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Some current prominent authors have written and spoken exhaustively about the demoralization of men in the country, but I would like to suggest here that women are feeling beleaguered and demoralized in a way that is unprecedented in recent American history. From my perspective, the causes include the erosion of traditional family life and with it the role that women played in the world in an evolutionary sense, socially condoned male-on-female violence in the form of social justice psychosis (i.e. MMA fights with men battering women), and an increasing absence and disappearance of reliable and sturdy men with which women can form life. I will draw upon my experience as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst as well as recent data.
Let us start with a review of the CDC survey regarding teenagers so that we may focus on younger females and then work our way forward to adult women.
A new study has arisen from the CDC and it displays what all of us have known for some time now: that teenage girls are in serious trouble. I will address findings regarding teenage girls in general, racial differences, and “LGBTQ+” trends. My analysis is sobering and does not align with progressive, woke, or even common narratives that the anointed in society demand of our neuronal activity. These data are important and need to be addressed frankly.
One out of three teenage girls have considered suicide in the 2021 figures, and that number is 60% greater than the figure from 10 years ago. Nearly the same amount felt depressed and eating disorders are markedly increased as well. There are some striking conundrums in the CDC survey results.
“The percentage of female students who experienced sexual violence by anyone increased from 2017 to 2021.” P44
“Although there was no change in the percentage of students overall who had ever been forced to have sex from 2011 to 2021, the percentage of female students and of White students who had ever been forced to have sex increased.” P44
The assumption that most people have while reading the survey results is that when high school students report forced sex, they are referencing peer relations. This is a mistake. In fact, peer-to-peer sexual contact has reduced in recent years overall, so it would be odd if the rates of peer-to-peer rapes and sexual assaults would have increased. As a clinical psychologist, I have a sense as to what has happened. We locked children in place for a very long time during covid and guess what….the rate of in-home molests and rapes increased. This is dramatically higher in residences that domicile non-biologically related men rather than the biological father.
Another survey result that lines up with clinical experience is that a much greater number of gay students who identify as the opposite sex report having been forced to have sex. The public dialogue has never been comfortable addressing this matter, and clinicians often shy away from it, but it is generally found across clinical practices that gay and what are now called “transgender” or “queer” patients have a much greater likelihood of having some form of sexual assault in their history. I think nobody wants to talk about this because the topic requires us to ponder the potential causality between a history of sexual assault and sexual/gender identity, especially in teenage girls. We seem to be increasingly incurious about the effects of trauma on women clinically, especially in the era of “affirming” care, which is little more than a non-inquiring nodding head of a passive therapist.
As a related phenomenon, I am surprised that nobody has asked whether the massive explosion in the number of teenage girls who identify as boys could be a reflection of girls unconsciously trying to unify both the feminine and the masculine within themselves so as to avoid having to date men in a world that is increasingly lacking a purposeful role for men at all.
“While the percentage of Black and White students who attempted suicide increased, the percentage of Asian students who attempted suicide decreased, and the percentage of Hispanic and multiracial students who attempted suicide did not change.”P59
This finding is not surprising and is another terrible effect of the grossly extended government lockdowns on the freedom to attend school. My take on this finding is that 1). Asian students come from a culture that does not permit emotional persuasion over duty to the family and so suicide often simply does not occur to them at times that it would for white and black students, 2). Black students are more likely to come from poorer homes (the average wealth of a black family is $17k versus appx $150k for whites) with an abrasive environment because low SES and abuse/neglect correlate strongly, 3). An enormous portion of the of nearly 70% white majority in the country are also made up of poor and abuse/neglect-prone environments. All teens need to escape the home and survive in a peer social life; even a subpar peer social life can be better than being locked at home.
Females are nearly 30% more likely to report depression than men. This is partially another outcome of COVID lockdowns, though women report greater levels of sadness and depression versus men in general. Socializing for women is so vital to the extent that a case can be made that women cannot survive without proper sorority in teen years. What did we expect would happen at the end of a nearly 3-year experiment with social isolation? No surprise here.
There is an enormously high percentage of LGBTQ and gay students who report depression. In pondering this matter, the generally accepted social conclusions now appear to run at cross-purposes. It has historically been agreed upon by the progressive-leaning collective that higher rates of mental illness found in the so-called LGBTQ community are a result of social isolation or social antagonism/persecution. While the data from the 2021 survey does not include a trend for gender/sexuality from 2011-2021 as it does for race, one could assume the proportionate rate disparities between gender/sexual identity groups were generally consistent. This assumption rests on the vast majority of the other data in the field.
Now for the paradoxical and heretofore unaddressed question: If the strikingly high mental health rates of LGBTQ-identifying students are propelled by social antagonism, then wouldn’t we expect the rates of mental illness to decrease amidst COVID lockdowns? That is, when these students no longer have to venture out into what is presumed to be a cold and rejecting world, wouldn’t the rates of despair decrease to some extent, or at least maintain at baseline? The even more unacceptable direction of this line of inquiry is as follows: if rates increased while cloistered at home is there something about the homes of LGBTQ+ students that causes the strikingly high mental health problems in this group to begin with? These logical questions may never be adequately addressed due to the nuclear sensitivity of the topic in the context of a society that has become hysterical to anything uncomfortable. Perhaps if we all had a fainting couch we might bandy rational inquiry once more.
In summary to the teenage section, we have done a number on teenage girls who will soon become young adult women, and we should be prepared for extremely elevated levels of psychological distress, mental illness, problems adapting to adulthood, difficulty forming intimate bonds with romantic others, and social isolation.
Turning now to adult women, there is much to be dissatisfied with and demoralized by in the modern world. I think it is broadly accurate to say that the world is strikingly less hospitable to women in our current time than one would expect at this phase in a "progressive" society.
Some of the coarseness that females experience in the current world is an outcome of well-intentioned and probably globally positive movements, such as the integration of women into the workforce and into the industrialization of Western society. That being said, it is entirely possible that the wage stagnation that the country has experienced since the 1970s is at least partially due to the fact that we doubled the workforce post World War II and as a consequence, we lowered wages. The decreased wages could broadly be framed as follows: we now require a husband and wife to each work full-time hours for enough to survive while raising a child.
My clinical experience has shown me that women are very unhappy with this arrangement overall, and most of them carry on in this sort of marital-economic framework as long as they can but slowly and incrementally lose functional ability over time. They subconsciously move toward exiting the workforce after approximately 10 years. At least that's what I have found clinically; this is no criticism by the way. Many of them have raised children while co-parenting and working full-time, and often these women have to deal with a sense of bleak perceived unfairness as many witnessed a mother of their own who did not have to work, or who worked in the home and had a traditionally feminine role, as it were. The common refrain from unconscious maternal envy is "How come I don't have it as good as my mother?” Of course, these generalities do not apply to everybody, but these are broad trends that I see across women in my practice.
Women, Sex, and Men
One of the most common complaints that I hear from women in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis is that there simply does not appear to be a pool of reliable men available for dating. It is hard for me to know whether this is objectively true, but I think it is generally true that the sexes are not finding each other with the same kind of ease that they have in the past. Moreover, the modern dating app culture works for men sexually much better than it works for women in the long run. Women of course enjoy sex and seek it out more rapaciously than they have in the relatively repressive historical times of old, but not nearly the same way that men do or with the same level of intensity. Moreover, the level of strange sexual behavior and preference that teenage boys have reported to me in private practice is frankly appalling. I'm not a sexual prude, but I think it is a distress call for society when it is not uncommon for young men to have a preference for degrading and dehumanizing sexual activity. We really need to ask ourselves why sexual sadism has increased so dramatically. What is the aggression between the sexes about? And yes, I am saying between the sexes because much can be said about feminine aggression toward the masculine, though I will endeavor to address that in a different essay.
Perverts Battering Women
As if it were not enough for women to radically alter their economic behavior while simultaneously raising a child, to run into a world where decent and reliable sturdy men seem like an anachronistic parody, and to be used for physical receptacles for aggressive pornography fantasies, they also now have to deal with the very strange and extremely disturbing social condoning of male toward female assaults. We now have male mixed martial arts fighters who declare themselves to be women and then fight in the female league. One of these men actually fractured the skull of his female opponent. After the fight, the female remarked upon the experience of being physically completely overwhelmed in a way she had never been before in a fight with another female. Obviously. And then, this battered woman tacked on social justice nonsense in order to undo what she worried was some sort of sinful statement of objective fact. I truly believe that within a decade society will have course corrected and nobody will want to admit that they condoned this level of social perversion.
Society is becoming perverse much like the Roman empire did prior to its disintegration, and I believe that our collective moral decay is a consequence of our death instinct. Western culture has given up on itself, and when societies lose hope for moral prosperity they become hedonistic, perverted, and self-destructive. One of the first targets of collective self-destruction is traditional values, and I can't think of anything more central to the cohesiveness of a culture than the protection of its women. The protection of women is obviously one of the most essential ingredients in the formation of civilization because none of us would be here if men did not successfully protect women throughout history. No society would be in existence. If I have to explain why this is the case, you may not be a good fit for my newsletter. For the rest of you, let's carry on discussing reality.
This trend of socially condoned violence against women is percolating through Western culture in the strangest of manners. As mentioned above, those who identify as being on the left actually view it to be socially progressive to allow men to assault women; this was not the case even 5 years ago, and those who identify as politically right-wing and who would historically be viewed by progressives as the least likely to rally to the feminist cause are in some sense the best allies that women can find these days regarding violence and protection.
And if you think this is just some sort of bizarre, irrelevant, and separate issue that we allow men to violently assault women for entertainment, I would submit to you that this is being signaled as acceptable toward the younger generations. We now have video footage of teenage boys beating the living hell out of girls. This never would have happened in previous generations. Another boy would have stepped in and cleaned his clock faster than you can tap record on an iPhone. The absence of these countervailing boys is yet another reflection of the annihilation of honorable masculinity, which the feminine needs for survival.
So let’s summarize what women have to look forward to: increased occupational freedom that comes simultaneous to childbearing, which is the same as having two jobs for the pay of a quarter of a job, an absence of sturdy and honorable men to pair with, and a perverse society that becomes aroused by violence against women both in the pornography realm and in the arena of actual combat. Is it any wonder that the CDC survey data would find that young women are more depressed and mentally ill than ever? Look at the present reality that they have as the rendering for the future that they are moving toward. Would you be excited about it?
If I may be so grandiose as to offer a suggestion, I believe I can do so rather concisely. It would go a long way if we were to be honest about reality in conversation. Part of your reading this newsletter and listening to my podcast likely represents a gravitation that you have toward straightforward and honest discussion.
When someone implies to you in a roundabout woke kind of way that it’s just swell to have men beat the daylights out of women in combat or contact sports because sex differences can be solved with hormone supplementation… or they tell you that you are a “phobe” of some sort… simply reply that their position is very strange. Consider saying, “Just to be clear, men have 40% denser and larger bones as well as vastly superior skeletal muscularity. This is not disputable, and so it is perverse of you to say that women should be the subject of male violence. It’s like you are saying it’s ok for adults to beat kids, or for bigger people to harm smaller people.” Tell that person that you consider it perversion when society allows women to be disrespected and brutalized en masse on monetized media. It is actually a bizarre form of gladiator gore.
Moreover, let's start making the case very broadly that men and women are not opponents. Men and women are meant to work together toward a creation of their own making. Historically that has meant creating a stable union between the two of them, but as things change in society I believe that the sexes can still remain collaborative and mutually supportive.
This all of course hinges upon you reading my newsletter and listening to Real Clear religiously.
…That’s only a little bit of sarcasm.