In a world where perception is reality, claiming victimhood is the best way to take power from someone and gift it to yourself. Here are three recent examples of groups claiming victimhood by “the man” to increase their social/political capital:
1. Racial grievance mongers
“Let it be noted that on this day, Saturday 13 July 2013, it was still deemed legal in the US to chase and then shoot dead an unarmed young black man on his way home from the store because you didn’t like the look of him.” –Gary Younge
I feel sorry for the people who pay people to write this garbage. George Zimmerman’s acquittal didn’t make it “legal” to murder unarmed young black men. It meant the prosecution didn’t prove Zimmerman did anything illegal beyond a reasonable doubt. If Zimmerman attacked Trayvon Martin, why did Trayvon have no superficial injuries besides bruised knuckles and a gunshot wound? The evidence showed that Trayvon beat up Zimmerman and that Zimmerman shot Trayvon. Hence “not guilty.”
By construing the Zimmerman verdict to mean something completely different than what it really means, Younge and others convict all Americans of crimes against blacks. They hope enough Americans will believe it that they will submit to their racial form of “justice.”
2. Body autonomy absolutists
“A creeping backlash against women’s sexual, social and economic freedom is taking place in the west, and attacks on abortion provision are the brutal core of that backlash. Some people believe that, despite technological advancement, women should still pay a higher price for our sexuality than men do. They believe women should be punished for sexual behaviour with the risk of pregnancy. And if we become pregnant as a result of rape, as 40 Irish women did in 2011, well, that’s tough luck, and it was probably our own fault anyway.
“Women cannot truly be the equals of men in any society where we are denied control over our fertility. The anti-choice backlash is couched in terms of care, but if women are denied basic bodily autonomy – if our fundamental human rights are confiscated by the state – we will remain second-class citizens.” –Laurie Pennie
It is morally illogical to grant childbearers the exclusive right to say whether or not that is a human being inside them. This illogic is easy to overlook if one views women as “second-class citizens” in the sexual marketplace, who have legitimate claims to be emancipated from the reproductive process. But anyone who has been on a date knows men and women were created unequal in different ways.
One shouldn’t apologize to women whose biology dictates babies gestate in them and not in their male partners, just as one shouldn’t apologize to men who must compete for women’s approval and trust. It’s this foundation of her faith in him, which is his burden to cultivate, that enables her to imperil her well-being to bear the fruit of their union. These are the rules of the game, remarkably complementary, and in effect since the dawn of time.
Insofar as feminists have destroyed the woman’s half of that complementarity with “choice,” they’ve also destroyed the man’s half, resulting in a plague of irresponsibility and untrustworthiness among men. Hence modern woman’s refrain, “Where are the good men?”
3. Skinny women
“I’m taking a stance against skinny-shaming and calling out all the haters. Before you even think about prejudging a woman (no matter her size), think really hard about what it says about you.” –Dana Oliver
What it says about me is that I am hardwired to like women who can have children, because I am also hardwired to want children. For example, Kate Middleton circa 2008 was a nubile goddess. In my opinion, she lost too much weight for her wedding, to the point of appearing unhealthy and unattractive. I really worried when she became pregnant that there would be complications.
That’s not to say men aren’t attracted to skinny women. Experience teaches us men are attracted to women of all sizes. But social engineers will never be able to squelch that drive in men to look for the best possible mate to have children with. And they certainly won’t gain the license to try by making men feel guilty for what they naturally find attractive.