Francis Buck Posted September 23, 2013 Author Share Posted September 23, 2013 Here's the thing with "Bakker and Misogyny". I do not, in any way, shape, or form, believe that Bakker is misogynistic in his daily life. I don't think he treats women like things to be banged, who only really think about sex, or whatever. I think his extreme reaction to people stating as such on the internet was because of this -- it was never intentional. That being said, misogyny is, unfortunately, a very...I don't know, subtle? topic for a lot of men in Western society. I mean, most (or, at least, a lot of) men don't even comprehend that there's an issue at all. Many of those that do comprehend it often make light of it. Misogyny simply isn't as in-your-face as something like, say, racism, until you've come to recognize it.That being said, I don't really buy that Bakker was secretly some kind of feminist this whole time. He just didn't realize he was writing something that could be offensive to women. Which is no excuse, but still, I think that's the situation. Nobody's perfect. Nobody's necessarily completely aware of every issue, every party involved, etc.I also think that some people definitely need to be divorced from their writing and their personal opinions. I've been writing since I was in fifth grade (and I fully realize that this kind of argument -- the "I'm a writer too" argument -- mostly seems like bullshit unless you're published/reputable, and so I almost never resort to it, but I'll do so here because I think it's true) and I've certainly been completely ignorant to certain things while never thinking about it for a second. Sometimes, a writer's just trying to tell a particular story, and in the sheer effort of doing so, a lot of issues come up in the process, or otherwise fall to the wayside.Ultimately what I'm trying to say is, I do not think Bakker is some kind of secret misogynist that hates woman. However, I think it's clear that he's absolutely ignorant to the issue (or was) until it threw itself in his face. But at the same time, his arguments about being a feminist, and all of this being planned as part of TSA, are kinda hard to swallow given the fact that the same issues show up in his other works that are totally independant from Earwa. The guy just has an unfortunate blind spot. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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