Readers Forum; Radical Feminism

Korea Times (Seoul, Korea), February 16, 2000 | Go to article overview
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Readers Forum; Radical Feminism

Upon reading you Feb. 14 editorial titled ``Women's Political Representation'' my first reaction was to check the calendar to see if it was April 1st already. Unfortunately, it wasn't. Then I realized that every day is a fool's paradise when your brain has been poisoned by radical feminism.

The editorial is further proof that radical feminism, with its hysterical need to paint women as Christ-like victims and men as Devil-oppressors, is inimical to rational debate and reasoned analysis.

The first line of the editorial was indicative of its shoddy construction and the writer's neophyte status as a writer of English prose: ``Shamefully, men's repressive rule has marked human history.''

Do you need to tell us its shameful? Isn't it as silly as saying,``Tragically, 4,000 children died in the fire.'' Wouldn't it simply have been enough to say ``Men's repressive rule has marked human history'' and given the reader the benefit of knowing that such a legacy is a very, very bad thing.

Or is it? What's with this feminist canard that history has been written by men and that we guys have had it so good for the past million years? On a single day during World War I in Europe 100,000 young men were slaughtered on a battlefield. Were those young men, mostly conscripts, enjoying a privilege denied to their sisters back home?

And how much opportunity did a rural male peasant born in Korea at the turn of the century have for career advancement and self-actualization? Shamefully (for the benefit of the Korea Times writers), he had zippo.

The editorial writer claimed that gender relations have mirrored those in the animal world. Has the writer never heard of the female spiders that eat their mates during coitus? Another storied feminist canard is that if women ran things history would be a lot nicer. As more women get into politics, we find that they are just as competent as men, but we also discover they are prone to the same flaws.

Among my personal heroes I list former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. I also sent in a donation for the campaign to elect Elizabeth Dole for President. And no, Conservative women alone do not garner my respect; I firmly believe Ann Richards did Texas proud as Governor, though I didn't like her politics all the time.

In some cases, however, women and politics form a volatile mix. This occurs when they get their positions not through the rough and tumble of the democratic process or by proving their ability, but rather when they have leadership roles handed to them by sanctimonious big wigs out to prove how progressive they are.

Two tragic cases in point: Madeleine K. Albright and Janet Reno.

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