Man-Child in the Promised Land

September 2012

Is the secular world finally catching on to the false promises of feminism? For forty years now American women have been told that they don’t need men to complete themselves or to find success in life. “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle” is one of radical femi­nism’s most famous rallying cries — one that carries significant cachet among the lesbian set. Men, for the rest of the libbers, aside from being objects of occasional sexual comfort, are but useless anomalies in this woman’s world.

For Americans, even for American women, finding success and completing oneself have heavy economic overtones. They are typically defined in financial terms and measured by upward mobility: How far have you traveled in your “career path”? Can you afford the “finer things in life”? While offering gender-based complaints about “access,” most of mainstream feminism has been restrained in its overall critique of our reigning economic system. Perhaps that’s because what feminists really wanted was entry into the rat race.

And that they got — but at a cost. Whether by coincidence or grand design, women began to move out of the home and into the workforce in a time of cultural upheaval, around the same time that sexual relations were being severed from marriage on a vast scale. Starting in the late 1960s, long-term commitments were becoming increasingly tenuous: divorce rates skyrocketed, serial cohabitation became fashionable, promiscuity was winked at. Ironically, the movement to liberate sex from the confines of marriage ended up making sexual relations extremely complicated. Yet the notion that women could “have it all” still held sway throughout the 1970s.

But with the new social arrangement — men and women working side-by-side more and more but living side-by-side less and less — the burgeoning number of unmarried women who wound up pregnant (and who admirably chose not to abort their offspring) were faced with the prospect of raising kids on their own, juggling the duties of two parents and the demands of a job. Their menfolk meanwhile were free to do whatever they pleased: pursue a career, lounge around, be a part-time dad, seek out new sexual conquests, whatever. Who said feminism has been a drag for men? It’s served their base instincts quite nicely.


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Jonah claims "The state has declared war on fathers and families." Most readers realize this is a false statement bordering on the ridiculous, but a few may be taken by this thought. The reality is that most unwed fathers are shockingly irresponsible, and the county is often tasked to chase down these men, sometimes jailing them for nonpayment of child support. It leave unwed mothers few choices, all of them burdensome, and most abort their children or raise them alone with tremendous financial cost to taxpayers and society in general. Best is to follow the teachings of the Church and stay pure and celibate until marriage, then take marriage seriously, choose well, commit to it and work hard to stay married. The old ways are usually the best ways: for men, women and children. Posted by: Maryanne Leonard
November 04, 2012 10:54 PM EST
Christmas Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Hayes, December 14, 1921: “ ……. To take life after its inception is a horrible crime; but to prevent human life that the Creator is about to bring into being, is satanic. In the first instance, the body is killed, while the soul lives on; in the latter, not only a body but an immortal soul is denied existence in time and in eternity. It has been reserved to our day to see advocated shamelessly the legalizing of such a diabolical thing”.
http://www.cfnews.org/Hayes-Christmas.htm

In the U S bishops’ parochial schools, only 10% of lay religious teachers now accept church teaching on contraception. 53% believe a Catholic can have an abortion and remain a good Catholic. 65% believe that Catholics may divorce and remarry. . . . “Tumultuous Times” by Fr. Francisco and Fr. Dominic Radecki, page 496.
Posted by: Jo
November 01, 2012 12:24 PM EDT
You seem to miss the point about the explosion of fatherless children. Men aren't deserting their children en masse, but are rather being removed from their lives by the despotic divorce industrial complex. Read anything by Prof Stephen Baskerville. The state has declared war on fathers and families. Posted by: Jonah
November 02, 2012 08:02 AM EDT
Christmas Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Hayes, December 14, 1921: “ ……. To take life after its inception is a horrible crime; but to prevent human life that the Creator is about to bring into being, is satanic. In the first instance, the body is killed, while the soul lives on; in the latter, not only a body but an immortal soul is denied existence in time and in eternity. It has been reserved to our day to see advocated shamelessly the legalizing of such a diabolical thing”.
http://www.cfnews.org/Hayes-Christmas.htm

In the U S bishops’ parochial schools, only 10% of lay religious teachers now accept church teaching on contraception. 53% believe a Catholic can have an abortion and remain a good Catholic. 65% believe that Catholics may divorce and remarry. . . . “Tumultuous Times” by Fr. Francisco and Fr. Dominic Radecki, page 496.
Posted by: Jo
November 01, 2012 12:09 PM EDT
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