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Friday, December 18, 2009

Feminist Attack on Marriage

While the gay lobby gets most of the blame for the assault on marriage, the modern feminist movement has always been aggressively anti-marriage. When the movement marched onto the stage of the culture war in the early 1970s, they called themselves the women's liberation movement. Their buzz word was liberation, which specifically meant liberation from home, husband, family and children.

The feminists' first legislative triumph was to change the divorce laws of all 50 states to unilateral divorce. That means allowing one spouse to walk out of marriage without the consent of the other spouse, and without having to allege any fault or reason to sever the marriage contract. Most divorces are initiated by women. Big media eagerly cooperated to promote the notion that we have moved into an era of "serial" (rather than lifetime) marriages. "Ozzie and Harriet," a then-popular sitcom featuring a traditional family, became a favorite epithet for feminists to scoff at traditional marriage and the role of the fulltime homemaker.

The feminists' second victory was Roe v. Wade. Abortion has always been central to the feminist movement. Their third victory was getting President Jimmy Carter to pluralize the name of his White House Conference on Families in order to popularize the notion that non-traditional families should be recognized and included. The anti-marriage feminists stormed state capitols to repeal the laws designed to respect morality and preserve marriage, such as our laws against adultery, fornication, sodomy, and alienation of affection. The only goal they failed to achieve was ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

Harvard Professor Harvey Mansfield's book entitled Manliness accurately concludes that the feminist intellectuals want independence not only from men, but from morality and from human nature and motherhood.

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