The promise of feminism going back centuries was that women had been denied opportunities to become scientists, engineers, physicians, and executives, and that by giving them opportunities, they would change the recognized nature of the female animal. The idea was that women could transcend biological and cultural limitations on them, permitting them to become like the best of men, except with the added capacity of lactation and live birth.
The Atlantic, which was once considered one of America’s leading intellectual magazines, has taken to rewriting press releases from the electronic brothel / concubinage clearing house Seeking Arrangement. In it, it claims that over 1,000 prostitutes signed up for their service from New York University alone — a school with a total annual undergraduate population of around 22,000. While those numbers may or may not be true, if it’s in any way accurate, it’s a demonstration of the implosion of the feminist narrative.
The various feminist tribes find themselves caught between the speculative-capitalist hope that women can be made as productive, innovative, and long-laboring as men traditionally have been (without cannibalizing the male workforce) and the polymorphous-perverse story that ‘sex work’ is glorious and high-status. This is not actually the first time that concubines & prostitutes have been high status in the West, but the dynamic is unique.
Families who sent their daughters to universities at great expense presumably didn’t do so in the hopes that they would be turned out like a truck stop pimp. A motel pimp can turn your daughter out for free, without the need to charge a family hundreds of thousands of dollars like NYU does.
Given that the Atlantic has taken to republishing press releases for an automated internet pimp without even charging them the typical rates that they do for native advertising, it’s interesting about how the magazine vacillates between glorifying women who sacrifice their sexuality at the altar of career, and the similar attempt to portray sexuality-as-career. Blaming student loans for the free decisions of the daughters of the middle class, who were supposedly learning judgment and discernment at university in return for those loan-provided tuition fees, is nonsensical — especially when many parents supplement loans with their own savings, in the hopes of advancing the station of their children through the mechanism of the university.
The notion motivating those loans is that the university is supposed to build character and train discernment. Obviously, it’s failing at that goal.
The story is getting fuzzy, in part because it is essentially illegal to criticize it openly in the United States. Criticizing feminism openly is essentially an invitation for a lawsuit or termination.
Because open debate on the topic is barred, the promoters of the ideology never experience the stress that comes from dealing with contrary positions. Feminists of past centuries had to overcome substantial resistance. There is still resistance, but it’s not the open kind — instead, advocates of egalitarianism only hear affirmations.
So, what are the good and beautiful people supposed to think? They are supposed to say that women must become doctors, business leaders, and engineers, but if they choose to become prostitutes, that is also a goal worthy of enormous support from every governmental and corporate institution in the land. It’s super if you become a dentist, but it’s A-OK if you become a hooker, also.