Self-Deception

Self-Deception

“Oh the gift that god could give us, to see ourselves as others see us.”
-Robert Burns

An awesome article by Marcie Bianco rocked my world the other day. She explores the question “Why did so many women (specifically, white women) vote for Roy Moore”?  That’s a GOOD question, Marcie Bianco. I’ve also been wondering why the hell women voted for Trump. The answer she gives is pretty simple – I will paraphrase.

Women support abusers like Roy Moore and Donald Trump because they view alliances with men (husbands, brothers, prospective boyfriends) as crucial to their stability / safety. Women put the opinions of men first to maintain their status. This prioritization of men’s opinions (usually subconscious) is called internalized misogyny.

When I read the word “ALLIANCES”… I got it. I thought, “Yes.” Another lock of the tumbler fell into place for me. I guess forming unusual alliances to secure power isn’t a complicated concept, and it’s something informed feminists have probably known about for a long time, but I’ve been unable thus far to grasp WHY ON EARTH WOMEN COMPLAINED ABOUT HILLARY SO MUCH. And. Now. I. Know.

Elsewhere on the internet, author Emily Fridlund lists her 6 favorite books about self-deception. What a timely and fabulous list. Two books that I’ve read recently that touch on this topic include:

 

Tokyo by Mo Hayder
Good NIGHT, I enjoyed this read. I picked it up at a thrift store in Australia! Books from thrift stores aren’t supposed to be great! The story is divided between a present-day plotline that investigates the question “when is ignorance the same as evil?”… and a flashback plotline on events up to and including the Nanking Massacre.

The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
This one is more sci-fi, but has similar themes about deluded groupthink leading to military atrocities. The author was born in China in 1963, so has a connection to China’s Cultural Revolution. If you want to have the pants scared off you in regards to what people are actually capable of, well, this is one of the books that’ll do ‘er!

Oh yes, and I’ve just made some women’s rights enamel pins (pic above) – inspired by a line from HRC. Coming to an Etsy shop in the near future!

 

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