The "second wave" of feminism, as it is referred to, began in the 1960's. It got it's kick-start from a book entitled "The Feminine Mystique" written by Betty Friedman. This book was about the common housewife and how she was bored with the home environment, and desired something "more then my husband, my children, and my home". Friedman called it "the problem that has no name". This ignited a flame that lay smoldering for many years in the lives of American Feminists. So in 1966, a group of 28 men and women banded together and formed what's known as N.O.W. (National Organization for Women). N.O.W. held to end cultural, sexual, and political discrimination against women, and to "Take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American Society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities there of in truly EQUAL (keep in mind this word) partnership with men".
Now at first glance this seems like a fair thing to fight for right? Equality. But, not when the battle for equality becomes one of superiority. Superiority? Where does this word come from you might ask? I see nothing about being superior or oppressing the male sex. Right? No, wrong. Why? Well, let us take a look at why.
What does something or someone do in order to become superior? They destroy what keeps them from their superiority, the very thing that inhibits them and gets in their way. This is the nature of mankind, from as drastic as Hitler's attempt to destroy the Jewish community, down to a child pushing another for the right of way to the swing set. That's a little harsh isn't it? Is it really? Unfortunately no, this is reality. So what would be the feminist's target? It's already been hinted too above; the home, marriage, and family. "The problem that has no name". The destruction of the most fundamental, the safe, and the familiar. In September of 1969, members of the Feminist movement banded together outside the New York Marriage Licence Bureau and handed out pamphlets that stated this, ""All the discriminatory practices against women are patterned and rationalized by this slavery-like practice. We can't destroy the inequities between men and women until we destroy marriage."
Another Feminist author that played a significant role during this time was Germaine Greer. Her main literary work is "The Female Eunuch" . Greer also had a view on marriage and stated that "If a person loves only one other person, and is indifferent to his fellow men, his love is not love, but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism". She also stated that "The housewife is an unpaid employee in her husbands house in return for the security of being a permanent employee". As for marriage she says "Never advise anyone to go to war or get married" and that "you can't share your life with another person, not really. That's an illusion". Greer as well as many other modern Feminists hold to the view that women should not be bound by marriage, but should explore their sexuality, and not hold to celibacy or monogamy.
So now that the home is messed up, what next? Indoctrination. The new found revelation that now that we are free from this oppression, we are better then the oppressor. Telling these "revolutionized" women that ...
Men hate them; "Women have very little idea of how much men hate them" Germaine Greer.
They (men) are the enemy; "Women are the only oppressed group in our society that lives in intimate association with their oppressors" Evelyn Cunningham
They(women) will be stereotyped; "The emotional, sexual, and physiological stereotyping of females begins at birth when the doctor says, 'it's a girl'" Shirley Chisholm
Men bring them down; "Most women are one man away from welfare" Gloria Steinham
They are bound; "Women's chains have been forged by men, not anatomy" Estelle R. Ramey
And it can continue and continue till they're blue in the face, but the things said to these women are falsities, and exaggerations to promote the superiority and self proclaimed entitlement of the feminist movement. To destroy the God-given roles of man and woman, the desecration of the home, sanctity of marriage, and to indoctrinate the minds of misinformed women and men. The next post is to delve a little deeper into the male role in feminism, their response to it, and the taking away of masculinity.
Thank you for reading.