Mention the word feminism on the streets and a majority of people will either give the proverbial eye roll or a blank stare. It no longer incenses women to stand to their feet and burn their bras. Nor influence women to think that staying at home with their children is a form of slavery. Women have ceased looking at men as the caveman, the enemy, the one we need to put aside for a village of sisterhood in raising our children as the feminists of the 60s and 70s did. And who do we have to thank for that? The feminists.
In fact, feminism is waning so much and the feminists at the helm are so desperate to stay relevant, they have classified women who once again long to stay home to raise their children, wear lipstick and heels, and allow their men to be men as, ‘the new feminist.’
The new feminism is defined as, “A belief in an integral complementarity of men and women, rather than the superiority of men over women or women over men.” The new feminist recognizes that men and women have different strengths, perspectives, and roles but that they are equal.
When the social experiment of neutering genders, demonizing men, and attempting to convince women they would be much happier in the workplace, leaving strangers to raise their children failed; they actually called the turn back to traditional customs, ‘the new feminism.’
The feminist movement that started in the 1960s, not to be confused with women’s suffrage which actually was a noble fight, denounced the homemaker as a slave to kids and men. They went so far as to decry the right to kill a baby on demand, and sold the lie to women that if they actually decided to keep their baby, a father most definitely wasn’t necessary and in fact could be harmful because of their barbaric caveman tendencies.
Robin Morgan, former editor of Ms. Magazine said, “I feel that ‘man-hating’ is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them.” Hollywood actress Sharon Stone echoed the sentiment: “The more famous and powerful I get the more power I have to hurt men.” Thank God her power has waned just about as much as her character in the movie “Casino.”
However, most of the young women that are the byproduct of the feminist movement largely reject the notions touted by their mothers and grandmothers. When asked if she was a feminist, Shailene Woodley, star of the movie “Divergent,” told Time Magazine: “No because I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance. With myself, I’m very in touch with my masculine side. And I’m 50 percent feminine and 50 percent masculine, same as I think a lot of us are. And I think that is important to note. And also I think that if men went down and women rose to power, that wouldn’t work either. We have to have a fine balance.”
Perhaps the rejection of liberal feminist ideology is because the sons and daughters who grew up in the aftermath of it witnessed and experienced “feminist glory” by enduring long days at daycare, and the suppression of their femininity or masculinity to avoid being shamed. They lived with weary parent’s who eked out a dual income existence. Parents who at the end of the day fought over household duties, tired and at the end of their energy.
These children didn’t witness the dream of women having it all and men bowing at their empowerment. They witnessed tired women, drained, and disenchanted. Destroyed homes because the wife didn’t get the awe and respect they were promised they would get from men as an all-powerful feminist. They witnessed de-masculinized husbands and fathers who checked out when they felt they had to suppress their manhood or risk being labeled a chauvinist.
Even though subsequent generations have to live with the consequences of liberal feminism in the form of a fatherless generation and redefining biologically induced gender roles, the movement did serve a purpose. A movement that wasn’t as much about wronging a right as it was about getting revenge and usurping a power structure to exploit for themselves.
The feminist movement taught girls what they don’t want to do or become. It taught women that they really do appreciate the love and protection of a man. That given the choice, they want to be mothers to their children. While a woman can have a career outside the home, she doesn’t need one to feel accomplished. When given the choice, they can choose a husband and kids over 80’s shoulder pads and board rooms and not be looked upon with scorn as a traitor. Women can work to protect and promote the unborn lives of little girls and boys who face death at the hands of their own mothers.
The liberal feminist movement taught women what they already knew, traditional values, or New Feminism, prevails.