Friday, June 25, 2010

Rape Culture 101 -- No Gender Differences? Really?

by Connie Chastain*

Have you ever encountered the feminist claim that gender is a social construct and doesn't exist naturally?

The differences between individuals is greater than the differences between male and female, the claim goes. Here's an example of this propaganda put out by the Department of Education:

Except for minor physical characteristics, feminists say -- for example, women can give birth and men can pee their names in snow -- there are really no differences. They'll tell you this with a straight face, evidently expecting you to believe they really believe it.

They don't. Of course they don't. There could be no such thing as "rape culture" to anyone who believes gender difference does not exist.

Because who rapes, according to feminists? Men. Why do they rape? Because they are men. Women do not rape, because they are not men.

I believe the differences between male and female exist, but not the way feminists do. For them, the point of not recognizing gender differences is to elevate women; and the point of recognizing them is to trash men.

Why? Aside from simply expressing the hatred of men that underlies all feminist thought, the point is to give women an advantage in the classroom, in the office, in the home. But because men and women really are different, the advantage has to be an unfair one.

If there are no differences between men and women, why the VAWA? Why the "Title Nining" of college sports? Why reconstruct education in this country to be friendly to how girls learn, and hostile to how boys learn? If male and female are the same, what's the objection to single-sex classrooms? If there are no differences in the genders, wouldn't a classroom full of boys be exactly the same as a classroom full of girls and boys?

The blatant double standard of feminism is one of my strongest objections to it. It is illustrated many ways, but the cognitive dissonance of claiming no gender differences exist while proclaiming that we live in a "rape culture" is is one of the most conspicuous.

*Connie is a regular contributor to FRS. Her principal blog is