Saturday, December 29, 2012

What Feminism Is Really All About

With the cross-cultural and deeply encompassing presence of feminism in most of our life, advocated mainly by most civil society group, feminism has managed to mold our minds towards how the new world order should evolve.  Following are some of the most famous quotes from very well known feminist leaders.

1. "The simple fact is that every woman must be willing to be identified

as a lesbian to be fully feminist." (National NOW Times, Jan.1988).

2. "Since marriage constitutes slavery for women, it is clear that the
women's movement must concentrate on attacking this institution. Freedom
for women cannot be won without the abolition of marriage." (radical
feminist leader Sheila Cronan).

3. "Being a housewife is an illegitimate profession... The choice to
serve and be protected and plan towards being a family-maker is a choice
that shouldn't be. The heart of radical feminism is to change that."
(Vivian Gornick, feminist author, University of Illinois, "The Daily
Illini," April 
25, 1981).

4. The most merciful thing a large family can do to one of its infant
members is to kill it." (Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood,
in "Women and the New Rage," p.67).

5. "In order to raise children with equality, we must take them away from
families and communally raise them." (Dr. Mary Jo Bane, feminist and
assistant professor of education at Wellesley College and associate
director of the school's Center for Research on Woman).

6. "Marriage has existed for the benefit of men; and has been a legally
sanctioned method of control over women... We must work to destroy it.
The end of the institution of marriage is a necessary condition for the
liberation of women. Therefore it is important for us to encourage women
to leave their husbands and not to live individually with men... All of
history must be re-written in terms of oppression of women. We must go
back to ancient female religions like witchcraft." (from "The Declaration
of Feminism," November 1971).

7. "Overthrowing capitalism is too small for us. We must overthrow the
whole... patriarch!" (Gloria Steinhem, radical feminist leader, editor of
'MS' magazine).

8. In response to a question concerning China's policy of compulsory
abortion after the first child, Molly Yard responded, "I consider the
Chinese government's policy among the most intelligent in the world."
(Gary Bauer, "Abetting Coercion in China," The Washington Times", October
10, 1989).

9. "Let's forget about the mythical Jesus and look for encouragement,
solace and inspiration from real women... Two thousand years of
patriarchal rule under the shadow of the cross ought to be enough to turn
women toward the feminist 'salvation' of this world." (Annie Laurie
Gaylor, "Feminist Salvation," "The Humanist", July/August 1988, p.37.

10. "By the year 2000 we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in
human potential, not God." (Gloria Steinhem, editor of 'MS' magazine.)

If feminists truly work for the good of women, and children, as well as advocate a just and humane society, they have to do so with the principle of respect for the rights of others, that is husbands, fathers, children, and women who believe in traditional society rather than antagonize them.  It will make it hard for them to solicit the cooperation of men who may advocate their work if they keep on portraying them as monsters and threatening their roles in society as husbands, fathers, and men of good will.  Are we not all here to play unique roles for the betterment of everyone, and the world in general?  The feminists may have suffered much under the hands of cruel men, but they have to remember, life is a two-way process.  Are there not many men who suffer from the hands of their wives as well?  Are not women themselves contributors to some of the ills of society?  What about those many unborn children who were denied of their rights to live because their mothers are so preoccupied with their rights to be free of the burden of motherhood?  Are women who work as sex workers free of guilt for every damaged family as a result of their work?  True, husbands are themselves to blame also, but maybe their wives maybe as guilty as everyone is?  So, are social problems mainly confined to gender inequality alone, or are there some deeper issues involved that need to be addressed?  Socio-economic issues maybe, or deeply spiritual concerns?

Source: Center for Children's Justice in Denver, CO (Robert Muchnick - )

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