No wonder feminists have had enough of Jeremy Corbyn and his fellow ‘Brocialists’ Julie Burchill in The Telegraph 10.02.19
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It’s a common complaint these days that people find themselves ‘politically homeless’ – usually because of Brexit. But it’s also something that is happening to feminists. The Right is starting to look a far more appealing place for women than the Left, who have screwed this up all by themselves – just like they have with the formerly loyal and now lost Jewish vote – for their own psychologically murky reasons.
Last year 300 women resigned from the Labour Party because it allows female-identifying men to stand on all-women shortlists. Previously, we saw the grotesque spectacle of Corbyn’s Labour Party holding sex-segregated election rallies in constituencies with high Muslim populations.
This fits in with the broader masculinist culture of Corbyn’s party – Brocialism, defined by the website Urban Dictionary as ‘the political, social, and economic ideology of those who claim to have Socialist or Communist leanings, but whose behaviour or beliefs are hypocritically sexist.’
There’s something weird about calling a 70-year-old who resembles Old Man Steptoe ‘The Absolute Boy’ as though he’s some sort of superannuated scamp thwarting the attempts of bossy females – “Stupid woman!” – to control him. And who has promoted highest, of the few females in his Shadow Cabinet, a woman he used to have sex with and who is not – through no fault of her own – up to this demanding job.
While Diane Abbott may accuse Question Time of legitimising the abuse she has received since last appearing on it, Labour women who have resisted the Corbyn cult such as Jess Phillips have admitted that the abuse they get from their alleged allies is far worse than it has ever been from their Conservative opponents. Angela Eagle was shocked to get homophobic hatred from Corbynites whereas the Tories adore Ruth Davidson.
And there’s the little matter of the Conservatives having had two female leaders while Labour repeatedly promotes inferior men to the post.
When did it become an article of faith that feminism belongs with the Left anyway? The suffragettes, after all, had a great deal of crossover with the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.
Mrs Pankhurst – a Tory, whose feminism and temperance was informed by her work as a social worker in the East End seeing the awful effects of male drunkenness on wives and children – was keen on the slogan Votes For Women And Chastity For Men. As most things did – drugs, hair, the Beatles – feminism appears to have lost its way in the late Sixties and early Seventies when it was conflated with other ‘struggles’.
As the ongoing revelations about the multitudes of rapacious males working in the humanitarian sector shows, it’s all too common for men who’ve ticked the Brotherhood Of Man box on the spiritual census to believe that this gives them carte blanche to behave like utter creeps towards women.
If socialists can get into bed with these dubious allies, why not feminists with the Conservative US think-tank the Heritage Foundation, as the charismatic Posie Parker (a scourge of the trans activists) and her girl-gang did on a recent trip to Washington?
Clinging to a belief system which repeatedly downgrades you is masochistic madness. If the personal is political, why are we expected to leave abusive personal relationships yet stay in abusive political alliances? Women – so long the put-upon jam-tomorrow handmaids of the Left – have had enough; when the facts – and the friends – change, so must feminism.