The dismantling of Western masculinity has been ongoing since at least the “Enlightenment,” but was initially hidden from view by the modern heroicization of industry and industrial labor and the association of masculinity with the figures of the industrialist and the militant worker. What in recent decades appears in the West as the triumph of an emasculatory feminism is really the collapse of this modern fantasy of entrepreneurial and proletarian prowess. The oversized figure of the former “captain of industry” is now reduced to the proportions of the typical, larvally arrested Silicon Valley CEO. Old John Henry is a screen-fixated drone confined to a cubicle. The truth of modernity turns out to be the transformation of machine-worshiping and machine-reliant man into a machine, or worse, a machine appendage, with all that implies about the redundancy of gender. The myth of gender “equality” issues from this functional abolition of the gender distinction. “Equality” is predicated on sameness; it imposes sameness. But this imposition is only possible when the markers of difference, in this case sexual difference, lose their functional/social value. This liquidation of gender is masked by the myth, the ideology, of female “empowerment.” But what modernity empowers is not women but an unsexed hybrid. The “empowered” career woman is no longer a woman but a phallicized freak, a forced mutation. Likewise, the modern, accommodating, pliable, “sensitive” male is no longer a male but an equally synthetic product, a complementary modern abomination. Today, surgical transgenderism brings into the open the price of the Faustian bargain between man and machine. It becomes evident that the modern “liberation” from the cruel exigencies of nature was achieved by the wholesale artificialization of the human, the self-disfiguring transformation of both sexes into Frankensteinian oddities.
Feminist prudery can be explained in fairly simply terms–provided one is honest about what sex entails.
Sex is always “degrading” to women because for the woman, it is always an act of submission to the man and the enjoyment of that submission. There is no other way to interpret a woman opening herself to a man. On a primal level, it is a woman’s surrender to invasion , to conquest–but also a welcoming, an embrace of the conqueror. Sex is never a coupling of equals. Indeed, the very notion of equality is fatally anti-erotic.
Feminists (hysterics) cannot yield, cannot surrender, either to men or to their own desire, and, therefore, cannot enjoy sex except by inventing fictions that cover up what is involved. Fundamentally, a feminist is a woman who cannot tolerate being a woman.
Perhaps modernity has something to do with this misgendering–which appears to affect both sexes. Perhaps feminists are women unsexed by the paucity of real men and the overall destruction of patriarchal authority. Perhaps capitalism and modern industry unsexed the modern woman by conscripting her into the workforce and making of her a masculinized competitor with men.
What is certain is that sexual equality guarantees the eventual extinction of every society that adopts it as a goal.