Shen Yun is Falun Gong. Falun Gong is racist, sexist and homophobic. They teach that evolution is false, that modern medicine is wrong, that aliens exist, that all kinds of extradimensional 'energies' control us, and that their uber-guru is a supernatural being. They are also right-wing: pro-Trump, pro-nationalist, and against the welfare state.
This doesn't strike me as a particularly feminist point, either. It's so unthinking; it's not a social critique at all. It's the refusal of one, and the substitution of a simple inversion of categories. This isn't "decentering" the dominant ideology, which I would think would be to broaden and subtilize the analysis, to clear away blind spots and falsehoods. It's to keep the thing intact, just upside-down.
Can it really be a morally sensible point of view about gender relations that men, in view of their role in (a now eroding) patriarchy, have forfeited their humanity? To the degree that even moral critique of their current fate - whatever we may conclude about it, good or bad - is pointless, indeed immoral?
And in fact the article doesn't take this point to heart. It's a long consideration of the fate of men. (In many ways a disparaging one, but that's not the point. The point is, the consideration was made - but with a sting in the tail, to let us know the author thought it was a burden for anyone to have to do such a thing. The authors of the books under review clearly didn't agree, and one of the odd implications of the review is tha no matter their point of view, these books should not exist.)
But that happens to be a moral view I don't think is very useful. Maleness, or masculinity even, is not one thing. Men are not one thing. It's important to remember that when speaking as though they are, one is adopting a hugely abstracted shorthand. (it can be perfectly valid to do so in certain contexts, but it's not the whole truth.)
And that's equally true even if we adopt the perspective that it's valid to divide the question into a simple binary moral system of oppressor and victim; punitively to write off the fate of the oppressor during the process of social change is a recipe for later violent reaction; this is in nobody's interest.
I have no idea what's going on.
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