Female self-esteem: apparently an unnecessary concept

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Jenna Kefauver/Staff Writer 

I just recently read an article by blogger Matt Forney called “The Case Against Female Self-Esteem.” I have never read anything so misogynistic in my life. I’ve also never laughed so hard… and then been so angry, and just back and forth, over and over again.

The article starts, “I’m just gonna come out and say it: I love insecure women.” I was torn between the desire to keep reading and, what would have probably been the smarter option, to just put my phone down and go to bed. But, of course, I kept reading.

The article continues on to say: “The idea that women should have self-esteem or need it, beyond a low baseline to ensure they don’t commit suicide or become psycho stalkers, is one of the most disastrous social engineering experiments of the modern era. A woman with excessive confidence is like a man with a vagina. It’s an attribute that is at best superfluous and at worst prevents women from fulfilling their natural biological and social functions.”

Of course women should just feel awful about themselves because you think they should! Women having self-esteem is definitely the worst thing to happen since women getting the right to vote. Let’s just put them back in corsets and tell them they aren’t allowed to show their ankles. We can’t allow them to have “excessive confidence.” That’s unnatural.

And, yeah, if women feel good about themselves they won’t want to have babies or cook anymore. Obviously men are going to have to figure out how to impregnate themselves or the world will cease to exist.

“In order for America to right itself, there needs to be a massive and concerted war on female self-esteem.”

There’s still human trafficking, but no, crushing female self-confidence is so much more important.

And seeing as, according to Forney, we women don’t want to have self-confidence, we (the “average urban slut machines”) don’t want to feel good about ourselves; we just want to continue living in our Prozac-fueled haze.

“The same goes for having a job. The vast majority of girls work useless fluff jobs: government bureaucrats, human resources and various other makework positions that exist to give them the illusion of independence. The jobs that keep the country running — tradesmen, miners, farmers, policemen, the military — are still overwhelmingly dominated by men. If every girl was fired from her job tomorrow, elementary schools would have to shut down for a couple days, but otherwise life would go on as usual.”

Yeah, the future of our country would be without teachers, but, absolutely, the world must go on. And then a man, being perfect and amazing, would sweep in and save the day. And then he’d probably do a better job because women can’t do anything right. We just turn life into a silent movie where we get tied to train tracks and we need our prince charming to come in, armor gleaming. Darn, we can’t do anything right.

Sorry, Matt. Guess you’ll have to pick up after us yet again. Unless, of course, it’s in the kitchen where we belong. Then we’ll clean up after because that’s all we aspire to be.



1. “The Case Against Female Self-Esteem,” via mattforney.com

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