Feminist leadership has included quite naturally, numbers of women who have not liked men very much. A significant portion may prefer women for everything; nearly all have preferred them for preeminence. They claimed victimhood in time-honored fashion; the shtick was, they were only looking for equality. However in fact, they have shown a desire for their self-awarded ‘superiority’ to be recognized. That recognition must occur at the expense of males, since Feminism is in effect, a zero-sum game. As often with political games, that last is not admitted as it would tend to put off undecided folk.
American economic preeminence is an offense to the poor of the world; the poor must be raised up. That doctrine never mentions that America must be lowered to facilitate that raising, yet it is a firm part of the belief. That situation is identical to the feminists’ programs. You cannot, as an illustration, have more women CEO’s or more women Senators unless you arrange for fewer male ones. And the women press for government force to impose their desires. Female “Affirmative Action” is the heart of the Feminist agenda. The long-standing push heretofore stalled, for: “Equal pay for equal work” is the clue.
Most see that as a request for male and female police or firefolk to be paid the same, something few would oppose. But that is cover; what is really demanded is reclassification of jobs primarily performed by females such that their pay is raised to equal other jobs usually performed by males. It’s one thing to require a 110 pound female digging ditches to be paid the same as a 210 pound male doing that; it begs economic rationality to require female bank clerks be paid as male construction workers, but that is the goal. The Feminists wish to replace economics with politics.
None of this is free for the general population; it is a wealth transfer from males (and their families) to females. This part of the program has not gone very far to date; only equal pay for the same work has gained traction. But the inevitable quotas and governmental urgings are in work and slow progress continues. Politicians need it to help with the ongoing reduction of the American living standard that has been in effect since the 1970’s sent housewives to work.
At this point, the Feminists have prevailed to about the same extent as have Americas’s black citizens, which is to say that it is enough for a wise Feminist or black citizen to wonder about that old “Be careful what you ask for” advice. The Feminists, have attained:
1. Men are no longer expected to face adversity bravely, to give their lives for their families or to be able to fix things that are broken.
2. Women are privileged to go out from their homes, abandon spousal support and compete in the workplace…not instead of, but in addition to homemaking and motherhood.
3. Women may practice convenience-based prenatal infanticide from the onset of child-bearing capability; that may be publicly subsidized.
4. Women are no longer seen as precious for their unique functions as wives and mothers; they are merely a labor commodity competing in the market with stronger and often better educated, men. (The educational predominance is shifting, leaving society with fewer educated males.)
5. Women are now permitted to join men dying on battlefields.
Thus the Feminist triumph imposed by government. The unanswered questions include whether these ‘gains’ are really progress for women and to a larger extent, whether they represent progress for the American society. We will see; women, like that toothpaste that cannot be squeezed back into its tube, will not be returned to their former state. The new society can no longer afford that.
If the Feminist coal mine has a canary, it is the American kids who are increasingly raised in single parent poverty, deprived of education in mandatory public school warehouses and upon graduation (or dropping out) presented with ‘opportunities’ to spend their lives as new age serfs. This should please the Feminists; the girls face the same conditions as the boys but are becoming better educated. Feminism triumphant!
And men have joined in this; nor have those who have not supported it, lifted a finger in caution or concern. Both sexes seem to have forgotten that they are are not opponents, but a single species.