Posted on | January 14, 2013 | 21 Comments
Betty Friedan (left) leads a 1971 protest for the Equal Rights Amendment
“How do you tell a Communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.”
— Ronald Reagan, 1987
Understanding feminism requires a critical study of the movement’s history that few people are willing to undertake, which is why the roots and development of “Women’s Liberation” (as the movement called itself in the late 1960s and early ’70s) are so widely misunderstood.
Intellectual inertia, a willingness to accept conventional wisdom without scrutiny, thus serves to foster the deception by which feminists present themselves as speaking on behalf of all women, dishonestly denying their origins and ideological affinity as a movement of the radical Left.
Many people are therefore confused by the occasional exposures of feminism’s true nature, as when Brent Musberger was publicly humiliated for having remarked during a football game that Alabama’s quarterback has a beautiful girlfriend. “How dare he!” screamed the feminists, as if Musberger had actually said someting rude or “sexist.”
Similarly, Joe Scarborough was forced this morning to abase himself on MSNBC for the Thought Crime of arguing with his female co-host:
Let’s be clear about what happened here: Joe Scarborough is a smug, domineering egomaniac. Yet it was not until he displayed those traits in an argument with Mika Brzezinski about the lack of “diversity” in Obama’s cabinet that Scarborough was forced to apologize for his habitual overbearing rudeness. Think about that.
Meanwhile, a reader calls my attention to something Dr. Helen Smith noted last month: One of England’s pioneering feminists, Erin Pizzey, gave an interview to Dean Esmay in which she described how she recognized the Marxist nature of the movement at its inception:
I’ve always tried to tell the truth about the beginnings. I was one of the first people in England to get involved with the Women’s Movement and what I saw there, I knew perfectly well was going to be extremely destructive. And, when I began to stand up at these great big Collective meetings – and interestingly enough there were a lot of women from America who came over with initial instruction to show the British women how to be radical feminists. They’re a pretty frightening crowd and I got screamed at a lot . . .
[Y]ou have to remember my background, my parents were caught by the Communists when I was nine and I didn’t see them for three years . . .
So, I had no love of Communism from the very beginning. From what I saw when I was in these great big collectives was really Marxism. We were all organized into groups in our own homes and told that we must have consciousness-raising sessions. And I remember the woman who came to our consciousness-raising and when she finished, I said this has nothing to do with women, this is actually Marxist. I said so we’re supposed to go to work full time and put our children into care provided by the state — like the Communist government — and why are we calling this liberation?
“Consciousness-raising sessions” — that’s a ’60s flashback that most people nowadays either (a) don’t know anything about, or (b) fail to properly understand as a method of indoctrination borrowed from Mao’s China, to rid people of what Marxists call “false consciousness,” i.e., traditional beliefs that contradict Marxist ideology.
Nowadays, the Left’s ideology (including feminism) so widely permeates our culture that “consciousness-raising” is seldom considered necessary, except perhaps on university campuses where it’s called “freshman orientaton” or “Introduction to Women’s Studies.”
Erin Pizzey has recently published an autobiography, This Way to the Revolution, the liner notes of which declare “her story is . . . vital to any understanding of a more revolutionary age.”
Understanding feminism is apt to have the same effect as Ronald Reagan once observed among those who understood Marx and Lenin.
- Jan. 11: Shorter Joe Scarborough: ‘Who Do You Think You’re Calling Chauvinistic, Bitch?’
- Jan. 9: Leave Brent Musberger Alone!
- Jan. 5: ‘Learning French,’ IYKWIMAITYD
- Nov. 10: The Slut Paula Broadwell