In a searing opinion column for Time magazine, social critic Camille Paglia nails exactly what’s wrong with modern extremist feminism, and the dire consequences it’s had on American culture.
If men are obsolete, then women will soon be extinct — unless we rush down that ominous Brave New World path where women clone themselves by parthenogenesis, as famously do Komodo dragons, hammerhead sharks and pit vipers.
A peevish, grudging rancor against men has been one of the most unpalatable and unjust features of second- and third-wave feminism. Men’s faults, failings and foibles have been seized on and magnified into gruesome bills of indictment. Ideologue professors at our leading universities indoctrinate impressionable undergraduates with carelessly fact-free theories alleging that gender is an arbitrary, oppressive fiction with no basis in biology.
Think about the culturally accepted images of fathers in family sitcoms – they’re lazy, kinda stupid and helpless, while the mother is often depicted as intelligent, clever, witty, and more capable. While it’s good to have female role models who are competent, it’s often only done in contrast to their dopey male counterparts.
Is it any wonder that so many high-achieving young women, despite all the happy talk about their academic success, find themselves in the early stages of their careers in chronic uncertainty or anxiety about their prospects for an emotionally fulfilled private life? When an educated culture routinely denigrates masculinity and manhood, then women will be perpetually stuck with boys, who have no incentive to mature or to honor their commitments. And without strong men as models to either embrace or (for dissident lesbians) to resist, women will never attain a centered and profound sense of themselves as women.
Paglia absolutely obliterates the myth at the heart of the dangerous species of feminism – the insistence on an absolutely identical nature between men and women. While we’ve made great strides towards giving women much more freedom in the workplace, and in making their own life decisions, it’s often come at the cost of belittling traditional values. There’s no reason why we can’t give women more freedom, while still praising and encouraging marriage and motherhood.
The rest of the article is worth reading, if only because it skewers radical feminism. But if you want evidence that today’s male is becoming emasculated, look no further than the left’s own image of what marketing to them looks like:
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 17, 2013
He’s in a onesie. A onesie, America.