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.