Wednesday, November 24, 2004

On the Proud and Dignified History of Feminism

There are now two kinds of feminism: The first involves claiming that women should be equal to men in all aspects. The second involves claiming that women are superior to men in all aspects. The first proclaimed "Equality of the Sexes", which merely meant that Woman has finally submitted to some of the ideals of men that she has once proudly ignored:

By the beginning of the twentieth century, the woman has in public surrendered to the man. She has officially owned that the man has been right all along; that the Parliament is really more important than the house; that politics is not (as women had always maintained) an excuse for pots of beer, but is a sacred solemnity to which new female worshipers may kneel. All we men had grown used to our wives and mothers, and grandmothers, and great aunts all pouring a chorus of contempt upon our hobbies of sport, drink and politics. And now comes Miss Pankhurst with tears in her eyes, humbly imploring to be admitted into so much as an outer court, from which she may catch a glimpse of those masculine merits which her erring sisters had so thoughtlessly scorned.
-G.K. Chesterton, The Modern Surrender of Women,

The second form of feminism, on the other hand, is not content with "equality". The first form of feminism objected against what they called chauvinism. But the second form has embraced chauvinism, its version of which is now often called "Girl Power." The pomposity of the phrase is quite offensive to males who are proud of their gender. But in reality, the supporters of "Girl Power" are merely completing what the first feminists began: the total surrender of Womanhood. While the first feminists accepted all the male virtues but not the male vice, the second feminists, with their banal imitation of the "chauvinist pig", have accepted the male vice as well.

And that, my friends, is the proud and dignified history of Feminism.

Note: This small essay came to my mind the other day while I was taking a ride to school. A girl in front of me was wearing a shirt with these words on the back: "Whatever boys can do, girls can do better." Such ignorant blindness I should have ignored. Yet here I am ranting about it, and I now wait in terror for the wrath of my female readers. And I must say, may God help my pitiful soul!