Looking back on 2014, I see several trends that have accelerated - government dysfunction, leftist agitation, American decline abroad due to poor leadership, but one stands out above the rest - feminism is starting to devour itself.
The notion that men and women are blank slates and can be reprogrammed once they enter a campus is so stupid that only an academic could believe it. Their bright new idea of "affirmative consent" aka "yes means yes" is, like all ideas cooked up by the left, based entirely on theory with no actual real world application.
It is like something that came out of a 2 a.m. bull session in a dorm room with clouds of cannabis and empty wine cooler bottles lying about.
The key questions: How would it work? What qualifies? Give a specific example of its use - were totally ignored in the rush to demonstrate fealty to the Holy Cause of Feminism.
Like all leftist beliefs, implementation will fail, in turn requiring redoubled efforts and a spate of public excecutions/humiliations. This is who they are and what they do.
Happily, many part of the republic still function and college remains an optional activity.
In addition, there is the undeniable fact that most men like being men and most women enjoy being with men. They are therefore alarmed by the callous reaction of feminists to the likelihood that innocent men will be punished and their lives ruined: "Can't make an omlet without breaking a few eggs."
This mode of thought comes naturally to leftists whose core belief is "the ends justify the means." This is how Bill Clinton could smear women who credibly accused him of rape and sexual assault as "nuts and sluts" and have feminists cheer him on and join in. You see "rape matters," but not as much as abortion. That is the true sacrement of the Democrat party.
Feminism is now approaching its death spiral, which means that its adherents will attempt to outdo each other in professions of faith and the ranks will be purged ruthlessly of those who are found to have insufficient zeal. I anticipate more strident demands for apologies from the weak and greater efforts to banish dissenting thoughts from the Temple. All this will do is accelerate its collapse.
Remember, the greatest damage in war (and this is a war of idea) is usually wrought near the end, even after the fundamental issue has been decided. How many deaths did France suffer after the doomed Russian campaign? The bloodiest year of the American Civil War was the last, after southern defeat was assured.
There is a notion - fed by optimists in the Pentagon - that a "tipping point" comes and one side loses heart. I have no idea where this is found in history. Germany and Japan fought to the bitter end in World War II, and Allied losses reach their peak at the same time. Even in World War I, when German morale arguably collapsed, 1918 was a bloodbath for both sides - in part because of the desperate spring offensive that attempted to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Pride, hatred, and despair make for a deadly mix and feminists have a surplus of all three.
The great irony is that the lot of women across the world is worse than it has been in my lifetime. Women are being treated like cattle in an arc stretching from the Sahel to the Hindu Kush, and feminists are utterly silent. When they do bestir themselves, it is to offer a tweet asking the terrorists to be nice - nothing like the hate the devoted to the University of Virgina gang rape hoax.
Women are being sold into sexual slavery and executed for refusing to please their slave-master husbands, yet American fraterities are the main enemy?
Lena Dunham may or may not have had bad sex at Oberlin and this is a big deal, but the fate of brown women does not even make the back pages.
This brings me to another point: modern feminism is about status-seeking among upper-class white women. Under the hierarchy of leftist victimology, these people are second only to upper-class white men in their culpability for evil. The only way they can escape that is to be a victim of patriarchy, and that is why they are increasing desperate to define subway seating and frat parties as oppression. (The news that underclass women who don't go to college are more likely to be raped took a bit of air out of the #rapeculture balloon, but these people are impervious to logic.)
That is why Dunham - elite child of the elite, graduate of an elite school, employee of the elite entertainment industry - had to come up with a sexual assualt in order to achieve some kind of street credibility. Without it, she would be part of Them, the Privilaged. With it, she is now a victim and can joyfully shout "smash the system" like the rest of the ersatz proletarians.
The year 2014 was when feminism's contradictions finally became insurmountable. One cannot logically declare that women are strong enough to serve as Army Rangers on an equal footing as men and then claim that their accusations of sexual assualt deserve a wholly different legal procedure because of their inherent delicacy.
When feminism was confined to the ivory tower, these clashes with reality could be painted over by sympathetic colleagues and fearful provosts, but now real lives and fortunes are at stake. Women who might be sympathetic are afraid their sons' lives will be ruined and mothers are famously protective of their offspring.
One would think a movement allegedly dedicated to women would have taken that into consideration.
(As an aside, I apologize for the paucity of blog posts. I have been laid low by a nasty 'flu bug. I can't wait for this awful year to end.)