Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Feminist Agenda Omits Most Women

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Feminist Agenda Omits Most Women

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I am often asked how I can be so cool toward the feminist movement when I myself have taken full advantage of the blessings feminism has bestowed - enjoying a career and a family at the same time.

There is no short answer to that question. A full reply would have to touch upon the fraudulence of feminist claims of credit for the manifold accomplishments of women (the overwhelming majority of which took place long before and bore no relation to the strident "liberationists" of the 1960s), the cruel linkage of female liberation with abortion, the intellectual vacuity and downright weirdness of academic feminism, the stupidity of embracing the sexual revolution (which damaged women and children grievously), the concordat between feminists and radicals of various persuasions, disbelief in conspiracies (including the "patriarchy") and more.

But most of all, the reason I have kept my distance from feminists is that I have always believed that they were at war with the family - and therefore that they were at war with children.

A recent panel discussion on women and the press, aired on C-Span, drove the point home once again.

The panel featured prominent women in journalism, including Cokie Roberts of ABC News, Nina Totenberg of National Public Radio and Lindy Boggs, former representative from Louisiana, wife of the late Hale Boggs and mother of Cokie Roberts.

In the course of the discussion, Lindy Boggs took the opportunity to reminisce about her life as a mother, and she told a story that sounded both well-rehearsed and apocryphal.

Mrs. Boggs recounted that when Cokie ("my baby") was 5 years old, she decided that since this was her youngest child, "the last little chick in the nest," she would abandon all of her other projects as "president of this and chairman of that" and just "devote myself to this precious little person."

Well, she continued, this arrangement lasted about a month. At that point, little Cokie came to her mother and said, "Gee, Mama, can't you manage to get to be president of something or chairman of something? …

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