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originally posted by: Pitou
I don't understand why women would have to be 'challenged' by men because certain men were great writers. That doesn't mean that men are collectively great writers and intellectuals; just that some were. It seems illogical to me to somehow claim some credit for that. Considering that I don't see why I or other women should 'prove' ourselves to the other gender because some individuals of that gender gave false reasons to other members to somehow claim merit.
And what if you or another specific person were a genius, why would that require of your partner that she somehow should 'prove' herself to you? I fail to see the 'logical step' there.
I just find that argument weird- ''men are better/smarter because they invented stuff or wrote books, and even though I didn't (and may be far below average- not every man is brilliant) do any of that, I still can say that US MEN are obviously superior for X reason and you should own up to that!'' (or even tolerate being discriminated against). It makes no sense. Just like it makes no sense to tell me 'woman X did Y in her life, now that makes you a stupid person!'' I don't claim any merit of smart women either.
To me, the whole point seems both moot and vain.
ETA: It's as silly as me walking up to a non-white person to say: ''White Person X invented that device! Now invent something just as special or it means that you as an individual are inferior to me as an individual even though I never invented anything important myself.''
Besides, I think it's a bit unfair how some people approach the matter. Yes, there're great male writers, but there're also plenty of wife-beaters, child abusers and warlords, to name a few. Addressing that is suddenly misandry, though. (usually)
What is the problem, Ladies?