Three days ago The Conservative Woman published my piece on how David Cameron’s plans to force large firms (250+ employees) to report their ‘gender pay gaps’ will inevitably inflate the average incomes of women and deflate the average incomes of men, regardless of the merit of individual workers. The piece led to lively exchanges of comments including many from ‘Fabian_Solutions’ and ‘Feminist_Future’, mostly the predictable tired nonsense about the patriarchy, societal expectations, gender stereotyping, blah, blah, blah…
Late that evening, the technical team at TCW were migrating data from one server onto another, and a number of pieces didn’t transfer, including mine. Happily it was republished this morning, but sadly with the loss of the comments stream (hopefully it will reappear at some point).
Fabian_Solutions posted one lengthy and illuminating contribution, in response to one of my comments, and we happened to capture it at the time. It simply confirmed what anti-feminist commentators including Herbert Purdy have long been saying about the corruption and manipulation of institutions by feminists and progressives:
You still don’t get it, do you? You’re trying to fight the culture war, but you don’t realize you’ve already lost it and we progressives have won.
I don’t often say this to people, but I’m so certain of our absolute victory there’s nothing to be lost from revealing a few things to you.
The “Culture Wars” reached public attention in the 1960s, although the philosophical roots of the struggle had been fought for decades earlier. However, the 60s and 70s were the last period when the conservative movement still had a realistic chance to turn the tide, in Britain and the US.
However, your key error was to fail to understand the bigger picture. You concentrated on the superficialities, like explicit pop lyrics and sex on TV, without realizing that the real underlying battle was taking place behind the scenes in the media, academia and political structures of the land. That is where we Feminists and progressives concentrated our efforts, with the long term in mind.
By the 1980s and 1990s, the effects of this were gradually being seen, as the pre-war generation retired and the baby boomer generation, which we had been able to reach out to with our radical ideas, began to take over positions of influence. Social conservatism was still widespread, in the shape of Thatcher and Whitehouse, but the tide was in our favour.
By the 2000s, the progressive baby boomer generation was in charge and before long, virtually every former bastion of social conservatism was under our control. Even the Daily Telegraph and the military have fallen. The ease with which gay marriage was passed is proof of how powerful we progressives had become and how completely we now dominate every institution.
I don’t mean to sound triumphalist, but I actually feel excited about the next 50 years. With the reactionary and regressive force of social conservatism now expunged, the generation now at school will be the first one to live their lives with virtually no conservative influence whatsoever – with no prejudice about gay marriage, who are used to mothers working and earning more than men. The possibilities are endless.