Joined Mar 12, 2011 at 04:43AM EST
FULL OF JUSTICE
“Not really complicated at all”
There are social and mental pressures leveled against domestic abuse victims. As some of the tweets indicate, you have things like…
I’m being abused, but if I divorce him/her, that will displease God/my parents/my friends.
I’m being abused, but if I divorce him/her, my child will end up with a broken family.
I’m being abused, but the person abusing me is threatening me with something that prevents me from just breaking off the relationship.
I’m being abused, but because I’m a child I don’t have the resources and ability to just get away from my parents/guardian.
Some people stay in relationships they are unhappy about because they believe the alternative (not being in that relationship) would be too costly for various reasons.
Before someone gets the impression that Zoe Quinn here is reading some sort of Marxist SJW book…
I would advise at least skimming over the respective wikipedia pages of Cultural Marxism and Prison Notebooks first to get a better sense of context. Cultural Marxism here = the idea that the upper class “bourgeoisie” oppress the lower class “proletariat” not just through economic means (low wages, prevention of bodies such as unions, etc.), but also through cultural means--promotion of nationalism, the virtues of capitalism, portrayal of the acquisition of material wealth as a virtue, etc. In other words, the idea that “capitalism doesn’t keep us down with just crappy wages, but also by making us think it’s awesome”.
Prison Notebooks, in turn, is about a Marxist’s observations and analysis of socialist ideas in general, such as the importance of educating the proletariat class such that intellectuals can arise from them and, of course, the above idea about capitalist oppression by cultural means.
Again, if this screencap was intended to try and show Zoe Quinn as someone reading SJW books or something, then it’s taking things out of context. At most, this pic shows that Zoe Quinn was willing to be photographed reading (or implying to have been reading) a Marxist text.
As an aside, Shoe’s argument that women have all the rights that men do is, while technically true, does seem to miss the heart of the matter. Yes, women are formally equal to men in the eyes of the law. However, there are less visible factors that impose certain obstacles on women that are not applied to men. While some of these are the inevitable consequences of physiological factors (such as pregnancy), others, such as the discrepancy between wages earned by women vs wages earned by men, still exist and must be explained in some way.
Furthermore, while Shoe may not have felt oppressed in her entire life, that isn’t enough evidence to claim that women are therefore not oppressed. Perhaps she had a particularly fortunate upbringing: perhaps she’s particularly thick skinned.
Radical feminists may have a point on the makeup, heels, thinness, etc. points; I think the idea that society exerting pressure on women to have to conform to its expectations is potentially harmful has some merit to it.
However, while society may not have a right to force you into being something you don’t want, it in turn has a right to ignore you if you go against it.
You have a right to speak; you do not have a right to be acknowledged. You have a right to be yourself; you do not have a right to be loved for doing so.
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