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Readers’ comments: Feminists, is this really your idea of progress?


In response to Mary Harrington: The cost to us all of making mums go out to work

Hollyand1vy wrote:

This is an excellent article. I have experienced/am experiencing exactly the same thing in activities I volunteer in: younger people will not volunteer to do even the smallest jobs. At all. Us Older People are becoming older, more tired, more fed up with our 30+ years of service that we have no prospect of ‘retiring’ from, if we wish our organisations to continue. When will a politician be brave enough to speak out about this ‘masculinisation’ of our society – women not looking after their own children because the family finances/peer pressure will not allow, and unable to volunteer etc?

Peter Evans wrote:
What a superb article, which also tells me that the Social Democratic Party has become a far more authentically conservative party than the Conservative Party.

Mary Harrington deftly exposes the true nature of the ‘progress’ that resentment feminism has wrought: not only have women been torn away from the most important job in the world – raising their own children in a safe, loving home – they have also been dragged away from their active and vital role in running the building blocks of civil society. The State has moved in to fill the resulting vacuum, eroding civil society to such an extent that it’s being replaced and intrusively vetted by government-funded agencies.

Feminists, is this really your idea of progress? Unhappy, tired-out women who would far rather be at home with their beloved children than competing with men in some soulless office?

Interestingly, one of the first acts of the Bolsheviks after their coup was to shut down previously spontaneously-formed civic clubs and societies run by volunteers and replace them with Party-approved ‘alternative’ organisations, so that everyone could be the better surveilled.

Feminism certainly hasn’t made progress in terms of helping women to feel more contented and fulfilled, largely because it’s always been at war with biology. If you’re fighting reality by using daft and ill-defined neologisms like ‘the oppressive patriarchy’, you have two alternatives: stop and become sane by making your peace with the intractables of human nature, or become more deranged and hysterical and furious that your impossible Utopia has still not materialised. It never will.

Instead, you end up with a State-run miseryscape, devoid of spontaneous fellow-feeling and voluntary sacrifice, a cynical perversion of true civil society. If that’s what you were aiming at, feminists, you have indeed made a great deal of progress,

David wrote:

This is the article I was waiting to be written. It really says it all.

Much space and effort is being devoted to the Brexit question, and quite rightly. But once the public manages to force our quite stupidly selfish establishment to leave the EU, the scale of the challenges facing us, if our culture is to survive, let alone flourish, is truly immense. I desperately hope vital matters such as this are not overlooked, as it is not all about the money.

Fiscal conservatism without social conservatism is dead within a generation. Both forms of conservatism are, in practical terms, all but dead in the UK. Both forms need to resuscitated, or is it reborn? This needs to happen very, very soon!

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