In 1970, Germaine Greer said this,
‘Women’s liberation, if it abolishes the patriarchal family, will abolish a necessary substructure of the authoritarian state, and once that withers away Marx will have come true, willy nilly, so let’s get on with it.’ (The Female Eunuch ‘Revolution’ 1970)
Influenced by academics such as Greer, who have colonised our campuses, turning them into madrassas of radical feminist theory, a small but influential cadre of politically motivated feminists has succeeded to a remarkable degree in implementing what she was expressing.
For more than forty years, through politics, the media, and other key social institutions, this band of highly politicised radical women (and, it has to be said, men of the same persuasion) have progressively gained control of many of the levers of power in our society, changing social policy, the law, and ordinary people’s lives to conform to feminism’s Marxist dogma.
The principal target of the feminists was, and remains, the institution of marriage, that fundamental building block of society regarded as ‘bourgeois’ by Marxism, and the principal obstruction to communist-style social organisation.
As Marx predicted in the 1848 Communist Manifesto, if you destroy marriage, you destroy the fabric of capitalist society. And what better way to do this than perform a coup d’etat on the traditional head of the family? The father? This is the true meaning of feminism’s attack on patriarchy, which literally means the rule of the father.
As the direct result of all this, we now live in a society in social turmoil and I suggest the evidence is before us:
- Today, a father as head of a family – a leader, provider, and protector is an anachronism. In fact, fatherhood is being removed from society by the family courts in their decisions about child access after divorce, and through the massive outbreak of single parenting, which really means the mother. All this is just as Greer predicted.
- The role of the mother has been changed. Once the bearer and nurturer of young children until their emerging viability as teens, women now combine child-bearing, career and child upbringing, often unable to give their best to either.
- Far from being liberated, women have been co-opted into the means of economic production, becoming as much wage-slaves as men have traditionally been, even though they only contribute about 28% of all income tax to men’s 72%.1Source: Table 3.3: Distribution of total income before and after tax by gender, 2011-12 – Taxpayers only Survey of Personal Incomes 2011-12 Updated January 2014. United Kingdom Office for National Statistics. They have become co-workers in the means of economic output, just as in socialist-communist states.
- Marriage, once the committed union for life of a man and a woman ‘as one flesh’, now has a median expectation of only eleven years. 2The Office for National Statistics reported in 2011 Statistical Bulletin ONS: Divorces in England and Wales. 2011 – 2011 is the latest year for which we currently have data. This is the median measure of central tendency, as used by the ONS, is not to be confused with the mean or average, which is likely to be higher due to the small number of marriages that last for life. Formerly the key institution that guaranteed social stability, in just four decades, it has been de-constructed and re-defined according to feminist-socialist dogma, such as Harriet Harman’s statement, ‘It cannot be assumed that men are bound to be an asset to family life or that the presence of fathers in families is necessarily a means to social cohesion.’ This is a pure Marxist principle.
- Most couple arrangements, in which technically illegitimate children are being born wholesale today, amount to an uncommitted union of two ‘equal partners’, with an even worse prognosis than marriage of lasting until the children grow to adulthood. This is another aspect of Marxist social dogma.
- Children have effectively been removed from the nurturing bosom of the family and placed under common social care and control, in what amounts to state-sponsored institutional child care, their social values shaped by politically correct broader society rather than their biological parents by equally politically correct child-minders. All of this has unmistakable echoes of Marxist socialist collectivism.
- A third of UK children are currently caught up in the family justice system in Britain,3Sir Paul Coleridge, retired senior judge of the Family Courts Division, speaking at the launch of UK Marriage Week at the House of Commons on 6th February 2012, refers to 3.8M children caught up in the family justice system, out of a total of around 12M children under 17 in Britain at that time. their care and upbringing often parcelled out between warring ex-spouses. Large numbers of them live with single parents; invariably their mothers in de-facto matriarchies, another socialist-communist concept.
- Even greater numbers live in ‘blended families’: thrust unwillingly into a jumble of step-parents, half-brothers and sisters and assorted non-blood relatives and permanently deprived of their natural kin, and of their right to the patriarchal protection of their biological fathers. Again, this is a socialist-communist-Marxist aim.
Under the pretence of fairness and equality, and operating to its socialist-communist agenda behind the scenes, feminism and feminists, many of them, such as Harriet Harman and Yvette Cooper, principal players in a feminist-Marxist entryist group operating within the Labour Party in Britain, but also many from the political right, and all holding serious power in the land, are challenging the very basis of our western civilisation. This is the biggest threat to our stability and social cohesion since the Second World War.
Feminism is not egalitarianism. It is not born of Liberal Enlightenment ideas, but of the ideas of the far left whose agenda is social re-engineering based on communal living. Feminism cannot be egalitarian because it seeks a one-sided form of equality based on a struggle for power between women and men.
I challenge anyone who espouses, embraces or even sympathises with this dividing, damaging and most pernicious of rebellious ideologies to wake up to what is happening around them, and within their communities: to see what feminism is doing to their sons, fathers, brothers and, yes, to women and girls too.
I call for the rejection of all that feminism stands for, and for the restoration of relationships between men and women, based on mutual respect and understanding, and free of the stridency and competitiveness in the pursuit of false equality for women that feminism endlessly propagates.
I call for a return of our society to true balance and fairness. A society that is not divided along the fault-line of gender: one in which the care for women and children by men is restored to its rightful place in our social values; a society where the real family, based on a man and a woman living in stable marriage, at least with the intention of it being for life, are able to bring up children in a stable environment, and equip them to be fully competent, socially engaged and fully contributing citizens of the future.
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|1.||↩||Source: Table 3.3: Distribution of total income before and after tax by gender, 2011-12 – Taxpayers only Survey of Personal Incomes 2011-12 Updated January 2014. United Kingdom Office for National Statistics.|
|2.||↩||The Office for National Statistics reported in 2011 Statistical Bulletin ONS: Divorces in England and Wales. 2011 – 2011 is the latest year for which we currently have data. This is the median measure of central tendency, as used by the ONS, is not to be confused with the mean or average, which is likely to be higher due to the small number of marriages that last for life.|
|3.||↩||Sir Paul Coleridge, retired senior judge of the Family Courts Division, speaking at the launch of UK Marriage Week at the House of Commons on 6th February 2012, refers to 3.8M children caught up in the family justice system, out of a total of around 12M children under 17 in Britain at that time.|