Friday, October 17, 2014
Women's Suffrage and Women's Privilege
"Women's suffrage is the right of women to vote and to run for office. The expression is also used for the economic and political reform movement aimed at extending these rights to women and without any restrictions or qualifications such as property ownership, payment of tax, or marital status." 1. "The Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution prohibits any United States citizen to be denied the right to vote based on sex. It was ratified on August 18, 1920." 2. The Nineteenth Amendment reads as follows: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." 3. The Nineteenth Amendment did not address the duties of citizenship the implication being that men remained primarily responsible for military service, the support of the family, and for maintaining a civil society. "Even though men 115% of federal income taxes, women constitute 11% more of the voters. Because there are 11% more female than male voters, males have little to no influence on how the male tax dollar is spent." 4. The following is the URL to a web site entitled: " Independent Voters Are More Likely to Be Highly Educated and Male": http://www.prlog.org/11869490-independent-voters-are-more-likely-to-be-highly-educated-and-male.html A partial quote from the same states: " When in came to gender, men are more likely than women to identify as Independents: 35.9% of men, compared to 25.2% of women." 5. Generally, according to the article, the greatest percentage of independent voters in the USA are educated men. Extending the same responsibilities and duties to women that traditionally men had, inclusive of military service, was not contemplated in this "reform" movement. Neither was the proposition that all of the electorate, regardless of gender, was equal before the law individually and collectively, with regard to rights, duties, and freedoms. Does the Nineteenth Amendment defeat the purpose of the U.S. Constitution, therefore? Without a doubt, it does. Arthur Schopenhauer in his work, "Of Women", states that the fundamental fault of the female character is that it has no sense of justice. He states that: "This is mainly due to the fact, already mentioned, that women are defective in the powers of reasoning and deliberation; but is also traceable to the position which Nature has assigned to them as the weaker sex. 6. The fundamental lack of justice with regard to the aforementioned is an affront to the happiness of the state as the premise of the U.S. Constitution is based upon a hardy, temperate, and virtuous citizenry under which all citizens were brought. However, as women are excluded from those provisions of the law which would result in their virtuous behavior, intemperance,avarice, and the dominion of them over men and their husbands would naturally result. As Aristotle stated in his work, "Politics",: "that in such a state wealth is too highly valued, especially if the citizen falls under the dominion of their wives, ----" 7. Yes, in the USA, we have seen an increasing disparity as this avarice and materialism has resulted in an increasing inequality of property amongst citizens of the USA However, women's suffrage had already been granted in many nations. "The movement's modern origins are attributed to late 18th century France. In 1893, the British colony of New Zealand became the first self-governing nations to extend the right to vote to all adult women. The women of the nearby colony of South Australia achieved the same right in 1895. South Australia was, also, the first nation to allow women to stand (run) for Parliament. Women did not win the right to run for the New Zealand legislature until 1919. The first European country to introduce women's suffrage was the Grand Principality of Finland; and, that country, then a part of the Russian Empire with autonomous powers, produced the first female members of parliament as a result of the 1907 parliamentary elections. Women's suffrage has generally been recognized after political campaigns to obtain it were waged. In many nations, it was granted before universal suffrage. Women's suffrage is explicitly stated as a right under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, adopted by the United Nations in 1979. " 8. The title of this convention conveys the oppressive and discriminatory intent of this convention. That is, it does not address any forms of discrimination against men. Rather, it imposes, ipso facto, privileges on women, duties on men, and discrimination against, because of gender, men as a matter of international law. Does women's rights expect to combine the prerogatives of both sexes and to have equality and privilege too? The advocates of the women's movement say very little about the effect of the aforementioned changes upon marriage, relations between men and women, domestic relations, and the state. In fact, the enthusiasts of the women's movement are rather contemptuous of this part of the case. With the decline and destruction of the family and the social contract will come the decline and destruction of the state. The reconstitution of the family, the family might rebuild the state. However, the state can never rebuild the family. The very essence of the American existence, the Declaration of Independence, refers to that "separate and equal" status which is fundamental to ordered liberty. Yet, does the women's rights movement affirm this proposition? No, it seeks to place women against men with regard to rights, liberties, and duties affirming privileges,liberties, and rights for women while designating additional duties, fewer rights, and fewer liberties for men. Alexis de Tocqueville stated: " There are people in Europe who, confounding together the characteristics of the sexes, would make man and woman into beings not only equal but alike. They would give to both the same functions, impose on both the same duties, and grant to both the same rights; they would mix them in all things- their occupations, their pleasures, their business. It may readily be conceived that by thus attempting to make one sex equal to the other, both are degraded, and from so preposterous a medley of the works of nature nothing could ever result but weak men and disorderly women." 9. But how can the aforementioned occur to men without the acquiescence of and enforcement of the same by men? It is these same weak men who have become the allies of these disorderly women based upon the same inconsistent, unjust, irrational, and self destructive principles. Aristotle, in his book, "Politics", delineated his view points with regard to women's rights. He stated: "As to the indulging of women in any particular liberties, it is hurtful to the end of government and the prosperity of the city; for as a man and his wife are the two parts of a family, if we suppose a city to be divided into two parts, we must allow that the number of men and women will be equal. In whatever city then the women are not under good regulations, we must look upon one half of it as not under the restraint of law, as it there happened; for the legislator, desiring to make his whole city a collection of warriors with respect to the men, he most evidently accomplished his design; but in the meantime the women were quite neglected, for they live without restraint in every improper indulgence and luxury. So that in such a state riches will necessarily be in general esteem, particularly if the men are governed by their wives, which has been the case with many a brave and warlike people except the Celts, and those other nations, if there any such, who openly practise pederasty. And the first mythologists seem not improperly to have joined Mars and Venus together; for all nations of this character are greatly addicted either to the love of women or of boys, for which reason it was at Lacedaemon; and many things in their state were done by the authority of the women. For what is the difference, if the power is in the hands of the women or in the hands of those whom they themselves govern? It must turn to the same account. As to this boldness of the women can be of no use in any common occurrences, if it was ever so, it must be in war; but even there we find that the Lacedaemonian women were of the greatest disservice, as was proved at the time of the Theban invasion, when they were of no use at all, as they are in other cities, but made more disturbance than even the enemy. The origin of this indulgence which the Lacedaemonian women enjoy is easily accounted for, from the long time the men were absent from home upon foreign expeditions against the Argives, and afterwards the Arcadians and the Messenians, so that, when these wars were at an end, their military life, in which there is no little virtue, prepared them to obey the precepts of their law-giver; but we are told, that when Lycurgus endeavored to also to reduce the women to an obedience to his laws, upon their refusal he declined it. It may indeed be said that the women were the causes of these things, and of course all the fault was theirs. " 10. In terms of political power males cannot compete with the homogeneous and gynocentric tendencies of female nature and the related political disposition of it's voting block. Again, we must remember that females are programmed to look after themselves while males are a means to an end for herself and "her" offspring. When you observe the social systems that females build and when you observe their behavior within these institutions, this becomes very clear. Female value in such a gynocentric social-political-legal construct become inherently systemic and institutionalized. Male value in such a social-political-legal construct is heavily related to it's "external utility" in furthering the goals of the female construct. This is the natural result of Matriarchy and female institutionalized power. Recapitulating what was stated in Chapter 6, when a culture is divided accordingly, discord ensues. Increasingly as the core foundation of the mated pair bond breaks down, we witness disparate representation by socio-political and socio-economic gender class; and,at this point, it is mainly on behalf of women. The natural consequence is a further exacerbation of the initial problem i.e. the breakdown in the male\female mated pair bond and the social structure that facilitates it.
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