The Misandry of Mill and Modern Feminism
Last week, the professor of my ‘Arab-Israeli Conflict’ class discussed in lecture the feelings of demonization commonly felt by Israelis, influenced by knowledge of their tumultuous history and repeated international condemnation of Israel. Reasons for this condemnation, according to their narrative, result ultimately from anti-Zionism; an anti-Zionism which, unfortunately, harbors and disguises blatant anti-Semitism unacceptable in the modern world. Significant parallels may be drawn here to Mill’s philosophy and feminism, which harbor misandry and hatred of men under the guise of equality and rights.
Mill immortalizes himself as a misandrist through his outspoken condemnation of men in The Subjection of Women. Through that title alone anyone could have realized Mill’s intentions; reading the work was hardly necessary and leads to the same conclusion. He matter-of-factly compares marriage to slavery and calls for the “liberation” of women. Of course, in slavery there must be a slavemaster, and to be liberated there must be some demon from whom liberation is justified. Naturally, this evil overlord is the entire male population; who, according to Mill, first wickedly coerced women into submission through their own selfishness. And, as if there were any remaining threads of doubt, Mill laments the “vast…number of men, in any great country, who are little higher than brutes” (Women, 670). The weak justifications for these insults hardly manage to disguise Mill’s true intentions.
With such hateful foundations, it is no wonder modern feminism should adapt similar bitter considerations of the male race. As practical equality of opportunity between men and women is today soundly established, the feminist movement now strives towards feminine superiority, and propagate the ridiculous idea that men and women are engaged in a zero-sum struggle. With the overbearing presence of the United States Women’s Bureau (where’s the Men’s Bureau?), widespread gender “equality” educational programs, and ferocious pressure on the business world to hire more female employees, it comes as somewhat of a surprise that the movement seems to have not yet accomplished its purpose. Secretarial work is still the most prevalent occupation among women, and fewer than 3% of Fortune 500 companies are run by female CEOs.
Is it possible, then, that Mill and feminism could be wrong? That women– through their own individual choice, and not under the selfish tyranny of mankind– are secure in their equality of opportunity and generally prefer the more “traditional” familial role? No, certainly not, and Israel is still the most inhumane country in the world.