What is the men’s movement (MM) trying to achieve? That is a bit hard for anyone to determine. It seems that after decades of the existence of the men’s movement, no unified aim or objective emerged. There is nothing the main stream media (MSM) has picked up and consistently presents to the public as the major goal of the men’s movement.
The MSM had no trouble picking up and popularizing women’s causes when the long-simmering radical feminism came to the fore in he 1960s and became the dominant and controlling force not only of feminism but of politics. Then it was that one could not avoid images (real or mental) of bra-burners, sex-discrimination that allegedly kept women down, pay-discrimination that had women do men’s work for half the pay men were allegedly earning for similar work, and so on. The MSM had no trouble to present such images on the tapestry it wove according to the feminist design:
- “The dreaded patriarchy oppressed women throughout the millennia.”
- “Women are good. Men are bad.”
- “The family is a patriarchal tool for the oppression of women.”
- “Logic is patriarchal linear thinking.”
- “There is no job that a man does that a woman cannot do better.”
- “A woman’s body — A woman’s right”
Lapel buttons displaying the slogan “WHY NOT?” became very popular. The MSM, aided from within by increasing numbers of women journalists indoctrinated through women’s studies programs taught by feminist lecturers who openly declared themselves to be Marxist-feminists, helped things along, while politicians fell over themselves to give “women” most of what they wanted as soon as women’s groups asked for it.
Women’s studies programs emerged in virtually all colleges and universities of the developed nations and usurped much of the funding formerly lavished on male-dominated sports programs. More and more all-male institutions, even locker rooms, were invaded by women and even abolished, if so demanded, while women’s institutions and clubs remained pristine, if not necessarily feminine, unspoiled by the presence of any man — unless he was someone like a plumber needed to get a toilet going.
Government women’s departments sprouted up like mushrooms after a warm rain in summer in all developed nations. In some countries (e. g.: Canada) they were given names that brazenly declared their Marxist origin: Status of Women. Still, whether or not they gave away their ideological roots through their names, the feminists that ran them and whom they employed had no problem with openly declaring their Marxist intentions.
New family legislation hostile to fathers emerged and was soon applied through a novel branch of the judiciary, the family-court system, and civilization soon had to cope with the fall-out from that: men and fathers expunged in unprecedented, escalating numbers from their families, losing contact with their children Lawyers and judges experienced a boom of cases in which men tried to regain (unsuccessfully, by far) some of the contact with and influence over their children, and where women tried (almost invariably successfully) to get men to pay for the sin of having dared to be fathers — with the aim to keep women in the style they had become accustomed to while their marriages were still intact.
Incredibly, the excesses of the feminist revolution in relation to expunged fathers were invariably justified by liberal doses of the application of the slogan: “In the best interest of child.”
The rout of the dreaded patriarchy was complete.
Right from the start of the feminist revolution a so-called men’s movement made itself known, but also right from the start it became obvious that men, the patriarchal oppressors of women, would never be able to gain as much sympathy and compassion as women did. The MM floundered and many attempts to launch it successfully foundered. Quite simply, men were bowled over because women make more appealing victims.
Men, divorced men, and especially fathers expunged from their families, have well-justified grievances, but the well-deserved respect and appreciation that western civilization once had for men appear to be gone for good. Feminist logic and women’s way of knowing have done their work, but, as the saying goes, women’s work is never done, and the persecution of men continues.
The persecution of men that started with the radical-feminist revolution in the West is alive and well and is being spread through feminist missionary work into developing and underdeveloped nations throughout the world.
Part 2 will follow.