Fundamental Principles of Fraternalism: The historical exploitation of men
Recently I wrote an article entitled Feminism 101 that outlined the fundamental principles of mainstream feminism, an ideology based on an interpretation of history from a modern female perspective. However, it is just as possible to develop a fraternalist ideology based on a male perspective that demonstrates how men have been exploited by women throughout history. The following is a quasi-serious, quasi-satirical article that does just that. But it does a bit more as well. It’s the beginning of a line of thought, though still incomplete. I’m posting it anyways, but I will have to develop and expand it in the future.
Fundamental principles of fraternalism: The historical exploitation of men under gynecratic rule
Throughout history, women have held power over men and have used this power to exploit them while giving the outward appearance of being dominated by them. Gynecratic rule is the collective ability of individual women to exploit individual men. Since this exploitation occurs on an individual basis, there is no central power structure or institution that allows women to consolidate their power. The lack of such structure is what allows women to maintain their dominance while providing the illusion of male power. The family unit is fundamental to gynecratic rule and chivalry is the cultural manifestation that allows it to exist.
Sex and the withholding of sex is the historical source of female power. Gaining control over a man’s sexuality and using it to manipulate his behavior was the key to ensuring fidelity and obtaining economic security for life. Marriage was the institution that allowed women to gain control. In exchange for the promise of providing a regular sexual outlet, a woman gains a lifetime of economic security. The man becomes her indentured servant, required to provide the fruits of his labor (often at risk of life and limb) in order to meet his obligation to her. As part of their service to women, men were required to become the builders and maintainers of societies. This allowed women the freedom to create individual matriarchies to dominate their families.
However, gynecratic rule with its decentralized structure exacts a high price from both men and women. Rigid sex roles were the result. While the family unit is of utmost importance to the woman, maintaining the family could become quite burdensome and restrictive. It could even be considered unattractive. However, women, in order to maintain their collective power over men, could not permit large numbers of women to abandon their role, no matter how unattractive. Men were manipulated into the role of enforcer which was consistent with their role of protector/provider and their position as the builders and maintainers of society. As enforcers, men maintained gynecratic rule by requiring strict adherence to predetermined sex roles.
As advances in technology and medicine freed women from the health risks from pregnancy and made breastfeeding obsolete, many women began to desire a broader role than that of nurturer/caretaker. Men, of course, remained restricted to the role of protector/provider. Fraternalism is the concept of a brotherhood of men banding together to free their brothers and their sisters from the bonds of gynecratic rule.
Gynecratic rule is governed by two overriding principles, the principle of reproductive inequality and the principle of exploitation. Fraternalism is founded upon the principle of equality and the recognition of individual differences.
The Gynecratic Principle of Reproductive Inequality vs. the Fraternal Principle of Equality
The overriding belief of gynecratic rule is that women are more capable than men in providing care for children, their families, and the elderly. This principle has lead to the denial of the rights of father’s to their children, or for fathers to be able to gain custody of their children, or to make the mother of the children equally responsible for the financial support of children. But it does not stop with matters of family. Inequality requires that men be sent to be maimed, mutilated, or killed in warfare and/or as part of a labor force. The cultural construct to maintain the principle of inequality is chivalry. This principle is the result of innate differences between men and women that must be acknowledged.
First, are the physical differences in size and strength. Women have historically exploited this difference by claiming that by being bigger and stronger, men are better suited for tasks requiring hard physical labor, forcing them into the role of provider/protector, while claiming the role of caretaker/nurturer for themselves.
The superior size and strength of the male is the basis for chivalry, the cultural manifestation of gynecratic superiority and privilege. It involves the worship of the female by the male, and the granting of special dispensation to the female simply for being female. It is perpetuated by the illusion that the female is the “weaker sex” in all matters. It can include common courtesies such as opening doors or standing when a woman enters the room, or acts that are considerably more self-sacrificial such as championing a woman whose honor has been called into question. Chivalry is demeaning to men because it places men into the service of women and renders them second class citizens. Chivalry is the process through which women subjugate men.
Second, are the reproductive differences. Men cannot become pregnant, nor are they capable of breastfeeding. Historically, this gave women the advantage in claiming the right to provide care for young children. Combined with the health risks involved in pregnancy, women were able to claim female privilege in order to remain home to provide care for their children while requiring men to provide for and protect the family. Until modern advances in technology made breastfeeding unnecessary and pregnancy less risky, men were forced away from the role of caretaker and into the role of protector/provider, and required to sacrifice time with their families in order to provide for them.
Because a woman’s ability to reproduce is limited compared to a man’s ability, women are not nearly as disposable as men. This makes women a far more valuable resource to any given society, and has allowed women to exploit men by sending them off to fight in wars to defend society or to acquire resources, knowing that their society could survive the death of a large percentage of it’s men, provided the women survive in large enough numbers to replenish the population. This reproductive limitation makes women more valuable members of society and is another justification for chivalry.
The fundamental principle of equality is the basis for fraternalism. It requires the abolition of chivalry as there should be no privileged class in society based on sex or race. The principle encompasses equal rights, equal opportunity, and to the extent possible, equal outcomes. The principle of equality recognizes that there may be some innate differences between the sexes and these differences may create some inequalities.
It is the responsibility of society to compensate for these inequalities whenever possible. For instance physical inequality can be compensated by providing special sports teams for women who can’t compete on the same level as men. However, it may not be possible to lower physical standards for women to enter the military in combat roles as this might endanger lives. Women who qualify to the men’s standard would be permitted to perform in the role. Special physical training should be offered to assist women in increasing their physical performance so as to qualify for this role. Conversely, boys, on average, develop the ability to learn to read at a later age than girls. Special assistance may be required for some boys in order to catch up in learning this skill.
Thus the fraternal principle of equality is in direct opposition to the principle of gynecratic inequality. It opposes the exploitation of differences between the sexes and advocates the elimination or reduction of these differences to the extent possible. It encompasses equal rights, equal opportunity, and to the extent possible, equal outcomes.
The Principle of Exploitation
As soon as women learned that they could manipulate male behavior by granting or withholding sexual favors, they began to use sex to dominate men and force them into a lifetime of servitude. This is the very cornerstone of the principle of exploitation and the two sides of its coin, the principle of sexual aggression and the principle of women’s empowerment.
The Biblical story of creation demonstrates the belief that women have used sex to exploit men since the beginning of time. The story is a sexual allegory alluding to the very first time a woman used sex to manipulate a man. Adam, of course represents man, Eve, woman, the snake is Adam’s penis, and the apple is the act of sexual gratification. In the story, God forbids the act of sexual gratification. However, Eve becomes fascinated by “the snake,” Adam’s penis. She is charmed by it and can’t resist it. She partakes of it without his knowledge (probably while he’s sleeping). She desires more and knows that to get more, she must tell Adam. Adam (who most likely knows the pleasure of his own penis) is manipulated by Eve into having sex. From this experience, Eve (woman) learns that she can use sex to manipulate and exploit Adam (man).
The principle of sexual aggression suggests that men have an innately more urgent need to satisfy their sexual desires than do women. By gaining control of male sexuality and sexual expression, women can this innate need to control men. The institution of marriage was created by women for the very purpose of controlling male sexuality. In exchange for the promise of providing a regular sexual outlet, a woman gains a lifetime of financial security. The man becomes her indentured servant and is required to labor (often at risk of life and limb) to meet his obligation. The sex frequently results in pregnancy for the woman, thus allowing her to fulfill her need for children in addition to increasing the man’s financial commitment and obligation to her. In more recent times, women have discovered they can exploit male sexuality even without offering a lifelong sexual commitment.
Modern medicine and technology have allowed women the freedom to choose both motherhood and a career. This development is changing gynecratic rule from a decentralized collective into a formalized power structure. This change is subjugating men even further, as it removes the illusion of male power, thereby diminishing and marginalizing his role in society. This is the process of women’s empowerment.
Historically, women have manipulated men by controlling their sexuality via marriage. But have permitted men the illusion of power by encouraging them to build and maintain societies. Such societies have benefited women by allowing increased opportunity for social interaction and by aiding in the provision of basic necessities and luxuries. However, as the principle of women’s empowerment begins to supersede the principle of sexual aggression, women are discovering the need for a more centralized power structure to maintain their dominance over men.
After centuries of allowing men to govern societies and promoting the idea that men are best suited to do so, women recognized they would be forced to take drastic steps to change these attitudes. Rather than continue to build men up with a false sense of power, they began to demonize men to tear them down. In order to empower themselves, it became necessary to turn men into monsters. After all, the very definition of empowerment is “to invest with power, especially legal power or official authority” (American Heritage Dictionary). Women had always been in power, but it became necessary to take back the illusion in order to gain power on a societal level.
To become empowered, women turned to their very first lesson, the exploitation of male sexuality. Simply controlling it would not suffice; they had to use it to destroy manhood. Women had always portrayed themselves as the weaker sex. Now they used this image to portray themselves as victims. To accomplish this, they combined the superior size and strength of men with the theory of sexual aggression and redefined sex as rape. They also included domestic violence and child abuse in their attack on men. This strategy became known as feminism and is intended to replace gynecratic rule.
Feminism played on men’s sense of chivalry to gain male support. Men had been conditioned as provider/protectors. Feminism turns men against one another by using this conditioned response. It labels any man who opposes its principles as a misogynist and authorizes witch hunts against misogyny. As such, it has prevented men from organizing in their own defense.
If sex was to be portrayed as rape, feminists could no longer tolerate the idea of exchanging sex for economic security. Therefore, they attacked the once sacred institution of marriage; instead they championed divorce and single-parenthood. Again, they used the demonization of men to accomplish their goal, which was to maintain the economic advantage derived from men’s indentured servitude while controlling reproductive rights and the rights to their children. Through chivalry, they gained the support of men to enact laws favorable to women in the areas of child custody, child support, and divorce. In this manner they were able to maintain men as indentured servants who were required to provide economic security to women without the corresponding sexual commitment. In fact, should a woman so desire, she was now capable of taking control of multiple men to provide support, not just one.
Further, this demonization of men has led to the ability of women to terrorize men for revenge, or simply for their own amusement. Typically, this is carried out through the false allegation of domestic abuse, child abuse, or rape. Since little more than a woman’s word is necessary to prove these allegations, it is quite easy to accomplish. The terror can include actual imprisonment or threat thereof, the forcible removal of a man from his residence, and/or the prohibition of contact with his children. She can also damage his reputation, standing in the community, and his ability to remain or become employed with little ot no fear of consequence. Further, through the use of these allegations, a woman may become excused from responsibility for the sexual mutilation or even murder of a man.
Principles of Fraternalism
Fraternalism is a very simple concept that promotes equality. The name was chosen for the very reason that it does not imply a hierarchy. It is also gender inclusive. It is a brotherhood, but acknowledges that brothers have sisters who are their equals. They each provide, protect, care for and nurture each other. The idea of fraternalism recognizes that individual differences do exist as do differences between the sexes. However, it stresses similarities and strives to reduce, eliminate, and/or compensate for differences wherever possible. It is, therefore, opposed to feminism and its predecessor, gynecratic rule. Fraternalism maintains a single over-riding principle, that of equality. It promotes equal rights, equal opportunity, equal responsibility, equal accountability, and to the extent possible, equal outcomes for all, regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
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