By Rod Van Mechelen
Feminists are anti-civilization. They are tearing down the foundation of modern culture and replacing it with the "supremacy" of the stone age. This is not progress.
The Devolution of Man
1992 Belleuve, Wash. - A long time ago, society, such as it was, was probably matricentric. Humanity sauntered to the tick of the female clock. (Beyond Power, Marilyn French, p 27) Then somebody invented patriarchy, civilization was born, and the long march of human progress began. (This is an intentional oversimplification. Obviously, patriarchy is a form women and men evolved over a very long time.) But pop-feminists oppose this. (Women and Love: A Cultural Revolution in Progress, St. Martin's Press mass market edition, 1989, Shere Hite, pp 642 -643) Patriarchy, they believe, oppresses women. (What Do Women Want?, Luise Eichenbaum & Susie Orbach, p 14) Yet matricentry offers little beyond the stone age.
Reversion to the matriliny of the Stone Age is the real program of the pop-feminist/sexual revolution -- the abandonment of the social organization based on male kinship and the return to the tribal/matrilineal organization based on female kinship.
As feminist anthropologist Helen Fisher says, men and women are returning to the kind of roles they had on the grasslands of Africa millions of years ago. -- The Garbage Generation, Daniel Amneus, p 211
While some may desire a return to "noble" savagery, most of us prefer the benefits of civilization. What's more, patriarchy is not all that bad. Contrary to pop-feminist assertions, its purpose is to produce and protect human progeny. In this respect, it has been successful by rewarding both sexes for participating in child-rearing.
Patriarchy's successes, however, have made social evolution imperative. We must continue to grow and mature, or die. Evolution is the price of progress, extinction, the cost of clinging to the comfortable past.
Incentives to Change
We must change how we live, and care for our environment, create new frontiers, provide socially responsible incentives for hard work and enterprise, and we must assure our posterity of a world in which they may work, live, hope and dream. To do these things, our gender roles must change. Many resist this, but many more know it's inevitable.
What we don't know is, exactly how will they change? Certainly, options and responsibilities will be shared more or less equally. But for the foreseeable future, many things will remain the same. Women will still have babies, men will still ogle women, and children will still need the love and care of adults. Thus, whatever form our social institutions take, they must continually provide women and men with incentives to produce and protect children.
Pop-feminist alternatives provide no such incentives for men. In fact, they are taking away what incentives there are. Consequently, more and more men are going on strike.
Denied visitation rights, divorced men repudiate their child support obligations. Accused of sexual harassment for initiating relationships, men are trusting women less, and objectifying them more. Blamed for both male and female promiscuity, men are bowing out, backing off, withholding their love, and refusing to support a system that increasingly oppresses men.
Pop-feminists are anti-civilization. They are tearing down the foundation of modern culture and replacing it with the "supremacy" of the stone age. This is not progress.
Rod Van Mechelen
Rod Van Mechelen is the author of What Everyone Should Know about Feminist Issues: The Male-Positive Perspective (the page now includes several articles by other authors), and the publisher of The Backlash! @ Backlash.com. He is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and served for 9-1/2 years on the Cowlitz Indian Tribal Council.