Category Archives: Feminism

Feminists use Packwood to Stereotype Men

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Feminists and others in the politically correct crowd are having a field day with the resignation of Oregon Senator Bob Packwood. When the Senate Ethics Committee voted to recommend expelling Packwood from the Senate, he decided to resign in preference to further public humiliation. Jubilant feminists are predictably using this incident as ammunition in their continuing assault on American men.

Apparently Mr. Packwood thinks that he is God’s gift to womankind, and that any pretty young lady should consider herself lucky to have his attentions. He has made a practice of forcing himself on women who strike his fancy: in offices, in elevators, at parties; in short, wherever he runs into them. His female acquaintances have finally become fed up with his barbaric behavior and publicly testified about it. Thankfully, the Senate did the gentlemanly thing and prepared to throw him out. Good riddance, Mr. Packwood. Please don’t come to Indiana.

Typical of the feminist reaction to Packwood’s defeat is that of Eleanor Smeal, former leader of NOW and currently president of the Fund for the Feminist Majority. Smeal gloats that “Men serious about their careers will have grave second thoughts about their behavior.” Linda Garcia, a leader of the National Association of Working Women, says that “It puts working men on call that sexual harassment will not be tolerated and that power in the workplace does not mean power to make women feel uncomfortable.” I got these quotes from a recent Knight-Ridder News Service article entitled “Packwood saga sends clear message to men.”

One of the cardinal sins loudly deplored by feminists is what they call “gender stereotyping.” When we assume something about a person because of his sex, we are said to be guilty of gender stereotyping. This offense is supposed to be responsible for a whole raft of evils, ranging from unequal pay to damaging the fragile “self-esteem” of adolescent girls.

I suggest that Eleanor Smeal and like-minded feminists are guilty of gender stereotyping in their reaction to the Packwood resignation. These women consistently assume that all men are waiting to pounce on them, like Packwood, in the elevator, in the office, walking past a construction site, or wherever they happen to be. Another word for this way of thinking, of course, is paranoia.

How would these feminists react if articles started appearing in the media with headlines like “Susan Smith Saga Sends Clear Message to Women?” Like convicted murderess Susan Smith, Packwood is just a criminal, guilty of gross sexual imposition, in my book. Neither case says anything at all about the law-abiding men and women who are not guilty of these crimes. To imply otherwise would truly be gender stereotyping.

Whether feminists like it or not, in the natural order of creation men are here to protect women and children. A male-dominated Senate reacted, albeit belatedly, to protect women from Packwood. If Eleanor Smeal is worried about being accosted by Packwood or another sexual predator, a construction site with a male-dominated construction crew would be the safest place for her. In short, real men do not take advantage of the weaker sex, or force their sexual attentions upon them. They do everything in their power to protect women. If there is a shortage of real men (gentlemen), it is because too many mothers are too busy being feminists to do the work of civilizing their sons.

Bob Packwood is an embarrassment to the Senate and thus to the United States. Let’s all celebrate his resignation, and hope he is prosecuted for his crimes. Just don’t let the feminists get away with stereotyping the rest of us men as sexual predators waiting for an opportunity to strike.

Housewives’ Day

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One of the funny things about our era is the proliferation of special days in honor of this or that. Mothers and Fathers, of course, have had their days for some time. That turned out to be such a boom for florists that they and others have promoted Grandparents’ Day, Secretaries’ Day, etc. Special interest groups have also gotten into the act with such things as Earth Day, Martin Luther King Day, and now, Take Our Daughters to Work Day.

The originator and still the sponsor of Take Our Daughters to Work Day is the Ms. Foundation for Women, a feminist organization. The idea appears to be that, in school, teenage girls are operating at a disadvantage compared to boys. The Ms. Foundation claims that teenage girls suffer from low self-esteem due to gender stereotypes enforced by teachers and other school staff. In addition, the girls are depressed by their own “focus on appearance.” Take Our Daughters to Work Day is supposed to refocus the girls’ attention on their career potential, and to lift their self-esteem by paying special attention to them on at least one occasion per year. Unfortunately, the Foundation also provides materials for indoctrinating the boys who are left in school without girls for the day.

Do girls really need a Take Our Daughters to Work Day? By now, I’m sure you expect me to say that this is a bad idea that will corrupt our girls and make ranting feminists out of them! Well, that is always a possibility, but it depends on the people who are guiding the girls through the event. Handled properly, however, I think Take Our Daughters to Work Day could help to get the girls’ minds off of their adolescent concerns (and such worrying does not help them even a little). That would free their minds for thinking about what they are supposed to be trying to learn in church, school, Girl Scouts, etc. In short, I’m not condemning this program out of hand.

What I am saying is that the feminists at Ms. Foundation have some wrong ideas about the causes of low self-esteem among teenage girls. Therefore, they are proposing a solution that does not address the real problem. If there has indeed been a decrease in girls’ self-esteem in recent years, it is not caused by traditional “gender stereotyping.” After all, with the success of the feminist movement, has gender stereotyping become more or less common? If, as seems obvious, it has become less common, any effects of it (such as lowered self-esteem among girls) should have become less common also.

What, then, is the cause of the claimed loss of girls’ self-esteem? Perhaps it is the result of the feminist teachings that girls have been subjected to for most of their lives on television, in magazines and newspapers, and in most schools. The feminist goal for girls seems to be that every one of them will have a career outside of the family. What else can it mean when they write phrases like “in the year 2000 or 2010 when women will comprise half of the total work force?” If half of the population will be female, and half of the workforce will be female, it stands to reason that all of the women will be in the workforce.

I’m convinced that many of our teenage girls still cling to the hope that they can be full-time wives and mothers. In spite of all the feminist propaganda, I believe that most of today’s generation of women would follow this lifestyle if their families’ outrageous tax bills had not forced them to take outside work. Performed conscientiously, the housewife’s work is at least full-time, and one of the most honorable of professions. At her best, the full-time housewife is the anchor of a healthy family; and we all know that the healthy family is the anchor of a free society. In spite of this, feminists have made the roll of wife and mother the least honored of careers. How do we expect a girl to react when she is continually pressured toward a career other than the one she really wants; when her hoped-for career is denigrated as a barbaric relic of the fifties and earlier? She would probably be at least confused; most would suffer a loss of self-esteem.

There are all sorts of honorable professions for men and women. If Take Our Daughters to Work Day can help some girls to examine more of their options, I say more power to them. But we need to do something to counter the underlying assumption that “work” for a woman has to mean having a career outside her home. Perhaps we need a Housewives’ Day to celebrate that ancient and honorable occupation that only a woman can handle.