January 23, 2002
One of the unintended consequences of the terrorist attack on the
World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 was the dashing of feminist
hopes to make America a gender-neutral or androgynous society. New
York City's fireMEN dared to charge up the stairs of the burning Twin
Towers, and the firefighters' death tally was: men 343, women 0.
It is a testament to their courage and skill that many thousands
of people were successfully evacuated despite mass confusion. The
fewer than 3,000 officeworkers who died were mostly trapped above the
explosions and could not have been evacuated under any scenario.
The feminists had made repeated attempts to sex-integrate New
York's fire department through litigation, even though the women could
not pass the physical tests. They even persuaded a judge to rule that
upper body strength is largely irrelevant to firefighting.
September 11th called for all the masculine strength that strong
men could muster. Firefighting is clearly a job for real men to do the
heavy-lifting, not affirmative-action women.
President George W. Bush sent our Special Forces to the rugged and
remote Afghan hills and caves to get the terrorists, dead or alive.
Fighting the Taliban is a job for real men.
When the national media interviewed some of our Marines, one of
our guys said, "There's no place I'd rather be than here." America is
fortunate that the warrior culture has survived 30 years of feminist
fantasies and that some men are still macho enough to relish the
opportunity to engage and kill the bad guys of the world.
Watching the war pictures on television, we almost expected to see
High Noon sheriff Gary Cooper or John Wayne riding across the plains.
I suggest the feminists go to see the new movie "Black Hawk Down" and
reflect on the reality that women could not have done what our men did
For several decades, the feminists have been demanding that we
terminate the discrimination that excludes women from "career
advancement" in every section of the U.S. Armed Forces, assuring us
that hand-to-hand combat is a relic of the past and that all our wars
will now involve only pulling triggers and pushing buttons. Tell that
to our troops who trudged over land mines and jagged rocks where there
are not even any roads.
In the eighties and nineties, the feminist assault on the right to
be a masculine man became increasingly obvious and hostile. It was not
just a semantic parlor game when they insisted that the words manly,
masculine and gentleman be excised from our vocabulary.
The feminists are playing for keeps. They attacked the right to
be a masculine man in the U.S. Armed Services, the kind of man who
would rush into a burning building to save a woman or search the Afghan
caves for Osama bin Laden.
The feminists have intimidated our military into using a training
system based on gender-norming the tests, rewarding effort rather than
achievement, and trying to assure that females are not
"underrepresented" in officer ranks. It's bad enough that men are
forbidden to question the double standards or preferential treatment
given to women; it is dishonorable to induce them to lie about it.
The feminists have used the courts to try to criminalize
masculinity. Feminist lawyers first created judge-made law to expand
the statutory definition of sex discrimination to include sexual
harassment, and they now prosecute sexual harassment on the basis of
how a woman feels rather than what a man does.
The feminists' attack on the right to be a masculine man is in
full swing at colleges and universities. Feminism is a major tenet of
political correctness, and the female faculty are the watchdogs of
Subservience to feminist orthodoxy on campuses is not only
mandatory, it is nondebatable. Women's studies courses and many
sociology courses are tools to indoctrinate college women in feminist
ideology and lay a guilt trip on all men, collectively and
The feminists use Title IX, not as a vehicle to ensure equal
educational opportunity for women, but as a machete to destroy the
sports at which men excel. Since 1993, 43 colleges have eliminated
wrestling teams, 53 have eliminated golf, 13 have eliminated football,
and the number of colleges offering men's gymnastics has dropped from
128 to 23.
The feminist battalions are even on the warpath against the right
to be a boy. In elementary schools across America, recess is rapidly
being eliminated, shocking numbers of little boys are drugged with
psychosomatic drugs to force them to behave like little girls, and
zero-tolerance idiocies are punishing boys for indulging in games of
normal boyhood such as cops and robbers.
Of course, when you wipe out masculine men, you also eliminate
gentlemen, the kind of men who would defend and protect a lady -- like
the gentlemen who stepped aside so that, of the people who survived the
sinking of the Titanic, 94 percent of those in first-class and 81
percent of those in second-class were women.