Erin Pizzey wrote:
The following is a draft article that The Daily Mail asked me to write
yesterday. I only had two hours to write it, so it is rough. They may not run
it, but at least they asked for it, knowing that I am anti-feminist, and that in itself is a
Thursday 11 December 1997
Why I, as an ardent anti-feminist, feel sorry for women
By Erin Pizzey
I feel sorry for women of my generation who were tricked into believing that the so-called women's movement had anything to offer women except tears.
Professor Ruth Wisse from Harvard, has this to say about the women's movement.........
'By defining relationships between men and women in terms of power and competition instead
of reciprocity and cooperation, the movement tore apart the most basic and fragile
contract in human society, the unit from which all other social institutions draw their
I believe that the women's movement internationally has been the most extreme and the
most influential cause of the destruction of family life in this century. The
history of this movement goes back to the early sixties in America when the women's
liberation movement was born out of the rage and frustration of American women working
along side men in the left wing movements that were sweeping across the western world. Like many women of my age, I was transfixed by the writings of feminist gurus. I passionately believed in the message that was being touted through the pages of
newspapers. The seductive message was that women were going to cease to fight and to
compete with each other. We were going to come together to improve our role in
society and to take advantage of choices that would enable us to compete in the work
place, if we so wished. We would be given control over our bodies and be able to make
our own decisions over abortion.
To this end we were invited to attend conferences where 'a new future for women' would
What was all too quickly revealed was an agenda that made my blood run cold.
Hundreds of women, all white, mostly middle class and largely from academia,
assured us that they had the solutions to all our problems. My problem as I saw it,
was that I had recently moved into Hammersmith and was suffering from a great deal of
isolation. I supposed that the women's movement was geared towards helping women,
like myself, at home with small children, to learn to reach out to others in our
I was very wrong. It soon became obvious that the women's movement was bent on
infiltrating and destroying family life. The enemy I needed to identify was
behind my own front door. Useless to protest that my husband paid our mortgage and
enabled me to stay at home full time to be with my two small children. I was howled
down and ridiculed. Within a matter of months after that first conference the subject of
women's liberation had become so fashionable that very few women would dare even suggest
that they were happy to be at home and even less likely to admit that they were happily
Some newspapers, through their women's pages, and virtually all magazines carried their
new 'deal' for women. Marriage and family life were little more than gulags where
women languished, forced to service the bestial needs of men. Women, in this brave
new world, were now fueled with the information that women's sexual needs, denied them for
so many generations by selfish and controlling men, were now paramount. Overnight
the roles changed and men no longer were the pursuer but became the pursued. The
pill took care of any consequences and old fashioned morality was thrown on the scrap
heap. Chivalry towards women by men was met with sullen rudeness and men began to
feel the chill wind of universal female dislike. Maleness became radically
unfashionable. Little boys were to be brainwashed into abandoning their traditional
games and toys and encouraged to adopt 'femaleness.' Men were to be redesigned and
repackaged into 'new men.'
Many men, at first, responded with cries of delight. Blinded by lust and
the lure of relationships without any responsibility, many men fully concurred with the
women's movement. Slowly, as women moved into positions of power, men began to
feel the iron fist of the women's movement on their backs.
Today, millions of men look back at the devastation this movement created in their
lives. Publicly derided as useless, feckless idle wasters, men have retreated into
their holes to lick their wounds. A generation of young men in their early
twenties is now adrift in a sea of misandry. They are regularly exposed as less able
than their sisters and pilloried as academic failures by the press. No wonder they
turn to mental illness, suicide and drugs. Their feminist mothers, in many cases
with multiple sexual partners, have abandoned their role as care givers. Children
come home to empty rooms, empty fridges and no warmth. These are the children of the
'nobody home' generation. The feminist movement decreed that all women must enter
the work force and hand their young children over to the care of the 'mother'
state. As the divorce rates soar, men refuse to make any commitment that ties them to
women who, when they are bored with the relationship, will boot the men out and keep
the money and the children.
The gross injustice to men deserves our concern but save your tears for innocent
women. Our daughters did not deserve the inheritance of malice and spite
that my generation of women heaped upon the shoulders of men. The feminisation of
the schools where all male efforts were seen as malignant. The natural attraction
between boys and girls described as 'sexual harassment,' and the terrible loss of
tenderness and romance that has been leached out of the lives of women.
What we have left, thanks to this evil movement, is a vast number of lone women trying
to keep what is left of family life going. They never asked to be foot soldiers in what
has become a feminazi army. They were not blessed with skills and college degrees
that gave them economic power to make decisions when they were abandoned by their
men. They believed that the feminist movement was going to offer them choices.
What they did not understand was that there were never any choices. Men, realizing
that they had been cast in the role of sexual monsters, retaliated. Those that
didn't pitch into the war of the sexes with relish, simply faded away. Women facing
the new millennium have few choices. One of them must be to take back our homes and
our families from the clutch of the feminist movement.
Fight back against the ridicule heaped upon men. Those men are our sons and
hopefully, our future son-in-laws. Where are the men and women who want to preserve
family life in this country? Are they willing to stand up and be counted?
Erin Pizzey founded the women's shelter movement; starting
the first modern women's refuge in Chiswick, London, England, in 1971.
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