could anyone be? It’s irrational, not to say downright insane.

We have nothing against women. We’ve never had any reason to be hostile to women. We all had mothers, sisters, girlfriends who are/were real friends, daughters, and associates as friends, lovers and long term partners. Even these misogynist filth know better than to risk certain death when it comes to a fight with other guys on these subjects.

Ways to empowerment

Allow me/us to offer a few suggestions:

  • Hit these bastards with anything and everything – Class actions in the workplace, whatever hits their bottom lines professionally and personally. Their money and status are sacred to them. (This is mainly because like good little clichés they simply do not know any other values. Their BS is literally who they are.) Threaten that, and it’s as good as a hard kick in the balls.
  • They’re weak and stupid – They fear personal risk of any kind. They couldn’t think their way out of a paper bag, let alone fight their way out. Any conflict will show a lot of weak points you can exploit. The weakest point will be the breaking point. You may not get the satisfaction of turning them in to hamburger with your fists, but you’ll see a shrivelled up little bastard or so falling to bits.
  • Their “business savvy” and social skills are as fake as their masculinity – They’re parrots, hiding behind anything they can find to make them look good in a group. Make them look stupid and incompetent in front of professional peers, and they’ll get nasty, but not if those peers tell them where to go, (which at some point they will) and particularly if anything requires them to stand up and make themselves targets for criticism.
  • They’re scared of their own methods – Fear is their weapon, but it works even better against them. Outmaneuver them, get them to fear any sort of personal consequences, real or imagined, and their own cowardice and genetic incompetence will do the rest. This is ad hominem in the most practical sense. Nothing more hilarious than a terrified bully, too, always good for some featherweight entertainment.
  • Their “friends” are as untrustworthy and weak as they are – These vermin always align with the stronger side in any conflict, so they’ll bail out and join the other side when things get difficult, particularly if they’re at risk. Don’t trust them, obviously, but they’ll cave in and get out of the way of the juggernaut if you push the right buttons.
  • They usually have long track records of mistakes – Get as nasty as you like about making these records of ridiculous behaviour visible, preferably through a third party. Just do a good job of it. Even a mountain can be undermined if it’s on shaky foundations.
  • Please, please, please – Do NOT descend to the level of “boys vs girls”. That’s for kindergarten, not adult life. It’s also a potential own goal. It gives easy cover to “men” who will try to use it as a negative against you. Other guys may feel threatened, or more likely, irritated by the “all men are monsters” sort of thing which wore itself out through overuse in the 80s. Being a human being standing up for your rights doesn’t need explaining, anyway. Also very much to the point; hard facts and real leverage do far more real damage than rhetoric which puts people in a position of having to take sides based on gender.

Male friends will be happy to support in practical ways. It’s the same as taking out the trash, in so many ways. More sanitary, more aesthetically pleasing, and so on.

You want to be empowered? You’re on the right basic track, so make sure you stay on track.

So get on with it!

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam, Paul Wallis books

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What’s “Left”?


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2From all the pablum about “lefties” coming from the right wing press, you’d think there actually was a “Left”. There isn’t. Being “left” of outright Nazism simply means you’re a member of the human race. You hedonist, you.

The “Left” of right wing mythology doesn’t even exist. Everything which refers to any social issue is called “socialism”, which merely reflects the appalling lack of education of those doing so. There is no “movement”, mainly because nobody ever thought it necessary to create one.

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About this so-called “Left” – See any wild-eyed proletariats running around talking about the 5 year plan and armed revolution? See any collective farms getting set up in Manhattan with fat, smug, commissars? How about glorious decisions to build a new tractor, ironically enough at the tractor factory?

That’s Left, old school, direct from 1917 to you and hasn’t had an original idea since. The old Left is gone, and good riddance. It completely ignored the gulags, the genocide, the Great Leap off a Cliff in China, etc., etc. It got lost in words and concepts it didn’t really understand.

Then there’s the ideologies called “Left”. A more pathetic collection of brain dead clichés you couldn’t wish to see. So you think people need health care, education, housing, etc., you revolutionary hero? Whaddya want, a medal for seeing the obvious? Just do it, you bloody clowns. Less verbiage, more results. Ideologies come and go; humanity needs more than verb candy.

Personal perspective on the Left

According to some of those political surveys, I’m a bit “left” of the Greens. That’s ironic, because I came from a background that makes the traditional conservatives of today look like raging libertarians, and my views haven’t changed much over the years I think that means that I don’t bother lugging around a lot of dogma and buzzwords. Not as though I care, of course, but it’s interesting to see these political definitions waddling around like self-important two year olds. I’ve now seen a few generations of this claptrap, and I think it’s time for a change.

I’ve watched the ha-ha Left since the 1970s. The first thing I learned was that like the Right, any new information is very unwelcome. The pack of ideological recitals I saw left no space for opinions of any kind, particularly not new ones.

The old Left, like the Right, seemed to glory in its own obsolescence. A few mouldy old clichés, and you were Ideologically Correct. Particularly if you had no idea what you were talking about. Reality and the old Left parted company before the Second World War. When Stalin arrived, the original Left, Marxism, and everything else died. The image of communism was its ghost, in so many ways.

Then came the counterculture. There WAS a real counterculture. It’s about as close to a real Left as Western civilization has ever achieved. Again, it was “left” because it was well outside the right wing spectrum, not because it had any real socialist credentials.

Free food, free shops, anti-violence, you name it; a lot of good ideas arrived and were put in to practice. These ideas were finally received by an audience which was actually interested. It couldn’t last, of course. The eternally idiotic mainstream media created an image of crime, disease and drugs, and suburbia, which is by nature terrified of everything, retreated to its eternal bunker of smug ignorance.

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam, AmazonFor me, it proved a point – The middle class is the middle class. Try holding a revolution in a supermarket and see what happens. Not much. The middle class is quite happy to let things run on rails, as long as it doesn’t bother them. Genocide, pole to pole toxic waste, all is OK just so long as they don’t have to think about it or actually have a personal opinion, and they’re fine.

By the end of the Cold War, the “Left” had run out of sponsors and credibility. Most of it had never had any talent, aka real ideas, so the whole thing wound up in a sort of historical landfill. Nobody was ever “Left” in the brave new vacuum of No Think Politics.

For many years now, I and other writers have been referring to the old “Left” as “leftovers”. Stale, old, out of date, shallow, and more.

Consider:

  • Social programs are not “Left”. They’re a matter of social responsibility.
  • Human rights are not “Left”. They’re common sense, and some of the very little common sense which has ever intruded on human history.
  • Environmentalism is not “Left”. It’s good management. The old Left, in fact, is directly responsible for some of the most toxic landscapes on Earth.
  • Feminism is not “Left”. It’s proper acknowledgement of 51% of the human species. Case closed.
  • Health is not “Left”. It’s about survival. Need a map for that one?
  • Education is not “Left”. It’s about skills needed in a modern world.
  • Housing is not “Left”. It’s about human needs.
  • Social justice is not “Left”. It’s even part of the Pledge of Allegiance, “justice for all”. You’d think even the Right would get that.
  • Poverty is not “Left”. It’s humanity’s worst and oldest enemy. Destroy it.

The only thing “Left” about these things is that these are the issues the Right refuses to even acknowledge, let alone do anything about.

The Left, in effect, is being defined by the Right. That’s Left as it now is.

The Time for Being Polite about the “Left” is over

OK, that’s as polite as I’m going to be. The default Left is also being absolutely useless in terms of achievements.

About that list above:

  • Social programs: If the government won’t start them, you start them. Get off your damn arses.
  • Human rights: These can be enforced in the courts, and by active resistance to their abuse by any means available. Do it, don’t just talk about it.
  • Environmentalism: Start land repair, toxic waste removal, etc. There’s no law against them. Buy the land with your group chump change. Create safe havens for animals, plants, etc. Protect water sources, soils, and the biological structures of the local ecology. You can’t go far wrong.
  • Feminism: The more emphasis on merit, the more likely to succeed feminism will be. Don’t make it a mere quota system for some of the girls in better paying jobs, which is trivialising the rest of the whole idea of feminism.
  • Health: Set up clinics, set up supports, source better costs for those who need them. No talk at all about this, get the professionals to do it. Most will be only too happy to do so.
  • Education: Literacy is the difference between a social cripple and a human being. Illiteracy must go, and go for good if humanity intends to survive this total meltdown of global management. Teach, support teaching, whatever; get on with it.
  • Housing: You can now 3D print a whole house in a day or so. Get cracking.
  • Social justice: This is another right, in case anyone has forgotten. Enforce through pro bono law, enforce through practical living options. Just do it.
  • Poverty: Create a training, and launch system to get people out of poverty, and just apply it. Prosperity defeats poverty by creating the economic synergies required.

See any impossibilities in that little collection of basics? No? So why the hell is it taking so long to achieve anything? Talk is way too cheap, and it’s costing people their dignity and their chances of decent lives.

You can stick your endless self-righteous chatter up your arses. God knows, it may be the only use you ever find for your arse, given the total ideological constipation which NEVER translates in to action. It’s put up or shut up time, and no excuses are acceptable. To hell with politics, and its social diseases.

…And for god’s sake, no more crap about “empowerment”. You’re NOT empowered until you have personal power to manage your life. You’re on the wrong end of a social sewer. Fix that.

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam, Paul Wallis books

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