Further solidifying its inexorable slide into joke status, the United Nations unleashed a tweet on Sunday that sounds like something you’d read from a feminist blog at UC Berkeley. Quoting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the official United Nations Twitter account informed followers that while a global pandemic is an awful thing, it’s not nearly as terrible as the patriarchy!
“The #COVID19 pandemic is demonstrating what we all know: millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone — women, men, girls & boys,” read the tweet.
The tweet was an excerpt from Guterres’ longer speech in front of the Young Women From Civil Society Organizations:
“The pandemic is only demonstrating what we all know: that millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone – women, men, girls and boys. I have many times said that behind many of the problems I have been talking about, there is an essential question of power. It is indeed addressing this question of power that we must concentrate all our efforts. It is clear that we cannot go back to the failed policies that have resulted in the fragility we see around us – in healthcare systems, in social protection, in access to justice. This is the time to rebuild more equal, inclusive, and resilient societies.”
As the Daily Wire pointed out, this isn’t even the first time this month that Guterres has worn his leftist sympathies on his sleeve:
The leftist perspective of the United Nations could be seen easily enough in a tweet from Guterres on September 2 in which he wrote that “terrorists” were exploiting COVID-19 to radicalize and recruit, but only named “Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, conspiracy theorists and others.” No leftist groups like Antifa or others of their ilk were named.
In May 2020, the United Nations tweeted its support for making the world gender-neutral, writing, “What you say matters. Help create a more equal world by using gender-neutral language if you’re unsure about someone’s gender or are referring to a group.”
Of course, the UN’s commitment to human rights and gender equality is consistently undermined by the countries that enjoy power within its halls. It might give lip service to feminism on the one hand, but on the other, it’s actively supporting and welcoming not just Russia and China but Iran, Saudi Arabia, and countless other oppressive regimes. But sure, sure: Preach to us about the patriarchy. We’re all definitely listening.