Cho (scratchrabbit) wrote in malefeminists,

Question of intelligent debate.

I'm in Grade 12, and working on my ISU for Philosophy.
My chosen book was the 'Sexual Personae' by Camille Paglia, a controversial feminist and culture critic.
As part of my project, I have to have several objections to Camille's ideas, the ones I am arguing for this essay. To get a basic idea of different objections I could have from different points of view, I decided I'd make it an open-forum thing to try and get my brain going. Any objections/statements used in my project will be credited.

Thesis/basic idea: "Feminists grossly oversimplify the problems between the sexes when they reduce it to a matter of social convention: readjust society, elimate sexual inequality ,purify sex roles and happiness and harmony will prevail.
Sexuality and the sexes are the intricate intersection of nature and culture, and can not be so easily changed by neutralizing gender-roles in todays society."

I'm not trying to pick any fights with this statement, I simply want to see the opinions and objections to this from others.
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I don't like the assumptions provided here - are all men inherently 'masculine', and are all women inherently 'feminine'? No. That's where the problem with specified gender roles lies.
Right. It seems like the debate is going to turn immediately to the point where your argument is weakest: how gender roles apply to transexuals and especially to hermaphrodites. Should new gender roles be defined and purified for those who fall outside of the pre-existing roles? Or should they be simply purged from this new, free-and-equal society like debris in the gears of this well-oiled social machine?
The biggest problem that I see with your thesis is that you use the term "feminist" in a broad context. The feminism you are saying is oversimplisitc is Liberal Feminist thought. There are many different types of feminist thought. Radical Feminist thought would agree with you that the idea of neutralizing gender norms is way too simplistic. You may want to consider doing some research on different theories ... it's important to be very careful with that...

feminism is a large area of academic study and activism...with varying ideas.

P.S. good luck with your research! :)