An anti-feminism column recently posted on Fox News predictably prompted a rash of criticism from a variety of left-leaning publications. Outlets that chimed in against Suzanne Venker’s “The War on Men” piece included Salon, The Huffington Post, Jezebel and others.
Also getting in on the action was the University of Florida’s student newspaper. In an editorial, it complained that:
We’re not sorry about wanting equal treatment. We’re not sorry if being more equal makes some people feel that they’re in a competition of who can provide for a family the best.
The point of feminism, and other movements similar to it, as we understand it, is to receive equal rights, opportunities and attention. That’s it! It isn’t a war on men; it’s a war on inequality.
Venker’s article received a lot of attention because so many people thought her point of view was outrageous and hilariously out-of-touch. She should realize that her article is perpetuating the problem she proposes. She’s portraying women as the aggressor and putting them at fault for the world’s problems.
Venker’s piece, by the way, simply argued that women have gone overboard in their quest for equality, which has scared men off to some extent:
“Women aren’t women anymore.
To say gender relations have changed dramatically is an understatement. Ever since the sexual revolution, there has been a profound overhaul in the way men and women interact. Men haven’t changed much – they had no revolution that demanded it – but women have changed dramatically.
In a nutshell, women are angry. They’re also defensive, though often unknowingly. That’s because they’ve been raised to think of men as the enemy. Armed with this new attitude, women pushed men off their pedestal (women had their own pedestal, but feminists convinced them otherwise) and climbed up to take what they were taught to believe was rightfully theirs. …
What if the dearth of good men, and ongoing battle of the sexes, is – hold on to your seats – women’s fault?
You’ll never hear that in the media. All the articles and books (and television programs, for that matter) put women front and center, while men and children sit in the back seat. But after decades of browbeating the American male, men are tired. Tired of being told there’s something fundamentally wrong with them. Tired of being told that if women aren’t happy, it’s men’s fault.
Contrary to what feminists like Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men, say, the so-called rise of women has not threatened men. It has pissed them off. It has also undermined their ability to become self-sufficient in the hopes of someday supporting a family. Men want to love women, not compete with them. They want to provide for and protect their families – it’s in their DNA. But modern women won’t let them.
It’s all so unfortunate – for women, not men. Feminism serves men very well: they can have sex at hello and even live with their girlfriends with no responsibilities whatsoever.
It’s the women who lose. Not only are they saddled with the consequences of sex, by dismissing male nature they’re forever seeking a balanced life. The fact is, women need men’s linear career goals – they need men to pick up the slack at the office – in order to live the balanced life they seek.
So if men today are slackers, and if they’re retreating from marriage en masse, women should look in the mirror and ask themselves what role they’ve played to bring about this transformation.