The definition of the term ” Bunker Mentality” is as follows:
“An attitude of extreme defensiveness and self-justification based on an often exaggerated sense of being under persistent attack from others.”
As a consequence of keeping bunker mentality, over time one gets alienated and far removed from the truth and reality.
It is a psyche that is reactionary and as such leads to regressive, not progressive behaviour.
We can see the examples of bunker mentality in many forms today. It is this mentality that has not only given ISIS their Raison d’Etre but also their motivation. The group has a cult like existence and the followers find reasons to alienate themselves in search of a distinct identity. The process perpetuates into a viscous circle till such movements become fringe and eventually fizzle out. In their last phases, they get further unmoored from reality, the sense of loss perishes and nihilistic ideas takeover. And so, their path to extinction, becomes a trail of collateral damage.
The third wave feminist movement is certainly taking the same trajectory. Their efforts are not in service of women anymore. In fact it can be even argued that they are damaging women’s cause. Their ideologue, narrative and actions are taking them away from the real pertinent issues. Two cases in point are the recent “Slut Walk” movement and “Bare the breast” campaign.
The Slut walk started as a response to comments made by a single Canadian police officer. Every year bevies of semi nude women parade in many cities of the world. They are cheered on by the very men, these women want to put their point across. Needless to say they neither party is getting each other.
How does slut walk end rape? and more importantly, how would it not strain the relationship between genders?
Does it not make the women question themselves, “Is this event there to empower us or to debase us?”. Think from a human perspective. Think dignity.
It is indeed the bunker mentality that is settling in the modern feminist movement. It is evident through the narrative of the “rape culture” existing in the age we are living in. Let’s be very clear here that rape is abhorrent. Nothing can justify it.
And furthermore we are not living in an age where rape is widely accepted. We are not living in an age where rape is celebrated, as the modern wave of feminist would have you believe. Isolated examples cannot be generalized.
It is not be suggested that more work on this abhorrent crime should not be done. In fact much more meaningful steps need to be taken but “Slut Walk” in my opinion is not the answer. On the contrary, it can be argued that rape exists in the modern times because of overt sexualization of society.
Lets set a premise. Men and Women have their distinct characteristics. Their hormones are different, their chemistry is different and to an extent their brains also function differently. We need to understand each other, including our psychological behaviour. We need to dress up our societal functions accordingly. We cannot do this if we ignore our reality in its entirely.
We should learn that actions that collectively debase any gender do not make the actions right even if they are carried out of liberty and choice.
It should be remembered that the right of choice does not equate to the choice being right.