Like many Hollywood elites, Mary-Louise Parker lives an unconventional life. The actress is not married but has two children – one from a previous relationship and one who’s adopted. When asked in a More magazine interview what it’s like to date as a single mom, Parker said a man once asked if her being a mother meant the two of them would not be able to go out alone together very much. To which Ms. Parker replied, “Yes, that’s exactly what it means. It means you come fourth, ’cause it’s my kids, my job, and my family.”
Welcome to the 21st century – where, in the span of just a few decades, the American male has been demoted from being a vital and respected member of society to being totally expendable. Consider these additional examples:
Journalist Natalie Angier begins an article in the New York Times by writing, “Women may not find this surprising, but one of the most persistent and frustrating problems in evolutionary biology is the male. Specifically … why doesn’t he just go away?”
In a CNN interview with Maureen Dowd about her 2005 book, “Are Men Necessary?” Dowd says, “Now that women don’t need men to reproduce and refinance, the question is, will we keep you around? And the answer is, ‘You know, we need you in the way we need ice cream – you’ll be more ornamental.’”
Lisa Belkin, a blogger for the New York Times, writes, “We are standing at a moment in time when the role of gender is shifting seismically. At this moment an argument can be made for two separate narrative threads – the first is the retreat of men as this becomes a woman’s world.”
Phyllis Schlafly, the original “anti-feminist,” teams up with her niece Suzanne Venker in a tour-de-force defense of traditional womanhood – don’t miss “The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know – and Men Can’t Say”
In an August 2010 People cover story, actress Jennifer Aniston says, “Women are realizing they don’t have to settle with a man just to have a child.”
In an article in The Atlantic entitled “Are Fathers Necessary?” author Pamela Paul writes, “The bad news for Dad is that despite common perception, there’s nothing objectively essential about his contribution.”
Such statements are shocking. If men spoke about women in these terms, they would lose not only their credibility but their jobs – and they would most certainly be pilloried in the media.
Women, on the other hand, are free to speak their minds. You may recall when Sharron Angle told Harry Reid to “man up” during a Nevada debate last year – the implication being that Reid is a wuss, or not man enough to do his job. Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan also used the “man up” reference during a debate with Roy Blunt. Even Sarah Palin chimed in by asking GOP politicians to “man up” and spend capital to support the tea-party candidates.
After 40 years of feminist saturation, America has officially surrendered: We are living in a woman’s world.
In response to this new reality, several new sitcoms are in the process of being produced. The Wall Street Journal highlighted these programs last week in a huge spread entitled “A New Generation of TV Wimps.” “Manliness,” notes executive producer Todd Holland, “is under assault.” Network executives say they’ve heard more pitches than ever before for shows about “the changing dynamics of men.”
The article also points out that producers say successful sitcoms have a way of reflecting reality. Indeed they do – and that reality is palpable. There’s simply no question that men in America have been emasculated. The more pertinent question is, Why?
If you ask the media elite, you’ll get a typical feminist response – like this statement from Ted Cohen, former writer of the hit TV series “Friends” and the new sitcom “Work It”: “We’re showing how guys are growing and maturing and evolving by listening to women more than they traditionally have.”
Putting aside for a moment the dripping condescension in that statement, this is patently false. New research demonstrates that in fact men are not maturing, and that is largely due to the female left’s desire to obliterate male nature – resulting in the slow death of the delicate dance between men and women.
The media may be saturated with fools like Cohen who’ve fallen for feminism hook, line and sinker – but real men (and women) of America know better. Thank God they’re out there. Thank God for men like Tim Allen, aka “Tim the Tool Man Taylor,” who stars in the new sitcom “Last Man Standing.” The producers of this program seem to get it. Their pitch is, “Today it’s a woman’s world, and this man is on a mission to get men back to their rightful place in society.”
Bingo. And what better place to start than Father’s Day? While most of the media elite are raising their glasses to the Betty Friedans and Gloria Steinems of the world, real men are raising their children to understand that there are indeed differences between males and females. Recognizing these differences doesn’t mean women can’t pursue careers (or play sports), or that men can’t stay home with the kids (or, God forbid, wear pink). It just means that more men than women will choose to care for their families via full-time employment, and more women than men will choose to create multifaceted lives that allow them to nurture their children.
As a society, we should be supporting what research shows most people want. Instead, we do everything in our power to fight Mother Nature. And for what? So that feminists can have what they want: not equality between the sexes – we’ve always had that, despite feminist assertions to the contrary – but interchangeability.
The modern generation has been sold a bill of goods. Baby boomers, that notorious generation from whence feminism came, taught their children that males and females are exactly the same, that their behaviors and desires are, or should be, identical. Thus, women and men today pursue identical lives – with no recognition of the unique qualities each gender brings to the table. The result is a blurring of gender roles that has driven a wedge between the sexes. According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 39 percent of Americans say marriage is becoming obsolete. Put another way: Men and women have no idea how to get along.
As a woman making these claims, I’ve been called a traitor to my sex. I’ve even been called a misogynist. Naturally, you can guess from which camp these accusations are being made. But the truth is that I’m simply pointing out what many of us know in our hearts to be true but are afraid to say: that the feminist movement is the worst thing that’s ever happened to this nation.
The American male is going down. Are we just going to just stand there and let it happen?
Suzanne Venker is co-author of the new book “The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know – and Men Can’t Say” (WND Books). Her website is www.suzannevenker.com.