I'm so glad I'm here in the United States. I mean it, especially today, when I suddenly sense the world around me changing towards a direction I'm not sure is good for us. Through perfume, I have been able to get a glimpse into some of the world view of the way the US operates under capitalism. I'm also seeing that capitalism is equated with classism, although based on what I've learned through history lessons, classism is intertwined with racism, really: blood lines and lineages that create class awareness, the way societies are set up in other parts of the world in an inescapable hierarchical pyramid of rank, like birth order or family name. The American way actually allows people of different backgrounds to break out of the social mold because we believe the individual creates society, not that society creates who we are. How could capitalism create classism when classism is there in socialist countries? Racism and sexism won't be eradicated by simply dismantling capitalism.
This is freedom to me, that we can see beyond people's social class, race, gender or any other feature we're born with--a privilege I will never take for granted. I believe we can see beyond the material (the seen) because of our faith, putting spirit (moral, if you will) over material, as in the biblical phrase, "man shall not live by bread alone". We are equal in God's eyes, and we can all compete in a capitalist society for success--this is our version of equality and freedom for all to compete in a free market, to have freedom of religion and to live by our moral code. I've been learning that people who are opposed to capitalism are often also opposed to morality getting in the way of business as usual. It's as if the idea that church and state should be separate can now be applied everywhere else as a one size fits all theory.
It seems everywhere I turn today, people, including women, are trying to prove that being modern means being able to separate morality from all aspects of life. If demoralizing images are all we get now because of this new post-feminist movement, isn't it the same as saying we no longer create images based on moral conscience at all? I find that disheartening, and I also don't blame capitalism for this. Consumers have free will as do imagemakers who often put out purposely ambigious or shocking images to prove a point, that we should all separate ourselves from the images we're fed every single day like maharishi gurus supposedly levitate from the earth with their all-matter-conquering mind-control. Pushing the envelope is an important aspect of art and communication, but to me, it's twisted to make us think we don't see something that's there, as if the sexism we see isn't real, either. If people trivialize my opinion as being politically correct (the new derogatory term), it's because such an opinion is actually going against the current status quo.
Eva Prima Pandora, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misogyny
I know there's a problem when people, including women, can rationalize pornography and even prostitution, as not being the causes of or contributing factors to sexism:
The new sexism, issue 77, Sept. 2003, socialismtoday.com:
"ANDREA DWORKIN ONCE argued that "at the heart of the female condition is pornography, it is the ideology that is the source of all the rest". But sexist images of women, of which violent pornography is the most extreme expression, do not cause women’s oppression. They are the products of a society based on inequalities of power and wealth. The roots of women’s oppression date back thousands of years to the rise of class society, private property, and the family as an institution of economic and social control."
I agree with Andrea Dworkin (to a point). I would say that the perpetuation of such created, distorted and fetishized, so-called idealized images of us, creates the kind of society in which real women are made into second class citizens by sending the message that we are imperfect beings (compared to the manmade image set to oppress us by calling it "ideal"). Again, I believe individuals create society, not the other way around. To say a societal system is responsible for the making of such imagery is a lie. Someone created it and someone published it, and it's not for greedy capitalist moneymaking schemes only, but also to make sociopolitical statements, like how such images are indeed useful and therefore not bad or wrong. It's another opportunity to present the monistic philosophy that nothing in this world is good or bad, right or wrong, which goes against the American fabric of morality and well-being. Sexism doesn't have to sell products any more than pushing ideas based on love or romance, unless that's the image that's always made available. It seems to me the real beef people have with capitalism is that it's the only system that allows for freedom of religion, and belief in God ticks people off for some reason.
Here's a writing on how focusing on class oppression marginalizes sexism, racism and all other "isms":
The Unhappy Marriage of Socialism and Feminism?
Submitted on 23 September, 2007, workersliberty.org
"Marxist theory reduces everything to economics and therefore only addresses the issues of (white male) class oppression. Theoretically, it is incapable of analysing and addressing women’s oppression.
"The oppression of women, black people, queer people and working class people is all interdependent and equal. To talk about class struggle privileges one oppression above another and marginalises struggles against sexism, homophobia and racism."
Although I side with capitalist thought, I see much of politics as diversion from the sexism that may well be the core of these debates. So why am I addressing all this now? Because I believe The Secret (which is connected to Darwinism through its association with Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine and Root Race Theory) has been significant in a paradigm shift here, that good and bad don't exist (monism vs. monotheism), that we all create our own realities (materialism) by thinking what we choose to think (suppressing "negative" thoughts even when deeper issues are legitimate--this is a form of mind control), and with karmic theories that can be twisted to say we (and our thoughts) are responsible for the action of others for or against us, a dangerous and simplistic concept when one struggles to understand what causes oppression and genocide.
Capitalism doesn't create sexism any more than socialism does. It's misogyny, institutional and individual, which exists apart from political systems. It starts with those sexist images we pretend don't hurt or demoralize us. It thrives on our blissful ignorance, because we want to please men, to gain their approval, and worst of all, to cater to them out of fear. That motivation alone shows us how far we've really come, which may not be as far as we are made to believe. I wish we could stop buying time theorizing on the causes of sexism and tackle sexism and all its hateful, misogynistic images that are strategically designed to keep us down on a global level.
By the way, I don't think there can be real equality in a survival of the fittest natural law setting, because if there's a shortage of food and work, I think the more useful (read: men) will get the better deal no matter what, and women will be delegated to "working" for the welfare of men. Wouldn't you just love to go back in time a few thousand years and get stuck in a "might is right" society? This is what's being offered to us as freedom in the New World.
Read more about feminism of our time:
LIPSTICK IMPERIALISM AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER: WOMEN AND MEDIA AT THE CLOSE OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Margaret Gallagher, Paper prepared for Division for the Advancement of Women, Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development, United Nations, December 1995
Feminism Means More Than Sexual Equality
By Pete Schemerhorn, www.migreens.org
Also may be of interest: That's Funny You Don't Look Anti-Semitic - An anti-racist analysis of left anti-semitism by Steve Cohen www.engageonline.org.uk