The screech heard round the world.

Stop the economy!  I’ve got a baaad feeling!

— The Left

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Screenshot from Wikipedia

The best part of Greta Thunberg is that like David Hogg, she won’t go away once her moment of usefulness to the left has passed.  Not only did she reach her pinnacle of fame at 16, but her claim to fame is:

  1. Convincing children to skip school on Fridays.
  2. Angrily complaining that she has been wronged.

Neither of these are impressive accomplishments for a 16 year old, let alone lifetime achievements.  You could add allowing a group of men to sail her across the Atlantic, which makes her a sort of modern day Amelia Earhart.  But none of this took real work or skill, and she was rewarded with worldwide fame and adulation.   What are the chances that she will understand she was only a prop, and quietly fade away now that her moment has passed?  In the past she wouldn’t have necessarily had much choice in the matter.  But in the age of social media her ongoing antics will be harder for the media to ignore.  She may have to pull outrageous stunts and screech even louder, but eventually she will momentarily break back out of obscurity.

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A (new) child to save us.

Last post I noted the uncanny resemblance between Greta Thunberg and the “Fearless Girl” statue.  Another example of the bratty girl as savior archetype that is so common today is Laura from the movie Logan (violence warning):

The symbolism of a child come to save us from our own sin (Wall Street greed, Climate Change, etc.) is painfully obvious.  Social Justice Warriors have not only rejected Christ, they are desperately trying to make their own.  This is industrial strength feminist territory marking.

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Fearless Girl come to life.

As for My people, children are their oppressors, And women rule over them.

-Isaiah 3:12, NKJV

Greta Thunberg has been all over the web the past few weeks, and after clicking on this story it struck me how much she looks like the “Fearless Girl” statue that was on Wall Street a few years back.  I don’t think this is mere coincidence.  Both are icons of our age, representing our greatest aspirations.  Both are all about the sneer, 100% pure moxie untarnished by wisdom or experience.

But Thunberg has something the statue can’t have, the power to scold.  Surely this must give chivalrists a thrill up their legs.

Related:  Feminism in a picture.

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Doing as they were taught.

At Fabius Maximus commenter J Allen described the pathetic men he observes in the local grocery store:

The other group were men who were following their wives (this group had wedding rings) like attentive children. They were pushing the cart while the wives grabbed the food. One actually asked his wife for permission to get some peanuts while another asked his wife if it would be a good idea to take the stairs instead of the elevator. This group of men sounded slightly homosexual, but that very well could mean nothing.

Based on his description I strongly suspect these are conservative Christian husbands.  This is after all what conservative Christian pastors and other leaders teach.  Go to Family Life and you will be taught that God speaks to husbands through their wives’ vaginas.  Pick up a book by Pastor Doug Wilson and you will be taught that God intends for wives to be House Despots, and that “[a husband] should learn to see himself as a guest. He wipes his feet at the door, he eats what is served to him, and he seeks to conform to the pattern established by her”.   Similarly, the authors of Every Man’s Marriage explain:

What I’m trying to say is that the “master” defines your rights (and remember again that though we refer to your wife as your “master,” it’s our shorthand for the fact that becoming one with her essence is actually your God-given master). Why? Because you’re called to oneness and her essence sets the terms.

Pastor Tim Bayly makes it even simpler, and merely tells husbands to call their wives lord.  All of these examples fit the conservative Christian pattern that I’ve described in previous posts, substituting Chivalry (Courtly Love) for Christianity:

Poets adopted the terminology of feudalism, declaring themselves the vassal of the lady and addressing her as midons (my lord), a sort of code name so that the poet did not have to reveal the lady’s name, but which was flattering by addressing her as his lord.

All of this is quite jarring if you aren’t immersed in modern conservative Christian culture, and therefore aren’t an expert in making excuses for it.  For a picture of what this looks like, here is a video starring Pastor Todd Unzicker and his wife.

Pastor Unzicker appears to no longer be actively preaching at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, but from what I can tell he and his wife are still associated with it.  Summit Church is lead by Pastor J.D. Greear, the President of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).

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Status is a powerful motivator.

Larry Kummer at Fabius Maximus has an excellent two post series on the current state of marriage:

  1. We teach boys that marriage doesn’t work
  2. Women embrace higher values, destroying their families

In the second post, Larry writes:

How do women integrate these values into their lives? They use Girls’ Game. First, romance a man to get married. Most women want children, and middle- and upper-class women are careful to not do so until they have a ring on their fingers (men’s assistance and money makes the first few years much easier).

Weddings have become the Party of a woman’s life, in which they are Queen for a Day. This is new. In the past weddings were modest, except for the rich. See the wedding in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946): the bride wears her best dress to a ceremony at home, serving punch and wedding cake at the reception. The wedding was the focus, not the bride.

Then have some kids. The husband provides support during those first few difficult years raising the children. When the children go off to school, file for divorce. There are always reasons: he does not meet her needs, she has grown, etc. Then get community property, child support, and independence. It is a logical strategy for women raised to value their independence, pride, and strength above all else.

This is an excellent description of the way the game is played, but there is an even greater motivator to consider, which is status.  I left the following as a comment, and thought I’d expand it a bit into a quick blog post:

Marriage conveys legitimacy to the children, and status to the woman. The man’s money could be obtained via child support without a wedding, and likewise his assistance (living together would do the trick). For middle class women, there is only one respectable way to babymamahood, and that is by marrying first, and then divorcing whenever it is most convenient after she has the number of children she wants (from that particular baby daddy at least). This is incidentally a weakness in the Girl Game model you describe that could be exploited socially (no legal change required) should we ever start to value marriage and respect men who marry and become fathers. Of course legal changes would quickly follow if our view of fathers changed, but the social mechanism would be extremely powerful even by itself for middle class women.

Women who divorce do take a status hit in their intrasexual competition, unless they stick the landing.  However, this status hit could be much worse if conservatives ever start respecting marriage and men who marry and become fathers.  Simply speaking, or even thinking the truth would be devastating to divorcing baby mamas.

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