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Samizdata quote of the day

So this is how feminism ends – in a room full of half-pissed, half-pissed-off celebrities vying to be the most serious about sexual harassment. This says a lot about how low this once interesting political movement has sunk. These bejewelled movie stars don’t speak on behalf of women, and their words of solidarity ring hollow. Last night wasn’t about making women free – it was about virtue-signalling elites clapping each other on the back. If this is what feminism has become, just another red carpet accessory, then good riddance to it. Now, maybe, we can have a serious conversation about what kind of political movement women and men need.

Ella Whelan

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10 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • PapayaSF

    And they gave an award to James Franco, who looks like the next name to be hit by the Pervnado. Apparently he is known for taking advantage of young wannabe actresses in his acting school and elsewhere.

    By the way, anyone wanting to keep up with the underbelly of Hollywood should be reading Crazy Days and Nights. Many items are trivial gossip, but a surprising number involve child abuse, sexual assault, and even murder. And the site has a good track record for accuracy, going back years. You’ll be surprised how many actresses and models are not above doing some “yachting” for $$$$$.

  • Nicholas (Unlicenced Joker) Gray

    What we need is a movement in favour of free enterprise for everyone, male, female, or differntly-gendered? A Pro-Enterprise movement. Perhaps ‘Laissez Faire’ (French for Leave us alone) could be the motto.

  • Julie near Chicago

    Nicholas! Pardon my saying so, but that sounds extremely, well, radical, don’t you think?!

    Works for me. :>)

  • Nicholas (Unlicenced Joker) Gray

    And the slogan is FRENCH! When did they last have a good economic idea?

  • David

    My wife has been involved in the promotion of equal opportunity for women for many years rising to very senior management in her organization.

    Her comments on the “virtue signalling” of the so called celebrities are unprintable – in fact she used words I had never heard from her mouth in over 50 years of marriage.

    Ella’s last sentence gets to the heart of this issue.

    As for the Oprah for President crap words fail me. If “the cousins” think she is Presidential material their country is screwed.

  • Alisa

    This says a lot about how low this once interesting political movement has sunk.

    When was it ever interesting?

    These bejewelled movie stars don’t speak on behalf of women, and their words of solidarity ring hollow.

    Feminism never spoke for women, it always spoke to them at best, and mostly about them. The fact that it was led by people who happenned to be women does not change that.

    Last night wasn’t about making women free – it was about virtue-signalling elites clapping each other on the back.

    Nothing new about that either.

    Now, maybe, we can have a serious conversation about what kind of political movement women and men need.

    How about leaving human relationships outside of politics altogether?

  • Paul Marks

    This is not how the media presented the Hollywood Frankfurt School of Marxism “Idenity Politics” event – the media have presented it as wonderful and noble.

    Most people think that “Oprah” and co are great intellectuals – they dote on every deluded word that comes out of them.

  • Laird

    “Feminism never spoke for women, it always spoke to them at best, and mostly about them. The fact that it was led by people who happened to be women does not change that.”

    An excellent point.

  • Laird

    To be fair, Oprah is every bit as qualified as Trump was (yes, I know that’s a bar so low that worms would trip over it, but still . . .). But you have to appreciate the blatant, unapologetic hypocrisy of people who, less than a year ago, were screaming that we couldn’t afford a “celebrity president” with no experience or qualifications. Apparently that’s true only if the name isn’t “Oprah”.

  • The last president with real qualifications for the job was probably Eisenhower. The president isn’t that important a job except for uncovering naughty bureaucrats……

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