Feminists battled for decades to change the culture, laws, and behaviors under the guise of “equality” when, in reality, it was a fight to wrest power from men. Congratulations men, you won.
All constraints against men’s baser behaviors towards women have been removed. They are free to have sex with women without dating, commitment, marriage, or responsibility thanks to feminism.
Before the sexual revolution of the 1960s, women were treated with more respect. If a man had sex with a woman and she became pregnant, he was expected to marry her. As such, pre-marital sex was not as prevalent as it is today. Women didn’t just jump into bed with a man; men had to court a woman, earn her trust and respect, and then ask for her hand in marriage. Was there pre-marital sex? Yes, but it was rarer and held consequences for men.
In today’s world, men can sleep around and expect the woman is on the birth control pill, and if she isn’t or it fails, they expect her to go get an abortion (which is every woman’s right, according to Roe v. Wade you know). A third option is to ignore the possibility altogether, because if she is pregnant, feminists tell him that it is a woman’s choice and it’s his fault as the sperm donor. He has no choice to become a father if the woman decides she doesn’t want to be a mother.
Feminists utilized static analysis when they began down the path to “empower” women – they would change the rules, and men would pay for their unjust treatment of women. However, dynamic analysis would have predicted that women’s easy access to birth control pills and unrestricted abortion would remove men’s responsibility for any consequences of “free love.” Men took advantage of consequence-free sex-on-demand and ended up with more power. Call it what you will – irony, tunnel vision, law of unintended consequences, naivet
The steep decline (some say death) of chivalry is another result of the battles. Feminists were offended by men who gave up their seats to women or held the door open for them. Forget about taking a woman out on a date and – gasp! – paying for the date! How demeaning; women can make their own money and pay their own way, thank you very much. A U.K. Daily Mail article shows how far we’ve fallen, concluding that women are suspicious of men who try to help them. One commenter summed it up, “I am not holding this door open because you are a lady, I am holding it open because I am a gentleman.”
After the attack on chivalry, dating became the next casualty. A man used to pick up a woman at her residence to go to dinner, a movie, a play, etc., and pay for it, all the while being chivalrous. The U.K. Telegraph points to a new survey that shows 82 percent of women would prefer to pay for their dinner on a first date; 78 percent of women would not accept the offer of a man’s coat on a cold day; only 8 percent of women said they would accept the offer of a man’s seat, and yet, 98 percent said they would like to receive flowers.
As the sexual revolution steam rolled over old-fashioned values, dates faded away until Millennials are left with today’s alternatives. A New York Times article said, “Instead of dinner-and-a-movie, which seems as obsolete as a rotary phone, they rendezvous over phone texts, Facebook posts, instant messages and other “non-dates” that are leaving a generation confused about how to land a boyfriend or girlfriend.” Going on “group dates” or just meeting up at the last minute is typical, as is “hooking up” which entails no-commitment sex.
Feminism told women they could have the same commitment-free sex life they thought men enjoyed. Now men actually are enjoying that, and women are longing for more. To paraphrase an old saying, “Why date a woman when you can get the sex for free?”
It should be no surprise then that men have lost interest in marriage. A Foxnews.com article sheds light on the boomerang effect of feminism’s battles: “According to Pew Research Center, the share of women ages eighteen to thirty-four that say having a successful marriage is one of the most important things in their lives rose nine percentage points since 1997 – from 28 percent to 37 percent. For men, the opposite occurred. The share voicing this opinion dropped, from 35 percent to 29 percent.”
The author asked men why they do not want to marry, and their answer was, “Women aren’t women anymore.” The article says women today are perceived by men as angry, defensive, and treating men as the enemy.
Feminists pushed the idea that before feminism came to help them, women were powerless. So after the feminist push started in the 1970s to right all wrongs, women are now earning more degrees than men and are the majority of the U.S. workforce. With these advances, women also took on the responsibility for sexual consequences (birth control, abortion, or single-motherhood) and still do the majority of housework and child-rearing when they cohabitate with or marry a man, even when they work full-time, too.
Feminists succeeded in giving men the power to have sex with no commitment or consequence, show no deference to women, save money by not dating, and forgo marriage. Women might have more education and jobs than men now, but they are at the mercy of sexually liberated men who don’t want or need to settle down.
Maybe men should send feminists some flowers?