What's at stake ('advantages' of maintaining the 'Angel' myth)?
(results of 'special pleading')
- women get far less punishment for criminal actions
- women are permitted, in law, to attack men with near-complete impunity
- women's illnesses get far higher priority
- as 'protected persons', women get special safety legislation
- women get priority in services/jobs etc. on the basis of gender rather than merit
- women continue to get the comforting delusion that they're 'nice' (the 'essentialist'/neo-Jungian fallacy)
What's the cost (of maintaining the 'Angel' myth)?
- basically(!), women's power and self-esteem
- mothers have no status in society - "they're angels, they don't need 'status'"
- dangers of the 'temporary insanity', 'battered woman syndrome', 'PMS' and other legal defence tactics - ultimately undermines most feminist gains elsewhere
- being regarded as 'insane' or 'under control of hormones' is not necessarily an improvement on being regarded as 'criminal'... examples
- assigning all responsibility to others assigns all power to those others - for which, under the terms of the delusion, those others are then blamed
- the eventual result of denying responsibility is self-denial of rights