Gandhi: A Malign Inspiration to Women

Today I heard somebody talking about Gandhi. Now, don’t misunderstand me: I’m not criticizing him. But I think he’s the source, though in some cases removed a few times, of the prevalent notions women have today that they can end violent behavior through means other than violence.

Before the 20th century, nobody was silly enough to believe that there was any way to stop a tyrant from slaughtering people, Indians from burning widows alive, or little boys from beating up little girls, aside from force.

Nowadays, Western women actually become angry if anyone suggests that female genital mutilation or stoning women for adultery ought to be stopped by force. Gentle pressure and education, they insist, are the only effective means for stopping such things. I’m sure that’s a comfort to the women who are being maimed and murdered while the West stands by gently pressuring their attackers.

A few years back, there was actually an article in Vanity Fair that seriously said that we shouldn’t overthrow dictators by military force because if we don’t, they might stop oppressing and slaughtering on their own. Yeah, that worked real well with Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, Saddam… oh wait.

I believe that they have taken the example of Gandhi and turned his actions into a general principle, which they aren’t. His tactics worked because the people he was opposing were the honorable English, who were, generally speaking, too decent to keep on assaulting people who weren’t defending themselves. The strategy relies on the morals of one’s opponent. If one’s opponent does not have morals, IT ISN’T GOING TO WORK. One of those sci-fi writers who writes alternative history novels wrote one about Gandhi using his nonviolent resistance against Nazis. The Nazis shot him. There went his resistance! Indeed, the real Gandhi himself stated that had he been dealing with Nazis instead of Englishmen, his tactics would have been far different.

A lot of the silly women who presume to say that they know how to deal with barbaric behavior don’t know much about Gandhi, but the notion that his tactics are across the boards effective has trickled down. Sort of like how many second-rate fantasy authors have never read the works of Margaret Mead, but nonetheless reproduce her inaccurate account of blissful Samoan promiscuity quite faithfully, having inherited the ideas at a remove of three or four imitative authors.

It’s only to be expected that women will latch on to this tactic. Why? Because it’s one that women are capable of doing. In fact, it’s one they’re better at, since the tactic requires nothing more than passivity, something which comes naturally to women. Force requires muscles, courage, and large guns – not things women are likely to have or be able to acquire.


4 Responses to “Gandhi: A Malign Inspiration to Women”

  1. Ashish Jaiswal Says:

    I love your posts, I've even bookmarked your blog in my browser.

    But, I believe when you don't have complete knowledge about something, you shouldn't speak on that topic. Calling the English "honorable", "who were too decent to keep on assaulting people who weren't defending themselves" is foolish. Maybe you don't know about the Jallianwaala Bagh Massacre, where General Dyer ordered his troops to fire on hundreds of unarmed men, women and children. What's more inhuman than that? There were many more like these … Moreover, MK Gandhi has been falsely promoted as the main hero of the Indian Independence. We won not for him, but because of brave men like Bhagat Singh, Subhash Chandra Bose's INA, Azad, Veer Savarkar and many other brave Indians. MK Gandhi was a coward … I hate him.

    "Incomplete knowledge is always dangerous."

  2. Female Misogynist Says:

    I admit, I don't know enough about Indian history – I only know the broad outlines – to be able to say who was truly responsible for Indian independence. I bow to your greater knowledge!

    But my post was a generalization. I wasn't trying to imply that the English are always honorable and merciful, but that enough of them are that those tactics were effective. Put it this way: a science fiction author wrote an alternate history story where the Nazis occupied India and Gandhi tried his tactics on them. The Nazis shot him immediately. The British can be bastards at times, but few of them could be that ruthless.

    A parallel example is of the civil rights movement in my own country. A lot of white people were fine with segregation. Some of them were willing to use violence to keep black people out of white areas. But the majority of white people didn't have the stomach for that. When they saw on the news footage of black people being beaten or having acid thrown at them, when the blacks were simply sitting there harming no one, they couldn't accept that. They might have preferred not to have integrated schools or neighborhoods, but they weren't willing to agree to that kind of violence.

    But as I said, you doubtless know more about it than I do!

    Welcome to my blog, I'm very glad you're enjoying it!

  3. globalman100 Says:

    Um…you do know that Ghandi was an Illuminati agent and that the English WANTED India to 'win' independence…don't you?

  4. Female Misogynist Says:

    No, I can't say that I did know that.

    I'm happy to have you commenting here, but I don't actually believe that this was engineered by the Illuminati. The assault on civilization worked out so well simply because evil is congruent.

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