Feminism, being leftist, is based on envy, as all leftism is based on envy. Of all the Seven Deadly Sins, envy is the only one that isn't any fun. Anyone who's felt it knows it's one of the worst feelings that exists. It's so unpleasant people won't even admit it, not to others, not to themselves. They'll disguise their resentment and indignation as "justice" or "fairness" or use some other obscuring rationalization.
The feeling is so excruciating there isn't any good to it at all. It doesn't matter if it's put into effect or not; it's so unpleasant the person is automatically rendered unhappy. Very unhappy. It keeps you from having well-being, and any sort of satisfying and flourishing life.
Of course, and unfortunately, when envy is implemented in the world, then it becomes so immensely destructive it's included in the Ten Commandments (actually "Ten Words" or "Ten Utterances"): "You shall not covet ... anything that belongs to your neighbor" (Ex. 20:17). Envy is destructive of both self and society.
When people feel envy, they want to bring down those whom they envy, even if they destroy themselves. That's how I recognize it. Whenever see you see someone viciously put someone else down, especially over and over, the person put down is envied. And the envier will always claim the envied deserves the attacks.
The opposite of envy is gratitude. Those who are envious cannot be grateful. If you cannot feel gratitude, you cannot be happy. I try to keep in mind what Meister Eckhardt said, "If the only prayer you said was 'thank you,' that would be enough." I also keep in mind what Warren Zevon said: "I enjoy every sandwich." That's because enough is as good as a feast...if you can enjoy every sandwich.
People who are envious always believe two things: that they are helpless, and that they are victims. Not just victims, but completely innocent victims, so they must attack, bring down and destroy those they envy, on whom they blame their problems.
Envy is why feminism has claimed women are the victims of men, why they must bring them down, and why, since they are "helpless," need the government to institute such programs as Affirmative Action (I get tired of saying that what it really means is "White Men Need Not Apply").
One of the favorite tactics of the envious is to accuse those they envy of greed. Specifically, the love of money and power. And since they won't share that money (usually in the form of "careers") laws must be passed to correct the situation. That's where Affirmative Action comes in.
The purpose of the left - and that includes feminism - is to gain political control. Political control, ultimately, is about turning people into slaves. That means opponents must always be degraded and demonized. Those of the left "covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them. They defraud a man of his home, a fellowman of his inheritance" (Micah 2:2).
Leftists always want to destroy society because once they do, they think they can remake human nature - a nature of which they have no understanding. I see leftists as being emotionally being about four years old.
The late psychoanalyst Melanie Klein wrote a seminal book, Envy and Gratitude. She found there is a sequence: envy, guilt, reparations, gratitude. (You can see this sequence is Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and to a lesser extent in the Robert DeNiro movie, The Mission).
In Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov envies the old woman, murders her, finally confesses out of guilt, makes reparations by serving time, and though his love for Sonia feels gratitude. In The Mission Robert DiNiro’s character kills his brother out of jealousy (a form of envy), feels guilty and makes reparations by ceasing to be a slaver and devoting his life to protecting the Indians he had enslaved. There is no sign in the movie he was grateful…but he had found peace of mind. And in gratitude you always find peace of mind.
One of the biggest problems with feminism is that there is envy and the wish to destroy men, but there is no guilt, no reparations, and definitely no gratitude and love.
Men created everything in the world. Women did not. It's not because of several thousand years of "patriarchy" and "oppression." It's because men and women have different brains. Yet even though men created civilization, there is no gratitude from women - just the lunatic cry of "More! More! Everything!". Without gratitude, there can be no love. Only the lust for power.
As Carl Jung so wisely noted, you can have love or power - but you can't have both.
Until those who envy feel guilty about it, and make reparations, they will never feel gratitude, will never know well-being, will never flourish and never know a satisfying life.
For that matter, there is a lot of envy and ingratitude in the Manosphere. Denigrating women as Whores (as in the Madonna and the Whore), seeing them as "hypergamous" (sic), money-grubbing, selfish, deluded children only interested in "Alpha Fux and Beta Bux" is to devalue women out of envy.
Just as feminism is based on women's envy of men, the Manosphere is based on men's envy of women. And I will repeat that the easiest way to recognize envy is to over and over put someone down. There is no gratitude whatsoever of which toward the other.
Society in the past found ways to control envy. Now it's out of control, although few recognize it as such. And until it's recognized and dealt with, it will bring down society, as it always does.