November 13, 2011 by Jesse Lawson
Sluts get what they deserve.
And it doesn’t matter if they’re a rape victim because they just have “buyer’s remorse.” Nor is it man’s fault, who has a “natural male instinct to avoid complaining, expression of weakness, emotions in need of help, or advice in general.” In fact, women shouldn’t be having sex at all, let alone talking about it and its consequences.
If you aren’t filled with anger right now, you might want to leave. The above sentiments are nearly part and parcel of the GOP’s ongoing campaign against gender equality, taking the form of different types of Gender Extortion, a concept that is not new but rarely used (don’t worry – we hope to change that). Some of the most common forms of gender extortion, and the ones I’ll be focusing on, are physical extortion (sexuality, rape, abortion) and social extortion (control). As we venture down the road of politics and social science, please keep one thing in mind: gender extortion is the product of the dominant group (males) seeking to ensure that the present appropriation of social and cultural capital remains that way in the future.
Genderization of Sexual Deviance
The gender difference between classification of sexual deviance in behavior illustrates the ultimate power play made by men over women. This psychological extension of the seemingly exclusively male necessity to dominate that which is different and not readily understandable takes the form of a neurosis that weaponizes an inner struggle to define oneself, exploiting the passivity of the female gender – a nature that has been socially ingrained in their psyche, not willfully chosen and practiced – in order to maintain gender dominance. Most guilty of this (and most easily made example of) is the Republican party, especially during the last few years. Take a look at some of these shocking attacks against the female gender that MoveOn.org has put together:
- A corporation can be “the victim” of a tornado, but someone who was raped will be called “the accuser.”
- Programs like HeadStart are not needed, because women should be married and home with the kids.
- Birth control for horses, but not for women.
- Murdering an abortion doctor is considered defense of a helpless person.
Unfortunately, offering example after example of how this cancerous power struggle over women causes an unhealthy split along both party lines and gender boundaries is a moot point. Instead, we must determine what causes this craving for dominance through gender extortion in order to get to the root of this patriarchal decay, in hopes that by presenting the problem’s origin we can take measures to socialize our future generations into a mindset that disallows and completely discourages such brute, unintelligent behavior.
Sexual deviance is the rawest element of all types of gender extortion. In defining what is “appropriate” for women to do and say, men extort women into certain patterns of conduct and conversation. True to Karl Marx’s theory of social reproduction of power, the ruling ideas are the ideas of the ruling class – that is, androcentric ideologies are the dominant ideas in society because men are the dominant gender. Androcentric ideas that perpetuate gender extortion are thus perpetuated solely because they exist in an androcentric society that socializes its young men to practice and promote the preservation of values and norms that are conducive to gender extortion behavior, like rape.