Globalization is creating a template for a new femininity whereby women and girls are the predominant source of information and governance, while also representing the bottom of the economic barrel. The class gap between women is widening more rapidly than it is between men, in part because men are falling wantonly from the workforce.
There is a fear among the right that women are overtaking men and rendering them useless. I would assert that because women carry both the capacity to maintain work and household (as in, carry fetuses while also working) that they have surpassed their male peers in terms of economic functionality but also in terms of familial goals. Men, particularly men on the right, fear that they are becoming unnecessary and are therefore developing a reactionary politic in a flailing attempt to reclaim the only sphere where they feel relevant.
In the US, we’re seeing a gross development of anti-abortion legislation which is designed to undermine women’s agency as independent reproductive and economic actors. States like Texas and Arizona have gone out of their way and defied all that is scientific to deprive women of their choice not to reproduce. Likewise, women who have been deemed “unworthy” by the penal system in other states like California have lost their right to reproduce. These rights (despite the governor of AZ being female) are effectively being undermined by men with the intention of maintaining patriarchy.
Meanwhile, women are enrolling and graduating in higher education in higher and higher numbers each year. In certain generations and within certain demographics, women have out-earned and out-employed their male peers. The above legislation is indeed connected to this trend, as male legislators are attempting to return women, barefoot and pregnant, to the kitchen.
This trend outlined in the US is relevant for different people in different ways. Most of the women traditionally seeking abortions are educated and come from middle or upper-middle class backgrounds. They have economic goals which span years and they will not marry in their early 20’s if at all. This legislation was designed for that demographic, but it will not affect them in proportion to others. Women of that class background probably have better access to travel and can get out of town or state and go elsewhere for medical services if needbe, but lower-income women, women under 21, and women who already have children or other high-stakes responsibilities might not be able to make the trip. This legislation disproportionately affects them. The issue of abortion rights is one frequently appearing when one makes a case for prioritizing federal governance.
This is what liberals do. They find topics like abortion or “employ at will” laws and reveal the state-level legislation to be oppressive for anyone who isn’t a middle+ class, straight, white, able man. The liberal agenda, so they claim, is to give equal access of opportunity to groups of people that traditionally don’t have access to things like healthcare, education, healthy food, etc.
Does the federal government deliver? Fuck no.
Is a “right” something one should have to ask (see: lobby, march, write) for? Fuck no.
Do I believe a liberal when the liberal says they have the interests of “minorities” in mind? Fuck no.
So what is a person to do when they see that state-level legislation is not prepared to protect freedom, but when the federal government is equally regressive and ultimately every system is run by buffoons?
I call for the end of the United States of America. For the end of the nation-state as we know it. But that isn’t a thing that will happen.
What the fuck do radicals do when they bump up against nihilism?