The “empowerment” of women is an artifact of the disempowerment of tradition. To resort to a Marxist formulation, what men today encounter as feminism is the alienated form of their own labor.
The spiritual poverty of our times is reflected in the hideous things on which the wealthiest and most powerful lavish their wealth.
Past civilizations brought forth canonical forms rooted in what was sacred to each civilization.
Today, in a culture dominated exclusively by material concerns, the only cultural imperative is novelty, which translates into a cult of high-priced freakishness. The result in architecture, fashion, manners, and art is the endless supplantation of one ugly trend by another.