The Feminists Are Winning

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Reading
the newspaper stories that toe the feminist line has given me some
new insights on what's been happening in the U.S. It has become
clear that left-wing feminists dominate the media, the schools,
and key parts of both the legal system and the government. They
saturate the country with false or misleading statistics to back
up the message that men are violent by nature; and that in the right
circumstances, men are only too willing to abuse women and children.
They insist that men subjugate women, and they hold as an unassailable
truth that women are in all aspects morally superior to men. They
then use these "facts" to justify the suppression of men
in every type of interaction-both personal and professional-not
only with women, but with the whole of society.

This ideology is now well-established and has generated the following
key trends, which are generally played down by the mass media:

  • The
    government has pressured most large organizations into giving
    women preferences in hiring and promotions.
  • Sexual
    harassment laws get men fired from their jobs when a women hears
    something she considers offensive. In addition, if a man doesn't
    regularly defer to women, one of them will eventually spread
    the word that he has a problem working with women. His job becomes
    a dead end, or he loses it.
  • Boys
    are being driven out of the schools, which have been re-designed
    solely for girls' way of learning. And men are starting to avoid
    college because of the hostile feminist climate. So women are
    moving ahead of men in getting advanced degrees. More promotions
    for women.
  • The
    IRS code provides at least six subsidies encouraging women to
    divorce their husbands when the excitement wears off. (Around
    three-quarters of divorces are initiated by women.)
  • Family
    courts (under the legislature's standards) routinely deprive
    fathers of their children. Furthermore, the courts normally
    refuse to enforce even minimal visitation rights when mothers
    prevent fathers from seeing the children.
  • Family
    violence protective orders are widely used to get fathers out
    of the house so that women can get sole custody more easily.
  • Court-ordered
    payments to ex-wives are exorbitant, typically one-third or
    more of a father's take-home pay. (My own son was ordered to
    pay almost two-thirds of the income from his first, low-paying
    job.)
  • Courts
    often refuse to lower so-called child-support amounts when fathers'
    income drops. When fathers become delinquent, they are publicly
    smeared as "deadbeats," and often jailed. In fact,
    the Bradley Amendment prohibits any reduction in "child-support"
    arrears, even if the father is totally disabled.
  • Courts
    order men to pay "child support" even when the children
    aren't theirs. And this may be a far-from isolated problem in
    an age where DNA-testing companies say that up to one-third
    of all children are not sired by the man named by the mother.
  • Battered
    men are ignored by both government family violence programs
    and the media. In fact they are often arrested when neighbors
    call the police, regardless of the evidence at the scene when
    officers arrive.

There
can be no doubt that these trends have contributed directly to the
extraordinarily high rates of men's suicide, drug addiction, homelessness,
poverty, violence, imprisonment, and early death from stress-associated
diseases. And the trends are accelerating. For example, the suicide
rate of divorced fathers is now almost ten times the rate of divorced
women.

Men
desperately need to know that it is self-destructive to get involved
with, especially to have a child with, a woman who will deliberately
cause him harm when she decides to leave. Men need to discuss these
issues with any woman they get involved with. If she doesn't strongly
commit to joint custody of children and equal child support if she
splits, the men shouldn't get in any deeper.

As for advice to men who already have children: keep their mother
happy.

She's
got a big gun!

May
23, 2001

Neil
Steyskal [send him mail]
is a libertarian activist living in Washington, DC.

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