For some reason, there is an all out effort coming from the mainstream media in all its forms meant to convince Americans that the traditional order of things when it comes to sex is just not working any more. There’s all sorts of news on transgender people, an honest to goodness minority of a minority of sexual deviants. Gay men have been mainstreamed to an extent. And now, women claiming to be attracted to women are blaming men for their preferences.
Marcie Bianco of NBC News put out a story regarding Miley Cyrus’s split with her husband, and with it a diatribe against “the patriarchy,” which is, of course, to blame for all this confusion on the part of what is really a tiny minority of the population.
As a snapshot of 2019 America, these stories present a startling picture: Men continue to coerce, harass, rape and kill girls and women — and go to extreme lengths to avoid responsibility for their actions. On the other side of the issue, girls and women are challenging heterosexuality, and even absconding from it altogether.
Framed differently, the picture is this: Men need heterosexuality to maintain their societal dominance over women. Women, on the other hand, are increasingly realizing not only that they don’t need heterosexuality, but that it also is often the bedrock of their global oppression.
Actually, all of us need heterosexuality to continue the human race, but with modern assisted reproduction apparently women who can’t handle men want the rest of us to believe we can just skip conjugal relations.
Most of the world disagrees even if many women wish men would have better manners on a daily basis. That is one place the patriarchy could pick up the slack, actually, but that is not where Bianco went with her diatribe.
Patriarchy is at its most potent when oppression doesn’t feel like oppression, or when it is packaged in terms of biology, religion or basic social needs like security comfort, acceptance and success. Heterosexuality offers women all these things as selling points to their consensual subjection.
Historically, women have been conditioned to believe that heterosexuality is natural or innate, just as they have been conditioned to believe that their main purpose is to make babies — and if they fail to do so, they are condemned as not “real,” or as bad, women.
While there is some truth to the social pressures brought to bear on the single and childless to be neither, being with a man is hardly oppressive if he’s a gentleman.
And if that is what this diatribe is all about, Bianco is barking up the wrong tree. Readers may want to decide for themselves.