Remembering the end of feminism
On June 30, 1966, fifty years ago, that noble Christian movement inextricably connected to the emancipation of slaves, compassion for animals, and temperance in the consumption of alcohol – "feminism" – began to die. On that day, the National Organization for Women, a front group for radical leftists, was founded. Truly creepy characters like Betty Friedan, who as a Stalinist picketed the White House to stop America from helping Britain fight Hitler, infested this vile creation from the outset.
The pattern to anyone familiar with radical leftism is clear: dream up names for organizations that either tell nothing of the Marxist tilt (e.g., American Civil Liberties Union) or infest and dominate once respectable organizations (e.g., Sierra Club) and then turn the whole organization into a front group to attack America or Judeo-Christian values or free enterprise.
Feminism once was a noble movement. It was overtly Christian, and it was inextricably intertwined with several other movements like ending slavery, preventing cruelty to animals, and encouraging temperance in the consumption of alcohol. Feminism was emphatically not an advocacy group for women, and to the extent that it spoke on the subject, feminism insisted that women must assume the burdens as well as the privileges of citizenship.
The Stalinist replacement for feminism that ugly monstrosities like NOW represented was rather womenism, a blatantly man-hating, utterly self-serving, and emphatically anti-Christian group without the slightest interest in justice or equality or even protecting women. The function of women to NOW is like the function of blacks to the NAACP: peasant levies, conscript armies, manacled slaves shoved roughly into a battle most women never wanted to fight.
NOW, like all the other variety of Marxist fronts, strictly adheres to this old Marxist maxim: "The worse, the better" and its close corollary "The more innocent, the more guilty." The more wretched the women, the more powerful NOW becomes – and power, here and always, is the sole real aim of leftism. Creating gaping fissures between men and women suits the interests of womenists quite well. Happy marriages, joyful parenthood, and peace between the sexes defeat everything that womenism represents.
Beyond profiting from misery, NOW, like all other incarnations of leftism, spews rhetoric marinated in mendacity. Anyone remotely acquainted with the hideous history of militant abortionism knows what Bernard Nathanson revealed about the deliberate lies told to advance "the cause" – lies that make the corruption of Planned Parenthood look positively Pollyannaish by comparison.
Womenism is pockmarked with fabrications, inventions, and lies. Because truth means nothing to womenists and because dishonesty is so quickly believed by those told that they are "victims," womenism scarcely has to correct itself or answer for its falsehoods. Often it is the producer of bogus data, and it hides the source of that data or so obscures the origin that it is almost impossible to decipher the convoluted paths of origin of these data.
Because womenism is not about women, but only about anti-Americanism and anti-Christianism, the womenist hacks at NOW are as silent about the true horrors faced by women throughout the non-Christian world as Betty Friedan was about the nightmarish conditions women endured in Stalinist Russia, Maoist China, and Hindu India.
Feminists like Katherine Mayo and Soong May-ling and Clare Booth Luce, all deeply religious and all brave and brilliant advocates of what was right, fought the true misogyny of Hindu India and pre-Christian China and Stalinist Russia. This advocacy, however, served no purpose besides helping protect the basic dignity of women around the world so womenists have ignored these great champions. Womenists are invariably cowards, taking potshots from tenured professorships in such nonsensical disciplines as "Women's Studies" in rich private universities.
Womenism exists today largely because its disciples have created generations of women utterly dependent upon a sense of victimhood emotionally and economically. That is, in fact, anti-feminism, and it is a repudiation for all the good things feminism once represented.