Has Feminist Movement Gone Haywire?
Summary: Feminist movement in its inception sought balanced gender
relationship and justice to women. However today it has emerged as a selfish self-
seeking movement and has in turn exaggerated gender conflict. Hence feminist
movement has betrayed itself from its path.
Feminism initially started as a movement to secure social justice for women. Its
purpose was to secure political, economic and social rights for women; besides
better opportunities for women in education and employment. It aimed at
correcting cultural wrongs done to women due to spontaneously acquired false
cultural notions about women and unjustifiably committing women to various
cultural traditions. It also aimed to correct women’s drift to weaker position in the
survival struggle, caused by biological and behavioral differences between the
two genders. Feminist movement fought for special rights for women under the
pretext of gender equality. Feminists vehemently tried to secure their ends, out
rightly ignoring finer aspects of spontaneous male female relationship and its
familial and social aspects.
Margret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne of 17th century was among
the earliest feminist writers. In 18th century Jeremy Bentham – a male, said that it
was the placing of women in a legally inferior position that made him choose the
career of a reformist at the age of 11. Bentham spoke of complete equality
between sexes. He advocated women’s right to vote and participate in
government. He opposed different sexual moral standards to women and men.
Marquis de Condorcet, another 18th century philosopher was a fierce defender of
equal rights for women.
A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792) by Mary Wollstonecraft is one of the
first works that can unambiguously be called feminist. For many Commentators,
Wollstonecraft represents the first codification of “equality” feminism, a refusal
of the feminine. But a refusal of the feminine impliedly meant, refusal of natural,
healthy male female relationship. This amounted to advocating over correction of
the cultural wrong done to women. This eventually inspired gender clash instead
of gender harmony.
But what may be appreciated here is that even in the so-called male dominated
society, it is the men who championed women’s cause seeking balanced and just
male female relationship based on mutual respect, equality but at the same time
taking care of natural differences between men and women. All over the world, it
is the male dominated legislatures that have granted special rights or legal
privileges to women in order to support them in the event of survival struggle or
Once, I searched the net for men’s rights and I found that none of the countries in
the world have granted any special privileges or legal rights to men in order to
protect their interest or to support them in the event of gender clash. Only in the
matter of sexuality and reproductive function, consent of the spouse needs to be
taken before a woman undertakes any therapeutic procedure affecting mutual
interest. On the contrary women have been conferred a large number of legally
protected interests or rights.
Therefore, women blaming male dominated society for all their ills are totally
unfounded in their allegations. Whatever grudges they have against men spring
from their natural dependence on men. All that they now want to have through
feminist movement is to have dominant relationship, autonomy without being
responsible, unlimited freedom, reckless individualism and even freedom from
their biological role. Slut walks all over the world demonstrate women’s craving
for reducing their sexuality to mere entertainment. Pro- abortion movements
demonstrate the same. They want total control of their body oblivious of their
role, responsibilities and interests of all those who matter.
Majority among men have always tended to respect, protect and provide for
women. As exception, minority of men have deplorable tendency to indulge in
sexual violence against women, quite often on provocation of some kind. No
society has ever defended such acts against women.
Males normally seek companionship as opposed to domination in male female
relationship. Males normally assign the toughest of responsibilities to themselves
and discharge the same to the best satisfaction of various interests. Society has
never appreciated men who have betrayed themselves from this path. This has
been essential to keep familial and social integrity. So, all the men can’t be
blamed, for acts of minority.
Throughout its history, except in inception, feminism has never sought balanced
and just relationship with men. It is the will to dominate, individualism, unlimited
personal freedom, feminine whims, fancies and fantasies and the desire to live up
to them that has been deriving the feminist movement.
The whole notion of gender equality is incorrect because nature has not only
made both genders unequal but has also granted them different roles and
responsibilities. Men are naturally more comfortable doing certain things and the
same is true for women. This has led to physical and mental inequities.
Accordingly notion of role and responsibilities or division of labor has evolved in
human society accounting for evolution of family culture and social culture as it is
seen today. This also led to unfair cultural fixations contrary to feminine interests
which need to be corrected and hence the feminist movement. But today feminist
movement has turned into a class war between men and women. Home makers
are fast emerging as home breakers leading to social disintegration. Nuclear
families have become order of the day and old age homes have sprouted in
Women intoxicated by wave of feminism want to enjoy all the individual freedom
but want to neither share nor discharge their social responsibilities. They want
unconstrained freedom that allows them to live according to their fantasies
oblivious of rights of others. They want autonomy literally amounting to
monstrosity. I have come across a woman author who advocates women’s rights
to wear short clothes in public even if it is provocative for young boys but at the
same time demands boys to behave responsibly. They do not even want to take
consent of their partner in matters affecting both. They argue for total control of
their physical body as if they exist in vacuum totally unconnected to any other
soul on planet Earth. Instead of feeling guilty about their unjustifiable, illegitimate
demands; they doggedly pursue their agenda to their selfish ends.
Therefore, over a period of time women who were once depraved and oppressed
have now turned into oppressor. So the time has come to talk about men’s rights
or male legal privileges.
Author: Dr Mahesh C. Jain is a practicing medical doctor and has written the
book “Encounter of Science with Philosophy – A synthetic view”. The book begins
with first chapter devoted to scientifically valid concept of God and then explains
cosmic phenomena right from origin of nature and universe up to origin of life
and evolution of man. The book includes several chapters devoted to auxiliary
concepts and social sciences as corollaries to the concept of God. This is the only
book which deals with origin of nature and universe from null. Several chapters
of the book are devoted to social sciences.