Who is harmed more by the radical feminist creed: men or women? I have long believed that men are more victimized. But after reading Kate O’Beirne’s recent book, Women Who Make the World Worse, I’m beginning to reconsider.
As editor of National Review Online, O’Beirne showcases her formidable research and writing skills in exposing how the feminist movement has polarized relations between the sexes and made life worse for most American women.
In my town, billboards feature a newly-engaged woman showing off her sparkling diamond ring, nearly shouting the words, “Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, YES!” Despite the fact that married women are healthier, happier, and more economically-secure than their single sisters, feminists are hell-bent on obliterating this bedrock institution.
Feminists want you to believe that the urge to conceive and nurture children is a patriarchal construction. Can you guess who came up with this gem? “Motherly love ain’t everything it has been cracked up to be. To some extent it’s a myth that men have created to make women think that they do this job to perfection.”
Yep, that comes to us by way Ruth Bader Ginsburg, member of the U.S. Supreme Court.
And shame on all those stay-at-home moms who are shirking their civic responsibility to “contribute as professionals and community activists,” according to University of Texas professor Gretchen Ritter. Worse, “Full-time mothering is also bad for children.” Why? Ritter explains, “It teaches them that the world is divided by gender.”
Child psychologist Sandra Scarr takes the argument farther, claiming a child’s desire to be with his mother is actually a psychiatric disorder. Scarr calls it EMA Syndrome – exclusive maternal attachment syndrome.
Mrs. O’Beirne takes on the notion that women should delay childbearing until after their careers are established. She cites research that among women earning more than $100,000, nearly half — 49% — are childless. So much for having it all.
But feminists are not satisfied to merely lay a guilt trip on women who are contemplating marriage, motherhood, and child-rearing. They patronize and insult the intelligence of women by making the most ludicrous of claims.
Like the old chestnut about the gender wage gap. Feminists go around cherry-picking wage statistics and then claim that society undervalues women’s work.
O’Beirne shows little patience for such loopy logic. “They sell women short. They hold that women aren’t smart enough and tough enough to flourish when given an equal chance to compete with men,” O’Beirne thunders.
Then there’s the bogus statistic that men commit 95% of all domestic violence. As a result, former women’s studies professor Daphne Patai notes that “years of exposure to feminist-promoted scare statistics have succeeded in imbuing many young women with a foreboding sense of living under the constant threat of predatory men.”
And that’s promoting female self-empowerment?
There’s retired Air Force brigadier general Wilma Vaught who argued for moving women into direct combat: “There’s been an acceptance of the fact that women…are in harm’s way and they are being killed.” The families of the nearly 40 female soldiers killed in Iraq no doubt would find those words consoling.
The NRO editor goes on to quote this nihilistic statement by representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) at last year’s March for Women’s Lives: “I have to march because my mother could not have an abortion.” And Ms. Waters is supposed to be a role model for smart, ambitious women?
And sometimes rad-fems come across as vindictive. A female dean at Vassar College had this say about men falsely accused of rape: “They have of a lot of pain, but it is not a pain that I would necessarily have spared them. I think it ideally initiates a process of self-exploration.”
So after 30-plus years of liberation feminista-style, are American women better off? O’Beirne has serious doubts.
Now, thanks to the Sisterhood’s mantra that men are redundant, many of the nation’s most eligible bachelors – 22%, to be exact – have turned their back on marriage, leaving millions of women desperate to find a good man who’s willing to commit.
As a result of affirmative action programs, professional women have been put under suspicion that they owe their position to something other than merit.
And the very fabric of maternal virtue has been indelibly stained by the feminist message that “the only thing a woman can do with a child is abort.”
Throughout her 200-page exposé, Kate O’Beirne shows how feminists have used deception, manipulation, intimidation, and old-fashioned propaganda to victimize men and women alike.
Women Who Make the World Worse – it’s the gutsy and shocking must-read of the politically incorrect for 2006.
Carey Roberts is an analyst and commentator on political correctness. His best-known work was an exposé on Marxism and radical feminism. He has published in The Washington Times, LewRockwell.com, ifeminists.net, Men’s News Daily, eco.freedom.org, The Federal Observer, Opinion Editorials, and The Right Report. Previously, he served on active duty in the Army, was a professor of psychology, and was a citizen-lobbyist in the US Congress. In his spare time he admires Norman Rockwell paintings, collects antiques, and is an avid soccer fan. He now works as an independent researcher and consultant.
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