The Feminist Abuse of Women

The Feminist Abuse of Women, by Augusto Zimmerman.

The dilemma of modern feminism is that its undeniable success in shaping contemporary values has, in Joan Price’s words, ‘cut women off from those aspects of life that are distinctly female desires, such as being a wife and raising children’.

Our western societies are plagued with a myriad of feminist fads that attack or undermine the more important and permanent things in our lives. This includes the family, which is the basic unit of a happy and prosperous society.

We are losing our first principles because we have allowed these radicals to seize a few half-truths (such as that some women may be abused by some men), and have emphasised them completely out of proportions. …

Sadly, the feminists who led the 1960s women’s movement regarded marriage as so burdensome they thought it approached slavery. Such militant ideologues presented the family life as a sort of prison for women, with a working career on the outside as a form of women’s liberation. And yet such anti-family radicals neglected to tell women that most men did not go to work to find self-fulfilment; quite the contrary. Husbands undertook external work not because they lacked more enjoyable ways to occupy their time; but because they sincerely loved and cared about their wives and children. They had to work out of love and to earn a livelihood. They made the sacrifice of taking appalling jobs because they felt obliged to provide for their loved ones in the family unit. They often worked long hours at terrible jobs that they positively hated, or at least barely tolerated for the sake of the income. …

By contrast, the feminist agenda of disregard for marriage has taught many women to put selfish individualism first, and then go on to blame men for their personal failures. …

The main legacy of modern feminism has been the breakup of the family and the growth of government that has swept in to replace the family. …

By making divorce easily available and purely personal, the state has ultimately transformed the institution of marriage into a legal absurdity that denies the doctrine of accountability and holds no inducements to personal misconduct. These inducements provide a strong temptation for utterly selfish and unethical behaviour. Of course, whenever and wherever the family breaks down the state must step in as a substitute for male provider in the family. Hence the gradual increase of the state’s jurisdiction over the family and its individual members. …

Everybody knows that feminists were the most vocal group to demand easily available divorce, allegedly to enable women to escape from the supposed ‘oppression of marriage’. Such a complicity has left our working-class families much worse off than they would otherwise be. Indeed, the social and economic effects of the ‘no-fault revolution’ fall disproportionately on the poor, the less educated, and the less powerful. Even more tragically, it falls on the children of the working class. For example, careful studies in the United States reveal that 60 per cent of all rapists have grown up in fatherless homes, as did 72 per cent of all adolescent murderers, and 70 per cent of all long-term prison inmates. …

The undeniable success of feminism has lessened commitment by men, who now feel a much weaker obligation to support their families. Feminists have convinced many men that being a good family provider, thus caring and sacrificing for his wife and children, is neither expected nor even virtuous. … These days a young woman finds it really difficult to marry a man who is eager for marriage, and who be willing to selflessly support his spouse and care for their children.