One of the points I’ve continually reiterated is that a political or social proposition must work both ways to be a principle. If it only works one way, then it is merely an attack. If raysis is bad and only white people are raysis, then raysis is just a racial club and should be dismissed out of hand. It is also worth noting that the term “principle” is value-neutral itself. There are plenty of idiotic and destructive principles. Though at least they can be fielded as a consideration…in principle.
The principle I’ll focus on tonight is that of equality between the sexes. I don’t have high aspirations for the success of this old topic; mostly because things that aren’t equal tend not be. The fact that unequal doesn’t mean better or worse is surely a qualifier not needed in this venue. In fact, equality itself is a concept as value-neutral as the one of principles. People have been well indoctrinated to glow when the word is invoked, though equality can be quite detrimental. I mean I’m personally receptive to Ashley Judd only taking equal breaths of air as a porpoise while they swim together across Puget Sound. Though I’m uncertain just how much equality she’s up for.
Though one principle of equality I presume Ashley holds dear is that there should be equal numbers of women and men in each occupation. If there are less women, it is because the patriarchy has ruthlessly suppressed their ambitions. That’s why activist actresses like her have been so outspoken in their desire to be coal miners, sewage line repairmen, and termite inspectors. These male-dominated fields simply aren’t going to keep starlets on the outside looking in any longer. Or maybe the equality feminists claim to seek isn’t entirely a principled position either. That would be a real disappointment.
But the truth is there actually has been a great deal of occupational and cultural sex equalization over the last generation. One of those is the inclination of law enforcement to equally apply statutory rape laws to attractive young women. Until about a decade ago, I had never heard of female teachers being stuffed in the can for giving their teenaged male students precisely the experience those boys spend every waking hour trying to obtain. Having been a teenaged boy once myself, the thought that I might be sexually plundered by a predator such as Hope Jacoby (below) sometimes left me so shaken that only a soiled Kleenex lingered as evidence of the horror.
I was thinking today about how lucky I was then not to have been victimized by a beautiful blonde. Perhaps my high school principal had been sufficiently far-sighted as not to put his male students in such mortal jeopardy—as our faculty was comprised exclusively of crones, blobs, and BLTs. I’ll have to remember to thank him for the courtesy.
Though not all high school boys are so fortunate. Apparently one was again recently assaulted by his teacher in North Carolina. Though with all praise be to Allah, a grand jury has handed down a five-count felony indictment against the comely perpetrator. Thus with her criminal reign concluded we can only hope high school football players will one day feel safe again to walk the streets in Cherokee County.
Though ridiculous, this is precisely what our prostration to equality demands. Viewing men and women as civilizations have since humans walked upright—that is to say as different—is no longer within the purview of polite discussion. Because equality is godly in our secular theology, society is obliged to pretend that it has the same interest in protecting teenaged boys from sex with women as it does protecting teenage girls from sex with men. If we did not embrace that pretense certain Misogynist Woman Haters might ask why we must embrace others. And that would be too cumbersome an explanation for intellectuals like Ashley Judd. Thus the imprisoned female teachers represent a sacrifice to social fashion: if you’re equal then you’re equally culpable. And so they must be.
I just wish Hope Jacoby had been equal with me.