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Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Maudes-Portrait of a STRAIGHTBIAN

Being an online public sorta (dare I say controversial) figurehead, in running/maintaining a long standing blog, I am exposed to a good deal of people/people types. In the STRAIGHTBIAN series/posts that both Mrs Dirt and I have written/collaborated, there is a type we (despite both of us having met online/realtime a good many in our respective lives) have neglected to mention/describe-The Maudes. Maudes are Women (always heterosexual) who frolicked in the fields of early 70's Women's Lib/Radical (lesbian) Feminism. These bra burning RadFems believed they were changing the world for Women everywhere by squatting over hand mirrors together as they searched for extraterrestrial life....errr I mean their cervix.
 
We call them Maudes because of their close resemblance (physically/temperament and personality) to the 70's TV character Maude Findlay. The lyrics to the Maude theme song adequately describe The Maudes as well it does Maude herself:

Lady Godiva was a freedom rider,
she didn't care if the whole world looked.
Joan of Arc, with the lord to guide her,
she was a sister who really cooked.
Isadora was a first bra burner
Aint' ya glad she showed up?
And when the country was falling apart
Betsy Ross got it all sewed up
And then there's Maude
And then there's Maude
And then there's Maude

And then there's that uncompromisin' enterprisin' anything but traqulizin' Right on Maude!!! 

The song uses strong historical Female archetypes who in some way trail blazed for future Women, and then there's Maude! The Maudes however are not Joan of Arc's or Isadora Dunkin's, they were once over the top passionate about Women voting/Women construction workers, Women's conscious raising groups, Women's Grass roots, Women's music, Women's land, Women CEO's or Women Presidents, but born with Hetero Female biology, their passion exceeded their limits. The lesbian separatist utopia they so dreamed, never materialized beyond flimsy plans, loads of back patting/emotional reassurances, eschewing femininity by employing poor grooming habits, short hair and plenty O flannel shirts (in other words an insulting Heterosexual version of Dyke).

Maudes are always middle or upper middle class, usually college educated and often live within some ivory tower or other, if not professing Radical Feminist ignorance to unsuspecting college youths, they will work as a college librarian or college clerk. Their Hetero/sexuality is usually tangled with either early sexual abuses or disinterest/discomfort with perceived male dominance (sexual or otherwise), meaning they want to run-the-fuck/relationship yet fear doing so in male/female relationships. They believe they want some egalitarian relationship which Radical Feminism ensures can ONLY happen between Women-ie in order to have equality in their personal life they must CHOOSE to be a Lesbian. So along with eschewing their femininity, they also eschewed all common sense, thereby eschewing their own selves.

Most Maudes today are more passion-less, often bitter and thoroughly disappointed in where their youthful exuberance has went.  And worse, angry because where Women's Lib did open some doors for future Women, young Women today use their equality more to sport shorter skirts and higher high heels and fuck on the first date, than they do to advance their careers or pay tribute to The Maudes (who sacrificed so much!), that is IF they even know of any worth paying tribute to. The invisibility young Maudes claimed to have once so desperately craved (fuck the male gaze), are now dourer because they have it.

Most Maudes chose to be childless (that'll teach patriarchy!), so now starring old age in the face (many today are in their early to mid 60's), they are bitter, sad and afraid. The world they thought they were going to change via Radical Feminism, changed while they stood still. And if they hadnt with hetero privilege intact co-opted Lesbian, I might even feel sorry for them, might.

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6 comments:

  1. "Insulting Heterosexual version of Dyke" - PRECISELY!!!

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  2. I was wondering how you feel about seperatism in general? I know often the history of the women who were involved were questionable and thats why many failed and it seems there were massive inequalities. But conceptually do you have any opinion on female exclusive spaces or separatism?
    Also do you have any opinion about the validity of patriarchy/oppression via patriarchy? Or is it a creation of radfems/hetwomen? Or just fake entirely?
    I have no concrete opinion on it and I've just been wonderinf what you think. Idk if you wrote abouy this in the past. Thanks

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    1. Every group/minority or culture should have the right to have their own personal spaces to be themselves/share/bond etc. Dykes obviously have always relied on just that, creating our own enclaves throughout the world.

      Separatism is a big put your head in the sand and pretend the world we dislike doesnt exist, only doing it with others with their heads in sand. It changes nothing. Its stereotypical of Het Women, passive.

      Can groups/minorities be oppressed? Fuck yeah they can! But that oppression isnt limited to the male sex, females oppress with equal relish, we only have to look at Lesbian History to know that. Oh wait what Lesbian History? Yeah, the Lesbian History thats been defined, DICKtated and dominated by Het Women.

      Are there male systems of power? Of course. But MRAs and patriarchy isnt responsible for Het Womens non interest in math/science anymore than its responsible for bringing itself into the world. If you're a Het Female who doesnt like how males have shaped the world, simply stop bringing males into it. And as the world is today with an equal amount of males, Het Women who dislike their world need to take an assertive training course or 50 and be decisive and straight forward. Bitching about sexism or misogyny or worse baiting males online for attention (boy/girl games) isnt going to do much in the way of Feminist change. Feminism, like Patriarchy are myths constructed by unhappy Het Women too submerged in their own Het biology to first decide what to change and then take the extra step and execute it!

      Dykes are born and raised in the same "patriarchal" world, men are more our peers than our oppressors, biology matters.

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    2. It's no surprise that I agree with Dirt on her reply above. On Twitter, I often see "The Patriarchy" being used as a convenient catch-all excuse to blame men/alleged "MRAs" for absolutely everything and to absolve females of all personal responsibility whatsoever. I am not saying that sexism/misogyny/oppression don't exist, because they do, but the only way to combat ANY problem is through taking action, not by blaming/whining/complaining.

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  3. Hello! Thanks for your replies! I've been soo curious what you think so thank you so much for answering. What you said definitely made me chuckle reading along. I definitely dont like how feminism manipulates women and lesbians in ways that dont make sense and are unhealthy. I recently came across a supposed radical feminist that was such a textbook dysfunctional het, Every. single. video. was about mtfs and mras and was full of rage and long rants. Not a single vid was any other issue women deal with.

    The only thing I kind of "disagree" with or maybe I just frame it differently was what you said about separatists. Not to say that it also hasn't served as something illogical in the past or too mixed with the wrong women or wrong ideas but I kind of see it as an extension of female exclusive or lesbian exclusive space. It'd be wrong to position it as strategic in a political sense but I more so see it as a place that can nurture lesbian exclusive spaces into something bigger. Mainly that being a longer standing community that you can intermix with or recharge with or recover with and also that is hugely important where lesbians can learn vital skills of knowing how to work with land, agriculture, construction,herbalism or whatever, like amongst our own. So in a sense it's passive but it's intent isn't for others but more for ourselves, peace, respite, healing, learning etc. Just the same how you said oppressed people have a right to their own autonomous spaces its like, how sometimes ethnicities or whoever they make their own community enclaves. Which I guess can be either urban or rural and both have their own benefits. I've always supported ____ exclusive spaces and it seems a problem when they're politicized, but i guess theres always pushback when people feel entitled to ____ people at all times and resist ___ exclusive spaces.
    Even still all those lesbian exclusive/oriented spaces even in cities are all gone ;__;.

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