Thoughts of the Times; Thanks, `Radical' Feminists

Korea Times (Seoul, Korea), February 20, 2000 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Thoughts of the Times; Thanks, `Radical' Feminists

While reading the February 17th Reader's Forum entitled ``Radical Feminism,'' I couldn't help but disagree with Mr. Eller's ideas on what ``radical feminism'' is. I also can't help but wonder if he was beaten up by a girl on the playground in front of his friends when young so as to explain why Mr. Eller only responds to the Korea Times Op/Eds when they are concerned with women's advancements.

``Radical feminism'' is a term made up by conservative men who are scared to death that woman may eventually get equal treatment in society. This equal treatment would cause man to lose some of the power he has held pretty much since the dawn of time.

Mr. Eller spends half of his words trying to convince us that man has had as difficult (if not more difficult) a life as woman. The other half of his words are spent in venting his personal dislike of President Clinton by attacking two of the women he has appointed to high-level positions. As I feel that job performance reviews of Madeleine Albright and Janet Reno are lengthy matters that one could spend an entire article on, I will focus, instead, on the issue of feminism.

Mr. Eller says that ``feminism has always been with us.'' and that ``Women...have relied on manipulation and deceptions to obtain power since Eden. Feminism is nothing but female double-talk used to obtain power which women have always had.''

One does not need to be a feminist scholar to know that this simply isn't true. Please tell me how woman has had power? Up until the 20th century in the West, and in many countries even today, woman has not been able to vote in political elections, has not been able to own property, has not been able to have custody of her children in a divorce, has not been able to take part in politics in any way (Unless trying to persuade her husband to see things her way counts. But even here, the man always has the final say.), has not been able to have the same educational opportunities as man, has rarely been able to pursue a career of her CHOICE, and has suffered gross inequalities in the legal system, etc.

Yes, millions of men have died in wars throughout history. But who started these wars? Certainly not woman. And when man has gone off to war, woman was left behind to manage the whole household by herself. Woman has always supported her man in wartime by assuming the jobs that men usually did, by making do with limited war rations, and often bore the brunt of occupying armies. How many millions women have been raped and murdered by soldiers? How many women have been rendered war widows, forced to support their families by themselves when work opportunities were extremely limited to them? Throughout history men have created wars, and marched off (some willingly, some unwillingly), and women have suffered because of them.

Yes, life for a Korean male peasant was and still is difficult. I believe the peasant woman has a much more difficult life than her husband. He works the fields. She works the fields, takes care of the house, cooks the meals, raises the children, and (up until a few years ago) bore them with great risk in conditions that were usually less than sanitary. Aside from having fewer duties than his wife, there was opportunity for man to advance. There are lots of success stories of Korean men who started with nothing and became very successful. One never hears these stories of women because 60 years ago, it was virtually impossible for the peasant woman to make a fortune. Woman was not allowed to make her own way. They were fated to marriage and economic dependence on man.

Because woman was stripped of her power through economic dependence on man, she used the only means left to her--manipulation and deception. If man is upset by this common characteristic of woman, then he has no one to blame but his own gender, for man gave woman no other options.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Thoughts of the Times; Thanks, `Radical' Feminists


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?