When You Think You’re a Feminist, but You’re Not

Feminism is crumbling before our very eyes.

I think the Women’s March and the #Metoo movement, and the overall response to President Trump from Democrats, did it. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s Jordan Peteron’s infamous takedown of UK’s feminist journalist, Cathy Newman. People have officially awakened from their slumber.

Because of this, the topic won’t go away—and isn’t likely to anytime soon. Did you see the latest with Piers Morgan? Not the exchange with Nigel Firage who said he “doesn’t know what feminism is” but the more recent (and more telling) clip with Charlotte Hawkins when Hawkins lambasted Morgan for not being a feminist and became upset when a poll showed most people don’t identify as a feminist.

Without a doubt, the number-one problem with feminism today is that few people agree on what it is. That’s because America isn’t a nation that oppresses its women , so it’s hard to convince people feminism is necessary—even if they agree it was important at one time. The fact remains that feminism, as a viable and necessary movement, is dead.

That’s why the Women’s March is rudderless and devoid of any real meaning. Ask the women what they’re marching for, and you’ll get a myriad of responses, none of which match one another or make any sense. All it amounts to is a bunch of people screaming about how America is a tyrannical nation that’s drowning in men who want to hold women down and how President Trump is their ringleader.

Without a doubt, the number-one problem with feminism today is that few people agree on what it is. That’s because America isn’t a nation that oppresses its women , so it’s hard to convince people feminism is necessary—even if they agree it was important at one time. The fact remains that feminism, as a viable and necessary movement, is dead.

Sadly, however, that feminism has lost its purpose hasn’t stopped its toxic effects from reaching our schools. (That’s every radical’s plan: get ’em while they’re young.) Whether they attend a public, private or religious school, students are taught that American women are oppressed and thus need feminism to come to their rescue.

I have a friend whose daughter has been so brainwashed she’s literally scared of being female. She comes home from school and cries about how horrible life is for women today and says men can do “whatever they want and women are supposed to be ladies and shut up.”

And just the other day I received an email from a girl named Maizie, who’s a senior in high school. Maizie had come across one of my articles and wanted me to know that not all feminists think alike. Some feminists want this, she wrote, and some feminists want that. Some feminists believe this, she added, and some feminists believe that.

I have a friend whose daughter has been so brainwashed she’s literally scared of being female. She comes home from school and cries about how horrible life is for women today and says men can do “whatever they want and women are supposed to be ladies and shut up.”

I don’t disagree, I told her. But people’s individual interpretations of feminism, while they make dialogue difficult, isn’t my concern. My concern is what its leaders profess and what they want everyone else to profess as well. That’s the issue.

This matters because the leaders are the ones who have power. They can effect change via public policy, and they can influence impressionable young minds like Maizie’s by convincing them feminism is simply about equality and thus, pro-woman.
Feminism is not about equality, nor is it pro-woman. On the contrary, feminists hate everything about femininity. That’s why they go to such lengths to be more like men and encourage other women to do the same.

You don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s a (7-minute) clip of the dissident feminist Camille Paglia explaining in simple terms what feminism has become.

Politically, feminism is about power for women on the left. Personally, feminism is about validation. It’s about helping a minority of women who don’t like being women feel better about themselves. They are women who can’t accept that they’re not like most women, so they want to rearrange society to accommodate them. They want you to want what they want—and they’ll stop at nothing until they get it.

Now that you know all of this, I have one question: Do you still consider yourself a feminist?

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Suzanne Venker

Suzanne Venker is an author, speaker and cultural critic known as “The Feminist Fixer.” She has authored several books to help women win with men in life and in love. Her most recent, The Alpha Female’s Guide to Men & Marriage, was published in February 2017.

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