Stockholm Syndrome: a euphemism for bad female behavior

The Editrix has an excellent post today:

Another Arm on the Octopus of Woman’s Insanity

She theorizes that the alleged phenomenon known as “Stockholm Syndrome” is actually just an excuse people came up with for irrational, unscrupulous female behavior. You know, in the original kidnapping that named the syndrome, two of the hostages later became engaged to their captors. No points for guessing which sex they were.

The Editrix then relates some of the behavior exhibited by men in captivity. Hint: they don’t generally decide their captors are actually wonderful, misunderstood people.

It made me remember some of the inspiring stories I’ve read of the courage of male POWs. Ever see The Great Escape? Based on a true story.

This post inspired me to Google to see if there was any data about the relative prevalence of Stockholm Syndrome between the sexes. I didn’t find any, though I did learn that there is actually a great deal of skepticism that it exists at all.

I also came across a whole bunch of crackpot feminist sites that declared that women who love men, enjoy being married, or approve of patriarchy are suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. Shall we apply the same logic to children who love their parents?

Then I came across this: Muslim sisterhood eclipses feminism, says Brit convert

“I know I shouldn’t generalise, but Western women are always bad-mouthing each other, pinching each other’s husbands and boyfriends and trying to pull each other down,” says Ms Ridley, a dryly witty Brit in her mid-40s who is speaking in New Zealand this week.

“Muslim women pull each other up and are encouraging of each other. They pull together.”

Western women do behave in the way she describes. Oh, not all the time, but a lot. I am skeptical, however, that Muslim women are any different.

Thrice-married and solo mum to 12-year-old Daisy, Ms Ridley exchanged a hedonistic life full of overwork and late-night boozing (“I used to be like a tightly coiled spring and I hated my own company”) for alcohol-free piousness, full-time hijab (hair coverings) and five prayer sessions daily.

You know what this reminds me of? In the days of royalty, kings’ mistresses and other courtesans tended to become devoutly religious when they got old and lost their looks and couldn’t get any more lovers. The famous courtesan Ninon de Lenclos disdained this practice as “making God a gift of the Devil’s leavings”.

Ms Ridley, now political editor of Islam Channel, a London-based satellite service, enjoys the respectful behaviour that her conversion prompts in others. It’s a while since she has heard a really filthy joke and doesn’t miss them.

“Sexual harassment” had to be invented because feminists demanded that men stop treating them like ladies, then discovered they couldn’t stand the way men behaved otherwise. There was a time when women didn’t have to join an oppressive, misogynist religion and wear a hijab to get a minimum of courteous behavior. That time was before feminism.

Her hijab has provoked hostile glares in public. She is not disturbed, but wonders what stokes such aggression.

Huh? Two sentences ago the article was saying that her conversion inspired “respectful” behavior.

She hit the headlines in 2001 after the September 11 attacks. Then a Sunday Express journalist, she sneaked into Afghanistan, at the time ruled by the fundamentalist Taleban.

Wait, shortly after 9/11, she figured it was a good idea for a white woman to sneak into Taliban-ruled territory?? She should’ve been committed. And what would have happened to her daughter if she hadn’t come back? Men have to take such risks sometimes, to keep the women and children back home safe. For women, there’s seldom a good reason for it.

According to her darkly funny book In the Hands of the Taliban

Darkly funny?!

According to her darkly funny book In the Hands of the Taliban, she was burqa-clad and posing as a deaf mute when the donkey she was mounting moved. Ridley yelled “Flaming Nora!” and as she reached for the reins, her camera – a banned item – swung into the view of a passing Taleban soldier.

Is this woman incredibly stupid, or did she subconsciously want to be caught?

During her 10 days in captivity, Ms Ridley was treated respectfully.

“Respectfully”? Did this woman inspire Joanie de Rijke?

Although terrified, she decided to behave as badly as possible, spitting and swearing. There was, she says wryly, no chance of getting Stockholm Syndrome – a condition in which hostages begin to side with their kidnappers.

I don’t see why. Maybe the book gives better reasons. Also, notice the “wryly”. The article keeps claiming Ridley is witty or funny, but fails to show any examples of this.

Once home, she started reading up on Islam and got a shock: “The Koran makes it clear that women are the equal of men.”

I have read the Koran. It makes no such thing clear. This is not a misunderstanding, it is an outright lie.

Also, she didn’t read up on Islam until after sneaking into Afghanistan?

In New Zealand for the first time, Ms Ridley has been impressed by the cohesiveness of New Zealand’s 40,000-strong Muslim community. Followers of different backgrounds mingle easily, something she says does not happen in Britain.

The openness reinforced what she had heard: that New Zealand “has a fantastic reputation for its humanitarian approach and welcoming refugees with open arms – and for refusing to get involved in an illegal war”.

Oh, bollocks. Liberals always say crap like that about foreign countries. I’ve heard American women claim that in Europe, women can walk around after dark in total safety, unlike here. Actually, doing so is even less safe there than it is here. (The women who have said this to me who have actually been to Europe were talking about walking a few blocks from a famous restaurant or theater to their expensive hotels. They’re the kind of middle-class people who splurge a bit on vacation, not that it’s wrong to do so, but it’s not a good indication of what a country is like. Affluent areas like that always have good security, if only because rich people have mean lawyers. If they lived there, in a normal middle-income area like the ones they live in over here, they would quickly learn not to walk to the grocery store after dark, any more than they would here.)

Anyway, do read the Editrix’s post. She is one smart lady.

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6 Responses to “Stockholm Syndrome: a euphemism for bad female behavior”

  1. Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. Says:

    I think that the case of Joanie de Rijke may also interest you.

    http://cordeliaforlear.blogspot.com/2009/06/joanie-de-rijk-and-female-sex-tourism.html

    http://cordeliaforlear.blogspot.com/2009/06/how-joanie-de-rijke-got-her-groove-back.html

  2. Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. Says:

    I think that the case of Joanie de Rijke may also interest you.

    http://cordeliaforlear.blogspot.com/2009/06/joanie-de-rijk-and-female-sex-tourism.html

    http://cordeliaforlear.blogspot.com/2009/06/how-joanie-de-rijke-got-her-groove-back.html

  3. Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. Says:

    I think that the case of Joanie de Rijke may also interest you.

    http://cordeliaforlear.blogspot.com/2009/06/joanie-de-rijk-and-female-sex-tourism.html

    http://cordeliaforlear.blogspot.com/2009/06/how-joanie-de-rijke-got-her-groove-back.html

  4. Male Chauvinist Woman Says:

    Thank you for the links. I had heard about de Rijke, but I hadn't seen those very perceptive posts.

  5. Male Chauvinist Woman Says:

    Thank you for the links. I had heard about de Rijke, but I hadn't seen those very perceptive posts.

  6. Male Chauvinist Woman Says:

    Thank you for the links. I had heard about de Rijke, but I hadn't seen those very perceptive posts.

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