SO, IS RADICAL FEMINISM A SOCIALIST FRONT?
For the past 30 years I have followed the trajectory of feminism. Originally I was an ardent supporter of the ideology. But 15 years ago, it became clear that this religion of gender liberation had lost its moral compass.
Now, feminism has become a parody of the very ideals it claims to promote. It was this dialectic that led me to research this series of articles on Socialism and Feminism. The research has lead to these conclusions:
1. The basic premise of radical feminism is that being a wife and mother is inherently exploitative of women. This paradigm originated in the Marxist analysis of class relationships in Europe in the mid-1800s [Read].
2. Over the past 100 years, many feminist leaders have openly aligned themselves with socialist ideology [Read].
3. Beginning in the 1920s, socialist thinkers realized that capitalism could never be overthrown by violent means. So they conspired to undermine the values and institutions of Western society. This set up what we now call the Culture War [Read].
4. Radical feminists have worked
at the vanguard of the Culture War. Their range of tactics is astonishing:
women from childbearing
5. Both socialism and radical feminism operate through deception. While both ideologies claim to be merely working for equality, in fact they aspire to radically restructure the entire society.
So is radical feminism a socialist front? In a word, Yes.
Read just a few paragraphs from Kate Weigandís book, Red Feminism. Or to the Women and Marxism website and you will see the speeches of the Communist rascals that were calculated to whip up women into a revolutionary hysteria.
The radical feminist worldview, goals, tactics, and rhetoric -- all can be linked directly to Marxist-Leninist theory.
Ironically, it is doubtful that Marxism has liberated women. Modern women are no more independent than they were 150 years ago in patriarchal Europe.
Fem-socialism has only shifted female dependency to big government and to feminist Pooh Bahs who deem to dictate what women will think, feel, and do. No wonder women are feeling victimized, angry, and lonely.
So if feminist-socialist theory has failed women, where does that leave us?
Clearly, the roles of women -- and men -- are evolving. The answer to the age-old Woman Question is not to return to the restrictive gender roles of the 19th century.
Letís first acknowledge the fact that life has never been a bowl of cherries -- for either women or men. Both suffered terribly from abuses specific to their gender.
Letís also note that rights and responsibilities go hand in hand. The more rights any group acquires must be accompanied by a similar increase in social obligations.
And finally, letís stop the gender epithets which have the effect of shaming and silencing men.
The myths of fem-socialism are deeply embedded in the fabric of Western society. These myths need to be exposed and debunked.
At the same time, why donít we commence a real gender dialog in this country?
© 2004 Carey Roberts - All Rights Reserved
Carey Roberts is a writer, consultant, and researcher who analyzes political correctness. His best-known work was an exposť of media bias in the New York Times and other major newspapers.
Besides serving as a regular contributor to NewsWithViews.com, he has published in The Washington Times, LewRockwell.com, among others. He served on active duty in the Army, was a professor of psychology, and a citizen-lobbyist in the US Congress.
Roberts now works as an independent lecturer,
writer, and consultant. E-Mail: CareyRoberts@comcast.net
"The basic premise of radical feminism is that being a wife and mother is inherently exploitative of women. This paradigm originated in the Marxist analysis of class relationships in Europe in the mid-1800s"