Unbelievable Anti-Feminist Quotes (With Some Commentary By Yours Truly)

I really couldn’t help but laugh when I first read these, because they are so ridiculous and uninformed. An initial, immature reaction on my part. Sadly, it is attitudes like the ones quoted below that show that there are still a considerable amount of people in “developed” countries that will quickly call out misandry and ignore the still prevalent misogyny against women. A lot of people who are against feminism will use quotes from individuals (Who are likely not very mature or informed – or possibly many of these women are angry at men due to abuse, rape, etc.) rather than research or take note of feminist groups who work for gender equality.

A true feminist is not a man-hater, nor is s/he someone who makes ridiculous claims such as “All men are potential rapists” or even “Women are better than men.” Those who take part in this man vs. woman battle have not moved past the elementary playground psychology.

Chuckle if you may, but also realize that there are actually people – women as well as men – who could voice these same opinions. Who knew that forming groups to ensure women are represented and properly compensated at their jobs (As any gender, race, etc. should be!), would still be causing such an uproar in the 21st century? I understand where the gender bias comes from to some degree (Mainly if it originates from religion or a poor understanding of human biology), but I also find it unreal.

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Alas, here are the quotes (Courtesy of About.com – Women’s History. Article Written by ):

“The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.” Pat Robertson, 1992 (in a fund-raising letter)

“Feminism was established to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream.” Rush Limbaugh

“I listen to feminists and all these radical gals — most of them are failures. They’ve blown it. Some of them have been married, but they married some Casper Milquetoast who asked permission to go to the bathroom. These women just need a man in the house. That’s all they need. Most of the feminists need a man to tell them what time of day it is and to lead them home. And they blew it and they’re mad at all men. Feminists hate men. They’re sexist. They hate men — that’s their problem.” Jerry Falwell

“We must not allow ourselves to be deflected by the feminists who are anxious to force us to regard the two sexes as completely equal in position and worth.” Sigmund Freud

“Feminism has wreaked havoc on marriage, women, children and men. It is time to redress the disorder it has wrought and that must start with getting the principles and ideals for a new “masculinism” right.” Seminar description, “the New Masculinity,” on the Family Research Council website

“This is what sexual liberation chiefly accomplishes-it liberates young women to pursue married men.” George Gilder

Phyllis Schlafly on Feminism

“The feminist movement taught women to see themselves as victims of an oppressive patriarchy. … Self-imposed victimhood is not a recipe for happiness.”

“My analysis is that the gays are about 5% of the attack on marriage in this country, and the feminists are about 95%.”

“Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature.”

“Feminism has led the way in demystifying personal relations, forcefully insisting they are political to the core.” About Elizabeth Fox Genovese

“No man is as anti-feminist as a really feminine woman.” Frank O’Connor

Quote Against Anti-Feminism

“Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating.”

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I think that the ending quote about anti-feminism sums up a lot of people’s reasoning for attacking feminism in the first place. If they at least termed the man-bashing “feminists” as extreme feminists, then at least it would set them apart from the true egalitarian feminists.

I’ll end this post with a conversation that arose from a joke that my cousin’s husband made with his brother one evening at a dessert party.

“The feminists would be so angry if someone made a picture book called “Feminists in the Kitchen.”

His brother laughed.

I said: “Feminism means supporting and working to ensure women’s rights…”

My aunt piped in and said: “Yeah, but some of them are pretty bad with their man-bashing.”

By this time, both of the men previously mentioned were snickering at my unwelcome forwardness.

“Well, yes, those feminists are just as nuts as the men who want to suppress them.”

Silence.

I noticed there that there was more anger against extreme feminism than there was for the sexism that was causing them to act so overboard and hateful.

Misogyny is not dead, my friends. Not yet. 

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8 thoughts on “Unbelievable Anti-Feminist Quotes (With Some Commentary By Yours Truly)

  1. I HATE feminism. I don’t hate women. I don’t support the suppression of any group of people. I simply can not be convinced that a group focusing only on women’s issues is about true equality. If you should happen to find a group that wishes to raise all groups, not groups… all people up as a whole, then please let me know. Until all people fight together under one banner, there will be discrimination and we will all lose.

  2. You couldn’t help but laugh at those quotes? I doubt you really find them funny because deep down you know that those folks are right. Ladies are not equal with Men. Men and women are DIFFERENT, they have different roles in life, and you can fight that to the grave but the fact remains the same. I really feel bad for you that you choose to be so bitter with Men and likely choose to hate feminine ladies even more. Peace.

      • Well, I do try to be informed, and in fact I read The New York Times regularly. I’m not an anti-intellectual or some Fox News loving partisan. I am well aware of the feminist ideal, but I believe that when you examine the results it has failed. Ultimately, it’s chief proponents seem to live and die bitter with life. Does anybody actually believe Gloria Steinem is happy? I think it’s natural and far more rewarding for a woman to have a good husband and guide a family instead of trying to be commander of the boardroom. I don’t hate women that try to emulate men, I feel bad for them because they have been pressured into work by pathetic men who won’t support their wife. OK?

        Happy New Year to you as well!

      • Being informed means going beyond the newspapers, listening to people’s stories & talking to people knowledgeable in their field. It seems as though you are experiencing confirmation bias. Most feminists are very empathic people – male and female. You have a set idea of how feminists act based on a common, poorly conceived stereotype. Reading my blog alone would eliminate some of those ideas about feminism. I write very hopeful stories, and plan to get into counselling to help individuals which include men. I don’t emulate men – I emulate my true self which is very much woman.
        Take care & do try to get out of your confirmation bias. It can be detrimental to others.

      • Well, you make a great point about going beyond the headlines and trying to form a connection with different peoples. This is something I try to do. Believe it or not, I count some strong feminists as friends, and I know the empathy you describe, because deep down under their business suit, the majority of feminists still haven’t completely lost the feminine instincts they were born with. They still have a heart. However, I still believe that when a woman strives to be totally equal she’s only trying to fill a man’s shoes. And when it comes to my house, I am provider and ruler, and I want my lady to share her sweet, feminine charm, and to be supportive. A wife’s work is guiding the house, caring for children, and making old fashioned home cooked meals. That’s most certainly a job! I don’t want squabbles over income, bills, or anything of that nature that’s bound to happen with both husband and wife working.

        I don’t say any of this to upset you, it is only my very different opinion and I am well aware I stand in a small minority here in 2017. Despite our differences, I want to finish by saying that, while never doubting your feminist credentials, I’ve actually enjoyed this conversation with you. I do plan to check out your other blog posts and hopefully, to find some common ground. Peace.

        – D.N.F.

      • I wasn’t upset and I am glad you enjoyed this conversation. As long as these opinions don’t affect women who want to make their own life, who don’t want families, then opinions like these will hopefully fade into obscurity. Cool, hope you enjoy the rest of the blog. Haha. My more recent posts were from two years ago when I was very depressed, but the earlier ones are more neutral.

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