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Critics of feminism suggest that the movement that once gave birth to positive changes such as emancipation has since soured. The goal of equal rights has allegedly now become simply a desire to dominate men, often under the guise of victimhood. Many feminists vehemently deny such allegations, often citing evidence of the continued suppression of women, such as inequality in wages.
A significant number of fathers mistakenly believe they are the biological fathers of all their children. If paternity testing was mandatory, the fathers would know the truth. Critics of such a scheme suggest that the father and the child would be happier if they did not know the truth, and that it undermines the pejorative of the mother to nominate the child's legal father, whom she may view as a better provider than the biological father.
Some countries and states have outlawed corporal punishment in schools, and others have even outlawed it in homes. The rationale underlying the laws are ultimately based on whether the long term effect on children is considered positive or negative.
Marriage is a certainly an idealized legal institute, with few entering the relationship expecting divorce statistics will one day apply to them. Of course this is not to say that there aren't long and happy marriages, but on the whole, does the evidence suggest that marriage is, at the risk of sounding wholly unromantic, rational?
Many societies enforce laws that favor monogamous relationships, such as marriage; laws partly predicated on the assumption that monogamous relationships are natural. However, looking at different cultures and even different species prompts the question as to whether monogamy is so natural after all.
Would it be feasible for all of us to work a lot less, or is the concept a pipe-dream? Some suggest that by working less, we could increase our productivity per hour, and have a happier life. Others suggest that the idea is an economically naive socialist fantasy, and that although people complain about excessive work, it's ultimately a sacrifice people are prepared to make for, amongst other things, material wealth, status, and their children.
The benefits of creative thinking are frequently espoused, but is there actually a shortage of creativity in the world? Would we actually be better off if we were more creative, or are we already creative enough, or perhaps even too creative?
Some evolutionary psychologists and sociologists have suggested that much of our behavior can be explained in terms of status seeking. This rather cynical explanation challenges the more idealistic reasons people typically give when explaining their own behavior to others.
Conservapedia
Modern feminists... never wanted gender equality; they want power for the female left
Anders Breivik
It's correct, as feminists claim, that a hyper-feminine society is not as destructive as a hyper-masculine society. The catch with a too soft society is that it is unsustainable. It'll get squashed as soon as it is confronted by more traditional, aggressive ones. Instead of having it all, Western women risk losing everything. What are liberal feminists going to do when faced with aggressive gang of Muslim youngsters? Burn their bras and throw the pocket edition of the Vagina Monologues at them?
Gloria Steinem
[Regarding post-feminism...] It's like saying, 'We're living in a post-democracy.' It's ridiculous. We've hardly begun. The good news is that American feminism used to be three crazy women in New York: now a third of the country self-identify as feminists, and 60% if you go by the dictionary definition.
Amanda Marcotte
Men’s rights activists—a loose coalition mostly comprised of men embittered that they’re not getting as much tail as they believe they’re due and men embittered after having their wives up and leave against their wishes—irritate feminist bloggers for many reasons, from blaming feminists for problems they clearly brought on themselves, to the Russian bride weirdness, to their dogged trolling and grudge-holding of feminists that criticize them.
Heartiste
I will now present to you a vision of hell as dreamed up in the minds of the man-hating women who litter internet toilets like Feministing... This is what the world would look like if feminists had their way. Man Tax, Thought Crimes, Ban on Porn, Ban on Sexbot Research, Ban on Foreign Brides, Mandatory Castration for Crimes Against Women, Rape = Death Penalty, Better Pay, Legalized Polygamy, Ban on DNA Paternity Testing, Sexual Harassment Laws Expanded.
Jessica Valenti
I think the idea that feminism is dead is dangerous because it leads women and men to believe that (1) they don't have to do anything; the work has been done, and that everything is okay now; and (2) it leaves them kind of alone, I think, in a struggle, and that's something I've seen a lot when I go to colleges and I speak to young women. They know that something is off; they know that the world [is] a sexist place... ...because feminism isn't widely accepted...
Christina Hoff Sommers
The orthodox feminists are so carried away with victimology, with a rhetoric of male-bashing that it's full of female chauvinists, if you will. Also, women are quite eager to censor, to silence. And what concerns me most as a philosopher is it's become very anti-intellectual, and I think it poses a serious risk to young women in the universities. Women's studies classes are increasingly a kind of initiation into the most radical wing, the most intolerant wing, of the feminist movement.
Bruce James Chapman
...people in self-assessed poor marriages are fairly miserable, and much less happy than unmarried people, and people in self-assessed good marriages are even more happy than the literature reports.

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0 Points       Nashhinton       20 Apr 2013     Do we work unnecessarily long hours? Mostly Disagree
People should work their asses off. That's what stimulates the economy.

0 Points       MTC       23 Feb 2013     Do we work unnecessarily long hours? Agree
Yes. We need less full‐time work, more part‐time work, more jobshares, resulting in more places available for new employees, and less unemployment.

0 Points       TheLobsterMan       21 Dec 2011     Has feminism gone too far? Disagree
Modern feminists (even radical ones) correctly identify many of today's problems, such as gender roles and violence against women, but they turn to anti-individualist and coercive remedies.

1 Point       Nashhinton       19 Nov 2011     Is monogamy natural for humans? Mostly Disagree
I'm mixed on this issue. I believe that monogamous relationships are more beneficial for the cooperation of the partners. I don't really believe in legalized polygamy because I believe that women are more likely to be highly inclusive and men more protective, so this will cause strife amongst the different partners. However, I will allow anybody to have multiple partners if they desire to participate in multiple sexual relationships. But I will always oppose legalized polygamy or polygyny. Also, I don't believe it's "natural" to have a monogamous relationship because other species of animals have multiple partners. So overall, I disagree that monogamy is "natural". To me it's just a way for humans to build social constructs.

0 Points       Benja       26 Jul 2011     Has feminism gone too far? General Comment

1 Point       k       27 May 2011     Has feminism gone too far? Agree
At this point in time, the quote "If equality is your goal you aren't ambitious enough" has become more and more common. Feminists will say that the root of all evil is patriarchy. When non feminists describe an evil force, composing a minority of the worlds population, is trying to degrade and oppress them, and that the force includes "traitors to the cause," and that that force doesn't understand the true evil it is doing and so their comments can be ignored, and that force is making their life harder despite evidence to the contrary, and cases where that force clearly doesn't exist are simply ignored, we would call them conspiracy nuts. But they can also be called feminists.

1 Point       kwhipke1       07 Mar 2011     Is marriage a good thing? Neutral
I agree that this is a very subjective question, but we can look at general trends to determine if, for the average human, is marriage "good" defined in the context of some system of morality.

From a utilitarian perspective, on average, happy marriages make people happier than if they were single, while unhappy marriages make people less happy than if they were single.

I am of the opinion that individuals considering marriage should take these statistics into consideration when making that decision. I've witnessed much unhappiness from people (and their children) who are in sub-par marriages.

1 Point       Benja       04 Nov 2010     Should paternity testing be mandatory? General Comment
Amanda Marcotte says a man shouldn't care about being the genetic father in such cases. Is her opinion gender symmetrical? First of all, if a woman wanted a baby but had pregnancy difficulties, is she being utterly irrational or unreasonable for wanting to use her own egg with a surrogate mother, as opposed to adopting? Now let's say (has this occurred in a TV soap?) a woman does use a surrogate mother, but unbeknownst to her, it turns out her husband actually slept with the surrogate woman, and the surrogate woman was the genetic mother of the baby. Should the woman have the right to know this? Would it be wrong if the husband kept this information from her? Would a mandatory maternity test that took place before she bonded with the baby be unfair?

3 Points       Glenn F       02 Nov 2010     Is marriage a good thing? Neutral
This is an extremely subjective question, and requires attention on it's different elements to form any sensible answer.

"What is marriage?"
Is marriage a legal bond between sexual partners? Is marriage a moral relationship? Is marriage open to non-heterosexuals? In what society is the marriage taking place (not all cultures approve of marriage, so there'd be significant social pressure not to marry which would make marriage "bad")? Are these marriages chosen by the people being married, or are they forced by the families of those people? This question demands some constraints in order to yield intelligent answers.

"What is good?"
Is good what a person feels? Is good what society approves of? Is good something that doesn't harm the environment or culture that surrounds marriage candidates?

In the United States, among most WASPs over 50, I'd say that marriage is generally a "good thing." In the United States, among white teenagers, I'd say that marriage is generally a "bad thing."

1 Point       Benja       29 Jul 2010     Is monogamy natural for humans? General Comment
"A male rat would be placed into an enclosed large box with four or five female rats in estrus. He would immediately begin mating with all of the female rats repeatedly until eventually exhausted. Although the females would continue nudging and licking him to continue, he would not respond. However, if a novel female were introduced to the box, he would become alert and find the ability to mate once again with the new female." See the Coolidge effect - a phenomenon—seen in nearly every mammalian species in which it has been tested.

OK, so what do humans do who want a long term relationship, but who also crave novel nudging and licking? There's serial monogamy as advocated by a feminist here, and the polyamorous lifestyle described here.

1 Point       the27th       16 Jul 2010     Is creativity overrated? Disagree
True innovation is rare, I think. There's far more incremental change. Most new technologies are incremental. Most science and art is incremental. So it may look like "innovation" is mostly not about "creativity."

BUT -- incremental improvements depend on a few genuinely original ideas. The one paper that creates a new field supports two decades of frenzied incremental activity. We do not all have to be creative, but we would be in deep trouble if nobody was.

0 Points       Benja       28 May 2010     Is status seeking a good explanation for much of our behavior? General Comment
At the risk of once again misunderstanding you, you seem to be avocating that people should "act naturally" and rely on their casual and semi-conscious mechanisms for status seeking.

First, some people don't find such behavior natural, and pointing out they're "sad" for even trying to understand the behavior that comes naturally to you makes you a meanie! (though I think in a sense you're correct.)

Second, even for the people who find such behavior natural, is their behavior optimal? Nearly every self-help book digs deep into our behavior and encourages us to consciously analyze ourselves, helping us to snap us out of mental ruts.

Third, one's natural behavior might be unethical. Many prejudices exist because people unthinkingly trust their brain's casual and semi-conscious mechanisms. If we learn about our behavior, we have the opportunity to make ourselves more ethical.

In terms of having a negative attitude towards the game - I think most people I know have both a positive and negative attitude towards it. You seem to talk about inner-conflict as it was a bad thing. I think that's indicative of someone who's emotionally engaged in life.

New Editorial Comments

0 Points       Benja       18 Jul 2010     Is creativity overrated? Editorial Comment
Maybe: it more combines than entangles those questions, with the debate on this issue dependent on there being a difference between the value society puts on creativity and the value one thinks society should put on creativity.

1 Point       JGWeissman       17 Jul 2010     Is creativity overrated? Editorial Comment
This question is hard to answer because it entangles two more basic questions:

How valuable is creativity?
How much, in general, does society value creativity?


Sociology Question Index

Has feminism gone too far?
Is spanking children acceptable?
Is marriage a good thing?
Should paternity testing be mandatory?
Is creativity overrated?
Is monogamy natural for humans?
Do we work unnecessarily long hours?
Is status seeking a good explanation for much of our behavior?