Women. Feminism. And society’s war against men… [Or “Titanic sinking. Men silent. Any more women?”]


Western society is bent on turning men into neuters. All mysticism has been stripped from gender, which is now reduced to simple anatomical differences, and even these are no longer definitive. No roles are more suited to men than to women, as no roles are more suited to women than to men — at least that’s the party line. Anciently (i.e. before the late 1960s), all gender had a mystical aspect. Men had a life and secrets of their own that they would not share with the women, and women had lives and secrets not for sharing with the men. Certain mystical (and therefore culturally arbitrary) rituals ruled interactions between the genders: a man, for example, would hold a door open for a woman, and would remove his hat in her presence, or stand up when she approached (as he would remove his hat and rise for his sovereign). Any man worth his masculine salt would instantly come to the aid of any woman in distress, even at the possible cost of his own life. It was not a matter of bravery, but of simple masculinity. That’s what it meant to be a man.

Such mystical behaviour can become very practical, as it did one day in 1912. At 11.40 p.m. on April 14 that year, the good ship Titanic struck an iceberg in the north Atlantic, and was fully submerged just over two and a half hours later, with tremendous loss of life. The facts are too well known to need repeating. What is perhaps less known was the insistence of those on board ship upon filling the insufficient number of lifeboats with women and their children and of not giving a seat in any lifeboat to any man where a woman could be found to take the seat instead. In one of the later inquiries, one survivor related, “The men all refrained from asserting their strength and from crowding back the women and children. They could not have stood quieter if they had been in church”. Before each boat was cut away into the water, the cry went up, “Any more women?” These men were not especially heroic. They were simply acting as their society had told them men must act. Real mysticism has always been practical. (1)

It may sound racist or conservative, but not everyone is born equal. We are all unequal in every possible way. And only when we embrace that, can we really live up to what we truly are. I am not clever like Einstein, I do not live like Jesus, I do not dance like… whoever dances well. And yet I am who I am and many people would prefer me against Einstein, Jesus or… well, the guy who dances well.

We used to be proud of who we were. Now we are just too afraid to show it.

Now men are all in the boats.

Now women are all drowning.

Now men are gone.

Women are gone too.

Everyone is shouting.

And yet the world has never been quieter…

Feminism. Porn industry. Hollywood.

It’s no secret that Hollywood still struggles with creating significant, complex roles for women. But if you ask Stoya, the porn industry is a bit further ahead, the adult film star told HuffPost Live:

“It’s actually less of a rarity to see the lead female character be the most interesting thing in a production in porn than it is to see in Hollywood and independent [film] and television. That’s one of the things where typical porn actually is pretty feminist. The women are the stars. So if you’re going to focus a movie around your star and they’re female, it sort of inherently does tend to drag along a little more complexity”.

Stoya and fellow adult actress Kayden Kross recently struck out on their own and founded TRENCHCOATx, a porn site with a pay-per-scene model that gives users more choices about what and how much they buy. Statistics show how hard it is for women to climb the production ranks in Hollywood, but it’s quite common for performers to take control of their own work in pornography, Kross explained to HuffPost Live’s Ricky Camilleri. (1)

Behind the phenomena there lies the essence of things. And that essence is destroyed every time it reaches the surface which we all see and talk about. One must look deep into the ocean. Beneath the scary waves of the dark sea, there lies the truly magnificent cosmos of peace and beauty. Society has created “good” jobs. To hind what are it’s true problems. Porn stars. Business analysts. Astronauts. Who can see better the world, than the one who stands at the deep bottom of it?

Porn. Desk jobs. Astronauts.

Does it really make such a difference? Does it matter what you call yourself if you are a slave? Does it matter how you call yourself when you are not?

Anything with a layer of “good” can be bad. Most things with a layer of “bad” are good. Do not trust the phenomena. Do not look at the waves. Try to stare deep into the ocean’s deep. Look at the despicable. And you will find pride. Look at the dirty. And you will find shinning gold. Stop feeling sorry for the porn industry workers. Start feeling sorry for the Secretaries of State and the Hollywood “stars”…

We are all gay. And black. And women. And…

When some years ago his enemies wanted to hurt the image of Comandante Marcos, they spread the rumor that he is gay. The answer from the leader of the Zapatistas was not something like “Subcomandante has laid half of Mexico” but a rather surprising answer which make his movement even more popular.

“Yes, Marcos is gay. Marcos is gay in San Francisco, black in South Africa, an Asian in Europe, a Chicano in San Ysidro, an anarchist in Spain, a Palestinian in Israel, a Mayan Indian in the streets of San Cristobal, a Jew in Germany, a Gypsy in Poland, a Mohawk in Quebec, a pacifist in Bosnia, a single woman on the Metro at 10pm, a peasant without land, a gang member in the slums, an unemployed worker, an unhappy student and, of course, a Zapatista in the mountains.

Marcos is all the exploited, marginalised, oppressed minorities resisting and saying ‘Enough’. He is every minority who is now beginning to speak and every majority that must shut up and listen. He is every untolerated group searching for a way to speak. Everything that makes power and the good consciences of those in power uncomfortable – this is Marcos”. (1)

Be with the minority. Never be proud when you are with the majority. Be nervous when you are with the majority. Almost never has it decided correctly about something critical…

Look again where you belong. Look again where you stand. Are you afraid?

The true Turing Test. Thinking like a woman. Being a true scientist.

You may have heard that the Turing Test, that old test of machine intelligence proposed by pioneering mathematician Alan Turing in 1950, has been passed (or at least claimed to have been passed) by computer bots emulating human responses to questions.

What you may not have heard, though, is how profoundly bizarre Alan Turing’s original proposed test was. Much like the Uncanny Valley, the Turing Test is a seed of an idea that’s been warped and reinterpreted into scientific canon. The University of Reading deserves to be ridiculed for claiming that its zany publicity stunt is a groundbreaking milestone in AI research. But the test it’s desecrating deserves some scrutiny, too.

“Turing never proposed a test in which a computer pretends to be human”, says Karl MacDorman, an associate professor of human-computer interaction at Indiana University. “Turing proposed an imitation game in which a man and a computer compete in pretending to be a woman”.

It’s right there in the second paragraph of Turing’s landmark 1950 paper, “Computing Machinery and Intelligence”, published in 1950 in the journal Mind. He begins by describing a scenario where a man and a woman would both try to convince the remote, unseen interrogator that they are female, using type-written responses or by speaking through an intermediary. The real action, however, comes when the man in replaced by a machine. “Will the interrogator decide wrongly as often when the game is played like this as he does when the game is played between a man and a woman?” asks Turing. (1)

Thinking like a computer is easy.
Most humans do it.
Thinking like a human is difficult.
Few humans achieve it.
Understanding how women think is truly impossible.
A handful of men understand them and I sure even God would have problems in that.

Truly free is only the thought that is illogical.
Because the whole world is illogical.
Only the paradox is inspiring.
And what could be more paradoxical than a woman?
Logic is based on axioms which are based on… nothing?
Women used to be the godesses to which we believed.
We have stopped worshiping the illogical.
And our logic has drowned us.

We need to breath again.
Turing tried to show the way.
But we killed him anyway.

Science. The art of mainstream.

Men as the weak sex. Humility. Practical philosophy.

It is generally well known that men have an overall shorter life expectancy compared to women. A recent study shows a correlation between a loss of the Y chromosome in blood cells and both a shorter life span and higher mortality from cancer in other organs. (1)

Men tend to believe they are stronger.
Men tend to believe they are wiser. (see “Midwifery. Witch hunts. Men’s prejudice. Medicine & dogmatism.” or “Women and Science…“)
Men tend to believe that women were created FROM men!

Could it be that it is the OTHER WAY AROUND?
Could we (men) be the by-products of women?
Could we be an incomplete version of the whole-person a woman represents?

See the world with humility.

Stop believing you are stronger than others.
Stop believing you are the center of the world.
And everything will be better.
For everyone…
Starting from your woman.

Practical philosophy. At your service! 🙂

Relative discussion @ philosophy forums by “skakos”: Check out 2, 3, 4, 5

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