This week in Australia:
- We have been transfixed by a coronal inquest that saw a drug fueled gang sex session end in the death of a mother of three aboard a cruise ship. The coroner has said that there are 8 “men of interest” to her investigation. The company specifically attracted a young, single, male audience with commercials featuring scantily clad women and the slogan “seaman wanted”. P&O employees told the coronal inquest that it was typical to see 20 to 30 people a night on the ship, either naked or having sex in a public place.
- Australian Aborigines in town camps outside Alice Springs sexually assault children as young as infants after watching hours of pornography.
- In Melbourne, a sign on a prominent Melbourne street invites passers-by (including children) to use women as a public lavatory.
- The conservative national Government is unwilling to insist that Internet companies provide filtered content to homes.
- There has been what, on the face of it, was a sexual assault on the popular Big Brother program: known now as the “Turkey Slap Incident“, a man slapped his penis against the face of an unsuspecting woman whilst another man held her arms.
In 2004, a prominent football team in Sydney gang raped a woman who, in a drunken stupor, was having “consensual” sex with three men, but did not give informed consent for another fourth, who apparently had sex with her without the correct paperwork. Charges against the team were not laid as the woman was unable to remember the particulars of the rape. The football club’s response to this outrage was to hire a gender studies expert, Catherine Lumby, address the ‘major problem’: ‘issues of sexual negotiation’.
We live in a hyper-sexualised society that began 50 years ago, when medical advances combined with fading classical Christian morality to create the sexual revolution. The result is that sexual intercourse was freed from reproduction and became almost entirely recreational. Issues of modesty and chastity are now confined only to parts of the Muslim world that are thankfully backward-looking. This revolution has done more to degrade the status of women then any comparable cultural current elsewhere in the world, short of India’s female genocide. It is hard to see what benefit there is for women in a society that removes all responsibility associated with sexual behavior from males. Over time it has actually distorted women’s views of themselves, a reduction that causes them to behave as primarily sexual beings, in a society that defines their sexuality in purely masculine imperatives and desires. Therefore women dress in a way that is pleasing to men and are delighted by compliments on their sexual appeal; women’s magazines discuss how women can better satisfy male sexual urges; and in the football team’s case, women act as physical surrogates to allow “male bonding”.
The contemporary liberal model for society tells us that education and free will alone will allow adults within a group to make rational decisions, but men’s behavior has shown us that this is simply untrue, unfettered by personal accountability and religious ethics, the contemporary male is likely to act as sexual predator when given to the opportunity. The P&O ship at the centre of the inquest is best seen as a social studies experiment out of control.
The only reason that similar widespread behavior in society goes unreported as a societal phenomenon is purely because of powerful sectional interests. This, however, is changing, Female Chauvanist Pigs by Ariel Levi and The Princess Bitchface Syndrome by Dr Carr Gregg document the toxic effect of this sexualised society on young women. The authors faithfully chronicle a society in which women are reduced to sexual beings, and they both offer woefully conventional remedies.
Ariel Levy, unsurprisingly for a feminist, believes the answer is more feminism, but the author should be given some praise for her willingness to challenge conventional feminist interpretations of female sexual power relationships and to document the split within the feminist movement on the issue of pornography. As an unexpected bonus, this exposes the fraudulent intellectual base of self proclaimed “radical Islamic feminists”. What is radical feminism? Levy points out that it is neither feminism nor is it radical to advocate the use of women as primarily sexual objects, even with their consent.
Dr Micheal Carr-Gregg, a child psychologist who describes himself as Australia’s “Dr Phil”, nevertheless manages to acquit himself well in this small book. In Australia, one can purchase makeup for children as well as a variety of undergarments (in children’s sizes) that would attract a tax rebate for a prostitute. Along with contemporary children’s literature, magazines, and music, this has created a generation of young adolescent girls with a profoundly disordered view of themselves and their role in society. On his couch, Dr Carr-Gregg’s patients (as young as 13) fret about weather they are “pleasing their man”.
Neither of these books are worth buying, but they are important because, for the first time, there is a serious effort to document this problem which many Muslim living in the west have recognized for decades.
One can reasonably ask, why has forty years of aggressive feminist action failed to prevent this culture from emerging?