Monday, November 9, 2015

"We can agree with pick-up artists that men and women exhibit some behavioral differences. But the PUA framework places their sources in evolution instead of the sexual and social division of labor. In her essay 'A Marxist Theory of Women’s Nature,' philosopher Nancy Holmstrom argues that women’s lives are less free than men’s under capitalism 'both because they are dependent on men and because they have children dependent on them.' Therefore, 'traditional sexual values constrain women more than they do men,' and women 'are less able to act to realize their own desires' and must be 'more passive and oriented to other people’s wishes than men.'

"But in societies with a less marked sexual division of labor, those sexualized generalizations dissipate. Marginalized women who need male spouses to flourish might, indeed, find pick-up artists alluring. But women in countries that have gender-equalizing policies supported by an anti-individualist culture may not." - Katie J.M. Baker, "Cockblocked by Redistribution"

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