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Stylite diminishes Women Against Feminism movement

Written By | Aug 11, 2014

Taylor Woolrich, a 20-year old Dartmouth student who is being harassed by a stalker, chose not to be a victim and inquired about getting a concealed carry permit. Dartmouth officials refused, and Taylor may have to drop out of school rather than depend on a whistle or campus security to protect her. It is doubtful that the feminists at the ACLU will advocate for her, as they are too busy advocating for tighter gun control under the guise of “protection”.

These are just a few of the things that modern feminism is co-signing and encouraging that are purely divisive, causing more harm than good.

WAF do not need feminism because feminists are hypocrites.

This is a dominant theme throughout both the Tumblr blog and Facebook page. As one poster writes, “no woman should ever have to be called stupid, ignorant trash by the people who claim to be ‘fighting for her rights.’”

Flare and Fade blogger Rebecca Brink chose to do her own video parody on the WAF blog. This knee-jerk response shows Brink didn’t bother to dig very deep (or didn’t want to) on the WAF page to see what the women actually had to say. After watching Brink’s video, this is fully confirmed. She lacks the intellectual curiosity to actually discover why these women choose not to identify as feminists; she’s only interested in straw man mockery, demeaning other women, rather than trying to see why they would make such a choice.

Another poster, April K writes:

“I don’t need Feminism because: I served thirteen years in the Army, a few of them as a single mother. I deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, where I saw patriarchy and misogyny in action, especially in Afghanistan. The things I saw there turned everything I thought I knew about feminism on its ear, and made me reevaluate the feminist movement and what being a true woman is. Until the self proclaimed feminists go to Afghanistan (or any Muslim country) and see other women so desperate to escape their situation that they attempt to kill themselves by setting themselves on fire with kerosene, they have no clue what feminism is. Today’s Feminists have no idea how good they have it.”

We need look no further than the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist organization Boko Haram to see the dire plight of women and girls in other parts of the world. Sex trafficking, forced marriages, burkhas, suffering genital mutilation at a young age, being gang raped, honor killings, the list goes on. Yet the complete lack of women’s rights in the Muslim world and other third world countries is barely addressed by the Western feminist movement. Or if it is, it is lumped into a “cultural issue”, and not an assault on all women.

Feminism’s flagship organization, the National Organization for Women (NOW), has a link on their website titled “Global Feminism”. That link includes a 49-page “Gender Shadow Report,” which documents “expansive, entrenched and systemic sex-based employment discrimination in this country.” Its conclusion: that laws and policies in the U.S. — in both the private and public sectors — make the U.S. workplace “one of the least supportive employment environments for women of any developed nation.”

What does the U.S. workplace have to do with global feminism? This question begs an answer.

It is apparent that with equal pay for women and the whole Hobby Lobby/birth control kerfuffle being their sole focus, NOW has its head up its backside. Modern feminists are intent on fighting fictitious battles, and replacing evil male politicians who take away women’s rights because they insist on passing laws restricting the killing of babies in the womb after the 20-week mark, yet tacitly ignore the clear and present evils currently being perpetrated against women around the world.

Apparently, “Global Feminism” is an oxymoron, and many of the WAF women recognize this.

WAF do not need feminism because it seeks to destroy men and families.

Many of the posters mention the loving and respectful relationships they have with the men (and boys) in their life, and the caustic results modern-day feminism has had on men and their place in society. Comments like, “I don’t need feminism because my son deserves respect from the women who enter his life,” and “Gentlemen were crushed and killed by feminism. It has also shattered my dream of being a stay-at-home mother and wife,” reflect a real concern on what type of world is being produced through today’s feminist ideals.

In 2012, Suzanne Venker wrote about this War on Men. Suffice to say, the article, and her other writings, are unpopular among modern feminists; however, what she has to say is not far off from many of the WAF posters:

“Men want to love women, not compete with them. They want to provide for and protect their families – it’s in their DNA. But modern women won’t let them[….]

“It’s the women who lose. Not only are they saddled with the consequences of sex, by dismissing male nature they’re forever seeking a balanced life. The fact is, women need men’s linear career goals – they need men to pick up the slack at the office – in order to live the balanced life they seek.

“So if men today are slackers, and if they’re retreating from marriage en masse, women should look in the mirror and ask themselves what role they’ve played to bring about this transformation.”

Having come of age in the era of second-wave feminism (Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, bell hooks, Alice Walker), I can attest that much of what was spoken and advocated within that phase of the movement failed to resonate with my goals and ambitions as a woman.

Having the gumption to mention this in one of my women’s studies courses only served in getting me roundly mocked by the feminist instructor. So, the younger Jennifer could have benefited from a group of women that reflected my own thinking, which was antithesis to the thinking of the time.

Women Against Feminism has started an essential discussion. Let’s hope it continues, and the shrill, strident, and politically correct naysayers don’t succeed in silencing their voices.


Jennifer Oliver OConnell

Jennifer Oliver OConnell offers witty, insightful, and direct opinion, analysis and musings on local and national politics and popular culture, with occasional detours into reinvention, food, and Yoga. Jennifer also teaches Yoga, and coaches clients on careers and reinvention. You can keep up with what's in Jennifer's orbit through her As the Girl Turns website.