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Posted: 11/02/10

Feminism is Anti-Family, Anti-Father, and Encourages the Feminization of the American Male

by Brannon S. Howse

The following is an excerpt from the book by Brannon Howse, Grave Influence: 21 Radicals and Their Worldviews That Rule America From The Grave
(368 pages, hard-cover)

Click here to order your copy today:


If "tolerance" is the core value of political correctness, feminism is its most cherished cause, and the implications of our cultural devotion to feminism are monstrous. Feminism is not about equal rights for women but about the feminization of the American male, an ideology that is anti-family and anti-father-and virtually guaranteed to bring about the wholesale destruction of the American family.

The Frankfurt School staff  knew that "...Even a partial breakdown of parental authority in the family might tend to increase the readiness of a coming generation to accept social change."[1] 

Dr. Gerald L. Atkinson, CDR, USN (Ret.) describes the attack on the American male through the propaganda of the Frankfurt School:


The Frankfurt school studied the "authoritarian personality" which became synonymous with the male, the patriarchal head of the American family.  A modern utopia would be constructed by these idealistic intellectuals by "turning Western civilization" upside down.  This utopia would be a product of their imagination, a product not susceptible to criticism on the basis of the examination of evidence.  This "revolution" would be accomplished by fomenting a very quiet, subtle and slowly spreading "cultural Marxism" which would apply to culture the principles of Karl Marx bolstered by the modern psychological tools of Sigmund Freud.  Thus, "cultural Marxism" became a marriage of Marx and Freud aimed at producing a "quiet" revolution in the United States of America.  This "quiet revolution has occurred in America over the past 30 years.  While America slept! "The Authoritarian personality," studied by the Frankfurt School in the 1940s and 1950s in America, prepared the way for the subsequent warfare against the masculine gender promoted by Herbert Marcuse and his band of social revolutionaries under the guise of "women's liberation" and the New Left movement in the 1960s. The evidence that psychological techniques for changing personality is intended to mean emasculation of the American male is provided by Abraham Maslow, founder of Third Force Humanist Psychology and a promoter of the psychotherapeutic classroom, who wrote that, "...the next step in personal evolution is a transcendence of both masculinity and femininity to general humanness."  The Marxist revolutionaries knew exactly what they wanted to do and how to do it.  They have succeeded in accomplishing much of their agenda.[2]

Among the champions of feminism have been Gloria Steinem, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and, most assuredly, Betty Friedan. Friedan was also co-founder of the National Organization of Women (NOW), one of America's most radical feminist organizations.

Out of Touch

Friedan's book, The Feminine Mystique, could be described as the Feminist Manifesto. Released in 1963, it was a major force behind the 1970s explosion of the radical feminist agenda. Like many of the people in this book, Friedan was an atheist who embraced Marxism. As Benjamin Wicker points out:

Before she published The Feminine Mystique, Friedan had spent years in Marxist-inspired agitation on behalf of mistreated lower-class workers-and the abstractness of her analysis is fundamentally Marxist.[3] She had been a Marxist since her college days at Smith in the late 1930s and early 1940s. In the years after, she belonged to, worked for, or wrote positively about a string of leftist organizations and publications-like the Popular Front, the Federated Press, UE News, Congress of American Women, Jewish Life-that had significant Communist membership or Soviet sympathies. Knowing that the call to revolution in The Feminine Mystique would be damaged if it was associated with the call to revolution in the Communist Manifesto, she hid her radical past.[4]

Benjamin Wicker believes Friedan's book is much longer than needed to convey her belief that "women who are only wives and mothers are secretly or openly miserable because they cannot venture outside the home and cheerfully maximize their potential as human beings in meaningful work, just as men do."[5] In critiquing her obsessive work, he asks an obvious and telling question: What makes Friedan think it is a guaranteed fact that men just can't wait to get up each morning to drive a truck, build a house, pave a road, paint a house, manage a store, fill out people's tax forms, write their wills, or work in a laboratory? Countless men rise dutifully each morning to do jobs they really don't enjoy and, in many cases, jobs they detest. But they do it for love of their families and for the purpose of providing for them. Many men long for the day they can retire and leave behind a job they long since stopped enjoying. 

Just because Friedan doesn't want to acknowledge the self-sacrifice of such men does not mean they're not fulfilling a God-given role of protector, defender, and provider.  Most women (my wife among them) are happy to have husbands who willingly and eagerly embrace this role so they can pursue their God-given role and passion of being wives and mothers.

Thanks largely to Betty Friedan, feminists claim women do not like strong-willed men who have convictions and the courage of those convictions to lead their families. Reality suggests otherwise, however. Most women want exactly that.

Whether people admit it or not, it is evident that there are God-ordained roles for men and for women-each complementing the other. This is what makes a great marriage great-the different and sometimes opposite but complementary gifts, abilities, insight, and interests of each spouse.  

Spreading Bad Choices Around

The feminist agenda is simply that Friedan and friends do not want women to find fulfillment in being wives and mothers. My friend and staunch conservative Phyllis Schlafly explains that feminists are really dictators who want to leave women no choice but to follow a humanist, politically correct lifestyle: 

The feminists whine endlessly using their favorite word "choice" in matters of abortion, but they reject choice in gender roles. The Big Mama of feminist studies, Simone de Beauvoir, said, "We don't believe that any woman should have this choice. No woman should be authorized to stay at home to raise her children . . . precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one."

The feminists have carried on a long-running campaign to make husbands and fathers unnecessary and irrelevant. Most divorces are initiated by women, and more women than men request same-sex marriage licenses in Massachusetts so that, with two affirmative-action jobs plus in vitro fertilization, they can create a "family" without husbands or fathers.

Despite the false messages of the colleges and the media, most American women are smart enough to reject the label feminist, and only 20 percent of mothers say they want full-time work in the labor force. I suggest that women suffering from unhappiness should look into how women are treated in the rest of the world, and then maybe American women would realize they are the most fortunate people on earth.[6]

Schlafly, a Washington University Law School educated lawyer, also describes in an article, "The Feminists Continue Their War Against Men," how feminist leaders feel about motherhood:

In 1970, Gloria Steinem told the Senate Judiciary Committee it is a "myth" to believe "that children must have full-time mothers. . . . The truth is that most American children seem to be suffering from too much mother, and too little father. Part of the program of Women's Liberation is a return of fathers to their children. If laws permit women equal work and pay opportunities, men will then be relieved of their role as sole breadwinner."

Articulating vintage feminism in the 1974 Harvard Educational Review, Hillary Clinton wrote disparagingly about wives who are in "a dependency relationship" which, she said, is akin to "slavery and the Indian reservation system." [7]

Schafly expands on this feminist notion of marriage and motherhood as slavery:

Then-ACLU attorney Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her 1977 book Sex Bias in the U.S. Code that "all legislation based on the breadwinning-husband, dependent-homemaking-wife pattern" must be eliminated "to reflect the equality principle" because "a scheme built upon the breadwinning husband [and] dependent homemaking wife concept inevitably treats the woman's efforts or aspirations in the economic sector as less important than the man's." Feminist literature is filled with putdowns of the role of housewife and mother. This ideology led directly to feminist insistence that the taxpayers provide (in Ginsburg's words) "a comprehensive program of government-supported child care."[8]

The icon of college women's studies courses, Simone de Beauvoir, opined that "marriage is an obscene bourgeois institution." Easy divorce became a primary goal of the feminist liberation movement. Robin Morgan, one of the founders of Ms. Magazine, said that marriage is "a slavery-like practice" and that "we can't destroy the inequities between men and women until we destroy marriage." Three-fourths of divorces are now unilaterally initiated by wives without any requirement to allege that the cast-off husband committed any fault.[9]

In a political bait-and-switch that would make Karl Marx proud, once feminists achieved one of their goals of easy-divorce, they did a complete turnaround on the importance of mothers raising their children. Again, Schlafly reports:

As divorces became easy to get, the feminists suddenly did a total about-face in their demand that fathers share equally in child care. Upon divorce, mothers demand total legal and physical custody and control of their children, arguing that only a mother is capable of providing their proper care and upbringing, and a father's only function is to provide a paycheck. Gone are the demands that the father change diapers or tend to a sick child. Feminists want the father out of sight except maybe for a few hours a month of visitation at her discretion. [10]

Suddenly, the ex-husband is targeted as a totally essential breadwinner, and the ex-wife is eager to proclaim her dependency on him. Feminists assert that, after divorce, child care should be almost solely the mother's job, dependency is desirable, and providing financial support should be almost solely the father's job.  What's behind this feminist reversal about motherhood? As Freud famously asked, "What does a woman want?" The explanation appears to be the maxim, Follow the money. Beginning in the mid-1980s, the feminists used their political clout to get Congress to pass draconian post-divorce support-enforcement laws that use the full power of government to give the divorced mother cash income proportional to the percentage of custody time she persuades the court to award, but unrelated to what she spends for the children or to her willingness to allow the father to see his children. Since the father typically has higher income than the mother, giving near-total custody to the mother enables the states to maximize transfer payments and thereby collect bigger cash bonuses from the federal government. When fathers appeal to family courts for equal time with their children, they are opposed by a large industry of lawyers, psychologists, custody evaluators, domestic-violence agitators, and government bureaucrats who make their living out of denying fathers their fundamental rights.[11]

The bottom line is that feminism has been a tool of the humanists to destroy the family. Leading humanist Paul Kurtz said, "Humanism and feminism are inextricably interwoven."[12] Humanists and Communists have sought the destruction of the American family because they know that, for America, the family has been the instrument for passing on Christian values and a Biblical worldview-the source and foundation of our freedoms and Constitutional Republic.

The following is an excerpt from the book by Brannon Howse, Grave Influence: 21 Radicals and Their Worldviews That Rule America From The Grave
(368 pages, hard-cover)

Click here to order your copy today:

[1] Gerald L. Atkinson, What Is the Frankfurt School?, August 1, 1999.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Benjamin Wicker, 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help (Washington DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2008), 213.

[4] Ibid., 219.

[5] Ibid., 212-213.

[6] Phyllis Schlafly, "Why Women Are Unhappy," The Schlafly Report, June 2009.

[7] Phyllis Schlafly, "The Feminists Continue Their War Against Men"

[8] Ibid.

[9] Ibid.

[10] Ibid.

[11] Ibid.

[12] Daniel Horowitz, Betty Friedan and the Making of "The Feminine Mystique": The American Left, the Cold War, and Modern Feminism (Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1998) for a study of Friedan's leftism and pro-Communist views.

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Iaiah & Revelations
Posted On: 11/22/10 03:06:17 PM Age 0, CANADA
From Peter Wolczuk; This isn't the first time I've seen the bit about feminization as male role models are steadily being cut out of children's rights. And, as I look about me I see the progression of this agenda. However, shortly after reading this article my daily bible reading came to Isaiah 47 which reminded me of Revelation 17. It sure seems that this process has begun; as your article illustrates. At first it seemed like nothing to worry about because God has a plan greater than the plans of all His opponents' agendas put together. Then it came to me that He may have work for me and/or others to do in His plan. Not wanting to be left out because of giving in to the deadly sin of sloth; or to let evil prevail merely because good Christians did nothing; I began to pray for guidance and to ask if there's anything He requires of me in this matter. I think it would be wise of other God fearing men to do the same.

Restless Hearts -- A Stronghold Waiting to Happen!
Posted On: 11/07/10 11:31:43 AM Age 0, TN
Thank you, Brannon, for your book, GRAVE INFLUENCE. The feminist agenda has been the downfall of many marriages in the previous and current generations. Betty Friedan was featured in the book, 100 PEOPLE WHO SHAPED AMERICA. Certainly, her "restless heart" and selfish ambition have influenced the hearts and minds of many women to abandon their God-given role as wife and mother to pursue other interests. The nurturing of children in our society is vital for a civilized society. After Ms. Friedan had canvassed her former classmates, she noted they, too, had similar feelings. Wonder if they were atheist, too? What if they had inquired of the Lord concerning their "emptiness" of soul? There is a void in each person's heart that can only be filled with a personal relationship with the Creator. A Christian author/speaker, Beth Moore, has stated that 'a restless heart is a stronghold waiting to happen.' Evidently, one woman's "soul wanderings" subsequently changed the lives of over 50 million unborn babies since the 1973 landmark decision on abortion.

feminism in the courts
Posted On: 11/06/10 07:46:54 AM Age 0, NC
As a target of extreme parental alienation, I have been denied even the most basic information about my daughter now for almost 5 years (where is she and is she ok?)I find this article by Brannon to be right on target. I had complained to my wife before she left that I felt like all I was allowed to be in the family was an income provider. Despite 4 years in Family Law Court and spending many thousands of dollars I was never even allowed to present a case in my own defense. Twice I had expert witnesses prepared to testify and twice the judge refused to hear testimony. In the end all I am allowed to be is an income provider and she never had to prove that I was guilty of anything. These feminists are sociopaths and they are driven to punish and they cannot be reasoned with. Our leaders, in an effort to appear compassionate, have become instruments of cruelty. Prov 12:10 "The kindest acts of the wicked are cruel". Mark

Posted On: 11/05/10 01:16:46 AM Age 0, IN
The government has just made it too easy for parents to walk away from their responsibilities. George, they have made it easy for women to walk away, not men. Women can walk away from all responsibilities for an infant before and after birth. They can drop an infant off at a safe haven location no questions ask and it is over for them. Men will often have to watch helplessly as a baby they want is aborted or they will have to pay for 18 plus years even if they were lied to by the mother as (I can not get pregnant) Of course the saver solution is not to be intimate with anyone other than ones own husband or wife.

Feminism is Anti-Family
Posted On: 11/05/10 12:42:03 AM Age 0, IN
Shattered Men has been exposing the feminist threat since it was founded. One of the most anti-family laws which has been destorying homes at record number is the Violence Against Women Act and it is up for renewal. It only protects half the victims of domestic abuse at the full expense of the other half of the Only the feminist were allowed to give advise on this one sided law which is like asking the KKK to help write racial relation laws while not allowing the NAACP a voice. Yet in all of this, the feminist do not realize they are just being used to bring about the one world order and they will be just as expendable as they consider men to be when it takes place. The Hidden Feminist Agenda Pastor Ken Deemer Director Shattered Men

must buy
Posted On: 11/03/10 08:12:50 AM Age 0, PA
I am currently reading Grave Influence and will attest that Brannon's book is accurate. I have been doing my own study for years and this book revels as much as you need to know if you are curious how we arrived where we are today and gain the insight necessary to protect your children and fight for righteousness.

Communist rules for revolution
Posted On: 11/03/10 07:58:21 AM Age 0, CO
Right on !!! Thank you Lord for the Brannon Howse's of today. Just want to pass on a quote from an article entitled "Communist Rules for Revolution" printed in the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise in 1919. Reprinted in 1946 in The New World News. This item caught my attention after reading about the feminists. A. "Corrupt the young--get them away from religion. Get them interested in sex. Make them superficial. Destroy their ruggedness." It's an article I've saved since the 60's and can't vouch for its authenticity but it goes on to list 9 other items that are extremely prophetic as to what has taking place in the last 50 years in our great nation of America. The feminist movement is all part of their plan. We the people must wake up, wise up and stand up for our great nation or we'll lose it. If you would like a copy of the entire text I'll be happy to send it to you. Email me at [email protected] Thanks

The Patriarchal family is Biblical
Posted On: 11/03/10 04:40:28 AM Age 0, MO
I agree that the concepts of feminism and Marxism have eroded the traditional families in America since the 60's. The college and university campuses became a fertile breeding ground for ideas which were breaking up traditional families. Economic forces were also at work, pulling family members geographically apart. A myth was set in place that children should be on their own after they turned 18. Families can reverse these trends and influences with just some materialistic sacrifices. The promotion of welfare families should be legislated out of existence. A plan needs to be made to gradually withdraw assistance from one- parent families. The government has just made it too easy for parents to walk away from their responsibilities. George Cancilla

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