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The Feminists' Big Lie and the Women it Harmed

Harry Stein

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Harry Stein discusses the wreckage that feminism has left in its wake, particularly with children.

Once again the feminist version of reality is under attack. The immediate cause this time is the appearance of Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children by economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett, which demonstrates that young women who devote themselves to their careers and plan to begin having children in their late 30s are likely to end up childless.

At the heart of the feminist worldview is a Big Lie: that the obvious differences between the sexes are mere "social constructs." Thus, as women's studies' texts have it, in the same way a girl raised in the proper, non-sexist environment will likely be as interested in sports as any boy, so the average, liberated woman will be as fulfilled by career and (though, of course, it's never phrased quite this way) as child-indifferent as the most success-obsessed male day trader.

But for all the mischief it has worked in other realms, feminism's greatest damage has surely been to children. How could it be otherwise, when from the outset the message that a woman is her career was central to the feminist creed? Unspoken though it often was, the corollary of that message was just as central: that those who stayed home with their children were mindless drones in the grip of patriarchy.

In human terms, the wreckage the feminist program has left in its wake is impossible to measure. That millions of children today return after school to homes without supervision; that unprecedented numbers of kids of Little League age drink and use drugs; that we are in the midst of a plague of adolescent and pre-adolescent sex--all this stems at least in part from a movement that has left generations of children without the love and attention they need.

Read the entire article at the City Journal website.



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