In her book Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women (1994) the American feminist Christina Hoff Sommers distinguished between ‘equity’ feminists who seek equality of opportunities for women – she includes herself in their number – and ‘gender’ feminists, who she claimed seek equality of desirable outcomes for women through special treatment, including positive discrimination. (In fact gender feminists always seek superiority of desirable outcomes, never being satisfied with equality, once reached).
Most British people would know ‘gender feminism’ by other terms, usually ‘militant feminism’ – the term I shall use in this post – or ‘radical feminism’.
As a recently-published book explains1, militant feminism is both based upon misandry (the hatred of men) and fuelled by it. In this post ‘feminism’ and ‘feminist’ should be taken to mean ‘militant feminism’ and ‘militant feminist’. Think of the feminist politician Harriet Harman MP, but not for long, for the sake of your mental well-being.
Opponents of feminism – including male and female writers – have had minimal impact on the feminist mission. Maybe that’s partly because they’ve focused too much on the impact of feminism on men. Yet men in general remain peculiarly unaware of how much feminists both hate them and have been systematically harming men’s interests for decades.
But not only men are being assaulted by feminism: the majority of women are, too. One striking thing about feminists is how unrepresentative of women they are in many respects – which is ironic, given that their ‘legitimacy’ stems solely from their claim to represent women. These respects include:
– feminists have a Marxism-derived ideology, a dualistic one: ‘women good, men bad’
– they’re manipulative and aggressive bullies, forcing their will on government and the public and private sectors, controlling major media outlets (having journalists who are critical to feminism fired), heavily influencing publishers’ choices of writers and book topics, and denying their opponents the right to be heard
– they prioritise the search for power over the search for happiness
– they revel in hating men, and spreading misandry is their prime tactic to attract support
– they’re hostile to women exercising freedom of choice, e.g. choosing ‘female typical’ lines of employment, choosing to work in paid employment part-time, or not at all
– they believe that in all fields (other than some involving brute physical strength) women are at least the equals of men, and in many fields innately superior to men
– they’re hostile to the concept of the two-parent family, seeing such families as prime examples of male oppression
– they deny men might possess any positive qualities as parents
– they’re hostile to the notions of femininity and attractiveness
– they attribute differences between boys and girls, and men and women in turn, to that tired old cliché, ‘social conditioning’. They deny that the natures of ‘gender-typical’ men and women may stem in part from brain differences. But gender-related brain differences have long been accepted by leading psychologists, and have been reported in many scientific papers and popular science books2
– they see men as the cause of all women’s problems – no woman need ever feel responsible for her problems in the feminist utopia
Men would be up in arms if a small band of extreme left-wing men claimed to speak for them, to represent them, and campaigned on their behalf. Why, then, are women not up in arms about feminists? I think it’s partly attributable to female solidarity. Many women who don’t share the feminists’ philosophy still believe that men exert power over women, even in the developed world in the modern era. Phenomena like ‘gender imbalance in the boardroom’ and the ‘gender pay gap’ are believed by many women to reflect male oppression of women, although in reality they reflect men’s and women’s life choices, as many writers and independent academics have conclusively demonstrated1,3. And decades of well-documented feminist lies, distortions and exaggerations of the incidence of rape, and domestic violence by men against women1,3, have done their work to make women fearful and angry.
Despite all this, I am optimistic that women will one day rise up against the feminists. The majority of women – in common with the majority of men – don’t want to fight and hate the opposite sex. Life is richer and altogether happier when individual men and women make their own nuanced accommodations with one another. It seems only appropriate that I leave the last words in this post to a woman. Herewith the opening paragraphs of my book Feminism: the ugly truth:
On the evening of 15 September 2011 two women were being interviewed by Gavin Esler on the BBC’s flagship television news programme Newsnight. One was the dour feminist Labour politician Angela Eagle, who’d clearly prepared her expression for the interview in her customary manner, by chewing on a thick slice of lemon. The other was Charlotte Vere, a businesswoman and former prospective Parliamentary candidate for the Conservative party for Brighton Pavilion at the 2010 general election. I cheered Charlotte Vere upon hearing her state the following:
I think feminism is a toxic, battle-hardened and arrogant philosophy which has been manipulated by those at the extremes of politics. Feminism has had its day. We need women to stand up and shout, ‘Feminism? Not in my name!’
1 Swayne O’Pie Why Britain Hates Men: Exposing Feminism
2 For example, Prof Susan Pinker The Sexual Paradox, Dr Anne Moir Brain Sex, Prof Louann Brizendine The Female Brain, Prof Steven Pinker The Blank Slate, Prof Simon Baron-Cohen The Essential Difference…
3 Steve Moxon The Woman Racket