01 Jan Welcome to 2017! Happy New Year to all – except Neanderthals
Politically, 2016 was crap. Personally, it was superb.
Last year witnessed Neanderthal men slouching out of their cave to promote an anti-liberal backlash, (Trump, Farage, Duterte and Putin being the cheer-leaders); though that in itself didn’t surprise me as for some time now I’ve been predicting the same in my books, blogs and lectures.
However, as a welcome counter-balance to these male retrogrades, 2016 saw the continuation of a much more politicised and vocal feminist, pro-liberal voice, not just in the West but now globally – and coming from both women and men.
This global polarisation of political/personal identity around gender/sexuality will not only continue through the coming year, but heighten and intensify. So if you haven’t done so already, then its time to decide which side of the fence you are on. If you are reading this then the chances are very high that you’re one of the enlightened. That is, one of those who are sick and tied of men’s excuses for their continued violence, abuse and oppression of women, and indeed their misogynistic, homophobic and racist attitudes, often barely concealed behind the veil of ‘hating political correctness’. As I said in an earlier blog, we need more political correctness, not less. Especially from these male Neanderthals.
Yes, I know that a number of major political events in 2016 seemed to put the progressive liberal/democratic agenda on the back-foot, but this was always to be expected. Feminism and all it entails has been around for some time now but only in the past few years has it broken through from its academic discursive base and started to impact on the consciousness of the average bloke, and the average politician. Therefore, it would be totally unrealistic not to expect a vicious backlash from those men who now feel threatened, inadequate, lonely and generally confused. They have just woken up to the most profound social revolution ever to impact on the human race (gender equality and a rebalancing of male/female power in favour of women) and they are very, very angry.
(NB: To any Neanderthals reading this, please realise that your EI issues are not going to improve until you start to recognise your masculinist attitude as a major contributing factor to your existential anxiety.)
The world these reactionary guys had known and grew up in (became ‘men’ in) has changed dramatically, and in a very short time. Much they thought to be ‘true’ has been rendered myth.
Such men are now resisting; some as in-your face popularist politicians, many more as women-hating online trolls hiding behind the anonymity of their laptop.
We can surely expect more resistance from these Neanderthals, not less. Right now, they are feeling confident, boosted by the current ‘success’ of some newly emergent and popularist cheer-leaders.
But the Neanderthal reactionary surge won’t last.
History is not on their side. Their biological cousins went extinct some time ago, and their 21st century political/ideological equivalents will eventually follow.
So yes, 2016 was a challenging year in many respects, especially politically, and no doubt 2017 will give us more of the same.
That said, it was a great year for me both personally and professionally, and if 2017 is as good then I’ll be very grateful indeed.
(thanks, especially, to all my friends in Brunei – you helped make this a great year for me!)
Have a Good One!