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Response to Paine
Friday, December 10, 2004
To the Editor:
Thank you so much for putting us radical feminists back in out place as hateful ignorants. We had gotten so out of touch with reality that we didn't even realize we were wrong about so many things concerning men, especially our negative attitudes towards them.
You're right, men aren't rapists. After all, when women don't react to men's sexual advances or say no, then they must want sex. How presumptuous and arrogant of us to assume that we deserve respect and orgasms in our relationships with men.
Of course men aren't oppressing us, that's just something we say because it is still our decision if we want to stay at home with the kids and the household work. Our husbands can go work, they get paid more than we do anyway. We also definitely appreciate the artistry of those wonderfully objectifying porn movies men watch.
We should probably also apologize for "appalling the masses" on our small campus when we said that fraternities perpetuated the way women are seen as property, sexual objects and lesser humans beings in our society. After all, there's nothing wrong with Pimp and Ho parties and drugging women's drinks in order to coerce them into having sex.
Actually, we shouldn't be making "sweeping generalizations" at all, because all men are individuals. Issues like sexual assault and the battering of women are events that only take place once in a while anyway.
Oh yes, and guess what? We decided to abolish feminism because we were focusing too much on furthering our own objectives. We would much rather find a way to get active and participate in men's interests. Men weren't about to give up their privileged positions anyway, just as you said. No more childish protests where we speak up for our equality! Instead, we will work together with our male bosses and superiors, and our male politicians and president. Maybe patriarchy isn't so bad after all.
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