Jill Abramson’s much talked about dismissal from the helm of the New York Times was the nail in the coffin wherein lies feminism.
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Matt Drudge, among others, helped spread the rumor that Abramson was canned “for being a bitch.” My presumption is that Abramson, as a former big wig at one of the nation’s most liberal papers, is also a feminist. And since feminists tend not to be, let us say, demure, this rumor is quite plausible.
For Abramson, the behavior endorsed by the feminist movement did not get the job done. We saw what it did for her job.
So, has feminism ever been successful?
Were the passing of Betty Friedan’s brainchild to warrant a eulogy, we could sum up its life by noting this: Modern feminism was born circa 1963, and in 2014, one of the most powerful women in the world was being paid much less than her male colleagues. Then she got fired.
What are the feminists doing wrong?
The very notion of feminism is hypocritical when you think about it. A group of women who feel oppressed demand to be treated equally, but then they play the victim card and seek special treatment. There is a “war on women,” so they say. And how do they go about ending this war? By asking lawmakers, 90 percent of whom are men, to save them.
It makes brief sense in theory: If you want what a successful man has, e.g. higher salary, a managerial position, etc., think and act like a man. The problem is, we women just aren’t good at it. Abramson’s leadership style didn’t work. She was called out for “being a bitch,” not for “imitating a man too well.”
Question: if your whole identity as a feminist is built upon the fact that you’re a woman, why would you want to abandon the feminine virtues which make you unique?
Don’t get me wrong, I am all about equal rights for women. I don’t want to be poor. I just know there is a way better way of getting what we want. Women from B.C. – 1963 got what they wanted without having to act like men.
Think of movies from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Women were on top. We were courted intensely, had doors opened for us, drinks, dinners, and diamonds bought for us, and countless marriage proposals to reject. Women like Beryl Markham could be one of the boys and still wear lipstick. Women were in control. We held all the cards. We were worshiped and respected, and it wasn’t because we hated men and burned our bras.
Look at our condition now. To have a family, we have to be willing to play housewife without the joint bank account and shack up with a guy for years of our prime, hoping he decides to make us an offer. We’ve fallen far from our feminine foremothers, and it’s feminism’s fault.
Men have the upper-hand in the work place. For a woman to infiltrate and dominate in a man’s world, she can’t take the feminist’s route and act like a man. That would be blending in. Men are competitive. They feel threatened by other males, so women must use the advantages inherent in their sex – the ones men don’t possess – to set themselves apart and climb the ladder.
Men in power seek complimentary work partners. A well-rounded work environment is more efficient and productive, and women have a million and one virtues to offer that men do not. Any successful man will respect that and promote women who get this.
Just remember: Even Annie Oakley wore a skirt.