I am not a Catholic but have appreciated some of the observations I find at “First Things.” The author of this article, “If Women Ran The World,” eloquently describes some of the most destructive elements of feminism today. And she does it by sharing their own words. The whole article is worth reading.
From time to time when I comment on feminist ideas, someone reminds me that that the particular view in question doesn’t represent all feminists. Fair enough. But there are too many permutations for me to keep it straight. So I won’t dare suggest that this represents all feminists.
Here is what is clear to me. First, many of the most prominent feminist voices in journalism and politics today (like the one quoted below) represent destructive ideas that do not represent mainstream thinking. Second, they do not represent the ideas of feminists from a previous age. They wanted respect and equality. They condemned the bad behavior of men in a specific way. But they didn’t want to imitate it.
Elizabeth Scalia quotes a significant feminist voice:
“Writing for The Atlantic in September of 2012, Hanna Rosin argued that the “hookup culture” so prevalent on college campuses and in the lives of young adults is “an engine of female progress—one being harnessed and driven by women themselves.” She wrote:
‘To put it crudely, feminist progress right now largely depends on the existence of the hookup culture. And to a surprising degree, it is women not men—who are perpetuating the culture, especially in school, cannily manipulating it to make space for their success, always keeping their own ends in mind. For college girls these days, an overly serious suitor fills the same role an accidental pregnancy did in the 19th century: a danger to be avoided at all costs, lest it get in the way of a promising future.’
In other words, women have succeeded in becoming the men they hated.”