To whom it may concern:
I am a male citizen of the United States. As such, I realize that this may immediately disqualify me in the eyes of some from discoursing on modern feminism. However, I would urge any such minds to remain open to what I, as a citizen, son, brother, and human, share here. Please understand that I intend to avoid any reckless generalizations while likewise observing and dissecting visible facts. I am first and foremost a reporter; facts mold opinion, not vice versa.
In light of that, allow me to share some facts about modern-day American feminism. It appears, at least to this mind, that the prominent movement, which was at first concerned with the equal treatment and employment of the female sex, has now evolved into a confusing and self-deprecating left-wing smear machine. A casual listen to the leaders and captains of American feminism reveals a deep misunderstanding of what really benefits women. Worse, there is, in many instances, growing sexism on the side of these activists toward the male gender. In short, what is being revealed on a daily basis is an illogical and completely unsubstantiated vitriol towards all things not deemed “equalizing.”
It is worthy of note that today’s prominent feminist organizations support abortion. While highly political in scope, the abortion debate has more intimate connotations. First of all, let us claim enough intellectual integrity to denounce those who say they support “choice,” not actually abortion. This is a fundamentally contradicted worldview; feminists do not support the right of an employer to choose to pay less to female workers. Nor do they support the right of a male to “choose” to rape a female. They (correctly) believe both are morally wrong and, therefore, must not be tolerated. So if for nothing else but the sake of consistency, let those who identify themselves as “pro-choice” admit they are so because they see nothing wrong with it.
With that established, let us observe more. According to its own statement, the Feminist Majority Foundation seeks to “improve women’s lives.” We can agree that this is a worthy goal. However, one can easily be a little conflicted when trying to reconcile this goal with the group’s aggressive pro-choice rhetoric. I am disturbed after hearing these two statements, and then reading a state-commissioned report on the adverse affects of abortion on many women in South Dakota (which recently banned abortion, a move almost totally panned by the feminist groups). I won’t recite what the report documents because it deserves to be read, not just quoted. Yet the lengthy document has received precious little attention from the FMF. Why? Wouldn’t you agree that what women say hurts them should at least be considered heavily? The fact that no such attempt at consideration has (to the public, at any rate) occurred within feminist groups is more than a little confusing.
But feminist groups across the USA appear to be ignorant of more than one threat to women’s health. There is another slithery anti-woman culprit out there, and he’s on the magazine rack at your local grocery store. And your television set. And your computer screen. Yes, I am referring to smut, or pornography; images that encourage men to view females as valuable only in their sexuality and defeats the spirit of women who don’t look exactly like the paper-thin models. These widely available magazines, shows, movies, sites, and ads accomplish their mission brilliantly. Have we forgotten the admission of Ted Bundy? Porn is not trivial. In fact, we have evidence that it is brutally crucial. I am offended by the stores that tell me women are good for one thing – and whisper to my sisters that if they don’t “have it,” they’re no good. Why aren’t you feminists angered too? Not one link on NOW.com to “Stop Porn NOW!” Instead, what I find is “The Truth About George,” “Equal Marriage,” and “Demand Katrina Aid.” What? This was supposed to be for and about women, not another moveon.org.
The evidence mounts against modern feminism, but it continues on. The champions of women’s rights of old were out to eliminate sexism. But what happens when today’s women’s rightists evolve into the very sexists that their predecessors fought? It’s happening. Some frightening examples are found in a rally at New Hampshire University last year. The author, Shannon O’Neil (I assume a female), documents this stirring speech:
“Hello, my name is Mary Man-Hating-Is-Fun,” one participant said. “I am 23 years old, and I am what a feminist looks like. Ever since I learned to embrace my feminist nature, I found great joy in threatening men’s lives, flicking off frat brothers and plotting the patriarchy’s death. I hate men because they are men, because I see them for what they are: misogynistic, sexist, oppressive and absurdly pathetic beings who only serve to pollute and contaminate this world with war, abuse, oppression and rape.”
It gets even worse across the Atlantic. Stanley Kurtz observes some really hateful feminists in Sweden, where political parties are constructed with one overriding platform: feminism.
..the government’s women’s shelter network had printed excerpts from the “SCUM Manifesto” (Society for Cutting Up Men), penned by a radical feminist in the late 1960s. The SCUM Manifesto urges women to “destroy the male sex” by using modern science to insure that only female children are born. SCUM goes on to say: “To call a man an animal is to flatter him: he’s a machine, a walking dildo.” Asked by the film-maker if she agreed, Von Wachenfeldt said, “Yes, man is an animal. Don’t you think so?”
The Feminist Initiative had become “much worse” than the traditional patriarchal organizations it was meant to replace, said one. In other words, “man tax” advocate and de facto leader, Gudrun Schyman, was in control, purging the “moderates” (themselves quite radical by American standards) and siding with the radicals. The entertainment at the conference further radicalized the party’s image, particularly the rapturous applause for a song that went, “F***ing man, we’re going to chop you to bits.”
And so this is my message to feminists who confuse their priorities: we see you, and we wish you would see yourselves. Many worthy women are awaiting worthy efforts, and not receiving them. Please consider our objections, and act in the way that would best benefit those whom you consider yourselves to be serving.