Sunday, January 27, 2013

Latina Sin Sabor

It is not news that I can be a controversial figure on the internet.  Just google my "pen name" Sacerdotus and see the many mentions.  I can be found on many Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Atheist, Feminist, Gay and Science websites giving commentary on different topics.

As usual, as I tweet away different ideas I get messages in return.  The messages can be good and of course bad.  Recently, a colorful young Dominican messaged me obviously disagreeing with my Pro-Life tweets.  The engagement got interesting; so interesting that I decided to read some of her blog posts and commented on them.  Many of the blog posts echo the redundant radical feminist rant that unfortunately captures the minds of naive young women in universities to the point that they become fanatical and petulant.

Below you will find many tweets I've received from this young lady who goes by the name "Patricia Valoy" as well as her friends who decided to voice their attacks against me and the Church.  The fixation with my masculinity, priest genitalia and the misrepresentation of Catholicism shows an insecurity that many radical feminists portray.

Feminism is a good thing, in my opinion.  When it seeks equal rights under the law such as voting rights, equal opportunities for education and employment, fair pay and so on, then these are virtuous ideas.  However, it becomes a vice when its fundamental principles of equality become distorted with all kinds of sophism and relativism.  The feminist becomes "free" like a bird, but without a guide, this bird crashes into a building head on.

If you notice as you read the tweets, you will see an individual who is angry at the world - particularly men.  Misandry is not uncommon among radical feminists.  They seem to think they exist solely to compete with the  male.  They measure their lives and success against the male to the point of becoming so sensitive that any mere comment that may seem masculine offends them and puts them on the defensive.  They become overly sensitive and interpret any little thing as a male condescending the "inferior female."

Unfortunately, Ms. Valoy has become a victim of the eurocentrism which has plagued Hispanics for decades.  She lives the illusion of the "Radical Feminist freedom" which in reality is an ideological prison created by Caucasian women in the 19th and 20th centuries.  Valoy is living in the shadows of the white woman.  Latinas must create their own feminism that answers the challenges directed at their culture instead of adopting an ideology that only serves the white woman's experience.

"The feminist critique of gender essentialism does not merely charge that essentialist claims about 'women' are over-generalizations, but points out that these generalizations are hegemonic in that they represent the problems of privileges women (most often white, Western, middle class  heterosexual women) as paradigmatic 'women's issues.'" (Uma Narayan)
"Though feminism in origin, by definition, and by practice is a universalizing discourse  the concerns and questions that have informed it are Westerners (and its audience too is apparently assumed to be composed of just Westerners, given that many of the theorists tend to use the first-person plural 'we' and 'our culture' in their writings).  As such, feminism remains enframed by the tunnel vision and the bio-logic of other Western discourses."  (Oyeronke Oyewumi)      

I honestly don't understand why Ms. Valoy would construct her life around the views of a race that does not represent the struggles of the Latina.  This isn't a Caucasian vs Latino thing, but rather, a reminder that the Feminist movement and its platform originated from well-to-do white women who did not have the experiences that the Latina woman has had.  By adopting Western Feminism, Ms. Valoy is supporting the idea of gender essentialism.  The ideas presented in Radical Feminism does not take into account the experiences of Latin women.

Growing up in New York City, I have gotten to know may Latinos.  First Puerto Ricans and some Mexicans.  Eventually, in my late teen years, I came to know Dominicans.  Dominicans are an ambitious people.  They are very festive, love to have a good time just like any other culture.  They come to this country both legally and illegally in search of a better life.  Conditions in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) are not the best.  Tourism is popular there due to the way the government caters to foreigners by decorating tourist areas and also by promoting prostitution which is legal there.  Dominican women like other Latina women face many hardships.  They deal with poverty, men who leave them either for other women or when children are born; there are children to care for, etc.  Many of these Dominican women adhere strongly to their Catholic faith.  They invoke Our Lady under the title of "Altagracia."

Ms. Valoy in a blog post seems to present Dominican women as being docile and "so deeply entrenched in gender roles and a patriarchal household."  She describes her mother's experience as a woman trying to make it in life while having three daughters and a husband who eventually would separate from her.  Valoy's mother is not the only Dominican to go through this and worse.  What's interesting is that Ms. Valoy states in the beginning that her mother never adopted feminist ideas.  Despite avoiding them, she seems to have done well as a struggling Latina.  This is because no woman, in particular, no minority woman can adopt the Feminism that was created by and for white women.  The experiences are incompatible.  

One thing that caught my attention was this from Ms. Valoy: "I wanted her to be angry, because I was."  Feminists for the most part exhibit angry sentiments.  One can tell from reading the tweets at the end of this post that there is a lot of anger in these individuals.  Is the anger directed towards men or just out of frustration?  It is hard to say.  Many feminists do come from one parent homes where - you guessed it - the father figure is gone.  Could this be the origin of this misandry?

Young ladies such as Ms. Valoy often enter a university and begin to be brainwashed with ideas that seem to make sense and give hope.  Professors pontificate these ideas that seem to bring meaning and fulfillment and so they become very attractive to students who are susceptible   They become an opium, so to speak.  An opium so powerful that any challenge to it will be met with extreme defense.  This is demonstrated in the tweets below.

Furthermore, Ms. Valoy is under the false impression that the Catholic Church is this evil institution that just collects money and does nothing. This is not the case at all.  It was the Catholic Church who built Western civilization as we know it.  The Church built the Dominican Republic and continues to be a pillar in that nation which has suffered all kinds of political corruption.  To deny Catholicism and God by calling Him a "magic man in the sky" is a betrayal of Dominican heritage.  Valoy becomes a Latina sin Sabor (Latina without Flavor) living the ideas of the white Feminist woman.  Radical Feminism has contributed nothing to Dominican women.

Eventually Ms. Lavoy and other minority women will begin to see the strings that control their every thoughts.  The strings from the puppet master who attempts to assimilate Latino culture by means of gender essentialism.    

          LOL. The humble priest is bragging. @sacerdotus @tempibones

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