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Antifeminism

    ==Antifeminism==
    (1911?) an early antifeminist organization
    Antifeminism is the opposition to feminism
    Many proponents of antifeminism feel that feminism is a destructive force to society and family life whilst others feel that the feminist movement has achieved its aims and is now pushing for more than equality [1] ( How The Women's Movement Taught Women to Hate Men Erin Pizzey; What Friedan Wrought Janice Shaw Crouse PhD)
    Anti-feminist groups particularly point to the dramatic increase in the divorce rate and breakdown of the family since the rise of feminism and note that crime statistics teenage pregnancy and drug abuse are all higher among children of fatherless homes Their critics point out that correlation does not imply causation that anti-feminist groups fail to consider social factors besides feminism that social ills faced by children without fathers can also be the result of the father's decisions and that feminism is not to blame for role models and gender roles that predate it.
    Antifeminists have gathered momentum in recent years parallel to the growth of the Men's Rights movement due to what is perceived by them as the misandric policies of Western governments [2][3][4] However unlike the Men's Rights movement antifeminism is still currently lacking in organization often rendering antifeminists' claims more conceptual than tangible

    Notable antifeminists

    Erin Pizzey

    Erin Pizzey recognized as the founder of the first UK women's shelter created an intense backlash to her efforts to provide assitance to women she termed "violence prone" that had its beginnings in an observation she would go on to cite repeatedly: 62 of the first 100 women who walked through the doors of her Chiswick Women's Refuge were as violent or more violent than the men they were seeking refuge from
    In her own words in her book Prone to Violence she predicted the unpopularity of her observation having said "In those days it was too dangerous to attempt to share my discoveries in this field because it was hard enough to gain public acceptance even for the idea that battered wives needed refuge To discuss the notion that some women were actually prone to violence and returned to violent relationships again and again would only have served to alienate the public from these women who were in genuine need of help" (Pizzey 1982 p. 17)
    Erin used the term "violence prone" to differentiate violent women from the others whom she termed "battered" and argued that while battered wives were indeed hapless victims of their partners' violence violence prone women intentionally placed themselves in dangerous situations desiring abuse having confused pain with pleasure as a result of childhood trauma
    Despite her selfless efforts and her impressive reputation among those she helped Erin found herself unwelcome among the feminists of her time due to her controversial beliefs and unique sense of equity leading her to distance herself from what she in a draft article to The Daily Mail in 1997 called "the most extreme and the most influential cause of the destruction of family life in this century" (Pizzey 1997 ¶ 3)
    In the same draft Erin described her despair at what she witnessed at feminist conferences she attended: "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 married" (Pizzey 1997 ¶ 6)
    Although clearly taking an antifeminist stance in many of her writings following Prone to Violence she's careful not to abandon her ambition to help women having suggested that fighting back against "the ridicule heaped upon men" (Pizzey 1997 ¶ 12) by feminists will free women from a life of loneliness and overwork

    Further reading

    • Andrea Dworkin Right-Wing Women: The Politics of Domesticated Females (1983; ISBN 0399506713) An excerpt from Chapter 3 is available online
    • Susan Faludi Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women (1992; ISBN 0385425074)
    • Cynthia D. Kinnard Antifeminism in American Thought: An Annotated Bibliography (Boston: G. K. Hall & Co 1986 ISBN 0816181225)
    • Jane J. Mansbridge: Why We Lost the ERA Chicago University of Chicago Press 1986
    • Erin Pizzey Prone to Violence (Hamlyn 1982; ISBN 0600205517)
    • Erin Pizzey Why I, as an ardent anti-feminist feel sorry for women (1997)

    See also


    External links


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