A series of (un)fortunate events
Perhaps it’s luck, or fate.
Whatever you may call it, it just happens that the coincidence of multiple factors coming together at a specific moment in time to create an ‘opportunity’ for bringing to fruition ideas and thoughts molded in the silence of one’s solitude and in the corridors of the manosphere.
Sorry if I drone on for too long; I’ve been told that my monologues often become lectures and therefore a liability when getting my point across. In short, I suffer from verbal diarrhea, or if you prefer a more hygienic metaphor, motormouth syndrome.
Anyway, the event that sparked this post is here:
I’ll admit, reading the title ‘Feminism as A Social Construct’ and more importantly, looking at the banner photo (attached below), I thought I was going to go in and hear the usual dogma that parrots the party line.
Instead, I was pleasantly surprised that the speakers (a lawyer and an English Lit, lecturer; both women and wearing hijabs no less) were very eloquent and cogent in their historical breakdown and analysis of feminism, it’s evolution and multiple facets. Especially important was the context in which they presented in.
The first was ‘Feminism in Jurisprudence – Barrister Fatema Anwar, Academic director, DCLE, registered centre of University of London Int’l Programmes.’
Jurisprudence, a term admittedly I have heard but never thought about much until Barrister Fatima clarified the necessity and utility of ‘philosophy of law’ that is very reminiscent of the overview Rollo Tomassi gives to the Sexual Market Place (SMP) and Marriage Market Place (MMP); on top of that learning about the local context of a third-world country (Bangladesh) and how feminism has entrenched itself not as a bastion of equality (not equity, mind you;) but more as a political exponent that isn’t necessarily ‘just’.
Secondly, there was ‘Feminism in Literature: Ms. Batool Sarwar, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Dhaka.’
An overview of the feminism and its presence in English Literature, where Ms. Sarwar despite restriction of time quickly skimmed over the evolution and emergence of feminist literature and how, despite all efforts allowing for women to emerge as writers on par with men, we have had a hijacking of the canonical texts and their significance to literature being challenged in light of feminist theory and rhetoric. In short, it is a rewriting of the syntax, the language being used which would be ‘sanitized’ by the corrective arm of feminism and end the oppression.
In this instance, Virginia Woolf’s notion of the ‘Other’ from her book ‘A Room of One’s Own’ where a man’s superiority is explained in relation to the implied inferiority of the women around him. Also mentioned was the overview of Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre’ and the protagonist struggle for individualism.
I do want to mention that while these two presenters have provided a clear understanding the evolution and context of feminism as a social construct, I have been looking at these issues through the behavioral, evolutionary and psychological lens, where, to use Rollo’s ‘intergender communication’ overview (http://therationalmale.com/category/inter-gender-communication/) has enabled me to ‘understand’ that both the legal and literary zeitgeists have resulted in the formation of the current social construct of feminism as it stands, globally and locally.
There was supposed to be a third presenter : Sociological/anthropological perspective: Dr. M Anwar Hossen, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka.
Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to find out research data from Dr. Anwar Hossen, he was absent from the panel.
Here’s hoping that this continues; my sincere gratitude to the two ladies that presented.