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Feminists: Not Pro-Women… Just Anti-People

Posted in Feminism with tags , , on January 15, 2012 by English National Resistance - North West

OK, a quick clarification is in order here: original feminism came from classical liberalism; modern feminism comes from Marxism. When we talk about feminism here, it should be understood that we’re talking about modern, post-Marxist feminism.

 

Now, one of the primary (and strangest) ideas of feminism is that men and women are not really different, that the psychological and behavioural differences between us are entirely down to culture and socialisation. Some might say that’s quite a plausible hypothesis, and I’d possibly be inclined to agree… if it weren’t for the veritable mountains of evidence against it!

So why don’t we actually take a look at how science effectively steamrollered this bizarre aspect of modern feminism?

This our a summary of just some of the main evidence gathered by scientists which demolishes the claims of the feminists; this information is taken from a book called The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker, Harvard cognitive scientist and professor of psychology (his explanation of the findings goes into greater detail than mine).

 

• The differences between the sexes are universal – they’re found in all known cultures. This includes artificial cultures deliberately set up to avoid the existence of sex differences (e.g. Israeli Kibbutz)

• The psychological differences between the sexes are easily predicted from our physical and biological differences e.g. when the male of a species is physically larger than the female, it suggests an evolutionary history of greater physical competition between males than between females. From this fact you would expect men to possess more of an innate psychological tendency towards physical competition – as we do in fact see in all human cultures.

• The same psychological sex differences are often found in other mammals – especially the primates e.g. in many mammalian species, the males are more adept at navigating territory based on the geometric layout of the territory itself – as opposed to relying on specific landmarks, which in turn is more common amongst females.

• The modern study of genetics demonstrates greater human variation in mitochondrial DNA – passed down from mother to daughter – than in Y chromosomes – passed down from father to son. And as Pinker states, “These are precisely the conditions that cause sexual selection, in which males compete for opportunities to mate and females choose the best-quality males.”

• Biologically induced differences in hormone levels – most notably testosterone and oestrogen – between the sexes are known to have a significant effect on the development of the human brain. This effect is present in the womb, in the months following birth and during puberty. The respective hormones also have temporary effects throughout life.

• There are significant differences in the anatomical structure of the brain. ‘Socialisation’ or the acquisition of culture is not known to cause such alterations in the gross physical structure of the brain. These sex differences in the anatomy of the brain have been implicated in behavioural differences between the sexes.

• Testosterone differences between men, or the same man at different times, are known to cause many of the same psychological and behavioural differences that differentiate men from women.

In addition, although no healthy woman has higher testosterone levels than any healthy man, women with high testosterone levels for their sex display traits and characteristics we might describe as masculine.

Also, when women undergoing a ‘sex-change’ are given testosterone injections, they actually get better at tests of mental rotation and worse at tests of verbal fluency.

• Women’s cognitive abilities are different at different times of their menstrual cycle: when they are at the point when their oestrogen is highest, they get even better at things like verbal fluency; on the other hand, at the point when their oestrogen is lowest, they close the gap somewhat on men at things like mental rotation.

• There is a medical disorder called congenital adrenal hyperplasia, which results in the over-production of a male hormone (androstenedione) in girls. Even though their hormone levels are normally put right soon after they’re born, they still develop into ‘tomboys’ displaying traits and characteristics deemed more typically masculine. This is because of the long-lasting effects hormones have on the developing brain of a foetus prior to birth.

• There have actually been studies of children raised as the opposite sex for ‘medical reasons’:

One study looked at 25 boys who were raised as girls after having been born without a penis. Despite being raised as girls, they all developed typically masculine personality traits and patterns of behaviour, and in addition to this, more than half of them spontaneously declared themselves to be boys.

The most famous case of this nature was a boy called David Reimer who lost his penis in infancy due to a botched circumcision. As a result he was raised as a girl, and although the experiment was initially reported as successful, he never actually identified as female, consistently behaved in a boyish manner, opted for a sex-change back to being a boy aged 15, and tragically committed suicide aged 38. In short, the entire experiment couldn’t have been more of a failure.

Then we can look at a medical condition known as Turner’s syndrome. This syndrome is caused because the child only inherits a single X chromosome from either parent – and as a consequence is neither male nor female. However, as the default plan for a developing foetus is female, people with Turner syndrome look and behave like girls. Now, these individuals will have inherited their X chromosome from either their mother of their father (obviously), but a father’s X chromosome is designed for a girl; whereas a mother’s X chromosome is intended for either a boy or girl – although in actuality it’s designed for a boy, since it will only act unopposed in a boy. The interesting thing in all of this is that girls with Turner’s Syndrome think and act differently depending on whether they get their X chromosome from their mother or their father – as you might have guessed, those with the X chromosome from their mother (designed for a boy) are more boyish than are those who get their X chromosome from their father.

 

Now watch this fantastic little YouTube vid:

 

And here’s a great article by Roy F. Baumeister, professor of psychology at Florida state university, which does a good job of refuting the central line of argument advanced by feminism:

Is There Anything Good About Men?

 

You could also do worse than to watch this neat little YouTube video series on feminism. Obviously ENR(NW)’s posting of this young lady’s video series should be taken as us agreeing with the majority of her views on feminism – not her views in general (which we may or may not agree with) :

 

 

 

 

 

 

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