Ressentiment within Feminism has become a Generational Curse

…unto the third or fourth generation.

Readership: All; Men; Single Men;
Theme: Identity, Image, and Impressions
Reader’s Note: In this essay, suffixes have been added to ressentiment to form different inflexions.
Length: 1,100 words
Reading Time: 4 minutes

Introduction

In The Disease of Decadent Christianity (2022-4-29), J. M. Smith explained an older argument (originating from Nietzsche) about how Ressentiment within Christianity has debased the religion. I explored this further in The Decadent Christian (Ressentimentalism) (2022-5-18), in which I showed that ressentimented Christian beatitudes parallel the cultural trend of fourth wave intersectional feminism. I wish to remind readers to pay close attention to ressentimented values when reading/watching the news or interacting with others.

During this study of ressentiment, I found a few other articles which describe ressentiment and how the rot of ressentiment has infected our lives in various ways. One such article was a post from Doug Wilson that described Ressentiment, Shame, and Accusation within Progressive Identity Politics (2022-6-20).

In this post, I’ll cover an article from Amerika, Fallout From Roe v. Wade Wrecked Gen X (2022-5-9). Here, Brett Stevens described the ressentiment of the Baby Boomers in terms of its effects on Generation X. It should be duly noted that these effects extend to subsequent generations, and may very well continue indefinitely until such time it is checked. I’ve extracted relevant excerpts from Steven’s essay below. [Images and section titles have been added. Some passages have been reordered for ease of comprehension.]

Generation X — The Generation with No Name

The ressentimented value of sex, matrimony, and human life itself lit the destructive fires of Molech for the generation born during the advent of the sexual revolution, birth control pills, legalized abortion, and no fault divorce.

“Generation X was the first generation of kids to come up in a world where abortion is normal. We belonged to parents who saw us as optional children, or creatures which could have been aborted or avoided.”

“In the same way that people claimed that a lack of legal abortion was oppression, they also found their own children to be a burden if the children did not do exactly what the parents wanted.

We realized that we were the first generation that was entirely disposable. We were optional children. When we displeased our parents, we know they were thinking fondly of their ability to unmake us through abortion and divorce.”

Steven’s description really hits home for Gen Xer’s like myself and probably many readers too. The feeling that our very existence is an “accident” that was deemed acceptable, according to the mother’s moods of that moment, rather than an unacceptable one. The idea that many of our peers happened to come along during a bad parental mood or life circumstance, and didn’t make it past delivery. Personally, I often feel that I have friends who I never got to know, who were taken away from this world before they even entered it — disembodied spirits who call out from the world beyond. The numbers prove that my impression is legit.

Generation X — The Generation with a Variable Identity

“The dominant message of the time was that of individualism.”

When I was growing up in the 1970s, I distinctly remember a very popular phrase that was made into a song, and then a book, Free to be, you and me. My Boomer cousin gave me a copy of this book. It said things like, Ladies first!, Love is all around, “Love is for everyone”, It’s OK to cry, and “Feeling angry is normal”, which were revolutionary notions at that time. Looking back, I find that Gloria Steinem was behind this movement targeted at children.

“In essence, this was the same bourgeois idea we have always seen in the West when the workers take over: you are a victim, and you have no obligation to anything but yourself as a result, therefore take whatever you can get and get out.

It is a working class refrain as old as the hills. You are responsible for nothing except to rebel against The Man. The “elites” pick up on it because it gives them an excuse to take out their enemies while claiming to be part of the victim cult.”

Back in their heyday of the 1960s and 1970s, the Boomers, AKA “The Me Generation”, were famous for rebelling against “The Establishment”, which was a code word for traditional conservatism. This was so ensconced within their ethics that Boomers often repeated amongst themselves that “No one over the age of 30 is to be trusted.”

“The individualism of the Baby Boomers meant that for the first time, growing up and getting married to have a family with children (if you could) was not a universal goal. Instead. it was one option for utilitarian “happiness.”

It has been said that the Baby Boomers are/were an evil generation. Here’s a clue as to why.

“If you were not happy with your marriage or children, you could claim egalitarian victimhood… that is, you were deprived of something that you should have had. This meant that ironically your children were oppressing you.

For Generation X, this was a real threat. Kids were getting kicked out of the house at eighteen or even before, turned in to the state, or relocated to distant relatives in the chaos of sexual liberation and divorce.

Not surprisingly, this generation grew up with a reluctance to form attachments to others. Democracy as a psychological influence seems to take normal groups and turn them into apathetic bourgeois narcissists, and this is just one turn of that cycle.”

I suspect that Gen X was not the only generation who experienced such things, but that this generational curse has extended down through Millennials and iGen as well. Just as it is repeated several times throughout scripture (Exodus 20:5; Exodus 34:7; Numbers 14:18; Deuteronomy 5:9)…

“…you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me…”

Deuteronomy 5:9 (NKJV)

And so, after all these years, we see the deeper meaning and natural consequences of “Free to be, you and me.”

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46 Responses to Ressentiment within Feminism has become a Generational Curse

  1. thedeti says:

    Breaking:

    SCOTUS overturns Roe v. Wade. Opinion released this morning.

    I can’t believe it. They actually did it. They actually really did it.

    Fox News: Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade in landmark opinion (2022-6-24)

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  2. Oscar says:

    “In a solo concurring opinion, Thomas says the court should reconsider rulings that protect contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage”

    Hell yeah!

    Remember, “vir” means “man” in Latin. It can also mean “husband”, “warrior”, or “hero”. “Virtus” means “manliness”, which is where we derive the word “virtue”.

    If you remember how Clarence Thomas has been treated since he was nominated for the Supreme Court, you know he is a virtuous man.

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  3. b g says:

    Have to say that as someone that came of age in mid-sixties that the leadership of the cultural changes were almost always not Boomers. Whether social activists or musicians, many were born and/or raised during WW2; but many others particularly amongst the activists, and most especially the feminists were often a generation earlier. And you really might want to consider the unrest created by the rapid social changes during the war years and especially the shortage of masculinity caused by the highest quality males being overseas for years. ;-D

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  4. cameron232 says:

    Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, she won’t have sex with you. Sorry dudes.

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    • Oscar says:

      Men everywhere:

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    • Oscar says:

      How long before male Leftists start castrating themselves? This is from back in May.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/12/26/men-across-america-are-getting-vasectomies-an-act-love/

      Men across America are getting vasectomies ‘as an act of love’
      With the right to abortion under threat, men say they want to play a role in reproductive planning to support their partners

      Koushik Shaw, a doctor at the Austin Urology Institute in Texas, said his practice saw about a 15 percent increase in scheduled vasectomies after the Sept. 1 Texas abortion ban went into effect.

      Patients are saying “‘Hey, I’m actually here because some of these changes that [Gov. Greg] Abbott and our legislature have passed that are really impacting our decision-making in terms of family planning,’ so that was a new one for me as a reason — the first time, patients are citing a state law as their motivating factor,” Shaw said.

      Not that I’m complaining about male Leftists castrating themselves.

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      • locustsplease says:

        I predict they will start actually castrating themsleves. The fact is most of us have to settle for sexless marriages or nothing male feminist or not. They cannot tell women no and these women have evil hearts the testicles are coming out soon and put in a jar for master to see.

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  5. Oscar says:

    This song seems appropriate, given the last two SCOTUS rulings.

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  6. Oscar says:

    Missouri really is a good place to live.

    Breitbart News: Missouri becomes the first state to end abortion — A momentous day! (2022-6-24)

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  7. Lastmod says:

    Yeah…

    Roe vs. Wade has been taken for granted for almost 30 years. Sadly, all this does is make pro-life Republicans happy that they “got one over”, while they pay $9.00/gallon for gas, and have no baby formula. Meanwhile, all the “Republicans” will continue to live in the vanity of their minds, and think Americans want a return to 1956 America…… instead of cutting taxes, putting people in jail who belong there, and actually fixing things.

    The new ruling will have no effect whatsoever on California. I can tell you that now. If the situation was reversed, I am sure the “government” would have to send troops in to stop the abortion mill.

    Where is Jesus?

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    • Joe2 says:

      Roe vs. Wade might actually cause the mid-terms to be a disaster for the Republicans due to backlash. Inflation, gas, baby formula, Afghanistan, Ukraine, southern border may all become far distant secondary concerns as the Democrats fan fears of a Republican agenda which would include burkas, etc. Republicans would lose swing voters (middle class white women) to the Democrats. Yet, Republicans might still be basking in the glory of Roe vs. Wade while pumping $9.00 gas. The SCOTUS actually gave the Democrats a huge gift – the opinion should have come out after the mid-terms.

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      • Anonymous says:

        While I agree with your point on the negative political backlash, the multitude of unborn lives saved by an early promulgation of the decision makes it totally worth it.

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      • Sadly, they’ll assassinate 1-2 conservative justices by the midterms. Roe wouldn’t have been overturned.

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      • Oscar says:

        I doubt the overturning of RVW will affect the midterm’s outcome. Sure, it motivated a lot of Leftoids, but it motivated a lot of Right Wingers too. People in the middle care a lot more about the price of gas than Supreme Court decisions.

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    • Oscar says:

      Where is Jesus?

      At the right hand of the Father.

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  8. Lastmod says:

    Generation X: Still a variable.

    I am, still after all these years, trying to figure out what we were, or whatever my generation meant or stood for.

    — We’re the smallest of the big three generations.
    — Most of us have not done as well as our parents.
    — Irony stands out as the best description of our psychology.
    — We’re known for Grunge (which has aged terribly and is now very dated).
    — We’re plagued with nostalgia for our childhoods that were mostly in the 1970’s.
    — Many of us came of age as the the Cold War ended, dramatically symbolized by the fall of the Berlin Wall. For a brief moment, it seemed like everything was indeed going to be okay.
    — Most of us (still) don’t trust the government.
    — Many of us (still) have a strong libertarian streak in us.
    — For the most part, Xers are much more independent than all the generations living at this point.
    — Xers have a very “make do or do without” mentality — something that neither of the two generations after us have at all. I suppose our generation is best prepared mentally to face what indeed is coming up.
    — The only real common denominator is that most of GenX spent their twenties bookended by two Bush Administrations with the Clinton years in between.

    I would take the 1990’s back for one reason: no massive social media and no cell phones… except not the uber rich, yuppie doctors, Wall Street type A lawyers, and of course, weasel sh!t politicians like Clinton, Gingrich, and their ilk.

    It really doesn’t matter. It’s okay. It was ours, and it was short, but the 1990’s will never really go down for anything. There has not and never will be a “1990’s Revival” like there was of the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s. The 1980’s have been in a revival now for over twenty years (and I still don’t have a clue to why. That decade was the worst ever. I was there.)

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    • Bwana Simba says:

      The 80s have a nostalgia movement because it was the last period of relative peace in America, men had not become completely effeminate, and children still got to be children. I was a kid during the 90s and watched everything change. No more kids walking house to house for Halloween. No more riding your bikes everywhere or walking long distances on your own. It was also the last decade everyone went to church, and the last decade before Americans of European descent started to become a minority.

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      • Bardelys the Magnificent says:

        I watched it with my own eyes (I’m a Xennial; I have one foot in both generations and feel kinship with both), freedoms and privileges that my brother and I enjoyed that were slowly taken away from kids younger than us. I could even see stuff that older people did that we weren’t allowed to do. I remember when the annual elementary “Christmas pageant” became the “Winter pageant”. Something like 2/3 of the parents complained, but the principal told us all that the orders came from above his head and there wasn’t anything he could do about it. What was done to us was purely wicked. Zoomers are longing for the least wicked era they can relate to.

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    • Oscar says:

      “Most of us have not done as well as our parents.”

      That’s false. Millennials are the first modern generation to do worse than their parents.

      The Big Think: Millennials: First Modern Generation Doing Worse Economically Than Their Parents (2014-6-12)

      It didn’t have to be that way. There’s still a lot of economic opportunity out there, although less than there used to be. But Millennials have worse money habits than previous generations, and it’s not as though any generation since the Silents have been smart with money.

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  9. catacombresident says:

    Back to the original post: “free” became synonymous with “irresponsible”. The godly answer is that we are accountable for defiling our world, instead of building a moral infrastructure of passing on holiness from one generation to the next. We have been steered by elitists for a long time, redefining what was “normal” in our society.

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    • Oscar says:

      True liberty is the ability to govern oneself, so others don’t have to. The current concept of freedom is, “I can do whatever I want with zero consequences, and you have to pay for it, bigot.”

      That’s not liberty. That leads to tyranny.

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      • okrahead says:

        1 Peter 2:15-17 (NKJV)
        15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— 16 as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. 17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

        “Let not your liberty become a cloak for vice.”

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      • Bardelys the Magnificent says:

        Our second reading today was Galatians 5:13-18. Justice Thomas being Catholic, surely he understood the gravity of the scripture being applied to the ruling.

        Galatians 5:13-18 (NIV)
        13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

        16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

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      • info says:

        Guidance by the Holy Spirit should make Righteousness as instinctive and organic as breathing.

        In that fashion it allows for more flexibility than the Mosaic Law. Especially all ritualistic aspects have been rendered null by the work of Jesus.

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  10. Oscar says:

    Razorfist has a great rant, as usual. Copious profanity warning.

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  11. Maniac says:

    Hopefully Sodomite marriage will go back to the States soon as well.

    Maybe I swallowed the Black pill too early.

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  12. thedeti says:

    IN case any despondent abortion rights activists are reading this thread:

    You all really need to chill out. Stop and think. Get out of your emotions, take a chill pill, and THINK.

    –SCOTUS did not ban abortion. There is no ban on abortion now. The ruling was that there is no constitutional right to get abortions, which is not the same thing as a “ban on abortion”. SCOTUS’ actual ruling was that each state gets to set its own abortion policy.

    –If abortion is so vital to our nation’s order; if abortion rights have the hearts and minds of the people, then each state legislature will make abortion policies reflecting that heart- and mindset. If the people demand abortion rights, their “elected” “representatives” will pass laws providing for those rights. If the people demand abortion on demand, it will be given them. If the people demand abortion with some restrictions (which is what most states will do), it will be given them.

    –This should be a boon to all of you who believe in democracy. If the weight of public opinion is on the side of abortion rights and prochoicers, then I don’t see a problem here for you. Go get the laws passed. If you don’t like the laws in your state because they restrict abortion too much, go work to get them changed. Maybe the public will agree with you. Maybe it won’t. Either way, let’s have a political fight on it like we politically fight on everything else, and we’ll get to the truth of the matter.

    –If you don’t like the abortion laws in your state and they won’t change for whatever reason, you can move to a state that has abortion laws more to your liking. There’s cool things like cars, roads, trains, and planes now. You can just move.

    –if your state bans or limits abortion and you just HAVE to go get an abortion, you can get in your car or on a plane and go to a state where abortion is not so limited, and get your abortion. Money is not a problem. Already, charities are pledging monetary help for women in Red states who want abortions. Money for the procedure, travel, meals, lodging. Already, major employers are promising abortion services to their employees, regardless of need or cost – including travel to states where abortion is legal, meals, lodging, incidentals, and paying 100% for the procedure.

    –If you live in an abortion ban state, your state government cannot prevent you from traveling elsewhere to get an abortion. Yes, I have read the Texas law that allows for lawsuits to recover up to $10,000 against anyone who procures an abortion in violation of that law. Listen carefully, because I’m going to explain this really slowly so you all get it:

    A state’s legislative power does not extend beyond its own borders. Your home state cannot prevent you from doing activities which are legal and lawful in another state even if they are prohibited in your home state. Your home state cannot restrain you from leaving your state to engage in activities that are prohibited in your home state but are lawful in other states. No state can penalize you for doing lawful things in other states even if those things are unlawful in your home state. Here’s why – your home state has no jurisdiction over you, your body, your property, or your activities while you’re not physically there.

    The Texas $10K civil lawsuit provision cannot be enforced against anyone who procures a legal abortion. It cannot be enforced against anyone who procures a legal out of state abortion. If a legal out of state abortion occurs, there is nothing to enforce because no illegal activity occurred and no activity violative of the statute occurred. It cannot be enforced because a state cannot regulate the conduct of persons outside its jurisdiction. A state cannot dictate to its own citizens what they can and cannot do while they are not within that state.

    These points are nondebatable. They are well settled legal principles which cannot be contradicted.

    If you really want to, you can move away from your home state and never return again. Your home state cannot prevent you from moving out of that state.

    –abortion rights activists and prochoicers have absolutely no problem with draconian governmental provisions and power grabs and overreaching as long as it’s their friends and allies doing the grabbing and overreaching. You have zero problem with censorship and government control as long as you guys get to do the censoring and controlling. But when your opponents say “STOP” and win a battle, you guys absolutely lose your minds. When someone says “this far and no farther” or “no you can’t do that”, you lose it. You threaten. You call for insurrections (Maxine Waters and AOC saying “to hell with the Supreme Court” and other incendiary, inflammatory things). You threaten criminal activity. You threaten the lives of SCOTUS justices and their staff.

    You are so brittle – you can’t handle even ONE policy defeat when you can easily get your favored policies enacted within 30 days. It just means you’re gonna have to do some work. Most state legislatures will buckle under your Molotov cocktails and your doxxing threats and your endless residential protests and your veiled assassination threats. Just go do some threatening/extortion (er, I mean) lobbying, and the wussy state legislatures will give you whatever you want.

    –Gay marriage is not going anywhere. That battle’s been won, and you won it decisively. No one is coming to take away your birth control. H3ll, way over half the Republicans you guys are complaining about are engaging in immoral sexual activity right along with you. Half the Republicans and “conservatives” you guys threaten every day have immoral extramarital sex. A good number of them are cheating on or have cheated on their spouses – and those are just the ones we know about because they got caught. A few of them are gay. As a practical matter, no one really cares about who is sleeping with whom- we all know it’s going on, and everyone’s looking the other way. So don’t worry about gay “marriage” or birth control – they’re not going anywhere. Even if they do, most states already have gay marriage/civil union laws in place, and everyone wants their birth control, so prophylactic (heh) laws will be passed protecting access.

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    • Oscar says:

      It’s not about thought, logic, democracy, or politics for them. It’s a religious sacrament. That’s why they’re freaking out.

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  13. Oscar says:

    We’re changing the country 10 kids at a time.

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  14. Lastmod says:

    Went to the Fuller Seminary today for church. A “conservative” and “biblical” church supposedly here in Pasadena.

    The sermon was about how “We’re all migrants, and the bible is a story about migration, and how dare the USA even consider shutting the door on anyone who wants to come here, and we have a moral duty to help, protect and tell our elected leaders this as well.”

    Thunderous applause. So much for church.

    The Catholic church’s statement on migrants is no better.

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