Since the beginning, feminism has been a sort of alliance between women and powerful men against the average Joe. Even in first wave feminism, the leaders were the wives of upper and upper middle class men who supported their political activity. Since the second wave sexual revolution that began in the 60s, this alliance has secured powerful men soft harems while giving the average woman maximum personal freedom to compete for exclusive spots in those harems.
Lately, there has been a fervent moral hysteria with mass sexual harassment accusations of powerful men. For decades, ordinary men have had to live in deadly fear of post-feminist accusations while powerful men have been secure in their ability to ignore those rules to some considerable degree.
The larger significance of this development is that it represents a critical rupture in the alliance that has created and sustained feminism as a cultural force since the late 19th century. Women have grown so accustomed to the easy exercise of power in society that they have forgotten that they are helpless without the backing of powerful male sponsors.
Feminism has freed women from the clutches of drab provider males for a few generations now and so the memory of where they came from has faded. They now think when the bill comes due, they can free themselves from their more undesirable sponsors as well and perhaps even seize control themselves. Alas, they will discover to their dismay that is not how the world works.
If women do not make it worth the while of the men with money and who tell the men with guns what to do, their inflated status begins to mysteriously erode even as they shriek and flail in helpless rage.
Meanwhile, this furor is incredibly damaging to the legitimacy of the Gods of culture. When a star and senator like Al Franken is punished like a common office worker for presuming to enjoy the natural rewards of his station, his prestige and the prestige of all those on his tier of societal heaven suffers immensely.
People participate in a society and its hierarchy because they can look up to those at the top. When we look up to the stars we feel a sense of awe precisely because they are so far removed from us. That sense of awe legitimizes a social hierarchy and when it is violated the power of the culture to inspire and command obedience and unity is greatly diminished.
When a hierarchy loses its prestige people cease to dream of rising in it themselves. This implicitly opens the way for the growth of parallel, competing hierarchies, or even for Hell to triumph over Heaven. Now that the social contract has been soured for men at every level of society, the incentive to rise, strive, and back the status quo for all men has been damaged more than we can realize now.
I have been immensely pleased to watch the growing conflagration as the secular state religion overreacts time after time since the accession of Trump to Heaven. When they use the word “normalize” they refer to their terror that Satan could become the new God people look up to. This craze of accusations and rapid firings has only been the latest delight, and possibly the most significant we’ve seen so far.