Saturday, October 29, 2005
Our Newest Op Ed
- By Warner Todd Huston
In the early days of the US women's rights movement, when Sarah Grimke and her sister, or Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony led their fights for women's rights, women were almost universally treated as second class citizens. Throughout the country they couldn't vote, in many states they couldn't even legally retain ownership of their own homes upon the death of a husband. It was by and large uncommon for women to attain a higher education and in the days before the Civil War it was even assumed that women were physically unsuited to work outside the home much less start a business. There was little recourse for women who were beaten by violent husbands, women then having little legal recourse in nearly any matter.
Now that was oppression. Those were the days when women were mistreated by societal norms, when women were not offered the opportunities of the American concepts of "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", and when the women's movement really meant something urgent.
Even in the days of the 1960s and 70s, when women like Gloria Steinem and Germaine Greer began their own crusades women were not able to enjoy the same status as citizen as did men in the US. Even as anti-American as their real aims were what with the socialist/communist ideals that so often underlay their principles, the ladies still had real problems to address.
But, now, we can safely say the battle is won. "Feminism", as a movement, is now unnecessary. In fact it has become silly at best and dangerous at worst..........
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