Monday, January 30, 2017

Why I'm Breaking Up With Feminism

This is the full text of my speech to students at Boots on the Ground TX this weekend in Austin, a joint venture of UT Austin and Texas Right to Life.

The theme of the conference was #Diversity, so I decided to test the limits of that diversity a little bit, and be the most diverse mofo there.

This is the first time I've ever written a speech out, preferring to fly by the seat of my pants. But I've been talking about prolife feminism for the better part of a decade, and venturing into new territory thanks to my recent red pill overdoses.

I hope you enjoy it.


Thank you for joining me today, and let me thank Texas Right to Life for bringing me here to poison your fresh, young minds with my quite frankly alarming opinions.

The official name of this talk is something like “Why Pro-Lifers Must Defeat Cultural Marxism – and How to Do It” or something like that. I made it up in response to an email while walking across campus in pouring rain, so it could be better, but it works. It's pretty accurate. Probably a better name for this talk would be, “Why I'm Breaking Up With Feminism.”

Now, if any of you know me it's probably from New Wave Feminists, so this might be a little bit surprising to you, but I'd like to share my story of how I came to the conclusion that feminism is #deadtome. In The Sun Also Rises, one of Hemingway's characters is asked how he went bankrupt and he replies, “Gradually, then suddenly.” That's how I discovered a lot of things recently. I discovered feminism is an evil ideology, I discovered Trump isn't Hitler, I even discovered that though I remain philosophically libertarian, there are – to quote Milo – “no libertarians in foxholes.” But we'll get to all that.

Let's begin with cultural Marxism. I'm going to make the argument that feminism is the most pervasive and egregious component of cultural Marxism. In many ways they are synonymous. But first let me explain to those of you who aren't familiar with it, what cultural Marxism is. First of all, if you attend a university you are familiar with it, and you just don't know it, the same way a piece of carrot in a pot doesn't know it's familiar with stew.

Cultural Marxism is, put simply, Marxism – applied to culture. Beginning in the 1920s, not long after the Bolshevik Revolution, an organization by the name of Commintern was established in Moscow, the goal of which was to subvert and supplant Western democracies with the dictatorship of the proletariat better known as Communism. Believing “we had nothing to lose but our chains,” the purveyors of this murderous ideology planted spies and sympathizers within our government.

You've been probably been taught the word “McCarthyism” as a synonym for a particularly perverse brand of political paranoia. You probably read The Crucible in high school and learned that Arthur Miller wrote this play about the Salem witch trials as an allegory for the McCarthy hearings. What you haven't been taught is that McCarthy was right. Though he died despised, the declassification of thousands of pages of documents known as the Venona papers in 1995 vindicated him.

You probably haven't been told this either, but the people McCarthy named were guilty. They were in fact Communist spies. Commintern had infiltrated the highest levels of our government. For further reading on this I highly recommend Blacklisted by History by M. Stanton Evans.

Why weren't you taught this? I'm assuming you weren't, but based on my experience and knowledge it's a safe assumption. I've been to university, too. In fact, I'm there now. We discuss Hitler and the Holocaust in some capacity on a regular basis. It has come up either directly or indirectly every year, maybe every semester, of my schooling since about middle school. But I was in high school before I had even heard of the gulag, and I didn't know what it meant. I had to look it up. We were assigned Alexander Solzhenitsyn's excellent novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch. I remember vividly reading it and being confused. Why were they in Siberia? Why were these Russian names? Weren't concentration camps German? What the hell was a gulag?

Like most high school and university graduates I can rattle off the names of Auschwitz, Dachau, Sobibor, and Treblinka. I have a vague understanding of who Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, Hoess, and Mengele are. I know, through countless short stories, books, films, and lectures about many of the horrors the Nazis inflicted on Jews and others: the selektion process, the gold teeth pulled from the mouths of corpses, the sonderkommando – prisoners conscripted to assist in the murders of their fellows. I have images in my mind, from these same short stories, books, films, and lectures, that give me a little taste of what it was like to ride the filthy and crowded train to the camp, to be afflicted with crippling dysentery from rotten potatoes, to be starved and shorn in thin clothing in the bitter Polish cold. I had this knowledge by the time I left high school, of the horrors and evil of National Socialism.

But now, as a (very ancient) college senior, I have been assigned exactly one piece of reading – the book I already mentioned – on the even more murderous regime of Communism. It took me until I met my husband at 31 years old to receive even the most rudimentary education in an ideology that killed approximately 100 million people in the 20th century alone. In his wildest dreams, Hitler didn't kill as many people as Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin. Speaking of whom, unless you've taken a college course on Soviet Russia you have probably been taught very little if anything about these people, especially compared to the constant reiteration of the evils of Nazism. (Which, by the way, is always referred to as Nazism and never National Socialism.)

The Great Terror of the 1930s, in which Stalin purged the ranks of the Russian Army by executing just about all of its leadership. The partition of Poland in 1939, in which Stalin and Hitler divided the country between them, and Stalin killed 30,000 Polish officers in an attempt to decapitate their army. But these are military deaths, you may be thinking, what about civilians? Well, how about Holomodor, the Ukrainian Terror Famine of the 1920s, in which Lenin deliberately starved 20 million of his people. He used food – or lack of it – as a weapon. I should also mention that during the Great Terror, many of the 600,000 to 3 million people who died were not military, but civilians. This is also known as the Great Purge.

And we haven't even gotten to the other countries to which Communism has spread. You know North Korea is hell on earth, but did you know it is Communist? In Cambodia, the Killing Fields claimed the lives of another million as the Communists established control. In China, Mao killed about 50 million people in the Great Leap Forward. And we've all probably heard of a little country called Viet Nam.

In the Black Book of Communism, researchers try to get a handle on how many people died of Communism in the 20th century, and their estimate ends up at somewhere around 100 million.

Why aren't we taught these things? Well, you might be thinking, we were allied with Russia during World War II, that must have something to do with it. You would be wrong. Post-World War II we were engaged in a Cold War with Russia for decades. As a young girl going to school in the Reagan era, I did think of Russia as a scary place, our enemy. I got a little taste of Communism as a bad thing, something many of you may not have had. But then when I was just leaving elementary school, the Berlin Wall came down, and Russia became something like a friend again.

But still, our alliance during the war doesn't explain the dearth of education about the evils of Communism. What does?

Commintern. They didn't just set their sights on infiltration of our government. They also sent their spies into the media – Hollywood, the newspapers – and, of course, academia. And as anyone with a tiny smidgen of awareness can plainly see, they have been very successful in these areas. Most particularly the university.

As Dr. Duke Pesta, a professor of literature in Michigan, points out: culture is about one generation removed from the university. Attending university used to be a somewhat rare privilege, but in recent decades Democrats have pushed hard for us to accept the idea of a college education as a “right.” As usual with leftists, there is a sinister motive behind their altruism. College is where you get turned into a Leftist. It happened to me, and it may be happening to you. Unless you attend one of the very rare conservative universities in this country, or you are in Business school, the overwhelming majority of your professors are leftists. Especially if you're in the Humanities or Journalism. And by the way, if you're in one of those fields, have fun being poor.

I graduated from high school a default liberal. I was raised by a single mom who wasn't politically engaged, watched regular cable TV, went to public school. All these things were grooming me for a certain viewpoint: to be a liberal. To believe government is a benign force that helps people, unless of course there is a Republican in office, in which case Hitler Hitler Hitler 1984 Hitler. If you're reading the news now, you're seeing a lot of that. (By the way, Orwell wrote 1984 about his encounters with socialism, not Trumpian conservatism. Orwell was a convert from socialism after fighting with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War.)

You see, the problem Communists had is their economic spiel didn't work on Americans. The whole idea of the bourgeousie vs. the proletariat, we didn't go for that. Because America is, essentially, a classless society, in that our classes are fluid. You may be working as a cashier at Kohl's, making minimum wage, but if you work really hard and you're smart, you can become CEO of Kohl's. It happens all the time in this country. A healthy percentage of our millionaires and billionaires are self-made: that is, they didn't inherit their fortunes, they built them. This is called a meritocracy: you succeed based on merit.

Communism as an economic ideology didn't work on Americans. In general we didn't look at the rich guy and think, “I hate him, he's oppressing me, he's my enemy.” We thought, “I can do that, too.” We knew too many people who started out poor and got rich to hate the rich.

So Communism got us another way: through our culture. Instead of bourgeousie vs. proletariat, they sold us oppressor vs. oppressed. They convinced us our entire civilization was organized around this paradigm, and that the only way other people got power or esteem or anything good was by oppressing other people. Through decades of indoctrination they sold us – through our universities, this all starts on campus – the idea of white privilege. They took the jargon psychiatrists use to communicate with damaged people – grief trigger, trigger warning, safe space – and applied it to everyone. Meanwhile, they carefully omitted negative references to Communism, reducing Marxism to a literary critical theory that we now apply to every book we read. I'm a Literature major, and we cannot discuss a work in any of my courses without discussing race, class, gender, who is oppressed and who isn't. This is deliberate. It's by design. This is the way you're supposed to see the world.

Jordan B. Peterson, a clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Toronto, almost lost his job last year when he refused to comply with a university policy to ask students what pronouns they'd like to be referred to with. Peterson isn't an ideologue, he's a psychologist, and he knows that treating students like snowflakes is psychologically harmful to them. So he refused. And he doubled down. He started doing interviews and podcasts, and in one of his interviews he talks about this really fascinating built-in psychological trait common to all mammals, in which, when we hear a distress cry, we are sort of pre-programmed not only to respond to it and see the crying mammal as a victim, but also – and this is important – to view nearby mammals who don't respond to it as predators.

So if you cry “I'm offended, I'm triggered,” the natural instinct is for people to respond with “Oh, let me help you!” This tendency is especially endemic, according to Peterson, to women and people with low to average IQs. And anyone who doesn't respond that way is now viewed negatively – as a predator. This is why people think I'm such a bitch. Well, one of the reasons. When someone cries “I'm triggered,” my immediate response is, “So?” And that should be your response, too, because 9 times out of 10 these people are not in legitimate distress, but taking advantage of your natural mammalian tendency to respond to them positively.

Now you may be thinking, I heard your talks are super funny. That's why I came in here. When do you start making hilarious vagina jokes? You also might be thinking, what does all this have to do with abortion? We're getting to that.

There has been a tendency in recent years, as the inevitable happens and older pro-life leaders are replaced with younger ones, for the movement to end abortion to resemble more and more the social justice movement. At times it seems the branding, signage, and slogans of young prolife groups are almost indistinguishable from those of progressive social justice warrior causes like gay marriage and even reproductive choice.

I am here to warn you against this. You have been told that prolife is for everyone, and this is true. Ideally, everyone will be prolife one day. That's what we're working toward. Andrew Breitbart famously said, “Politics is downstream from culture,” and this is also true. Ten years ago gay marriage was a pipe dream for, as Milo puts it, “five bitchy gays.” Now it is so accepted that if you disagree with it it means you hate gay people, and because of that, the laws in many states have changed to accommodate this pervasive cultural tendency.

Many of you are here because you want to learn how to go back to campus and make all the prochoice students, from the default liberals like I was to the indoctrinated radical leftists, prolife. I am here to warn you, that if your goal is merely to make them prolife, you are going to fail.

I joined New Wave Feminists to rehabilitate feminism. That was our stated goal as I became active in the fledgling group in 2008. I wanted to Make Feminism Great Again. My mistake was in thinking it had ever been great. Women's suffrage was, for the most part, an equity movement that got women the vote and access to education and professional life. It may have been a foot on the road to the destruction of the family as women began leaving home for the workforce, but it remained a far cry from today's feminism. For one thing, it was prolife.

Modern post-Bolshevik Revolution feminism is and always has been a Marxist ideology designed to destroy the family by pitting women against men and children. By separating the basic building block of Western civilization into oppressors – men and children – and oppressed – women – Communists can destroy our free, small r republican society.

Imagine a castle on a hill. You want to take that castle down. You want to invade and destroy it and make it yours. That's a pretty imposing castle. It's a pretty tall order. You're gonna have to get a bunch of dudes, a bunch of those arrows with the flaming shit on the end, you're gonna have to lay siege, a bunch of you are gonna get killed, you'll get boiling oil on you... It's gonna suck, basically, and you'll probably fail.

Now imagine that instead of attacking this castle, all you have to do is send a spy into the factory where the bricks are made. Let's pretend castles are made of bricks, okay? Because other than that minor detail, this is a great analogy. Let's say you send your spy in with a little vial of a liquid, and when you pour that into the vat full of the brick mix, it makes the bricks faulty. They seem alright, but they're not alright. As a matter of fact, those bricks are so faulty, that as you're sitting there looking at that big castle on the hill, all you have to do is walk up to the castle with a hammer, smack the wall once, and it comes crumbling down all by itself.

That castle is Western civilization. Those bricks are the family. And the liquid in that vial is feminism.

I could do a whole hour-long speech refuting the basic claims of feminism, from the wage gap myth to rape culture on campus. I could do an hour long speech about the many ways in which men – yes, even and maybe especially evil straight white men – have it worse than women. I could probably convince you that American women of all colors are the most privileged people on the planet.

But we're here to talk about ending abortion.

There was a show on television called King of the Hill. And there was one episode where Bobby, the little boy, got really into Christian ROCK. His mom was all for it, because she was just happy her boy was into Jesus. But the dad, old uptight Hank Hill, wasn't into it. And the entire episode you're sitting there thinking, c'mon Hank, lighten up! So there's a little bit of ROCK involved. He's still loving Jesus!

At the end of the episode Hank takes his son into the garage and hands him this box and says open it up. And inside the box are all these lame old things that Bobby used to think were cool. Like, imagine Pokemon being in that box in like ten years, although Pokemon may never die, it seems. But Bobby looks at all these old toys and says, “Yeah, these are lame, I was such a baby.”

And Hank says, “Son, one day soon, this Christian ROCK is going to go into this box. And I don't want Jesus going in there with it.”

The problem with making prolife a component of social justice warrior ideology is twofold. The first and most obvious is that the SJWs are being rejected. They are becoming the laughing stock of regular people who know how to work YouTube. It's the Trigglypuff effect. When SJWism – the hard-core cultural Marxism trickling out from campus – is soundly defeated by people like me and hopefully you, I don't want prolife to be part of what goes in the box with them.

The other problem concerns why I'm no longer a feminist of any kind – not New Wave, not dissident, not equity. Friedrich Nietzsche said, “When you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes into you.” Well, when you try to infiltrate culture, sometimes it infiltrates you. In trying to rehabilitate and reclaim feminism, I submersed myself in feminism, and caught some feminism. I started realizing it the day after the election, watching reactions from feminists, and realizing they had divorced themselves from reality completely. In some ways, so had I. I immersed myself in studying feminism's roots and claims, and realized I had been duped. Feminism was never about equality.

We saw proof of that two days ago at the Women's March. Having run out of Communist institutions to follow, as Communism fails around the globe, feminists are now aligning themselves with radical Islam, the last major anti-Western power. One of the march organizers, Linda Sarsour, has family ties to terrorist group Hamas. She publicly condemned Brigitte Gabriel and Ayaan Hirsi Ali – women who narrowly escaped Islam with their lives – saying they did not deserve to be called women, and did not deserve to have vaginas. This is especially egregious because Ali is a victim of female genital mutilation. Women at the march were encouraged to wear American flags as hijabs. This was seen as empowering because in the United States women can choose to wear one or not, but it ignores the fact that in many Muslim countries wearing the hijab or the niqab or the burqa is not a choice. It is required by law, sometimes on pain of physical punishment, and that holds true even in the US within some Muslim families, where the women are not permitted to not be covered.

If it's not a choice, folks, it's not virtue. It's just saving your ass.

The feminist alliance with radical Islam is proof that feminism was never for women – it was and is for feminists. Feminists and Islamists have the same goal: the destruction of Western society. Feminism tells us that a woman is only free if she is free of the family – including and especially the child within her womb. Only a truly evil and fascistic ideology would seek to convince a woman that the child inside her – which, in the vast majority of cases, came to be there due to her willing participation in sexual intercourse – is nothing more than disposable waste. That it is, in fact, her oppressor. To turn the woman against her own child is bad enough, but then to convince her this is a right that is being threatened by men in an attempt to oppress her – you have to admit it's brilliant.

A few years ago I published a post on the Live Action News blog called “An Open Letter to Post Abortive Women.” In it I encourage women to contact me so I can help them find resources. I tell them they are loved, that there is help and forgiveness waiting for them. I've gotten emails pretty steadily since it was published, but in the past year the pace has picked up. I get about one every couple of weeks.

These women and their dead children are victims of feminism and the cultural Marxism from which it springs. Just as surely as the soldiers and peasants starved or shot on the Siberian tundra, these grieving women and their murdered children are the desired result of Communism, a stepping stone on the way to the destruction of our civilization. It is no accident that Eastern European countries, where the legacy of Communism holds cultural sway, has some of the highest abortion rates in the world.

It will prove impossible, I'm afraid, to take a scalpel and cut abortion out of the cultural Marxist worldview and cram prolife in its place. The organism will reject the organ. The sanctity of an individual human life is an alien concept to the collectivists, who have proven over and over their willingness to sacrifice the individual life for the imaginary “greater good,” which of course never comes.

As you go back to campus seeking to make your classmates prolife, I commend you, and I hope and pray for your success. But remember: abortion is a piece of a greater whole. It is one organ in the organism. To defeat abortion, you must defeat cultural Marxism. You must tell the truth. You must refuse to capitulate. You must speak up. You must defend the West, the greatest civilization the world has ever created, from those who attempt to destroy it from the inside out.

Of course I've run out of time telling you about cultural Marxist feminism so if you want to know how to defeat it, you'll need to visit my blog, preferably every single day, at Thank you all for being here, and I have time for a few questions.


  1. You had me at the carrot/stew analogy.

  2. You had me at the carrot/stew analogy.

  3. You may already know of this but just in case you don't... in pre-WWII Germany, the Frankfurt School, a group of Germans dedicated to the spread of Communism, left for the United States for fear of Hitler. They installed themselves in the universities (Herbert Marcuse, Theodor Adorno) the media, and Hollywood, among other places.

    "In 1923, inspired in part by Lukacs, a group of German Marxists established a think tank at Frankfurt University in Germany called the Institute for Social Research. This institute, soon known simply as the Frankfurt School, would become the creator of cultural Marxism.
    To translate Marxism from economic into cultural terms, the members of the Frankfurt School – – Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Wilhelm Reich, Eric Fromm and Herbert Marcuse, to name the most important – – had to contradict Marx on several points. They argued that culture was not just part of what Marx had called society’s “superstructure,” but an independent and very important variable. They also said that the working class would not lead a Marxist revolution, because it was becoming part of the middle class, the hated bourgeoisie.
    Who would? In the 1950s, Marcuse answered the question: a coalition of blacks, students, feminist women and homosexuals."

    Quote was from this article (dealing with "diversity" how appropriate):

  4. Hi, Kristen! I enjoyed reading your speech, but I have a few questions. As a catholic, and a libertarian, what do you think of the American Solidarity party? And do you support a biblical patriarchy? Also what does that look like in our country now? Do you think Donald Trump is or could be a worthy patriarch for his family? Thanks!

  5. Hi, Kristen. I'm the same person who commented on your New Wave Feminists post about Milo that I thought you were wrong about him, so I'm pretty thrilled that you've re-evaluated and seen the awesomeness of the Dangerous Faggot. ;) He's giving a talk tonight on abortion, interestingly enough.

    Five or six years ago, I was concerned that the pro-life movement was too tied to the movement opposed to same-sex marriage. Now I'm starting to share your concerns that it may be too tied to a branch of the feminist movement. (What a cultural whiplash that was!) What's so striking to me about the feminist movement is how divisive it is, externally and internally. It's at the point where one feminist can barely talk without being attacked by twenty other feminists as racist, privileged, having internalized misogyny, et cetera. People are going to get sick of that.

    I always thought of New Wave Feminists as not really "feminist" in the way that I see feminism - more like Heirs of the Suffragists - so I was sad to hear that you resigned from it. I can understand why, though. I hope you and Destiny are still friends despite your ideological differences - I've lost a lot of friendships due to political and ideological differences, and it always sucks.

    Congratulations on being almost done with college. (Any chance of writing for Live Action again when time allows?) I'm excited to see what happens next in your philosophical journey.

  6. Reading along with a smile and a bag of microwave popcorn..... So happy that there are still people like you putting the quest for truth ahead of self interest.

    Many of us committed to sharing John Paul II's New Feminism have struggled for years to find the term to properly convey his idea, which is in reality a complete contrast to 2nd wave feminism. I'd love to talk more with you about this at some point. I see a place for you in the movement working to co opt the term feminist and create something entirely new.