I read The Crescat blog fairly regularly. The Crescat is very Catholic, and I'm very Protestant. The Crescat is a salty writer, and I'm exceedingly careful about language. The Crescat just the other day said something negative about the song "Mary, Did You Know?", and I like both the song and the music type. But I enjoy reading her blog.
She has recently put up a particularly insightful post. (Language warning, however.) It's about the reduction of masculinity to anatomy.
Her simple, undeniable point is this: Feminism, by vehemently rejecting a broad and praiseworthy concept of masculinity in the name of promoting equality, implicitly reduces the meaning of being a boy or a man to the possession of certain organs. After all, we can't say that masculinity has something to do with chivalry, with being protective and strong. We must make men and women equal, which means we must make them the same in all respects we can manage, which means the only difference we are allowed to admit is the stark difference of anatomy. Once masculinity has been given this feminist reductive treatment, it should come as no surprise that men raised with these ideas are overly focused on sex and lacking a sense of their own, and others', human dignity. And it should be no surprise that girls, taught the same general message that the only difference between men and women is their (supposedly, unimportant) anatomy, also become hyper-sexualized.
Such a simple point, such an obvious one, yet a point that feminists and their fellow travelers never get or maybe just don't care about. We can see, then, how feminists, who supposedly are committed to empowering women and making women valued for their minds and their humanity, have actually been complicit (wittingly or unwittingly) in reducing women to sex objects and men to beasts on the lookout for women to use. If human sexuality is stripped of all its distinctly human aspects such as romantic love, male protectiveness and female trust, and lifelong commitment it will, at least in society at large, be reduced to the level of the animals. This is what we see all around us. This is the consequence of, inter alia, feminism. Congratulations, girls. Thanks a lot.
(Readers, I count on you to stick to my language and discussion norms, despite the sexual nature of the post's content.)