The sudden decision to allow women in combat raises an interesting question. Although most people and even most women repudiate the ideas of radical feminism, we see radical measures being enacted again and again in our society — for example, eliminating men’s teams at colleges because not enough women are interested in sports to make the overall numbers of sports participants 50-50 male-female at any given school. And now, of course, women in combat.
A recent op-ed in the New York Post gives a glimpse into why this keeps happening. Annoyed with several female entertainers — Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Rooney Mara — who have distanced themselves from feminism, Sara Stewart defiantly offers a minimal, and unarguable, definition.
Unarguable, right? Stewart then lists some horrendous crimes against women in Muslim countries. She admits that “in this country we have, thankfully, a distinct lack of men who throw acid in little girls’ faces just for going to school. But we have plenty of our own issues to tackle.”
What are our issues? Inequality “in government and in business leadership, wage parity, health care, poverty levels and division of child care and housework.” And she adds mockingly, “Other than that we are totally equal.” She goes on to point out that “women only make up 26% of the leadership roles in government and only 11% in top business roles.”
I’d say Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Rooney Mara have caught onto this, and that’s why they are repudiating the feminist label altogether. Perhaps they can see even the most moderate and unarguable articulation of feminism soon veers into the radical, and it’s the radical that is undoing our society.