“Womanhood” might be an alternative title for this post, but the one chosen wins for its brevity and better accuracy. The previous post discussed the historic male virtues of the West, now inverted; this time it’s the women’s turn.
Ireland again offers us her instruction. At the time of the Famine, this poor and backward land saw rigorous conformity among women to their allotted role: that is, that they should marry young, stay married, and bear babies. Today Ireland has voted to permit abortion, removing a major barrier in the way of women achieving their preferred state, which is to be a slut.
The hightest aspiration of the modern woman is held to be independence; that is, independence from any particular man. Dependence on men in general via the State is satisfactory. She is also to enjoy her sexual freedom, giving herself only with consent (which in practise may be withdrawn retrospectively) and not to devote herself to any individual male for longer than is convenient.
#MeToo takes us further down the path: a woman who sold herself for career advantage may now retrospectively cancel the deal and punish the buyer. In this respect it extends to informal arrangements the same modification already applied to marriage. In the past a man might take exclusive possession of a women but could not in general easily discard her (not even Henry VIII). Now the woman may flit from one deal to another – a casting couch, a marriage – and cancel the deal whenever she wishes.
For the modern baizuo woman, bearing babies can’t compete with those options.