Previously published in Examiner
Part 4 of the Sappho series
Why then did this misconception about feminism occur? – continued
Reason number two – Let’s face it, if you were a man used to having your dinner on the table when you got home from work and now you have your wife telling you, “I am too tired to cook today let’s go out for dinner, or
I won’t be home when you get home I have my job to go to or I have my painting class” or whatever, “heat up your dinner in the microwave and I will be home at 9:00 pm, that too is threatening. This new found female independence threatened their comfort level and their power within the household and in the workforce. They felt that women entering the workforce would steal their jobs.
Note: We can see that in 2009 this never happened, men still work and still dominate many jobs in different industries but, back then it was a real threat to these men.
Reason number three – The women’s movement itself was not unified, as there were different feminists with different points of view. The ones that got the most attention were the most radical and radical feminism challenged everything and anything. Radical feminism somehow became the group that all people associated with feminism. Yet, they never represented all the different voices in feminism; they were just the most vocal.
Therefore, when a man or woman saw a woman burning her bra, they did not look further than that woman or that group of woman and decided the whole movement was crazy. These women did lots of good for the movement to get people’s attention but, they also set the movement back as well.
To be continued
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