Speaking to an AOL-sponsored group called MAKERS, Hillary Clinton recently proclaimed “the future is female." The phrase began as a 1970s lesbian separatist slogan, according to The Washington Post: “In 1975, photographer Liza Cowan captured an image of her then-girlfriend, singer-songwriter Alix Dobkin, wearing a white T-shirt that bore the slogan over a powder-blue turtle neck.” More recently, it has become to represent feminism.
Regardless of the origin, aren't both genders needed to actually propagate ourselves into the future? Plus, doesn't the slogan have way too much of an emphasis on gender specificity for 2017? Anyway, the slogan has recently taken off and has been appearing on tee shirts all over America. Dr. Mark Sherman is speaking out about it:
I have particular trouble when Woolf says, that the T-shirt “doesn’t threaten a boy who understands his privilege.” A boy’s privilege? When so many cartoons feature female hero figures; when teachers are predominately female; when everyone is aware that girls haven’t done as well as boys in math, and so many have worked hard to change that, but so few are aware of the larger gap in language skills favoring girls, and so little is done to change that; when far more young men are incarcerated than young women—is all that his privilege?
Though the psychologist voted for Hillary in the most recent Presidential election, he notes that conservatives frequently speak out on behalf of males, by quoting this portion of a National Review article by Heather Wilhelm:
"Imagine, if you will, an audience of little boys—let’s pretend they’re second- and third-graders—forced to sit in an auditorium and listen to Hillary Clinton’s short speech. They swing their legs. They fidget a bit. ‘The future is female,’ Clinton declares, beamed in on a giant screen. What are they supposed to think, other than that girls matter more than they do?"
He concludes by saying that males are languishing in more ways than people imagine:
In 1975, men slightly outnumbered women on college campuses, and vastly outnumbered them in graduate school, medical school, and law school. Today, women substantially outnumber men on college campuses, and are essentially 50 percent of postgraduate programs. In fact, in the last several years there have been more doctorates awarded to women than to men.
By comparison, boys and young men have, at best, languished. Some educators and parents of sons look at the current situation for boys as alarming, and the revival of a feminist call to arms by one of the most powerful female voices in the country is certainly discomforting.
So, why the continued focus on the females, other than the pressure of political correctness? It shouldn't take a professional to point out the obvious: saying "the future is female" necessarily leaves out half of the nation.