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.
“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.”
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.”
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.