Or, Why We Fight: Reason #4,559
This post is the latest in an occasional series about why we at Gates of Vienna (and those in the larger movement) decided to enlist in the information war. What makes us don our virtual helmets, pick up our digital rifles, and jump over the parapet into the barbed wire and shell holes of no man’s land?
The answer naturally varies from individual to individual. Mine varies from day to day, depending on which aspect of Western Civilization I happen to be contemplating at any given moment. There is so much treasure here inside the walls of our citadel for the enemy to plunder or destroy. So much that will be lost when we are finally overrun, as Alexandria was overrun in 641 A.D. — libraries turned to ashes, churches in ruins, monasteries sacked, survivors enslaved…
This essay has been a long time in gestation. It was conceived in January 2016, just after the Groping Jihad in Cologne on New Year’s Eve. Back then I wrote a post about what happened that included the following sentence:
Islam understands something that we Westerners seem to have forgotten: A society that refuses to defend its women will defend nothing.
What I said seemed so obvious to me that I was taken aback by the bitter, angry response in the comments from some of our male readers. Their general sentiment, from which they could not be shaken, was that women deserved what happened to them at the Hauptbahnhof. Because of feminism, because of the War Against Men, because of all the humiliation and insults they’d had to endure at the hands of the Cultural Marxists and Feminists who now dominate Western societies.
I began to take notes and jot down further thoughts after the German city of Regensburg took action to protect its women from being groped on public transport by setting aside special “lady zones” on its buses. No men were allowed in those zones. There the women of Regensburg were protected from all the insistent swarthy hands that were constantly bedeviling them in public places. They were now in their own safe space marked off with attractive pink delimiters.
It seemed such a feminized response to a basic violation of public order. Such a solution could only emerge from a culture that has decided in advance that it will never respond to habitual violent public disorder with its own violence, no matter how serious the provocation. The idea that German men might be encouraged — or even allowed — to defend German women never even entered the pretty little heads of the Gutmenschen who manage German society.
The establishment of “lady zones” is yet another example of the feminization of our political culture. It represents the banishment of masculine behavior from public life.
In reaction, there is a large reservoir of male resentment out there that mitigates against the traditional male defense of women. Men who feel this type of anger believe that with the help of major Western institutions, women have collectively made war against them, and so women must collectively reap their just reward. Regardless of whether any individual female has participated in the gender wars, she must bear her share of the responsibility for the actions of her sex.
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In summary, this is why Western men don’t rush to the defense of Western women:
||They have been conditioned by decades of “education” and media propaganda to believe that for the ordinary citizen, violence is never, ever justified. On those rare occasions when it is necessary, only members of the military or civil authority — i.e. the police — may administer violence, always with regret and restraint, as a last resort. In some countries a man may be arrested and prosecuted if he intervenes violently to protect a woman from being molested.
||In addition to all the acculturation described in #1, men may well have been subjected to decades of feminist propaganda that demonized them for being evil males, so that they are now experiencing gender-fatigue. Women (or should I say wymyn?) have for so long excoriated and belabored them for being “patriarchal oppressors”, for having “testosterone poisoning”, for being aggressive and violent, that as far as they’re concerned, those particular women who are being groped, harassed, and raped by culture-enrichers are on their own. The men are simply going to sit this one out.
My response, presented as answers to three hypothetical questions, is below.
Does a man need permission from the women of his tribe before he stands up to defend them?
The short answer is: No, he doesn’t.
OK, so you’re a Western Man. For decades you’ve been assaulted continuously by Cultural Marxist propaganda that demonizes you, belittles you, and holds you responsible for all the ills in the world. One aspect of the propaganda push is to delegitimize any act of violence that is not approved by feminists and the girly-men they have deputized to manage our cultural and political institutions.
In other words, your feminist guardians frown on manly action. Does that mean you can no longer act decisively? Just because the feminists are mean to you?
A real man doesn’t care whether a woman approves of his defending her. He doesn’t wait for her permission.
A real man — a manly man — defends his people, no matter what. He defends his women (and by “his”, I mean the free, independent women of his family, his hometown, his district, or his country) regardless of their opinion of what he does. He defends the old and the young, the beautiful and the ugly, the brilliant and the stupid, and, yes, the feminists and the sane women. All of them.
Which women deserve protection?
The short answer is: All of them.
Or, more to the point: how do you, a Man Going Your Own Way, determine whether any given woman deserves to be defended by your strength, cunning, and skill?
Imagine that you’re in the Hauptbahnhof in Cologne next New Year’s Eve. If you see a young woman screaming and crying, surrounded by hooting “youths”, how do you tell whether she is “modern” or “traditional”, so that you can decide whether or not you will defend her?
Do you pull out a ruler and measure the length of her now ripped-off skirt?
Do you check to see how much slutty makeup she is wearing? It might be somewhat hard to tell at this point, since it’s all running down her face mixed with tears and blood.
Do you push past the young thugs and ask her a series of questions designed to determine her political position on the Gender Wars?
“Who did you vote for in the last election, mademoiselle? Where do you stand on the issue of gender-inclusive pronouns?”
Now tick off the boxes on your clipboard, add up her score, and make a decision on whether or not to clock the nearest “refugee”.
I remain skeptical of the practicality of such measures…
No, a real man defends vulnerable young women of his own family, clan, hometown, or nation. Period. He doesn’t determine in advance whether they deserve it or not. He doesn’t require that they desire to be defended, or be grateful for it. He just does it.
What will happen to a society whose men make the bitterly conscious decision not to defend their women?
The short answer is: It will be conquered by Islam.
And that’ll show the feminists, won’t it? Boy, I’ll bet they’ll be sorry then!