Rampant Sexism in the UK Labour Party, by Melanie Phillips.
Accepting that the British Labour Party needs a new leader, shadow chancellor John McDonnell says: “It’s got to be a woman.”
Why? His statement is surely extraordinary. After all, it would be unthinkable to say that the new leader has “got to be a man”. Yet sex discrimination the other way is not only justified but thought in this case to be obvious. …
Privilege for us, roared the feminists:
This derives from the feminist mantra challenged by few: that society is a patriarchy in which women are oppressed and marginalised by the dominant male sex. Accordingly, although they are in the majority in the population, women are to be treated like minorities who require assistance to overcome their powerless and subordinate state.
The idea that appointments should be made on the basis of merit alone has long been swept away. For the paradox of an era that has made a fetish of opposing discrimination is that it nevertheless regards discrimination as mandatory in favour of groups considered marginalised or oppressed.
In the 1970s, feminism’s new wave embodied precisely this paradox. Women demanded to be considered the equals of men, with identical opportunities in jobs and promotion; and yet at the same time to receive special treatment with time off and other facilities for childcare.
“Shut up”, explained the feminists. This methodology became the template for enforcing all the PC fantasies:
Men who objected were told this was proof they were indeed male chauvinist pigs. Intimidated, they shut up; and their sons were brought up to assume that double-standard feminism was some kind of inalienable human right. …
The result is increasing incompetence and grasping ideology:
The target of equal gender representation inescapably means shoe-horning in mediocre and second-rate women at the expense of more talented male candidates.
The really outstanding women in parliamentary history emerged well before this policy of female privilege … [such as] Margaret Thatcher. …
So many women MPs seem incapable of independent intelligent thought. Parroting their dreary agitprop slogans on issues such as the gender pay gap or what they consider to be an unacceptably low rate of rape convictions, they behave like an army of automatons fighting the sex war against men.
So many of them are mind-numbingly conformist. A vanishingly small number press for issues concerning women and girls that run against dominant left-wing orthodoxies. …
In area after area, women have come to the forefront without a corresponding increase in standards of achievement or decency. Their rise to positions of influence in the BBC, theatre, law, civil service and other institutions has too often produced an exponential increase in self-righteous, vacuous, reason-resistant illiberalism.
Labour now has more female than male MPs. Unfortunately, this will almost certainly ensure that the party in parliament remains captive to the identity politics that has helped to drive Labour off the centre ground and out of its former heartlands. …
One group that really is discriminated against is people with conservative views like these. There are virtually none in the universities, they are few and far between in the BBC and they are afraid to speak up in the professions.
Women have moved western politics to the left, in many cases replacing men with the state as their provider.
Part of the problem is that there are proportionally fewer women at the higher IQ levels of leadership and innovation. Due to biology and evolution, the Bell curve for women is more centered, with fewer retarded or brilliant women than men.
Utterly denied by feminists of course. In their circles, reality is kept at bay with vicious abuse of any messenger.