In the span of just a few decades, American women have managed to demote men from respected providers and protectors to being unnecessary, irrelevant, and expendable.
Thus begins Chapter 7 of The Flipside of Feminism --
an indictment of women on the left and our culture's marginalization of men. From negative images in the media, to the government subsidies that support unwed mothers, our society screams that men are unnecessary.
But the truth is, men are necessary, now more than ever. Studies show
that children who grow up without their father are far more likely to dally in drugs, alcohol and have trouble with the law than those whose dad is present and active in their lives.
Our societies' disproportionate skew towards women begins in elementary school, where the structure, format, and curriculum are all tailored towards female strengths, completely ignoring the developmental needs of little boys. Little boys need to run and burn off energy, yet they are required to sit at a desk all day, listening to stories and activities geared towards their female peers.
According to Venker and Schlafly,
Experts believe developmentally inappropriate expectations and practices are causing normal boy behavior to be wrongly labeled as misbehavior, and normal learning patterns to be mislabeled as learning disabilities. The result is that many boys become frustrated and discouraged by school in the early grades.
Life doesn't get any easier for boys as they graduate and head to college. Once there, their college life will largely be affected by Title IX
, which has become a cudgel in the hand of the feminists. This law is a section of the Education Amendment of 1972 that prohibits schools from dispersing federal funds on the basis of sex. Essentially, radical feminists use it to remove male sports teams from college campuses, once again disallowing the men in our culture a medium for masculinity.
This pattern continues in the workplace, where men can be sent to prison for a charge of sexual harassment, a subjective and ambiguous crime. A Missouri judge wrote a book
exposing the legal tactics of the left and he very clearly states that sexual harassment claims have become a way for feminists to vent their hatred for men. Men have no recourse.
Lest we lose hope, Venker and Schlafly end the chapter with encouragement - encouragement to raise our sons to embrace their masculinity, to be courageous, principled, and independent thinkers; to know that husbands and fathers are essential to the family; and to recognize that a society cannot thrive when half thinks it's oppressed and believes the other half is unnecessary.