Misandry due for a fall
It is no secret that the second wave of feminism - what I like to call "hyper-feminism", and what Christina Hoff Sommers, author of Who Stole Feminism? (1995) calls, "gender feminism" - has been guilty of a pronounced misandry. Anyone who doubts this ought to look closely at the skewed behavior of the courts toward so called "deadbeat Dads" - some of whom have not even fathered the children they are being demanded to support. Along with this, examine the illogical and punitive "date rape" phenomenum, still not dead, though it is gasping, and many other social ills which are the result of a misandry that has gone unchecked for decades.
Equity feminism is an essential part of a progressive and democratic society: It views person as equal, and evaluates their talents, abilities, and character, without respect to gender. It grants to the human person its rightful supremacy, while gender becomes a secondary characteristic. Not so with hyper/gender feminism: It exalts and magnifies gender; it seeks to prove feminine superiority, and to devalue males and the phallus. It is divisive and regressive. It is a fly in the ointment of a decent society.
Howe and Strauss, those two formidable and most shrewd historians and futurists predicted, in their epic, The Fourth Turning: An American Prophesy (1997) certain trends. Working within a saeculum framework of history - one in which the natural cycles of history, comparable to the four seasons - the two scholars and researchers pinpointed the year 2005, approximately, for what they call the fourth turning. This denotes a point in history in which deveolopments which occured in the first 3 cycles reveal the inherent conflicts, as Ortega y Gasset says, "without any concealment of the brutality of the features". This is where "the chickens come home to roost"; this is the time when resolution and change must surely come.
There is a fatality at work in human history: A secret animus of power which is purposive and corrective. The election into the high office of President , of Barack Obama, has the stamp of fate on it. I do not believe he is a proponent of hyper-feminsim. I view him as a supporter of equity feminism, and a poised sword of vengence for the atrophy and blight of gender feminism. If he has not revealed this - yet - in his actions, it is because he is aiming for a frontal attack. This sort of attack is a head on attack, but one which is indiscernable by the competitor. The latter is attacked in his strength, and not his weakness. Though a head on strategy, there is a certain amount of stealth implicit: Attacking the obvious, when it is the hidden which is vulnerable.
Time will tell. But I am banking on Obama. One might say, it is his peculiar fate to make an appearance on the historical stage, at just this moment in history.
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