Schopenhauer’s essay on women validates two significant axioms regarding our species: Grow as we might, we can’t escape our nature; and that women have changed very little over the centuries. Let’s discuss some of his observations.
Women are directly adapted to act as the nurses and educators of our early childhood, for the simple reason that they themselves are childish, foolish, and short-sighted—in a word, are big children all their lives, something intermediate between the child and the man, who is a man in the strict sense of the word.
I don’t agree with this as I believe that men and women should be held up to the same moral standard. Christianity and Islam both hold women up to the same moral standard as men. In Islam, women are subjected to the same religious obligations as their menfolk (Prayers, fasting, reading the Quran ect) whereas in Christianity, Christ often referred to the righteous behaviour of women as a model for others to follow (Luke 21).
Having said this I think Schopenhauer is partially correct, that as a group, women display certain childish traits. The modern woman is petulant, narcissistic, solipsistic, and possessing a massive sense of self entitlement. She thinks that flouting the conventions of a feminized society is a sign of strength, the latter being supplemented by the nanny state. Her narcissism is grounded upon an exaggerated sense of self worth which is shaped by a never ending stream of positive reinforcement she receives from society (Girl power, you go girl, girl guides, ect). Boys are expected to man up whereas women suckle on this reinforcement all their lives. Women aren’t expected to take responsibility for their actions either and anybody who suggests otherwise is a victim blamer. Observe the dearth of female engineers? That’s patriarchy’s fault. What about the lack of non feminist female intellectuals? That’s patriarchy’s fault too. The childish modern woman thrives on an external locus of control. Matt Forney once wrote that women view masculine privileges in the same manner as children view adult prerogatives: freedom without responsibility. He astutely argues that feminism is essentially ideological childishness.
On the other hand, women are inferior to men in matters of justice, honesty, and conscientiousness…So that it will be found that the fundamental fault in the character of women is that they have no “sense of justice.”
I think Schopenhauer is spot on here as I have always believed that women do not possess the capacity to bifurcate right from wrong in the same measure as men. I spent half my childhood in Dubai growing up around sharks and one of my second cousins is the most amoral man I know. He’s worth more than $20 million today (my conservative estimate) and amassed his fortune during Dubai’s real estate bubble. Yet to his credit he seems to be keenly aware of his own amorality and makes no attempt to justify his MO. This sense of awareness is what’s lacking in women. A woman who steals a man’s children and vacations on child support has herself genuinely convinced that SHE is the victim; and ”patriarchal” society is too afraid to tell her any different. That women lack awareness pertaining to matters of fairness is apparent by their ignorance of sexist double standards in their favour. To paraphrase Bay Area Guy, far from fighting the power, women and their feminist handlers have become the power.
That woman is by nature intended to obey is shown by the fact that every woman who is placed in the unnatural position of absolute independence at once attaches herself to some kind of man, by whom she is controlled and governed; this is because she requires a master. If she, is young, the man is a lover; if she is old, a priest.
Are women subservient by nature? I believe this is true from an evolutionary point of view as testosterone enables greater risk taking which in turn yields resources. As the nurturer of our species, women take fewer risks and tend to be herd minded. That women are herd minded and subservient can be deduced from their mindless consumption habits. Men manufacture fashion and pop culture trends, ring the Pavlovian bell (advertizing), and women follow their nature and dutifully consume. When elite controlled universities command women to abandon family and children in favour of a paycheck, women dutifully obey.
Furthermore, during one of our conversations Bay Area Guy observed that women seemed relatively unconcerned with NSA surveillance and the loss of civil liberties in comparison with men. Feminist fruitcake Autumn Whitefield Madrano reasons that the “male gaze” has desensitized women to surveillance:
“I’m trying to think of how I’d process the news that our “for the people, by the people” government can invade our privacy anytime it damn well pleases, if I hadn’t ever internalized the sensation of being observed. I imagine I’d be more surprised, for starters, but I also wonder if I’m asking the wrong question here.”
I take it that deep down even she realizes how daft this theory this is as she then writes:
“I’m not saying that just because women might be used to being watched by men means that we’re inherently blasé about being watched by governmental bodies; in fact, I’m guessing some women are more outraged than they would be if they were male, even if they’re not directly connecting that outrage with womanhood. (Also, I don’t believe the male gaze to be wholly responsible for my indifferent reaction here; it’s just the one that’s relevant.)”
As a conservative, I tend to reason with common sense and this is what my common sense tells me: that as the physically weaker sex, women are far more concerned with security than men would be. As I’ve written before, for men, freedom is defined as minimal state interference. For women, and feminists in particular, freedom is all about the bloated nanny state that dispenses handouts. It’s impossible to love big government while remaining anti-surveillance. So what have we learned from all this? Primarily 3 things:
- Women aren’t entirely economically independent, feminists have shifted their dependance away from husbands and family and onto the state.
- Women aren’t any less subservient today, feminists have shifted their subservience away from husbands and families and onto the Corporate elite.
- Women aren’t any less concerned with security, feminists have shifted that need away from men and onto the state.
Schopenhauer’s essay on women remains relevant today and even contains an element of urgency in light of current trends. His observations may serve as a beacon for those trying to navigate the fog of a feminized society.