“Is feminism about justice and humanity, or just about women? “


When the women’s movement burst on the scene in the 1960s, leading feminists such as Betty Friedan stressed equality and focused on opportunities denied women.

The movement’s leaders expected their reasoning, framed as a matter of justice and based on the principle of equal opportunity, would allow individual women to have the same choices as individual men. The movement was not about women; the movement was about people….

The reasoning made sense to me then, and I allied myself with feminism. In its early stages, it foretold a better world, more aligned with justice, where individuals were liberated to be themselves. No one of either sex would be treated better than someone of the other sex.

The world did not turn out the way early feminists, such as me, imagined. Instead of changing the rules of the game so no one was favored, policies changed to ensure women received preferential treatment of the sort that affirmative action requires. Instead of using rhetoric that reminds people of their humanity and the possibility of harmony, rhetoric shifted into language suggesting gender as the key to understanding people and the impossibility of avoiding the traditional battle of the sexes….

If far more men have suffered economic hardship in the recession, there should be rejoicing that they are returning to work. It ought not be an occasion to suggest that sexism is coming into play so the goal of having women as secondary citizens is affected. Men are not trying to “snag” a woman’s job. Men are simply trying to find work, any work, including work that had been done formerly by another man.

Today, “A Doll’s House” would need rewriting. Nora might put it this way: “Before everything else, I’m a woman. I want women to gain power notwithstanding the real conditions of the world. It is only women who concern me. Men may be human, too. I’m not sure.”

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4 thoughts on ““Is feminism about justice and humanity, or just about women? “

  1. True feminism is not about homosexual unions, abortions and men hating, it was about getting women simple rights like the right to a 3rd level education and the right not to be property of one’s husband.In my country until the early 1990’s rape victims were sent to Magdalene Laundries (they were seen as enticing the rapist), women were actual property of their husbands, domestic abuse was ignored and the first case against a rapist was taken to court and won but the victim suffered much abuse for doing so.Around the same time a teenage girl was found dead in a graveyard alone with her newborn baby and to this day the people from that area will not talk about it.By the way country is not a 3rd world place but a European country.

    Do you know that Portugal used to prohibit adult women leaving the country without the permisssion of their fathers?Saudi Arabia is not so unique in it’s misogny.

    Feminism is not about hating men, it’s about equal pay, voting, keeping one’s property, having access to one’s children if one’s husband leaves. All these things were prohibited to us just because of our gender!

    Why do you want to take these rights off me when we only just got them 16 years ago?


    1. Lucy, we acknowledge that women have been treated unfairly and poorly; our contention is that feminism isn’t the answer. Feminism basically seeks to level the playing field by pushing an agenda on all women, whether they want it or not. Men’s rights (particularly father’s rights) have been trampled in the name of “equality.” When one group of people is treated unfairly or with justice, the answer is not to turn around and treat another group unfairly or unjustly. But that is exactly what feminism has done in the name of all women. Inalienable rights come from God–not from man or the state. What the state gives, the state can take away. What a “movement” gives, that same movement can take away by redefining terms and altering meanings over time. Women have inalienable rights because they are created in the image of God and have inherent dignity and worth. No movement can grant that to a human being. I’d highly recommend Alvin J. Schmidt’s book, How Christianity Changed the World”>How Christianity Changed the World, which shows that it is Christianity–not feminism–that has elevated the status and rights of women wherever it has gone. Perfectly? No. No one claims that. We’re all flawed human beings. But find me a pagan culture that honors women as co-equal heirs of life, protects their bodies from exploitation, and elevates them as the Christian ethic does. Feminism doesn’t do it. Claiming to speak for me, feminism lauds abortion (and insists on using my tax dollars to fund it), rewrites the legal code to strip fathers of their rights to their children in family court, and insists on a Marxist wage system. Thanks, but no thanks. That movement did not secure my rights; those came from God and cannot be taken away. That movement has no right to lobby for my money to be spent on things I find abhorrent. That movement doesn’t help men and women to understand one another and build better relationships. There are a lot of questions out there, but feminism isn’t the answer.


  2. Mrs. Chancey: I recently heard a podcast of your discussion from The Baby Conference last summer. I was amazed at how cogently you presented your case, and *proofed it up* so well that I found myself understanding the topic clearly for the first time. Thank you so much; if it helped me, I can only imagine how many other women were also assisted!


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