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Why this law against ‘emotional cruelty’ could turn every parent into a suspect

April 1st, 2014 Jill Posted in Children/Family, Feminism Comments Off

by Erin Pizzey, Mailonline

When I was growing up, my father, a diplomat, was posted to China. In 1949, the year the Communists came to power, he and my mother were put under house arrest.

After she was finally released, my mother returned to England with a Chinese woman and her two young children, who came to live with us. The woman's husband was in jail, betrayed by something their little girl had unwittingly said to the authorities.

When that man was released seven years later, he was a human wreck — because he had been denounced by the word of his own child.

It seems incredible that this could happen in Britain, but the so-called 'Cinderella Law' proposed this week by the Government is driving us closer to that unthinkable situation.

This law would introduce the new offence of 'emotional cruelty to children'. Parents judged to be unloving, though not physically abusive, could face jail. The evidence could rest partly on the testimony of the children.

We have reached a tipping point. If this extraordinarily dangerous piece of legislation is passed, all parents in Britain effectively become suspects in the eyes of the authorities looking out for those deemed not to love their children enough.

[...]  The British family has been under attack since the Seventies, when women were told by Left-wing politicians that the traditional home, with a mother and father, was a dangerous place. Slowly, men were excised from family life.

In 1990, a Labour policy paper called The Family Way was presented by MPs Harriet Harman and Patricia Hewitt, co-written with the Left-wing journalist Anna Coote. It argued that the family of the future would consist of mothers and children without fathers, because 'men are not necessarily harmonious to family life'.

From this policy has grown an army of single mothers. And in most cases now, it is from single-parent families that children are being taken away into care.

It is no exaggeration to say that feminism is now synonymous with the destruction of the family.

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Read also: A valuable Cinderella Law. . . or more state meddling? by Philip Johnston, Telegraph

A valuable Cinderella Law. . . or more state meddling

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The Zuber Report: Radical Feminism defeats itself in the European Parliament

March 17th, 2014 Jill Posted in Culture, Feminism, pro-life/abortion Comments Off

By J C von Krempach, JD, Turtle Bay & Beyond

The easiest victory is when your adversaries cannibalize each other. Such a thing happened in last week’s plenary session of the European Parliament, where the supporters of two different versions of a radical-feminist “initiative report” neutralized each other, which finally paved the way for the best of all possible outcomes: neither of the two texts was adopted.

I admit that the whole thing appeared rather late on our radar screens, so that I wasn’t able to report on this earlier. The scenaripo was similar to that of the defeated “Estrela-Report”. Once again, a radical draft for a (legally non-binding) has emanated from the Parliament’s ominous Committee on Women’s Rights (FEMM), which is something like a sheltered workshop for radical feminists in the EP. Given that the radical elements are more or less amongst themselves in that committee, they are able to draft the most extremist policy papers, which then are tabled and voted in the Parliament’s plenary.

This time, it was a report on equality between women and men in the European Union, drafted by Ines Cristina Zuber, a member of Portugal’s hard-core Communist Party.

Her draft is yet another glaring example of how nowadays communists and other radical politicians have appropriated the vocabulary of human rights to embellish their anti-human-rights agenda: the draft called inter alia for the recognition of “right to voluntary termination of pregnancy”, the legal recognition of same-sex “marriages”, the introduction of compulsory “gender education” at schools, and the complete elimination from all school textbooks of any suggestion that a women could find fulfilment in her role as a mother, or a care-giver.

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Equal but different: what the UN and feminism still don’t get

March 8th, 2014 Jill Posted in Equality, Feminism Comments Off

by Caroline Farrow, LifeSite News

This Friday sees the 39th International Women’s Day (IWD), a mandatory celebration for all member states of the United Nations following a resolution passed by the General Assembly in 1977.

The theme, “Equality for women is progress for all”, is little more than a pleasing soundbite unless one is prepared to fully unpick the notion of equality. Indeed, the entire day has the ring of self-congratulatory vacuity, the UN doing little more than paying lip-service to the notion of women’s rights, and genuflecting before the altar of populist Western feminism, albeit in style. The official observation takes the form of an hour-long event at the UN’s New York headquarters, with statements from General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, General Assembly President John Ashe and other prestigious international figures, including Hilary Clinton.

The IWD website disappointingly, though perhaps predictably, taps into the zeitgeist of Western feminism by representing women’s equality as solely concerned with the right of women to access the workplace and receive the same pay as men. While no-one will dispute that these are rights, what is often overlooked, and even deliberately denied in debates surrounding female equality, are the biological realities which distinguish female from male.

Too often the rush to smash glass ceilings leads to treating children as a hindrance to career success, treating them as a burden for which expedient solutions must be found, such as cheap accessible childcare. Motherhood is never treated as a joy, fulfilling in and of itself, but merely an optional extra or by-product of femininity.

Both the UN and International Women’s Day falls into the familiar and frustrating trap of defining female equality as sameness. According to popular wisdom, unless women are in the workplace, including in prominent positions in the same proportion as men, they may never be deemed to have achieved true freedom or equality.

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Wives who support male leadership in the home? What’s with that?

February 22nd, 2014 Jill Posted in Feminism Comments Off

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSite News

Teresa Tomeo is an accomplished woman. She’s an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker with more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio and newspaper. She’s spent 19 of those years working in front of a camera as a reporter and anchor in the Detroit market.

“I’d never be called oppressed,” Teresa tells me as we sit down at the Legatus Summit, a meeting of Catholic leaders in the world of business. Yet she supports the notion of male leadership in the family, and she’s even willing to say so publicly.
Teresa co-hosts the EWTN television series, The Catholic View for Women, a show where women ‘dish’ on current events especially as they apply to Catholics. In 2008, she was one of a select group of international delegates invited to the Vatican Women’s Congress in Rome.
Teresa tells me that radical feminism is damaging to women and men. She blasts the mainstream media where “men [are] consistently displayed as weak, incapable of decision making.” There is, she explains, a “constant emphasis from the culture that men are not important – ‘what we need them for is our own immediate needs of sexual gratification and help us
have a baby.’ I think it’s frightening.”
Rather, says Teresa, men and women are “equal but different.”
“The message that we don’t need the other is really an attack on God.”
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Gendercide: the silence of the so-called ‘feminists’

January 15th, 2014 Jill Posted in Children/Family, Feminism, Gendercide, pro-life/abortion Comments Off

by Cristina Odone, Telegraph
Where are the girls? The answer should shame us all. Abortion for sex selection is practised so regularly in this country that it's led to a shortfall in the population of girls. Thousands are "missing", especially in certain immigrant communities. Aborting babies because they are female has been widespread in India and China for generations: there are as many as 120 boys for every 100 girls there. Now the practice has come to distort British demography – and values.
Sex-selective abortion remains a crime in Britain, but, as the Telegraph investigation last year revealed, it is increasingly common. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has ruled that guidance for doctors in this area should be updated – but did not prosecute the two doctors exposed in the Telegraph investigation.
When parents can abort a baby because it's a girl, they are guilty of the worst kind of sexism. Rape, porn, the tyranny of beauty that compels little girls to perform plastic surgery to attain perfection: these are nothing in comparison to the mindset that will not allow for girls to be conceived in the first place. Our daughters – and not just in immigrant communities – are learning that a girl's life is worthless. Feminists should be up in arms about this. They are not. While they have fought tooth and nail the sexist app that allows little girls to perform plastic surgery on a Barbie, most have stayed silent on a far worse crime against women.
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Labour minister Mary Creagh attacks Thomas the Tank Engine over lack of female characters

December 28th, 2013 Jill Posted in Feminism Comments Off

By Antonia Molloy, Independent

Thomas the Tank Engine is sending out the wrong message to children and needs more female engines to encourage girls to become train drivers, Labour’s shadow transport secretary has said. 

Mary Creagh said the lack of female train drivers in Britain was a “national scandal” and that the “negative stereotypes” seen in children’s shows were partly to blame.

Mrs Creagh used the example of Thomas, saying that while the books and television show are “wonderful”, they contain hardly any female characters.

“In the Thomas the Tank Engine books there are almost no female engines. The only female characters are an annoyance, a nuisance and in some cases a danger to the functioning of the railway,” she said.

She was referring to the original books’ only female characters: coaches Annie and Clarabel, Isabel the auto coach, elderly woman Mrs Kyndley, and female engine Daisy.

Thomas and the remaining characters are all male.

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Read also:  Here are some other cartoons which Mary Creagh might want to make more progressive by Mark Wallace, Conservative Home

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Women behaving badly: cuckolded and downtrodden husbands filling divorce courts

December 15th, 2013 Jill Posted in Divorce, Feminism Comments Off

By John Bingham, Telegraph

The image of “men behaving badly” has become so familiar that it has even lent its name to a sitcom.

But a new analysis of official divorce figures, dating back 40 years, shows a dramatic rise in the number of separations in which “unreasonable behaviour” by women has been recognised by the courts as the main cause.

The number of dissolutions granted to husbands in courts in England and Wales because of women behaving badly has increased sixfold in little more than a generation between 1971 and 2011.

Lawyers said the trend was likely to be a reflection of women becoming more financially independent in recent decades, and more willing to assert themselves.

But they suggested more generous divorce settlements for spouses with lower incomes – usually the wife – in recent years, have made it easier for women to leave their husband without fear of living in penury.

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EU: The Lunacek-Report, and homosexual/feminist hate crimes

December 14th, 2013 Jill Posted in Feminism, Gay Activism Comments Off

By J C von Krempach, JD

After the defeat of the Estrela Report, the time has come to turn our attention to the next attempt of radical and extremist groups in the European Parliament to embellish their agenda, and provide it with the appearance of legitimation, by the use of human rights vocabulary.
This new attempt comes in the guise of another “initiative report” (i.e. a motion for a resolution on matters falling outside the European Parliament’s competences and will therefore not be legally binding), this time authored by Ulrike Lunacek, an openly lesbian politician from Austria, who also is the co-chair of the European Parliament’s gay and lesbian caucus. No wonder, therefore, that the draft takes a rather peculiar approach towards human rights, which strongly reminds of similar attempts of manipulating human rights through absurd re-interpretations, such as the so-called “Yogyakarta Principles”.
The political strategy underlying this approach, which can be described as the systematic “queering” of human rights, is a dialectic masterpiece.
Not so long ago, the argument simply was that gays and lesbians, despite their un-normal sexual appetites, should nevertheless not be deprived of their human rights, as these rights are universal and apply to everyone irrespective of his or her merits. I just wonder whether anyone ever doubted it, but of course it is true: human rights are universal, and nobody must be deprived of them.
But then comes the second step of the “queering” strategy. A small transformation takes place: instead of affirming the principle of universality of human rights by saying that homosexuals, too, are entitled to them, the slogan now is: “LGBT Rights are Human Rights”. In other words, the universality of human rights is silently set aside, and the specific political agenda of a specific pressure group is now proclaimed to be “human rights” that enjoy absolute priority over the rights and interests of everyone else. Gays and lesbians are now defined as a group that is specifically worthy of consideration and protection, and the call for “equality” is now turned into a call for privilege, as if it were particularly meritorious to have a sexual appetite for persons of the same sex.
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Feminists attack Argentina cathedral

December 10th, 2013 Jill Posted in Feminism, pro-life/abortion Comments Off

Radical Church opponents attempt to storm the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista (John the Baptist) in Argentina.

From the 23rd-25th November, in San Juan de Cuyo, Argentina, feminists and their male peers bellowed noisy and anti-Catholic slogans drawing through the city. In retaliation, 1500 young Catholics formed a human shield around the Cathedral to prevent about 7000 antagonists from storming the Archdiocesan Church.

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The ‘men without chests’

August 2nd, 2013 Jill Posted in Feminism, TEC Comments Off

By David Virtue, Virtueonline

For some months now, I have cogitated over why it is that The Episcopal Church seems to draw priests who are decidedly lacking in masculinity, with more and more being older second career women, lesbians, gays and "men without chests".

My hand was tipped to this reality when Catholic writer Michael Voris analyzed the situation in the Roman Catholic Church. When asked what he thought was the central problem in Catholicism today, he replied, "The utter failure of the masculine in Church leaders – that is what is to blame for where we have now arrived.

"Fathers – spiritual fathers are almost nowhere to be found among the clergy. Many priests keep as far a distance as they can from their bishop because – well – as many have confided to us – they simply don't trust that he has their best interest at heart.

"If that doesn't speak volumes in revealing the sorry state we faithful Catholics find ourselves in – nothing does or ever could. Bishops – so many of them – are not the fathers they need to be – not only to their own priests, but also to their sheep – to those souls given to them by Christ to lead to Heaven.

"This explains virtually everything. It explains why they left heretics run wild in parishes and chanceries and universities. It explains why they are ALWAYS siding with the latest liberal political cause to come down the pike – USUALLY but not always thanks to the Democratic Party.

"It all boils down to the one issue that they love the respect of men more than they love their priests and their sheep. If they truly loved the sheep like a father – they would teach and guide and protect them, personally.

"If they loved their priests like a father, they would protect the ones who truly love Our Lord and correct the ones who need correcting.

"This is what fathers do – this is THE hallmark of masculinity – to die for those you love and protect all who need protecting no matter the cost to you."

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Boris Johnson wasn’t joking – work is becoming a woman’s world

July 12th, 2013 Jill Posted in Culture, Equality, Feminism Comments Off

By Fraser Nelson, Telegraph

Sexual inequality has reversed in Britain: fewer boys go to university, get a good job or earn as much money

[...]  The economy is changing shape, in a way that is to men’s collective disadvantage. Occupations requiring physical strength are rapidly disappearing; a quarter of manufacturing jobs have vanished in the past 10 years. In their place come posts where “work” means grabbing a coffee, heading to the office and getting along with people. The qualities of social intelligence, communication skills and multi-tasking are not ones where men have any innate advantage. The recession has simply accelerated the emasculation of the economy.

A problem is emerging, and it’s one our politicians do not recognise. People like Harriet Harman grew up when the feminist agenda was synonymous with that of equality. But slowly, these two notions are coming apart – and anyone genuinely concerned about gender equality in Britain should be worried about the boys. For those aged between 22 and 30, “pay gap” refers to the fact that the average man is now paid less than his female equivalent – perhaps unsurprisingly, given that girls are better-educated. For every four university applications by girls, just three are submitted by boys. Male horizons are narrowing in Britain, and no one seems worried.

At the top, there is nothing to fret about. Men do fine. And many of them can pursue fun-but-risky careers in the knowledge that they have their wife’s substantial income to fall back on. If David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband all sounded relaxed about rejecting MPs’ pay rises yesterday, it may be because all three earn less than their wives. They cheerfully talk about doing the “school run”, an option not open to single-income breadwinners who start their commute at 7.30am. Gender equality is a very real concept among the rich, who now live in a world where young men and women do as well as each other.

But among poor families, boys are falling further and further behind – and are 30 per cent less likely to apply for university than girls. The Labour MP Frank Field has long pointed out how deindustrialisation (which happened even faster under Blair than under Thatcher) has robbed these young men of life options. Yes, office jobs may replace factory jobs, so the economy ticks over. But what about teenagers not cut out for university, who used to go straight into a trade? They struggle to find a role in society.

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Feminism through the life cycle

July 5th, 2013 Jill Posted in Feminism Comments Off

Betty FriedanBy Nicole M King, MercatorNet

Women bought into a mystique that left them even more alone and conflicted in their pursuit of fulfilment.

In the Introduction to the tenth anniversary edition of The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan wrote, “It’s frightening when you’re starting on a new road that no one has been on before. You don’t know how far it’s going to take you until you look back and realize how far, how very far you’ve gone.”

Indeed. Forty years after that statement and 50 years after the publication of The Feminine Mystique, the road that Friedan embarked upon has led women to places they have never been before—entering the workforce and academia in ever-higher numbers, yes, but also historically low fertility rates, no-fault divorce, and abortion on demand. The emotional consequences for women have not been rosy. Stevenson and Wolfers report that, in spite of the fact that all objective measures of women’s happiness have risen, both women’s subjective well-being and their well-being relative to men have fallen since the 1970s. For the first time in the last 35 years, men report higher levels of happiness than do women.

Friedan’s diagnosis of “the problem that has no name”—women’s sense of purposelessness—was justified, but her prescriptions have been disastrous. The road that Betty Friedan and second-wave feminists paved has led women to lives new and unfamiliar, but not to a solution to the problem. In following the impact of feminism through three broad categories of the life cycle—education, child-bearing years, and the empty nest—we see that the promises of feminism have fallen flat, as women have bought into a feminist mystique that has left them more alone and conflicted in their pursuit of fulfillment than ever before.

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Neither In the Jungle Nor Out of It

May 6th, 2013 Jill Posted in Culture, Feminism Comments Off

By Anthony Esolen, Ruth Institute

Lust perverts language itself, calling sex “safe” or “protected,” and cohabitation “honest,” and relationships “mutual,” which are nothing but forays into a jungle, where the strongest and most cunning survive.

Several weeks ago, Saint Valentine’s Day at my school came and went. There was no dance. There was no concert. There was no ice cream social. There was no party for trading little gifts. There was no showing of She Wore a Yellow Ribbon or Marty or Goodbye, Mr. Chips or Casablanca. There were no foolish and innocent flirtations on the way to class.

But there was some small notice taken of the holiday. A group of women, as has been customary for several years, rented space at a local theater to stage there what they are not allowed to stage at our Catholic college, the dreary, hapless porno-twaddle called The Vagina Monologues. A few hundred of our students made the trip across the city to watch it, including some young men motivated by a sort of homeless chivalry. The stated justification for the show is to protest violence against women—though, in Eve Ensler’s initial version of the play, the only violence against a woman was a lesbian drug-rape of a teenage girl, and that was celebrated as liberating.

So it’s come to this: Even lust now is gray and dispirited. The girls celebrate Valentine’s Day by putting on a series of vulgar and angry skits, to instruct the boys in how rotten they are, and the boys, most of whom have no particular desire to treat girls badly, roll their eyes and go along with it, or file it away with all the other petty resentments of our lonely contemporary existence.

Of course, there isn’t a feminist on my campus who will admit to these young women that if they really want to be protected from violence, they should marry a decent man and stay married to him, because such married women are less likely than any other group of Americans to be the victims of a felony.

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Read also:  Should Men Hold Doors open for Women? by Peter Hitchens


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Feminism: ‘worst attack on femininity that has ever taken place’

March 19th, 2013 Jill Posted in Feminism Comments Off

Betty FriedanBy Hilary White, LifeSite News

On March 11th, a few days before the papal election, one of the Catholic world’s most eminent philosophers, Alice Von Hildebrand, celebrated her 90th birthday. Von Hildebrand taught philosophy at a private, secular college in the US for 37 years, but is today perhaps best known as one of the leading proponents of the “New Feminism” that was brought to the fore under the papacy of John Paul II.

New Feminism, promotes the concept of the natural biological and complementarity of men and women, and opposes the “gender” ideology – along with abortion, contraception and sterilisation – of Second and Third Wave academic feminism. It is this type of feminism that von Hildebrand identified in an extensive 2003 interview as “the worst attack on femininity that has ever taken place in the history of the world”.
The anniversary of von Hildebrand’s birth is contrasted with the 50th anniversary, on March 14th, of the publication of the book The Feminine Mystique, by the late Betty Friedan (pictured), a work that became the manifesto for “second-wave feminism” that has become the leading force in political life around the western world. The struggle between these two faces of feminism is going to be of critical importance to Pope Francis.
Secularist feminism, still very much in ascendancy in politics and academia, advocates competition between the sexes for jobs and social advancement, looks upon motherhood as an obstacle to self-fulfillment and insists as a central tenet, on legalised abortion and artificial contraception to allow women to compete in the marketplace with men. And crucially for the new pope, it identifies the Catholic Church and the papacy as among its greatest enemies. Before the crowds had left the Piazza on Wednesday night, the world’s media were already carrying demands from the proponents of the feminist-inspired Sexual Revolution that the new pope overturn the Catholic prohibitions against abortion, birth control and homosexual activity.
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Read also:  The Feminine Mystique at Fifty: Time for a New Feminism by Leslie Grimard, The Public Discourse
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The Problem of Gender Feminism: Currents of thought running counter to true advancement

February 13th, 2013 Jill Posted in Feminism Comments Off

Dale O'LearyBy Dale O'Leary

The recent Document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the collaboration of men and women begins with a brief discussion of “currents of thought which are often at variance with the authentic advancement of women”.

For the last half century, society has struggled over how to reconcile the fundamental equality of men and women with their undeniable biological differences.

During the 1960s women protested against laws and customs which treated women differently. Governments responded by enacting legislation guaranteeing women equal rights under the law, equal access to education and equal economic opportunity. Women quickly took advantage of these opportunities. The number of women pursing education increased, as did the number of women in the professions, and in elected and appointed government offices.

In the 1970s, the feminist movement which had encouraged these changes was co-opted by radicals who saw women as the prototypical oppressed class and marriage and “compulsory heterosexuality” as the mechanisms of oppression. This current of thought drew on Frederick Engels’ analysis of the origins of the family. In 1884 Engels had written: “The first-class antagonism in history coincides with the development of the antagonism between men and women in monogamous marriage, and the first-class oppression with that of the female sex by the male”.

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PC piety recoils from boys’ club House of Bishops

February 11th, 2013 Jill Posted in Church of England, Feminism Comments Off

By Julian Mann

One wonders whether the feminist establishment in the General Synod would insist on inclusive language in the following statement:

Original Sin…is the fault and corruption of the Nature of every man, that naturally is ingengered of the offspring of Adam; whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness and is of his own nature inclined to evil (Article 9 of the Church of England's 39 Articles of Religion).

The reason for that suggestion is because of the politically correct doctrine of sin believed by feminists. According to their doctrine, men are originally abusers whereas women are originally victims. Redemption for humankind in PC soteriology is achieved by the male tendency to domination being eliminated by 'progressive' education, or more accurately indoctrination, and women being liberated and empowered.

This dogma has been thoroughly absorbed by the current House of Bishops, hence their guilt about being a 'boys' club' and their sense of spiritual inadequacy without having women present at their meetings. Female empowerment is after all the spiritual cure for fallen maleness, so their PC piety is genuinely offended by the all-male group they belong to.

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Women are being brutalised by ‘equality’

February 5th, 2013 Jill Posted in Equality, Feminism Comments Off

By Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

I got some stick last year when I wrote in a blog after the Olympics that the thought of women punching each other in a boxing ring depressed me. This view has nothing to do with the characters of the young women so engaged; it is my battle (using words rather than fists) against these latter decades of feminism which has made such a pugilistic scenario possible. Over boxing I wrote, “It might seem a victory in the on-going feminist struggle of women’s complete equality with men, but it strikes me as a hollow victory; a blow against the nature of womankind; indeed, a step backwards for civilisation.”

Last week we larned that in the US women are going to be allowed to engage in front-line combat duty alongside men. I see it as a further downward slide; what will be next?

Soon, as Yeats wrote in the context of the Great War, “mere anarchy” will be “loosed upon the world.” I am not being alarmist; nor am I alone in my opinions here; Robert Reilly in a good article in Mercator Net, challenges US General Martin Dempsey who has proclaimed that “The time has come to rescind the direct combat exclusion rule for women and eliminate all unnecessary gender-based barriers to service.” As Reilly comments, it is ideological pressure that has created this supposed requirement – not military necessity.

He points to research in 1994 for the Heritage Foundation which has shown that “the presence of women has had a devastating impact on the effectiveness of men in battle.”

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Shock news! Women are different from men

January 28th, 2013 Jill Posted in Children/Family, Feminism Comments Off

By Melanie Phillips, Mailonline

The chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, decided last week to use the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos to make some observations about women in the workplace.

She said that companies should be able to ask women employees whether they intend to have children.

Crumbs. Did she really say that?

It is, of course, no more than basic common sense to say that if a woman has children, this will very likely affect her attitude to work. At the very least, it surely merits a discussion with her employer.

But such is the equality madness, so absolute the prohibition against speaking about such matters and so great the opprobrium directed at anyone who does, that when someone actually says the blindingly obvious like this it comes as a shock.

Indeed, Ms Sandberg revealed that her firm’s own lawyer had been nervous about her suggesting that women employees might be different from men. Heaven forbid!

In fact, most of the rest of her message was militantly feminist — attacking gender stereotypes, criticising women for not being more assertive at work and urging them not to downgrade their ambitions just because they had children.

Nevertheless, she also believes that employers and female employees should be open with each other about how such women will juggle work and family — because women have different priorities in life from men.

You may find these differences praiseworthy or, as Ms Sandberg clearly does, most regrettable — but that’s just how it is.

Yet this patently obvious fact is unsayable because of the shibboleth that women behave in exactly the same way as men and therefore have to be treated in an identical manner.

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Feminists versus transsexuals: Julie Burchill, Suzanne Moore and The Observer spark civil war on the Left

January 14th, 2013 Jill Posted in Feminism, Political Correctness, Transsexuality Comments Off

Julie BirchillBy Tim Stanley, Telegraph

On Sunday, Julie Burchill – the Bernard Manning of feminism – wrote in the Observer that the Left was being undone by a vast conspiracy of transsexuals. Or, to be precise, by “dicks in chicks' clothing”. And so began a day of civil war on Twitter as the Left tore itself up over her right to be so offensive. It raises the question: “Are the Observer’s subeditors still on Christmas leave?” If so, I’d encourage them to stay that way. The paper is a lot more entertaining when no one’s bothering to edit it.
The dispute began when Suzanne Moore wrote a piece for The New Statesman about feminist fury in modern Britain. Buried in the middle of it was a sentence that read, “[Women] are angry with ourselves for not being happier, not being loved properly and not having the ideal body shape – that of a Brazilian transsexual.” Personally, I wasn’t offended by the phrase “body … of a Brazilian transsexual” – but then it’s not my place to decide what’s offensive and what’s not when it comes to transgenderism. I’ve not been born in the wrong body, fought for years for the right to change it, undergone complex surgery and then suffered the bigotry of others. Some of those who did find Moore’s line unamusing asked her on Twitter if she could redact it. All Moore had to do was apologise for potential offence caused (the old “get out clause” for not actually correcting anything). Instead she made a “robust” defence of herself that climaxed in a tweet that could easily have been written on a toilet wall: [...]
[...]  But the big takeaway from the Moore/Burchill controversy is just how illiberal liberals can be when they get in to a fight. When not done insulting foes, they try to censor each other – and they're not above using the moral authority of a nominally Right-wing government to do it. Late on Sunday, Lynne Featherstone Tweeted that Julie Burchill should be sacked for the offence she had caused. How very liberal: silencing dissent in the name of political correctness. Welcome to the Brave New World that Leveson made.
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Read also:  Lynne Featherstone’s call for Julie Burchill to be sacked is a little creepy
The Observer's decision to censor Julie Burchill is a disgrace and Here is Julie Burchill's censored Observer article by Toby Young, Telegraph
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Young men giving up on marriage: ‘Women aren’t women anymore’

January 11th, 2013 Jill Posted in Feminism, Marriage Comments Off

by Hilary White, LifeSite News

Fewer young men in the US want to get married than ever, while the desire for marriage is rising among young women, according to the Pew Research Center.

Pew recently found that the number of women 18-34 saying that having a successful marriage is one of the most important things rose from 28 percent to 37 percent since 1997. The number of young adult men saying the same thing dropped from 35 percent to 29 percent in the same time.
Pew’s findings have caught the attention of one US writer who maintains that feminism, deeply entrenched in every segment of the culture, has created an environment in which young men find it more beneficial to simply opt out of couple-dom entirely.
Suzanne Venker’s article, “The War on Men,” which appeared on the website of Fox News in late November, has become a lodestone for feminist writers who have attacked her position that the institution of marriage is threatened, not enhanced, by the supposed gains of the feminist movement over the last 50 years.
“Where have all the good (meaning marriageable) men gone?” is a question much talked about lately in the secular media, Venker says, but her answer, backed up by statistics, is not to the liking of mainstream commentators influenced by feminism.
She points out that for the first time in US history, the number of women in the workforce has surpassed the number of men, while more women than men are acquiring university degrees.
“The problem? This new phenomenon has changed the dance between men and women,” Venker wrote. With feminism pushing them out of their traditional role of breadwinner, protector and provider – and divorce laws increasingly creating a dangerously precarious financial prospect for the men cut loose from marriage – men are simply no longer finding any benefit in it.
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