Will America Survive Feminism?
Grenier, Richard, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
I was surrounded by Englishmen at a dinner table in London. The chief administrative officer of one of London's great teaching hospitals, our hostess, mentioned quite blandly the female quota at her medical school. As I remember it was something like 40 percent.
"When we put a man through medical school," she explained, "we expect to get perhaps 40 years of medical practice out of him. A woman? Perhaps 30 or less. These women aren't going to remain childless spinsters, after all. We want our money's worth."
"But don't English feminists protest at the discrimination?" I asked. Finding myself surrounded by blank faces, I pursued blindly, "How about the gender gap?"
But this made me seem even more stupid than these English people already thought. And, in point of fact, I knew all about the British gender gap, which is the very opposite of the one we have in America. For many decades now Britain's Tory Party has gotten some 10 percent more votes from women than it's gotten from men. In France, where women only got the vote in 1945, conservative political parties get more support from femmes au foyer than from anyone. The EMNID-Institut GmbH tells me surveys show German women to be far less interested in politics than men, and when they vote they've for years preferred Helmut Kohl's Christian Democratic Union over Germany's Socialists - in 1994 by six points. And from one European country to another the women's vote is either indistinguishable from that of men or distinctly to the right. Leon Blum, a famous French Socialist Prime Minister of the late 1930s, when asked why he opposed giving women the vote, answered frankly, "Because they'll vote against us." And he was right.
So it's really not up to Americans to look about the Western world and find all these countries with pro-conservative female gender gaps weird. In Europe it's felt that women, responsible for the raising of the young, are custodians of the culture. From jeans to rock music, Europeans imitate Americans a great deal these days, but they don't imitate us in this. When it comes to "pandering to the women's vote," and what radical feminists led by a small gang of snarling lesbians were allowed to do to the U.S. Navy over Tailhook (just one example), they find American behavior grotesque. In their view it's America that's weird.
But how did this strange inversion of traditional social patterns come about? Radical feminist doctrine - which against all common sense now prevails among politically correct Americans - holds that women are identical to men except for certain physiological details, and that their record of achievement should also be identical. There should be as many women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies as men, as many woman fighter pilots. (Last summer's movie, "Courage Under Fire," in which Meg Ryan plays the first woman to win the Congressional Medal of Honor, was in America a flop, and abroad a superflop.) But this year's pandering to women by both political parties is actually in complete contradiction to feminist doctrine, as it's based on the principle that women are very different indeed. …