Modern feminists protest loudly and without risk about “rape culture” and abortion, while ignoring the horrors that Islamic countries inflict on women.
The suffragettes who literally risked life and limb to get women the right to vote were heroes who began the process of achieving equal rights for women at a time when many basic rights were denied. Women didn’t have the right to control their own money, they lost custody of their children in the event of a divorce, married women could not work, women could be legally battered by their husbands, and women were widely regarded as a mentally weak sex and inferior to men intellectually.
Authorities in both American and Britain severely persecuted the suffragettes. When suffragettes protested arrests that violated basic civil rights, the authorities responded by force feeding them with energetic brutality. Suffragettes from all walks of life knew that their family, friends, and community would stigmatize and abandon them for the stands they took. Yet their moral clarity and bravery prevailed in the end.
Modern feminists today should take note. The women protesting so vigorously a hundred and more years ago were heroes.
Today, it is easy to see that modern feminists have lost their way in every sense. They no longer fight to defend women in need, here or abroad. They fight fake fights against safe targets that will back them up (universities, university men), or safe targets that are too vulnerable to fight back (unborn babies or university men due to Title IX).
Feminist displays are certainly dramatic. Take for example the young woman at Columbia University who carried her mattress around as a school project for an entire academic year as a statement against a rape charge that was so unbelievable that even Columbia’s administration did not take it seriously. Nevertheless, was allowed to continue her protest at Columbia and received national acclamation from a fawning media.
Another example of modern feminists run amok is the Rolling Stone story alleging a vast culture of fraternity gang rapes at the University of Virginia. That the Rolling Stone reporter never bothered to verify the story highlights the fact that whether these incidents actually occurred was less important than the message that women should always be believed.
Finally, what could better symbolize how far modern feminists have fallen from the suffragettes than the thousands of women who marched in Washington DC, and around America, wearing pink pussy hats and vagina shaped headgear to speak symbolically on behalf of vagina power and, utterly without the saving grace of irony, to protest against their claim that America objectifies women All these events had either shock power or high emotionality. In the end, though, all stood for nothing — neither a particular pressing need for women, or the truth. The women who marched with vagina hats were not shackled suffragettes, they were fruits of the suffragettes labor. They were empowered, emboldened, lucky women who sadly were fighting for absolutely nothing.