NBC News claims in an August 16 think piece that heterosexuality is unnatural and that a global male conspiracy is programming internalized misogyny into women as part of a plot to oppress anyone who isn’t a straight male.
You read that right.
In the piece, feminist culture critic Marcie Blanco weighs in on a multitude of trending stories – the Jeffrey Epstein suicide, the Dayton and El Paso mass shooters, and even Miley Cyrus’ separation from actor Liam Hemsworth – exposing the “strictures of an American patriarchy on the edge of a nervous breakdown.”
“As the status quo, heterosexuality is just not working,” writes Blanco, who claims that the assortment of disparate stories paint a startling picture of the average American male as misogynistic predators who “coerce, harass, rape and kill girls and women.”
Never mind the fact that some of these men are, independently, outliers to the status quo. Never mind the fact that the reason these men – predators and killers – are in the news cycle is because of the aberrant behavior they present. Never mind that men make up 49.2 percent of the U.S. population.
Blanco argues that men need heterosexuality to maintain societal dominance over women, and that women “have been conditioned to believe that heterosexuality is natural or innate.” However, according to the piece, women are “increasingly realizing not only that they don’t need heterosexuality, but that it also is often the bedrock of their global oppression.”
It’s misandrist feminism writ large – an argument for the strong independent wymyn who doesn’t need a man in her life. It’s an experiment that’s been repeated time and again since the advent of the Second Wave of feminism since the 1960s that’s produced nothing but failure after failure as the concept of the nuclear family continues to be eroded, and even perhaps what some might say the reason why so many mass shootings have become endemic to American society in the 21st century.
The facts may not be self-evident to Blanco and other feminists like her, but there is a common thread between most mass shooters and even a few domestic terrorists – most of them come from fatherless homes. The shooters responsible for Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, Parkland, Christchurch, and the terrorists responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 – just to name a few — came from broken families. This isn’t true in every case, but one might pause to ask if their domestic experiences cultivated their sense of disenfranchisement and explosive actions.
The rest of Blanco’s article makes the usual feminist arguments defining patriarchy as an oppressive force that teaches women to embrace consensual subjection to the men in their lives.
As for Cyrus’ and Hemsworth’s split? It’s relevant only for Blanco to cite the pop singer’s attempts to diverge her sexual orientation (Cyrus identifies as “gender fluid”) from as an example of her independence from heterosexual social norms – her Will to Power, in Nietzschean terms.
Blanco does not mention, however, that Friedrich Nietzsche considered women simultaneously incomprehensible and reprehensible. At the very least, the old German was willing to put some thought into the perplexities of womanhood. Blanco, in contrast, dismisses men entirely, and in doing so is incapable of providing any real insight into heterosexuality, which is – after all – entirely biological.