Saturday, May 12, 2007

Feminism 101: Teaching Men How to Respect Women

My Story

I was raised in the typical female sub-culture that most women were raised in, which involved concerning myself with other people’s comfort and happiness over my own, empathizing with others, being gentle and kind and generous, and being able to enjoy other people’s happiness and pleasure vicariously. Of course, vicarious enjoyment was necessary to develop as a psychic skill, as there was a severe lack of my own enjoyment, since no males and almost no females contributed to my need for this kind of interpersonal affection and attention to my wants or needs as I continued to pour out concern and altruistic effort for others because I was expected to. This social conditioning was accomplished fairly easily by my family and the surrounding community, as ever since I was a child my concern for my own needs or iteration of my desires was consistently met by adults around me with a denial of my request and the correction that I was being “selfish”. I was told to ponder how other people in the room felt less important because I was not paying attention to them, that I should be grateful with what I was already given, and that my lack of a sense of obligation to worry about others made me “unkind”. This was an amazing sense of responsibility for me and quite a revelation to find out that, even as a six year old, my effect on everyone around me was so profound that denying them my services would ruin their sense of self worth and their will to go on. Needless to say, for years I lived my life nurturing others, some who needed it, but mostly catering to the whims and whining of those who were the most demanding of the group, who also all happened to be men.

I felt conflicted about this for many years, usually taking my anger and frustration out on major cleaning projects or impossible dieting schemes, as well as depression and other types of self -abuse. But I didn’t know where all this rage and anger came from, and had gotten the clear message from my social conditioning that my anger for any reason was inappropriate and expressing it made me a “mean person”. But, alas, my subconscious intuition and perception won out and I came to the realization that my anger would come out one way or another regardless of what I wanted to feel or be, that the only thing I could control about it was whether it came out in a productive form or a reckless and destructive form, and that there was a reason for my anger: I had a lot to be angry about when it came to how the majority of men and women treated me. The majority of men throughout my life had disregarded or disrespected my emotional comfort, my physical safety, and my accurate intellectual and instinctual perceptions for helping myself as well as solving problems in academic and professional matters. The majority of women passively agreed with these men and encouraged me to just comply to keep peace between the sexes.

The most important thing I realized about my anger was that it also came from how I had allowed myself to be treated and that I had more power over my social experiences and my life than I originally realized. I came to understand that I have the power to please myself, rather than waiting on others to provide what I want for me while I focus on pleasing them. Expecting others, especially men, to do the caretaking thing for me like I do for them is unrealistic, and I have no control over what they choose to do, or to change them. So I decided to learn how to get what I want and what I need on my own, and how to not waste my energy fighting people who don’t want to cooperate with that.

The Process

First of all, I had to get over the culturally contrived shame over focusing my concern on what I want rather than what others want. Taking care of my needs and wants is not the same as being “selfish” because (1.) Being selfish is taking what I want at the expense of what another person already has, or not sharing what I can afford to share with others who are in need of it for their survival and safety, (in other words, people can take care of themselves just like I can take care of myself, unless circumstances are dire), (2.) When I take care of my needs first before others I preserve my life and functionality so that I can continue to help others in need and share my assets with friends and family and not neglect myself into catatonia, (it’s the old airline safety procedure of putting the oxygen mask over your own face so you don’t pass out before being able to put one on your child), and (3.) when I take care of getting what I want, to the best of my ability without being destructive to myself or others, I am a happier person with more generosity of spirit towards others around me, since I have been generous and loving towards myself. It has been proven to me time and time again that people can’t give what they haven’t received for themselves yet, and I am human in the same way.

Next, I had to find out what I want and what pleases me. That was a journey, and it took deliberate focus on this mission from me and lots of journaling and talking with supportive others to get in touch with all the wants and needs that were forbidden to me by others for years. It was like having to get to know someone for the first time, because I had never let the part of me that stood for self care, self respect, and self esteem out of the proverbial “closet”, due to the unspoken and spoken threats from others that they would withdraw their emotional, social, and even material support from me if I did.

While still exploring what I wanted for myself in lifestyle and life circumstances, I realized I had to acknowledge what I wanted for myself in social company. Many people in my past had either not responded to my requests for helping me get what I needed or wanted, and some had downright actively obstructed me from it. It occurred to me that I can afford to forgive people like that, because I also have the power to avoid the aggravation of fighting a person with a bad attitude and instead go around them to meet new people who will cooperate and support me, after stating my peace, of course. This prevented me from wasting precious energy that I could spend on accomplishing my goal for myself and focusing on people who made me feel good, and it prevented me from being defensively attacking and hurtful to others, so I felt innocent of contributing to their lack of love for me and they soon felt like an ass.

I also had to realize that, just because I feel the old female obligation to fix other people’s unhappiness with me or the female false responsibility to save relationships, I am not obligated to leave myself in a situation where someone is yelling and abusive, or disrespecting my efforts at working with them. It is self-neglectful to subject myself to their temper-tantrum and lack of acceptance of the reality about me. So, I began to remove myself from people who came at me with what I call a “bad attitude”, and in this way I have become my own provider of justice: I do the just thing to myself by not leaving myself under the influence of destructive and unpleasant people, and they lose the benefits of my presence, personality and company. Anti-social behavior deserves the absence of social company. People hate being alone.

Once I knew what I wanted, I learned how to get it. I have found that I do not need to manipulate others into giving me what I want- that’s codependent- and I do not need to twist people’s arm by withdrawing from them in silent scorn and sulking until they guess what’s on my mind. I simply find people who have something helpful to offer, especially advice and experience from their own success, and then I go out and do it myself. (Financial self-sufficiency has been very helpful to this process, but I began this process when I was not on my own yet and just supported myself financially to the degree that I could with the opportunities I had at that point.) And most importantly, when working with people in a relationship I now ask explicitly for what I want, after I get in touch with exactly what that is and decide that I am right about this being what I want. This gives others the opportunity to know what I want from them and to choose whether or not they are willing to give some or all of it. Someone giving some of what I want is also helpful and indicative of honesty and good-heartedness towards me. Then it becomes clear who my real friends are.

Besides stating explicitly what I want or need when dealing with others, and moving on if they are unwilling to cooperate or help me in any way, I also find that I have to be able to tell people “No” in order to keep what I want and protect what I have: Saying “No” to people who ask for something I really need and can’t afford to give, saying “No” when someone asks for my resources and I know they will be irresponsible and exploitive with them, saying “No” when men assume that my body is public property and that they are entitled to put their hands on me without waiting for my permission or cue, saying “No” when I don’t know or trust someone and could be in danger, saying “No” to socializing with men who act arrogantly towards me in the public and say insulting or unpleasant things or complain about me…

The Results

It takes a lot of practice, but only four years of concentrating on saying “No” in these situations and figuring out what I want has resulted in a completely new life, completely new social confidence, and a completely new reaction from other people. People in my family now know that they will look like a foolish hothead and become unpopular if they try to pick fights with me, and they like the benefits of my friendship more than my absence, so they are now kind and considerate to me and are concerned with not insulting or offending me. We have great relationships now. Women feel secure around me that I am not being fake with them and that I mean what I say, and they look up to me and start to flock around me in social gatherings. Dirty old men who put a hand on me have it blocked or promptly removed by me with the correction that they don’t need to touch me to communicate verbally. They get offended and start to sulk like they’ve just been victimized by me not letting them handle my body, and that’s fine by me because I want them to get and stay away from me. Men of my own age (in their 30’s) and men younger than me are taken by surprise when I correct them after they call me a “girl” and I politely say “I’m a woman”, or when I point out to them that they are complaining about me not doing something for them and that they should be grateful I’m even there, or when I simply get up and walk away in disgust from men who talk about women as sexual conquests and cheap entertainment. Some stop the behavior and correct themselves in reaction to me pointing out their error in how to treat me and speak about women in general. Some just never get it, and that’s fine with me because I don’t want them around anyway. But they all hear me loud and clear, that women like me, who take care of themselves and are attractive for it, aren’t going to be around for them to flirt with and women like me aren’t going to give them any of the attention they crave when they don’t get humble and considerate in the presence of a woman.

The Philosophy

I treat men like adults, even when they act like children, and don’t care-take or insult them by compromising what I expect from them. If I’m capable of showing respect for others bodies and feelings, and considering them, and being nurturing and protective of women and their dignity, then adult and young adult men are capable of no less. But why, then, don’t they naturally do these things? Because society has not conditioned them to, and has even conditioned them to avoid doing this. It is not men, but women who are conditioned by society to develop these useful and socially beneficial interpersonal and social skills. Men in Western culture have been patronized from childhood to adulthood by their caretakers and by society with the notion that people should not expect any social discipline, character strength, nobleness or altruism from them towards women, as if they are morally inferior.

I don’t believe that men are morally inferior at all. They are capable of much more honorable behavior than their buddies hold them accountable for. But their potential is undeveloped.

Unless I as a woman state the standards of behavior that I expect from them, which are the same standards of behavior and social kindnesses that I learned as a female, men will not know what will get a woman to pay attention to them.

Men want women’s attention, and ideally their approval. This is embedded in their sex drive and obsession with getting women to want them as much as they want women. If they get their attention from women, whether they get it through positive attention or negative attention, or a mixture of both, they are happy and rest from all self-exertion. What this means is that women greatly influence men’s behavior with their choices about what male behavior they will reward a man for with their attention and flirting or their expression of disapproval. By making the rewards of my company obvious, with being sexually appealing and fun, and by letting a man know what will keep my attention and what behaviors I will ignore him for, I demonstrate that he is subject to social consequences for his behavior. It is a way of saying that the universal law of cause and effect applies to him, rewarding respectful social behavior with the privilege of a woman’s presence and natural feminine appeal and punishing inconsiderate or insulting behavior with the loss of this privilege. All a woman has to do is be decisive and consistent about what treatment she will tolerate from men and what treatment she will not subject herself to. Then she can deal with him as she would deal with any uncooperative person by removing herself, going around him, and moving on to the next man. There is always a next man. If you know this, men will realize this.

I do not stay around and fight to let a man provoke or upset me. Trying to change him by fighting only gives him the negative attention he craves and reinforces his pride and laziness. Why does he have to work for your attention when you bring it to him? He will only work for something when you give him some space and a chance to move out of his comfort zone to come over to yours. This is not to say you don’t comfort him back. But if he gets that comfort from you after having to please and impress you first, then he will begin to learn how to be considerate, empathetic, gentle, respectful, and nurturing-all the skills he missed out on. Men are motivated by other people’s high standards that they also feel are within their reach to do, and by discipline- the structured and consistent discipline they get from athletic coaches and military training. Men who don’t have altruistic social skills towards the opposite gender will only get this training from the women who have already learned those skills and know the social rewards of them, like vicarious pleasure in the life and happiness and well-being of another. Unless a nurturing and self-disciplined woman extends this discipline to a man, in a way that is very focused and makes sense to men based on what helps them focus on a goal, it is very rare that a man who has been conditioned to be self-centered will ever be led outside of himself enough to realize his potential for nurturing others lives and attaining the self-esteem that can only come from altruism.

Many couples work out different styles of communication to attain this male-female dynamic in the relationship. This includes decisions on their own definition of the term “discipline”. Discipline can take the form of not enabling, establishing interpersonal boundaries, and “detaching with love” or “tough love” strategies that self-help programs teach; it can also include a woman setting down rules and setting up recreational consequences for breaking them, like those practiced in alternative sexual lifestyles like fem-dom.

Why Men Want to Respect and Honor Women

Yes, there are actually many couples where the man wants to get humble and honor his woman above himself, to act in serviceable ways towards her and make her feel like a queen. Usually these men are not masochistic, but at some point have actually tasted the rewards of becoming more self-less and focusing on the needs of others, specifically inspired by the wisdom of women in their lives. They either experience this sense of altruistic masculine identity from an unusual situation that puts them in a self-sacrificial role with a stranger or friend, or through a series of encounters with playing a self-sacrificing role in the pursuit of an assertive or self-confident woman, if not through their own family experiences. These men especially focus on pleasing their woman, and honoring women in general, because they perceive nobility and honor in being the kind of man that acknowledges women’s importance. They perceive honor in being the kind of man that has the character and wisdom to respect the lives and the will of women for their immense social and personal value to them, rather than only respecting people for being more physically threatening than them and because they have to for their own safety. They perceive honor in attaining mastery over their selfish urges and their physical strength and size, demonstrating the precision of gentleness and the social usefulness of being serviceable to others, especially others who they admire for these abilities (women).

Men’s Service of Women is not Sexist- It is Symbiosis

Men’s self-sacrifice and self-discipline for attending to what pleases and interests a woman is not sexist.


Firstly, women practice self-sacrificial behaviors all the time with people out of habit, and so it is men who have the proving to do when it comes to serving women. We all know women can serve men, but we have yet to see if men will serve women to the same degree that women can, and so this role-reversal is actually beneficial to men’s and women’s ability to conceive of gender equality. Holding a man accountable to serve the woman in a relationship is necessary for the sake of demonstrating to society that men can make up for a lot of lost time in honoring women back, and that women can be equal to men in the ability to receive and feel entitled to enjoy themselves without giving back. In this way, male habitual self-sacrificial giving in acknowledgement of women's entitlement to well-being and pleasure counters the false impressions we get from misleading examples of gender behavior in human history. People can be equal in social value and assets without having identical assets or the same role in their relationship. This is demonstrated in symbiotic relationships in society and in the ecosystem: seller and buyer, oxygen-generating trees and carbon-dioxide-generating mammals, etc. Physiological differences in men and women aren’t limited to the body but are now known to include brain construction and patterns of activity in mental focus. Acknowledging people’s differences physically or culturally does not cause racism, sexism, and bigotry; only blame and accusation of others accomplishes that, so there is no need to keep denying gender differences as if it will be the precursor to discrimination.

Secondly, men's efforts at serving women's interests is a means of sharing the benefits of their masculine-derived assets with the rest of us, and so it is an act of social unification, as it equalizes each other's welfare. It is a matter of men having an asset and sharing it with a friend who doesn’t have as much of it. Women have other assets, like holistically-inclined decision-making and long-term thinking, as well as strong diplomacy skills, that they can benefit men with; thus women have a lot of insight to share with men, which can only be received when men are giving women their full attention. Therefore, when women teach their men how to focus on women’s needs and interests it is a way of getting them to listen to women and benefit from their assets. In this way the welfare of both sexes is equalized.

Thirdly, giving men a chance to demonstrate their virtues through service that honors women's interests is simply expecting them to do the same thing that women are expected to do, and so when women receive their acts of kindness it is an acknowledgment of their moral equality with women. A man opening a door for a woman or doing any 'favor' for her is demonstrating his ability to be as considerate and useful to others as anyone else. But the fact that he is doing this specifically for women also makes his gesture a way for him to show off his extra physiological energy and strength to be admired for an asset that he feels makes him special. And his asset of extra energy and strength does make him special to society and to women, not because we don't have any of it, but because men have more of it and can be extra beneficial to us in that way. They are special for those 'masculine' traits, and it is socially productive to acknowledge this, as it encourages them to invest in other people's comfort and happiness by beginning with pleasing the women around them, motivated by their sexual desire for female attention. They discover the joys of social altruism from the more exciting use of altruism to serve women. Proof of equality with men in potential or ability is not accomplished by not-needing anything from anyone. It comes from knowing you can find other people to get it from. If a man has the opportunity to be useful to a woman and succeeds at doing so, then he earns her trust and gives her a reason to interact with him again in the future instead of moving on to find someone else to be supportive of her interests. If a man opening a door for me is convenient or effort-saving for me, then it's something I find useful for my own interests, regardless of who it is coming from, and so I accept it and acknowledge that the man has benefited me.


Encouraging men in self-mastery and protecting the honor of other people is essential in presenting them with an alternative to using their masculine assets for 'mastering' others and protecting their own honor at other's expense. The statistics are that 95-98% of all the violent crime committed by guns in the world today is committed by young men, as well as 80-90% of homicides, (Kimmel, M. 2005, see 1; UNECE, 2006, see 2.). A similar proportion of all rapes, which are a form of violent crime, are also committed by men. This is indicative of a social problem. It indicates that men in our modern societies have trouble controlling their emotions, as well as their selfish impulses. Notice the percentage of women committing these crimes is rather low. The genders are apparently not equal -in their attitude and practice of social responsibility, even if they may be equal in potential for developing this attitude and discipline. If women have the social conditioning and perception for nurturing and protecting others, and men are behind in developing these because society neglects to challenge them to reach their full potential as givers and protectors, then equality is facilitated by women directing men on how to develop these virtues for lack of this direction in masculine social honor from any other facet of society. (Note: Now, with the Pro-Feminist Movement which is rising among the male population, there are men who are leading other men in developing these new attitudes and skills- Jackson Katz, Michael Kimmel, and many others. Although, if you read their work you will notice that they attribute their knowledge to female mentors (Katz, J., 2006, see 3).

If men were conditioned more by social rewards to do away with, or be discouraged from, antagonistic and belittling attitudes towards women in word and action, then they would not be as prone to act out on those attitudes in the form of violence and emotional cruelty towards women. And women provide men's most coveted social rewards, so they are in a position to deter men from indulging in these ego-gratifying and emotionally isolating behaviors, to assist them in not succumbing to foolishness and instead discovering their true potential for altruism. Many women can be role models for men in many ways, according to their areas of personal or public success. If men were to mentor under them, they would benefit themselves and free themselves to identify with and relate to women more successfully.

In addition I will echo Jackson Katz by saying that many men are blind to their social privileges and power, and discount their physical advantages, usually feeling sorry for themselves that they don’t have more of it. This is due to the fact that these privileges have always been there for them and they take them entirely for granted, expecting society to treat them as more important than women and deserving of power by default. People are blind to what they have unless they live without it for a while. In the context of a loving relationship, it is safe for a man to temporarily surrender his privileges and perceived “rights” by taking direction from a woman, who has a lot to teach him anyway, and submitting his physical strengths to benefiting her for a change. It makes men aware and grateful for the invisible forms of power and social privilege they have so that they can consider sharing what they have with others. Men’s unjust social advantages can be neutralized somewhat as they become more grateful for them and convicted that they are hoarding them, which inspires men to become more generous in attitude towards others rights to the same social opportunities. Taking on nurturing and serviceable roles towards a woman in relationships also gives men the ability to identify with women more and respect the strength and self control that it takes to be a nurturer and a peaceful and generous person. These are roles that society has taught men to look down on as being socially weak or cowardly. By men relating their masculinity to these roles this conditioning is reversed.

Summary

So, the point of my story and this explanation of newly evolving gender dynamics is that if a woman doesn’t like the way men treat her on the street, the way men treat her at home, and the way men treat her in the media, then she has the right to change the way she interacts with men and to start rejecting them when they don’t make themselves useful. If having a man around produces a lesser quality of life for you than you would have if you lived on your own, going out with friends, flirting with new male acquaintances, controlling your own time, and being only responsible for yourself and your own interests, than why have him around?

A woman has the right to find a man who submits his selfishness to concern for her first before himself. (When you’re looking for something, it eventually comes looking for you). She has the right to find what makes her happy and not give it up for anyone. She has the right to stick up for her womanhood by sticking up for her instinctive values, insights, and sensuality to others who don’t get why she is so important to society, and in so doing she will also be honoring women as a social group by not letting them be slandered.

My experience has been that by finding emotional support through other women, community groups, and the development of my spiritual faith, I have developed emotional independence from men, which frees me to set an example for them on how to treat me and other women. I teach people how to treat me by treating myself that way first. I don’t tolerate unpleasant people or treatment, because I want to enjoy myself. I speak my mind and release my confident opinion knowing it has an impact on people who will remember what I say and think about it. I correct people who don’t know how to address me or that my perspective is not to be interrupted, countered, brushed off, or mocked, because it is mine and my life experience and success speak for themselves. And I don’t let anyone touch my body without waiting for and receiving my permission, on penalty of a big slap in the face as an embarrassment for the embarrassment and physical discomfort he caused me. And I avoid saying “I’m sorry” unless I actually damaged someone’s body or social life or belongings, which is very rare,- in other words, unless I really mean it. I do not say “I’m sorry” for existing, for winning, for acknowledging a man's failure to please me, or for other people's bad attitudes towards me. And, I no longer feel ashamed for being assertive, and liking it.


1. Kimmel, M. (2005). Accessed on 5/12/07 from: http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:5FUdVqVO6jAJ:www.womenwarpeace.org/issues/smallarms/docs/kimmelspeech.pdf+kimmel+%22violent+crime%22+men&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us

2. UNECE, (2006). Gender Issues: Crime and Violence. Accessed on 5/12/07 from:
http://www.unece.org/stats/gender/genpols/keyinds/crime/perps.htm

3. Katz, J. (2006).The Macho Paradox: why some men hurt women and how all men can help.



For a clearer vision of the type of masculinity that is female honoring and sacrificial in service towards women without being a masochist, see the story of Rafael Perez in Diane Whiteside's erotic novel "Bond of Blood".




More on Michael Kimmel

More on Pro-feminist Men's Groups
Also see the NOMAS website, (Nat.Org. For Men Against Sexism, Racism, and Homophobia), and XYonline.net

11 comments:

susana said...

wow honey..... i loved ur blog which my cousin suggested me 2read .... i wish i had read it before..... i think i will translate ur 'feminism 101' piece which is simply wonderful in2 spanish.... btw did u get the email i sent 2 u?.... mery xmas and a happy new year!!! - susi
ps-i wonder what u think of feminists who claim that it is women who abuse men rather than vice versa... 4 example check this website, http://www.sheridanhill.com/batteredmen.html

Blanche Black said...

Hi Susi! I'm so happy to hear from you. In response to your question, there is a lot I have to say (as usual!), but I have chosen to focus on the underpinnings of her statements and their origins rather than speculating why certain women might espouse an argument that in fact they inherited from the men around them. There are many possibilities, however I would venture that some women still buy into an old myth that the only way a woman can wield power over a man, and therefore protect herself from his neglect or disrespect, is to indulge him with everything his ego wants so that he becomes emotionally dependant on her for satisfaction, and therefore will give her some form of continual attention. This is not effective, as it assumes a man will respond to such treatment like a woman would. As many have found, men need quite the opposite.


(On the article “In Defense of Men” by Sheridan Hill)

There is a hot battle going on right now between the pro-feminist men’s movement and the men’s rights movement. This woman’s article seems heavily influenced by the latter, which is expending great effort these days to discredit the influence of men who follow and support the female leadership of the Feminist movement.

First of all, it seems that this woman’s argument for the protection of men from female aggression is built on statistics that are framed in a misleading way or are simply incorrect according to government reports. The Bureau of Justice Statistics say that over 85 percent of violent crimes in the U.S. are committed by men, and this percentage increases in most other countries. There are many studies that do the analysis she is attempting to do which thoroughly debunk the currently popular myth of female violence as a threat to society. (Kimmel, M. 2002.),(The Continuing Myth of the Violent Female Offender, Criminal Justice Review, Vol. 30, No. 1, 5-29 (2005)). One of the best books I’ve read that discusses these statistics in the context of the cultural male favoritism this woman is obviously participating in is The Macho Paradox, by Jackson Katz….a man.

“Half of spousal murders are committed by wives? No way. But there it is, a 1985 National Family Violence Survey of 6,000 cases, funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, conducted by Murray A. Straus and Richard J. Gelles at the University of New Hampshire.” -SH

Actually, women are much more likely than men to be violently attacked or killed by an intimate partner, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief , (Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, 2003). Their records from 2005 show that 3percent of male victims of assault were assaulted domestically, while 18 percent of female victims of assault were attacked at home. Additionally, their report from 2000 shows intimate-partner homicides accounting for 33.5 percent of murders of women, but less than 4 percent of murders of men.

“In Straus and Gelles' second study, in 1986, 1.8 million women suffered assaults from a husband or boyfriend, but two million men were assaulted by a wife or girlfriend.” -SH

It is interesting that this statistic is not reflected in statistics on the harassment and assaults on women outside the home. Apparently, up to 83 percent of girls report being sexually harassed at school (Stein, N., 1999.) Between one in four and one in five college women experience rape or attempted rape during college, (Fisher, B.S. et al., 2000.) Eight percent of women and 2 percent of men in the U.S. have been stalked- and 87 percent of all stalkers are male(“The Crime of Stalking: How Big is the Problem?” Patricia Tjaden, National Institute of Justice, November 1997).

Keep in mind that 99 percent of rape is committed by men, which is a violent act including battering, but it is usually sexualized and therefore statistically disregarded. In one well-known study of male college students, one in twelve men admitted to having committed acts that met the legal definition of rape, (Warshaw, R. 1988).

The statistics regarding domestic violence towards non-spouse female and male family members also suggests that violence is predominantly a male problem. According to studies, 15-38 percent of women experience some form of sexual abuse as children, while 5-16 percent of men experience the same crime (Fergusen, D. et al 1999).

“Women are responsible for one-third of the sexual abuse of boys, according to the Dec. 2, 1998 Journal of the American Medical Association.” -SH

So, that would mean that two-thirds of the sexual abuse of boys is committed by men.

Notice that when we turn the dialogue to focus on the behavior of men it becomes clear where the social changes need to occur to eliminate violence almost entirely. Violence is apparently a male problem more than anyone else’s problem. In fact, the author of the article seems more concerned with the possibility that women could ever equal men in potential for violent acts and cruelty than with the balance of violent acts between the genders.

“No, says the National Family Violence Council: "The fact that women had higher mean and median rates for severe violence suggests that female aggression is not merely a response to male aggression.” -SH
“Mothers kill their children” -SH

History is full of demonstrations of women’s equality with men in ability, for good or for bad. There is no reason to be surprised. However, this author’s protest seems to revolve around the issue of increase in the use of this potential among women.

“Between 1975 and 1985, male-against-female domestic violence decreased, while women's violence against men increased” -SH

Actually, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, violent crime rates have declined among women and men since 1994, (“Violent Crime Rates For Both Males and Females since 1994”, U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sept 10, 2006. http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/glance/vsx2.htm).

The question is, if female violence is presently not as prevalent as male violence and not a looming threat to society at present, why would certain men promote fear among each other and their women that female violence will rise and will become more of a threat than male violence currently is?

Coming from a people group that has indulged in dominating others, subtly or ruthlessly, with impunity, this is not surprising. If they were given the chance to hoard power, demean others with physical domination, and otherwise cheat others, and they could do it undetected under a guise of innocence and claimed victimization, they would do so, and in fact they already have as history demonstrates effectively. And if they were ever oppressed by a people group and had the chance to take revenge, they would most likely do so out of the spirit of competition and domination that our culture has always expected of them.

So if the men of our culture are collectively and individually guilty of stealing the social and human rights of women as a people group, would they not expect that group to do the same thing that they would do in that situation and take vengeance on men? Would they not project their own greed for power and disregard for other people’s lives onto their expectations for the behavior of women once women gain the social opportunity to do so?

Yes, women are now more financially and socially independent from men than perhaps ever before, due to so many conditions that seem to boil down to changes in technology. Their freedom to take or leave men without threat of homelessness is increasing, though it is still not universal. Their financial and social power to gain social influence has increased, and with that comes the potential to hire defense lawyers, commit crimes and get away with them, lie, cheat and steal. That doesn’t mean that women as a majority are going to do it. In fact, women have been socialized to use their power in altruistic ways and to distribute power rather equally, and there is evidence that this may be an instinctive quality among women as well. (For elaboration on this, see my article “The Instincts of Women are Socially Advanced” and the comments to the article that follow.)

So, it seems that this woman’s article on protecting men from female violence is built on concepts that stem from the general male population’s paranoia that everyone is out to get them for what they know they did wrong. Yes, they were wrong. They are unworthy of women’s trust until they prove themselves trustworthy to serve the needs and interests of women, which requires them to listen to women and take female direction.

Women’s full independence from male retribution is no more a threat to society than men’s independence from female retribution is.

However, social leadership is deserved by the people it makes happy and well. If
a woman is more humane, more considerate, more holistically minded towards group welfare and social sustainability, than let her lead men as a people group out of their self-absorbed whining and bring them up to date on all the lessons in social morals and etiquette they have apparently missed out on.

Lisa said...

You are a complete and utter inspiration to me and I consider you my mentor. I have never met a realised woman who I could learn from and have been figuring it out on my own. You write so eloquently and thoroughly and my brain is expanding. Thank you so much.

Blanche Black said...

Lisa,

I'm so happy to hear from you. It's always great to find another woman on the same journey. Probably a number of us have had to figure it out on our own and find each other later on in life. Keep strong, and hope to hear from you again.

-Ms. Christina

Magnetic Dating said...

You can naturally gain a special place in your woman's life by helping her find what she wants in life and make her understand and believe how important her happiness is to you. Help change the way she sees the world and help her stand out and live a happier life. The fact that you care that much about her well-being will make her want to keep you around longer.

Anonymous said...

I don't think men will have much choice on whether they will serve women or not. As more women graduate college and become managers and executives, they will become the breadwinners of the households. Their men will be forced to become househusbands and nurturers. The women will demand that their husbands or boyfriends do as they say or get out of the house. If faced with the choice of pleasing and serving your wife or being out on the street, I think most men would choose the former. Men today are helping with housework much more than their Dads did.

Anonymous said...

"There is always a next man. If you know this men will realize this." That is the problem. There comes a time in a woman's life when the next man is not available and the prospects for dating, marriage, and having children become much more limited, even nonexistent.

Blanche Black said...

That is true, yes, but also it's not entirely that simple. For example, I know women getting remarried at 64 years old. The point of self confidence in dating for women is not to constantly replace their partner, but to use the competition between men for their attentions to their advantage by selecting the best long-term mate possible for themselves at that time. And there is far more time to find your mate than most people assume.

Frank said...

Happy New Year, Ms. Christina. How have you been, beautiful Mistress? I hope you are wonderfully blessed in the New Year. You know I am always thinking of you. You are so beautiful and wise. I know you can have any man you choose as your obedient and loving boyfriend. In fact, you can have several men to serve your every whim if you desire. You don't need any attention from me, but I need at least a little attention from you. I think about you before I go to sleep and when I wake up. I think about you at home and at work. I think about how I can be even more respectful, kind, and obedient to all women. You are an inspiration to me in everything I do. I'm sure you are an inspiration to many men and women. You inspire women to train their men to serve and obey them. Men can be so lazy, selfish, and undisciplined. It is true that men need loving structure and discipline from a woman like you.

Blanche Black said...

Why, thank you, Frank. What a lovely message to come home to. Nothing turns me on more in a man than excellent manners and a good deal of consideration. As you know, I am very picky when choosing a partner, as I would hope all my fellow women would be.

I would like to eventually make a dating website for dominant women and submissive men to connect more easily. However, in the meantime I feel like some pick-up advice is in order for the submissive men on the site who are currently single.

I know for a fact that there are other women out there with similar views and attitudes as my own. They may not blog, or perhaps they do, but they are out and about in the Tri-State Area, at least. I have a friend who lives in Canada and also knows of other women like this up there.

I am pretty good at encountering submissive men in public, but it wasn't always that way. It took some serious soul-searching for me to face my true sexuality and possess it proudly. Once I did, it was like a radar to submissive men. Whether their submissiveness towards women is conscious or not, I recognize their potential and they recognize that I am somehow "different" from other women. I find that potential is more important when selecting a partner than experience.

If there is a woman you suspect of having dominant traits or potential, it is likely she is or will become so down the line. The submissive men who have successfully come on to me have done so by waiting for my move- for me to make eye contact with them several times or smile, etc. Once I do, they respond in kind, and if the situation allows for it they strike up an interesting conversation. The main difference between a true "submissive" man and a regular guy is that "submissive" men are not self-absorbed. They are responsive to a woman, showing genuine interest in what she is expressing and remaining attentive over time. The regular guy usually has his head up his ass and misses such opportunities.

It's also important to for the man to move at the woman's pace, never pushing contact unless she initiates it. That being said, there is nothing wrong with being attentive and suggesting ideas for dating to create an opportunity. That is usually perceived as enthusiasm and can be charming.

This is how they man I'm currently seeing caught my attention.

The important thing is to seduce a dominant woman by being entertaining, charming, and useful. Your initiative will make you recognizable when a dominant woman comes along.

Best of luck,
Ms. Christina

Mark said...

Hello Ms. Christina,

Thank you for the kind advice you offer here for submissive men. I really miss your writing which I find to be incredibly insightful and wise. I find myself coming back here every so often hoping to hear more of your perspective. I wonder if you have had any further thoughts on the creation of a dating site, as you mentioned above. I think such a site could be an amazing resource. Ultimately, even the potential to be networked with like minded individuals would be wonderful.

Thanks again for the resource you have given us with this blog.

Take care!,

Mark