After yesterday's disappointment of hearing about the paultry and ultra-conservative political concerns of my female students, I was quite relieved to discover that my male students, at least, have a broader list of political interests. Not one of the male students even mentioned abortion. Their concerns in the realm of politics are the following: 1) the economic crisis; 2) the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and 3) the access to higher education. Altogether, it seemed that male students found the topic a lot more fascinating than my female students. All of them had a lot to say, and their approach was interesting and insightful.
The question remains why the women in my class are only interested in politics inasmuch as it allows them to police other women's sexuality. In feminist circles, we still are inclined to talk exclusively about how patriarchal modes of thought and existence are promoted by men. We are often embarrassed to discuss just how much the patriarchy relies on enthusiastic and passionate support of many women.
I tried to point out some of the reasons behind women's support of the patriarchy in my book that is currently under review by one of the publishing houses in my field. I realize, however, that the "evil-men-oppress-good-saintly-women" mentality will find my research exceptionally disturbing. In my opinion, feminism will continue at its current dead-end until we summon enough intellectual and political honesty to recognize what is right in front of our eyes. Why does the younger generation of women seem so uninterested in feminism? has been a central question for many feminist critics. We have searched for an answer everywhere, except in the actual opinions of the representatives of this largely anti-feminist generation of women.