Previously published in Examiner
Part 5 of the Sappho series
The radical feminists lost the support of conservative women who thought the act of burning a bra (liberation) crazy and they also lost credibility with the corporate world. Women were trying to break into an all man’s domain, the corporate world. They wanted to infiltrate the “old boys club” to level the playing field. They wanted to show men that they had brains, they could make important corporate decisions based on logic and not emotion and these decisions would be just as good as the decisions made by their male counterparts.
What is one of the things they do to show that they can work in a male dominated world? They burn their bras. This action did not serve their cause wel,l because the old boys club justifiably said, “you want to show us how level headed you are and you burn your bra? Hmm not working!
Of course other feminists did show that they were capable of working in the male dominated corporate world, and they did it by logical thought and quality in the job performance.
Nevertheless the radical feminists seemed to be the standard that all branches of feminism were judged. The radical feminists sometimes shocking (for the times) tactics overshadowed all the good that the rest of the movement was doing to empower women.
What happened then, was that feminism got a bad wrap. Men branded feminists as crazy hysterical females running around burning their bras. They called them man haters, and they called them women too ugly to ever catch a man in the first place. They also called them lesbians.
Yes, there were and still are lesbians in the movement; but, there are heterosexual females who believe in the cause as well. The next article in the series will focus on the first lesbian often sited in feminist literature. Her name was Sappho and she came from the island of Lesbos, Hence, we have the term lesbian originating from Lesbos in Greece.
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