International Women’s Day is upon us again on Wednesday with all the usual clichés about female empowerment and changing lives, as though wimmin weren’t empowered enough. It is as self-referential and self-important as ever; the MSM is as deferential. The Sunday Times and The Times dutifully promised yet another week of ‘inspirational’ women, including ‘an evening with’ the grotesquely gurning Caitlin Moran.
The more childish feminism makes women, the more it seems we are made to celebrate them.
Well we won’t be joining in these frolics at TCW. We won’t even turn on Woman’s Hour. Why? for starters you can read Laura Perrins tomorrow, calling them out as Marxists
What we will be doing is celebrating the third anniversary of the counter-cultural revolution we set off with the launch of The Conservative Woman. Our aim? To kickstart a new post feminist era, casting aside decades of indoctrination.
We chose to do this on International Women’s Day in very defiance of the idiocies it represents.
Our mission was to take on feminism in every sphere it has captured and to expose its negative ideology and impact. Forty years of feminism, every freedom won, yet wimmin were still complaining. Moaning had become feminism’s main achievement.
Now we see feminism’s infantilising of women as a strong competitor. Whether on the Woman’s March in Washington or within the See of Sheffield the gospel of feminism has turned wimmin into self-centred and importunate bullies.
Feminist demands have got more insistent as the inherent contradictions and hypocrisies have got more blatant.
Once the mantra of equality demanded that women ape men. Today the edict has reversed. Now men must be made to ape women. One by one every institution is being subjected to this compulsory feminisation process – the BBC, education, the health service, the City, the armed services and even that once private sanctuary, the family. Cost or efficiency do not even get into the equation, let alone sense, as our Lefty Lunacy feature reveals on a daily basis.
Today’s modern ‘gender’ feminism is a final irrational denial of sexual (biological) difference.
Feminists have long demanded women be divested of their biologically determined responsibilities – of nurturing and caring. Marylin French’s polemic novel The Woman’s Room was designed to maximise women’s trepidations about childbirth and breastfeeding. Babies became all but the enemy.
The feminist creed of bodily ‘autonomy’ followed – whether the right to abort or the right to conceive without a man. It opened the door to today’s transgender madness, a veritable Pandora’s box of ‘gender identity choice’ and a whole new politics of competing victim identity status.
If it took feminists, uncomfortable with men stealing their identity and using their loos, by surprise, it hasn’t brought about much self questioning.
When it come to childcare, feminists have no qualms about men taking on their former role. In fact, they insist on it. Burgeoning state-supported and euphemistically entitled ‘Little Duckling Daycare’ centres and ‘Kiddie Coves’ nurseries, once the focus of their lobbying, no longer satisfies the insatiable femistasi.
Men must be made to take on the jobs they reject and devalue. Never mind the chaos and cost to the employers. Thanks to Nick and Miriam Clegg men must be bound into maternity not by choice – which is fine – but by law and by ‘family friendly’ working. To benefit from ‘shared parental leave’ (the paternity leave quota) a new mother must end her maternity leave. It cannot be transferred to her.
In today’s ‘Harman-ised’ world, men must find their feminine side or else. Who cares they can’t breastfeed or don’t smell right to the baby? Who cares about baby’s basic needs? Feminists don’t. Banning the word mother for pregnant women, an idea emanating from the brave new world of the BMA, is but the latest denial of maternity and the need for maternal care.
In every area of life since TCW started the grip of gender politics has tightened.
Pressure for pay, promotion and boardroom parity regardless of hours worked or merit does not cease, although the ‘gaps’ arise from choice not discrimination. Soon there will be little point to men working full time. From the Bank of England to the British Chambers of Commerce, they are all singing from the oppressive feminist hymn sheet. In the name of parity, women must be promoted regardless of hours worked, experience or competence. It is their inalienable right.
There is no challenge to this all encompassing nonsense from within any of the political parties, apart from the doughty Philip Davies MP. His Conservative Party, with Maria Miller in the equalities driving seat, has been captured by this madness too. Not even infants are exempt from her phobias and parity agenda.
Though a product of merit, the Conservatives’ leader, Theresa May, is also a victim of feminist capture.
She chooses to champion a flawed domestic abuse campaign based on a presumption of male guilt.
But, to date, she has ignored the collapse of the male workforce and men’s marginalisation from family life and responsibility that lies behind relationship discord and hostility. She still believes State support is the answer for the single mother-led families that expose children to so much risk; the mother and child units that feminist ideologists like Harriet Harman and Polly Toynbee believed in on principle.
The negative social legacies of feminism are never a feminist woman’s concern, only the State’s.
But they are ours.
All this week in a series of blogs from our key writers we will focus on the damage done by ‘feminist capture’ – social, psychological and economic.
And no, we will not be cheering on the Washington Women’s March organisers or joining in their general strike planned with the IWD organisers. ‘A day without a women’ they’re calling it. But will they be missed?
“Keep marching”, I hear their relieved employers whisper, hoping they may never come back. But they are dreaming unless they are prepared to add their voice to ours at The Conservative Woman.