Sunday, 3 August 2008

Common sense at last — from The Times!

This very long article, from the Times on line, is very well worth reading. Written by an American woman, Kathleen Parker, it briefly presents her thesis from her book Save the Males, in which she laments what damage feminism and the sexual revolution have done to men and to families, and thus to children and even women themselves. You can (and I hope you will) read the whole article here. Here's a snippet from near the end:

As long as men feel marginalised by the women whose favours and approval they seek; as long as they are alienated from their children and treated as criminals by family courts; as long as they are disrespected by a culture that no longer values masculinity tied to honour; and as long as boys are bereft of strong fathers and our young men and women wage sexual war, then we risk cultural suicide.

In the coming years we will need men who are not confused about their responsibilities. We need boys who have acquired the virtues of honour, courage, valour and loyalty. We need women willing to let men be men – and boys be boys. And we need young men and women who will commit and marry and raise children in stable homes.

Unprogressive though it sounds, the world in which we live requires no less.

Saving the males – engaging their nobility and recognising their unique strengths – will ultimately benefit women and children, too. Fewer will live in poverty; fewer boys will fail in schools and wind up in jail; fewer girls will get pregnant or suffer emotional damage from too early sex with uncaring boys. Fewer young men and women will suffer loneliness and loss because they’ve grown up in a climate of sexual hostility that casts the opposite sex as either villain or victim.

3 comments:

The Digital Hairshirt said...

Father,

Yes! I was having a conversation with another priest recently and we touched upon the "feminization" of men in American society and how it aggravates problems in marriage, as the roles are confused. As a family law attorney, I see this all too often, when women complain that "he was never there for the me and the kids" and then want to marginalize the ex-husband and keep him from the children post-divorce - all the while with the same complaints that he isn't "there" for them!

+James said...

Two more great books to read are "The War Agains Boys" by Christina Sommers (ethicist) and "Who Stole Feminism?" by the same author. I've read the former and I've heard nothing but good things about the latter.

Augustine said...

I saw this article too. It is chillingly accurate...