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Feminism: A Rich White Girl’s Game

Wendy Davis is the latest woman whose own tainted biography reveals the hypocrisy in the feminist movement.

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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January 27, 2014 - 11:00 am
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Second wave feminism, popularized in the 1960′s, is a rich white girl’s game. Just ask Betty Friedan, or better yet, Wendy Davis.

PBS’s 1964 featured commentary on the then-nascent women’s movement that would become known as Second Wave Feminism. The segment contains clips of commercials advertising household products marketed to women to make their lives easier in the home juxtaposed by Feminine Mystique author Betty Friedan’s response to these technological innovations: Women were increasingly bored.

Clips from a Friedan interview (what a miserable looking hag) reveal a perspective fueled by stereotypical thinking. Describing “the problem that has no name” she explains, “it’s not being anybody in themselves, really…” detailing that these women lack role models; even the women on TV are nothing more than ”mindless little drudge[s]…whose greatest thrill is to get that kitchen sink pure white…”. Embracing Freudian psychology, Friedan dismissed the roles of wife and mother as useless, even detrimental in light of the now-disputed Alfred Kinsey’s quack theory that “parasitical mother-love” made men gay.

The stereotypes upon which Friedan based her claim revels in the kind of ignorance common among upper middle class white women who could afford to be bored at home. Women composed over 1/3 of the workforce in 1960; contrary to Friedan’s audience, 19 million women were active in the labor force in 1964. When commenting on why black women by and large never read Friedan’s book, Michelle Bernard observed that most black women “…believed that Friedan’s  work spoke only to a privileged class of white women who had nothing better to do than whine about how difficult life was as a stay at home mother.”

It becomes obvious reading The Feminine Mystique that Friedan never intended to market to an audience of working women who would’ve appreciated the technological innovations entering the home. Friedan loaded her book with (now disputed) academic citations that would only have been recognizable by her fellow Smith College graduates and their educated, upper-class compatriots. This nomeklatura-style intellectualism comes as no surprise when Friedan’s communist past and Marxist agenda is taken into account:

“…under her maiden name, Betty Goldstein, she was a political activist and professional propagandist for the Communist left for a quarter of a century before the publication of “The Feminist Mystique” launched the modern women’s movement.

…Friedan was from her college days, and until her mid-30s, a Stalinist Marxist, the political intimate of the leaders of America’s Cold War fifth column and for a time even the lover of a young Communist physicist working on atomic bomb projects in Berkeley’s radiation lab with J. Robert Oppenheimer. Her famous description of America’s suburban family household as “a comfortable concentration camp” in “The Feminine Mystique” therefore had more to do with her Marxist hatred for America than with any of her actual experience as a housewife or mother. (Her husband, Carl, also a leftist, once complained that his wife “was in the world during the whole marriage,” had a full-time maid and “seldom was a wife and a mother”).”

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Gloria Steinem's closet is full of interesting mental health bones. Do little girls with daddy issues make good feminists?

When will Margaret Sangers' racism come to the forefront? Eugenics under a different name keeps bankrolling Planned Parenthood. Why doesn't Alveda King get more press time?

So many bitter, childless women are tenured at universities. If I were a young man, I'd fear their bitterness too. Sing the song of the working woman, and the grandmother that supports her and her children. Sing the song of the fathers who become little more than paper paycheck figureheads...
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Ah, Betty Friedan, one of the major proponents to the disaster of Second Wave Feminism, if not one of the founders (one of the others being I think Simone de Beauvoir). Lied about being a housewife, just to push a Stalinist agenda, and apparently was convinced to support abortion as a woman's right/sacrament.

Even when I was a feminist, I never would have supported Betty Friedan (of course, I most likely would never have heard of her, but I did know Communism was very bad and if she turned out to be communist, I definitely wouldn't have supported her back then). I only initially supported it to end sexism and especially pornography. Unfortunately, after some bad experiences with feminists (more like femnazis) and learning that the feminist movement not only failed to stop pornography, they were responsible for it being expanded to the state it was today, I distanced myself from the movement.

The world would have been far better off if people like her didn't propagate their views. Same goes for Wendy Davis, as well, that traitor.

And right now, we've got propagation in the schools that women apparently couldn't get an education or were even literate until the 1960s (despite the fact that the 1950s alone had one of the few career choices available to women being nursing and teaching, both of which require education, especially regarding the latter), that men somehow are like Glenn Quagmire when citing why historical icons such as the dancing girl were named such, basically promoted women who posed as male rulers, bashed Christianity, among other things.

Heck, Disney's Beauty and the Beast to some extent pushed the same propaganda that women before the 1960s weren't even allowed to read or get an education (as Belle was strongly implied to have been considered a pariah in her village specifically because she was the only villager able to read and write, despite the village being strongly implied to be Catholic [meaning they read the bible during the late 1700s], not to mention the mere presence of a bookstore should make clear that there were several others besides Belle who could at the very least read, if not write [had she truly been the only one in the village, that bookstore would have closed shop due to failure to get enough customers and revenue, simple economics after all.].).
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The women's and minority rights movements refuse to come to terms with the fact that they have long been infiltrated and even driven by people who are themselves nothing more than unhappy bigots. When it comes to equality, that is the one human trait they happily divest themselves of and reserve strictly for others not of their identity. Only oppressors are bigots, ergo feminists never are and men are pigs.

Many feminists spend decades perfecting their rhetoric to make plain hatred not only seem reasonable but even just and noble. But that's what the skill set of a demagogue isn't it?

Now, as if to prove my point, in the latest bungle, Third Wave gay black feminists are turning on Second Wave feminists in what is nothing more than racist name-calling. Some white feminists are siding with the black by renouncing their sins and confessing their racist supremacist privilege for no other reason than to keep their top of the moral heap edginess.

Meanwhile, no feminist Panama Canal projects are in sight. It seems they may have erred in believing they are built of blame, self-pity, excuses and woulda, coulda, shoulda.

This is in keeping with ideas like "I Almost Went Up San Juan Hill," "I Might've Fought at Iwo Jima," "I Came This Close To Recognizing Fractal Geometry" and "I Would've Come Up With a Binding Theory for Black Hole Accretion Disks But it Was Raining that Day and..."
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Gloria Steinem's closet is full of interesting mental health bones. Do little girls with daddy issues make good feminists?

When will Margaret Sangers' racism come to the forefront? Eugenics under a different name keeps bankrolling Planned Parenthood. Why doesn't Alveda King get more press time?

So many bitter, childless women are tenured at universities. If I were a young man, I'd fear their bitterness too. Sing the song of the working woman, and the grandmother that supports her and her children. Sing the song of the fathers who become little more than paper paycheck figureheads...
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Actually, I dealt with a bitter militant feminist, Heather Lucas, who wasn't childless (she had a little girl. She brought the kid to her class when the kid was ill. It was chaotic that day).
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"Despite her humble beginnings, Davis managed to get an Ivy League education, dumping her husband [ edit: AND KIDS] after he’d paid her final tuition bill for Harvard Law."

Note, she didn't just leave her husband. She left her kids with him while she pursued school, and as she pursued her career according to reports. Including saying, it just wasn't a good time for her to be a mother. For feminists, motherhood isn't a responsibility one takes up and fulfills, its something one does as it is convenient for them. Their only obligation is to themselves.

"And if she loves me, she hides it well. Parenting should be a passion, not a part-time pursuit. The wind kicks stronger, branches clatter. Or maybe skeletons. Bones of abandonment. Ghosts of what will never be." Ellen Hopkins, 'Perfect'
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"That isn’t to say you need to be born rich in order to be a feminist; you simply need to find someone to pay your way into the upper echelon."

Feminism does not make a lot of sense until you realize that it is an attack of rich women against poor women.
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