From this The Other McCain post,
Facts, logic, caustic sarcasm — nothing can penetrate the rigid fanatical certainty of her totalitarian worldview. She buys into this belief system, and achieves Feminist Consciousness.
“In terms of the oppression of women, heterosexuality is the ideology of male supremacy. . . .
“What we are doing in revolutionary struggle is to make our consciousnesses different. When enough people’s consciousnesses are different, then we make a revolution.”
— Margaret Small, “Lesbians and the Class Position of Women,” in Lesbianism and the Women’s Movement, edited by Bunch and Nancy Myron (1975)
“Feminist consciousness is consciousness of victimization . . . to come to see oneself as a victim. . . .
“To apprehend myself as victim in a sexist society is to know that there are few places where I can hide, that I can be attacked almost anywhere, at any time, by virtually anyone.”
— Sandra Bartky, Femininity and Domination: Studies in the Phenomenology of Oppression (1990)
“All women are prisoners and hostages to men’s world. Men’s world is like a vast prison or concentration camp for women. This isn’t a metaphor, it’s reality. Each man is a threat. We can’t escape men.”
— Radical Wind, August 2013
Perhaps the victimhood consciousness depicted above could be reclassified as a world view; that is, the schema upon one tries to make sense of the world (sometimes poorly). In this world view, men are considered to be nasty oppressors; but clearly this is not true. Still, this view remains. What drives this disconnect from reality?
As mentioned in the previous post, world views are often constructed to be self-serving. It is likely that this is the case here. It is beneficial today to be a victim (odd as that might sound). One can lay claim to feelings of righteousness, sympathy, and possibly government goodies. But perhaps the true benefit is that it can be used to excuse one’s failures.
The real question is: what did feminists hope to gain by choosing such an approach?