- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 17, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The past half-century of the feminist revolution is perhaps best viewed as a massive human experiment in ideologically driven social engineering (“The sexual devolution: Reflections on an apres-postmodern valentine,” Opinion, Thursday). The pluses for women generally have been the attainment of higher educational, occupational and financial status. The minuses, and most dramatically for “attained” women, are all personal - basically the absence of men for dates, husbands or fathers of their children. “Spinster” has been redefined to include many “attained” women who would prefer to curl up with a cuddly sperm bank than the men available to them. While the gains for women have been substantial in the cold worlds of academics, jobs and money, the costs appear to have been high in the warm and emotionally satisfying, intimate worlds of social, sexual and family relationships with men.

For most men, there are no pluses, as the social attitudes accompanying this social revolution have depreciated, demeaned and denigrated them. Now commonplace and socially acceptable are slogans and terms such as “boys are stupid” and “deadbeat dads.” The consequences of this denigration for boys and men, who were fully capable before the feminist revolution in education and work, are obvious: lower educational, occupational and financial attainment. The personal consequences for boys and men appear to be lower self-esteem and life satisfaction and, I suspect, a major withdrawal from the pursuit of educational, occupational and fatherhood opportunities, which they rightly perceive as being stacked against them.

In my view, both men and women would be far better off if America were to return to the land of equal opportunity rather than feminist social engineering. Such a land of equal opportunity would enable women as well as men not only to survive but to thrive as they strive for success and happiness in education, occupation and their own social and family lives.

GORDON E. FINLEY

Professor of psychology

Florida International University

Miami

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