As women go, so goes the country. The women forty years ago did not reject what the early radical feminists had to say. Young women especially jumped on the feminist bandwagon, because society was fertilized for the change by earlier events.
Six great ignitions sparked social changes that made feminist theory sound good.
· Ignition of the great American economic engine after the depression and World War II promised ever greater prosperity. Women sixty years ago were ready to take advantage. They wore slacks and had jobs outside the home. Both were breakthroughs from the war. They were inspired to go further and faster. What they got, however, was two revolutions that accelerated female departure from the traditional.
· The Sexual Revolution ignited in the late Fifties and made drug and sexual adventurism common among the young and younger. It eclipsed in popularity a Marxist-inspired revolution hidden behind sex, drugs, and teen uprising against authority and the establishment.
· The Cultural Revolution began with political radicals initiating the imposition of an entirely new culture on America, which continues today. Marxist theorists proposed the need for a new rather than a changed culture soon after the first world war.
· Radical feminists ignited the Women’s Liberation movement and commenced reshaping female thinking to strive for feminist-defined gender equality. Men were discredited and not heeded.
· As revolutionary self-indulgence became more popular in younger generations, the excitement of sexual liberation ignited the female libido.
· The dozen or so radical feminists, those that Rush Limbaugh calls feminazis, pushed political, legal, social, and media levers and morphed Women’s Lib into Feminism.
Feminism founders were political mavens that hated or disliked men. Women fell prey to their propaganda. It sounded good and appropriate, because of the revolutionary times. Activists, advocates, acolytes, and supporters joined them.
Besides, men have so much more fun and freedom. Why shouldn’t women be more like men? As women go, so goes the country.
CREDIT: My thanks to Miss Dawn and Ms Aly for inspiring this series. Cicero said, “Not to know what happened before you were born is to be forever a child.” It’s admirable they seek to escape such fate.
CREDIT: My thanks to Kathy Peterson for the title to this post.