The polls are now all reporting that "feminism" is a negative word. Women absolutely do not want to be called feminists. The American people,
including (and especially) women, instinctively recognize that "feminism" means radical feminism - synonymous with "women's lib" - and they don't want to be tarred with that brush.
And it's no wonder! The principal feminist organization is
the National Organization for Women (NOW), whose
radical antics have been shocking the public for the last twenty
years. NOW's best known spokespersons have been Betty
Friedan, Eleanor Smeal, and Molly Yard. Women simply do
not identify with their goals, their tactics, or their rhetoric.
The feminists themselves are now crying all over the television screens and the pages of metropolitan newspapers that they are the victims of a "backlash." But they brought it on themselves. The American people saw their hatred, contempt, and envy of men by the way they carried on their
eleventh-hour smear campaign to try to stop the confirmation
of Clarence Thomas for U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
The last time the feminists so openly showed their true face to the public was at the taxpayer-funded event in Houston in November 1977 called "International Women's Year." That conference was the occasion when the gender-neutral feminists coalesced with the abortionists and the lesbians to try to force the Equal Rights Amendment down our throats.
That effort failed, just like their attempt to sabotage Clarence Thomas. When the American people get a good look at feminism, they answer with a resounding NO.
In the years between those two widely televised events, the American people tended to forget how radical the feminists are - and the media helped the feminists by not reporting their radical goals, their disgusting tactics, or their vulgar language. When you see feminists on television, they usually wear dresses, clean up their language, and sanctimoniously advocate "women's rights."
It is important to realize that, when the feminists talk about
"women's rights," they don't mean fair treatment for women
in jobs, school, or home. When feminists talk about "women's
rights," they mean a radical restructuring of society, with
government using its power to force feminist goals on all the
rest of us.
What are those goals? The best way to find out is to read the
resolutions passed by NOW at its annual convention. NOW's
resolutions document what is meant by "feminism," namely,
the Equal Rights Amendment, abortion on demand at any time during pregnancy and financed by the taxpayers, homosexual and lesbian privileges, affirmative action quotas for women, government child care, legalization of prostitution, assigning women to military combat duty, and political action at every level of government to achieve these goals.
In order to carry out its political objectives, NOW has two
political action committees. NOW/PAC endorses in federal
elections, and NOW Equality PAC endorses in state and local
races. NOW's newspaper, called National NOW Times
(Summer 1990), stated how NOW chooses the candidates it
"Criteria for endorsement include support for the Equal
Rights Amendment; reproductive freedom including Medicaid
funding for abortions and young women's rights; civil rights
for all - including lesbian and gay rights; and legislation to
decrease the feminization of poverty. Candidates for executive
offices are also asked to support gender balance laws or
commit to making appointments on a gender basis where
there is no existing law. While NOW's PACs use the same
standards when evaluating male and female candidates, it is
NOW policy that women be given preference as candidates
Here is a translation of the NOW jargon used in the above criteria:
reproductive freedom means abortion on demand throughout nine months of pregnancy for any reason whatsoever;
Medicaid funding means taxpayer funding of abortions;
young women's rights means abortion for minor girls
without parental consent;
civil rights for all means quota hiring for minorities and
lesbian and gay rights means the entire homosexual agenda,
including privileges to teach in the classroom, adopt children,
be Boy Scout leaders, etc.;
legislation to decrease the feminization of poverty
means the entire feminist-liberal economic-social agenda, including
federally financed and regulated daycare, Comparable Worth
(that means government wage fixing), Federally Mandated
Parental Leave (that means forcing employers to skew
employee benefits in favor of feminist demands), Glass Ceiling
(that means government forcing businesses to promote
women to executive positions), the United Nations Treaty on
Discrimination Against Women (that means an "Equal
Rights Amendment" enforced on Americans by a commission
of international busybodies), and repeal of all laws that
exempt women from combat duty in the U.S. military;
gender balance laws or appointments on a gender basis
means a candidate's commitment to appoint women - because they are women - instead of men to all government positions. (The goal is to humiliate men and put women in all positions of power and authority.)
Any candidate who is endorsed by NOW can be assumed to have endorsed all these positions.
Printed below is the actual text of some of the resolutions passed at the annual convention of the National Organization for Women (NOW) held in New York City in July 1991. Of course, NOW has passed hundreds of resolutions over the last twenty years, and they all speak with the same voice to
document NOW's radical goals and objectives in great detail.
Note: The first resolution below uses the expression
"consciousness raising." This is essentially a cult-type technique of indoctrinating vulnerable women with the message
that women are oppressed victims, that men are the oppressors,
and that a small cadre of bitter women should work together
to demand power over men in order to "remedy centuries of oppression."
In consciousness-raising sessions, women exchange their
horror stories about men and, with this kind of mutual sharing
and encouragement, little slights are magnified into grievances,
small grievances are transformed into bigger grievances, and
women are able to blame "society" or "all men" for their own
failures, mistakes, and disappointments. These women are
falsely led to believe that a constitutional amendment called
ERA is the key to whatever they want, whether it is a raise, a
promotion, a husband, a divorce, child custody payments, or
simply revenge against men for real or imagined grievances.
This is the psychology of producing bitter - but dedicated -
women activists. As the first resolution below makes clear,
consciousness raising is the "backbone" of NOW's membership development.
Now read for yourself the actual text of some of the NOW resolutions passed in July 1991.
1991 NOW Resolutions
The Equal Rights Amendment
Whereas, the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment
(ERA) is a priority of the National Organization for
Women (NOW); and
Whereas, consciousness raising (CR) has been the backbone of chapters and their development; and
Whereas, the women new to NOW do not have a history of CR; and
Whereas, the process of CR is never ending; and
Whereas, through the CR process, women connect to
women, and with this connection, we have strength and are
Therefore, be it resolved that National NOW inform
chapter, state and regional leadership of the availability of
materials, books and publicity to encourage CR to take place.
Lesbian and Gay Rights Actions
Whereas, Lesbian rights is one of the four priority issues of
the National Organization for Women (NOW); and
Whereas, NOW supports Lesbian and Gay rights in all
aspects and is working to achieve full incorporation of
Lesbians and Gays in all aspects of society; and
Whereas, it is essential for NOW to continue to be visible
and active in our support of Lesbian and Gay rights;
Therefore, be it resolved that NOW supports the following
- The Annual National Coming Out Day activities; and
- The April, 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian and
Gay Rights. . . .
Oppose Clarence Thomas
. . .Therefore, be it resolved that NOW oppose the
confirmation of nominee Clarence Thomas to the Supreme
Court of the United States; and
Be it further resolved that NOW will pressure the Senate
Judiciary Committee, especially Senator Biden and Senate
Majority Leader George Mitchell, as well as the entire Senate
to oppose his confirmation; and
Be it further resolved that since members of both political
parties are responsible for the confirmation of the current
anti-women Supreme Court majority and these members are
now in a position to vote against nominee Thomas, that NOW
will target for defeat any Senators who do not oppose the
confirmation of Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court.
Funding of Abortion
Whereas, accessible abortion is a basic, fundamental right
of every woman: and
Whereas, the United States government uses tax dollars to subsidize medical services through Medicare and Medicaid funding; and
Whereas, tax dollars should be available to pay for safe
legal abortions so that the fundamental right to choose
whether to carry a pregnancy to term can be equally accessible
to all women regardless of socioeconomic status;
Therefore, be it resolved that the National Organization
for Women (NOW) draft model legislation regarding funding
at all levels for abortion and reproductive services in the states;
Be it further resolved that the Young Feminists can begin
the struggle to win back and retain Medicaid funded abortions
by organizing non-violent mass demonstrations calling for the
repeal of all limitations on Medicaid abortions and call for free
safe, legal abortions without restrictions.
Parental Involvement Laws
Whereas, young women's lives are directly threatened by
growing support for state laws requiring parental interference
for abortions; and
Whereas, many such women are under the voting age and
therefore wield little electoral power regarding this issue; and
Whereas, National NOW has already implemented a
strong and far-reaching agenda actively opposing parental
interference legislation; and
Whereas, National NOW is now officially working with
young feminists to take control over their lives and their
Therefore, be it resolved that the NOW National board
and NOW's membership include parental consent/notification
as an issue on its young feminist action agenda. . . .
"We Won't Go Back"
Whereas, the reactionary forces in the Presidency, the
Supreme Court, Congress, and the state legislatures are
attempting to overturn Roe v. Wade, restrict access to birth
control and family planning, and undermine 50 years of work
to extend equality of the law to all persons regardless of sex,
race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, economic status or
Whereas, we pledge "We Won't Go Back and We Will Go
Forward" in our struggle for equality for all;
Therefore, be it resolved that the National Organization
for Women launch an unprecedented mass campaign of
defiance and triumph: "We Won't Go Back - We Will Have
Our Rights NOW." This campaign will include:
- An all out fight to overturn the gag ruling enunciated by
the Supreme Court in Rust v. Sullivan with direct action days
in Washington, D.C. and in the districts and states of targeted
members of Congress.
- A sustained fight to defeat the nomination of Clarence
Thomas to the Supreme Court and any nominee who would
sacrifice women's rights and civil rights.
- The launching, in fall of 1992, of a new political
campaign that will result in unprecedented numbers of
feminist candidates based on the premise that women and
people of racial and ethnic diversity and others who are
determined to have economic justice, nonviolence and a
healthy planet cannot be sacrificed whenever convenient by
two outdated parties without principles and dominated by
greed. This campaign will support feminist candidates who
challenge incumbents who have abandoned the dream of
equality and the hope of a decent quality of life for future
generations on the planet and will confront the present two
party system. . . .
Quotas and the Civil Rights Act
. . .Whereas, "quota" has become the catchword for
opponents of civil rights, women's rights and economic
justice, and has been used to attack affirmative action, when in
fact, quotas are used to exclude women and minorities from
institutions and positions of power and to guarantee that the
overwhelming under representation of women in decision-making positions is maintained;
Therefore, be it resolved that the National Organization
for Women (NOW) intensify its commitment to the passage
this year of a strong and uncompromised civil rights law to
restore the rights of women and people of color so decimated
by the Reagan/Bush Supreme Court, and that NOW will
hold every member of Congress and the President accountable
for the watering down or defeat of the Civil Rights Act; and
Be it further resolved, that NOW will not endorse any
political candidate who backs away from full and unqualified
support for affirmative action and the Civil Rights Act and
will work to defeat any candidate who uses the phony issue of
quotas to deny women and people of color economic justice.
Women in Combat
Whereas, during the Equal Rights Amendment fight, our
opposition effectively fanned the flames of fear that women
would be drafted and thrown into foxholes in some strange
and distant country; and
Whereas, with women soldiers playing a more significant
role in the Persian Gulf than ever before in our military
history, we may have an unprecedented opportunity to bring
to an end the lung debate over-whether women should be in
combat, to expand career opportunities for women in the
military and to remove what has been overwhelming obstacle
to women's equality and the Equal Rights Amendment; and
Whereas, exclusion of women from positions arbitrarily
defined as "combat" is based on archaic ideas of what women
and men are physically and emotionally capable of doing and
outdated ideas of what modern military theory and combat
are; and ....
Whereas, the exclusion of women from combat in the
modern military is a fraud only to perpetuate a second class
status of women in the military; economically and educationally disadvantaged young women cannot use the armed services, which are the largest vocational training grounds in the U.S., in the same way young men can to help themselves;
young men can join, get training, a possibility of a pension and
often veteran's preferences in hiring when they leave the
military; young women face higher entrance requirements and
quotas limiting the numbers of women who get into the
military-and once they get in, women receive less training
and fewer promotions; women are almost 11% of the military,
but fill only .9% of the military's top 1000 officers' jobs and
only about .8% of the top 15,000 senior enlisted positions; and
Whereas, the combat exclusion hurts our country's defense
and foreign policy; women are effectively eliminated from
most highranking leadership positions in the military by being
excluded from career-enhancing, command positions defined
as "combat"; and with women and women's perspective
missing from the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other military policy
bodies, our country's public policy is the poorer; ...
Now therefore, be it resolved, that NOW demands
equality for women enjoining the military and in training, job
assignments and benefits in the military; and
Be it further resolved, that NOW actively supports
elimination of statutory restrictions on women in the military.
The "Women in Combat" resolution was passed by the National
Organization for Women Board of Directors, September 16, 1990.
1991 NEA Resolutions
The National Education Association (NEA), the country's
largest teachers union, held its annual convention in Miami
Beach in July 1991. Here are some of the resolutions it passed
in support of feminist goals:
ERA and Abortion
The NEA Board of Directors recommends that the
Representative Assembly adopt the following revision of the
Action Plan for Sex Equity as a substitute for the current
To achieve its vision of educational excellence and equity,
NEA reaffirms its commitment to the realization of equal
rights for women and men through the following action plan
for sex equity:
- By lobbying members of Congress, by establishing and
joining coalitions, or by supporting groups involved in civil
rights litigation, NEA will work to:
- Achieve and ensure pay equity, economic equity, sex
equity, and reproductive freedom without governmental
- Secure the reintroduction and ultimate ratification of
the Equal Rights Amendment.
- Promote women who support the NEA legislative
agenda to be candidates for elective office.
- Explore all possible avenues of legal remedy and redress
on women's rights issues.
- Enforce Title IX.
- By providing information and technical assistance to
state affiliates, NEA will help them to:
- Lobby for legislation on sex equity, pay and economic
equity, and reproductive freedom without governmental
- Utilize collective bargaining to achieve a discrimination-
free work place.
- Encourage Association-endorsed women to seek elective
- Secure ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
- Implement model programs to ensure that females have
equal access in the schools.
- Eliminate discriminatory practices against women in
employment, promotion, and compensation.
- Enforce Title IX.
- Enhance personnel policies to include maternity, parental, adoption, child-care, and professional leave.
- By providing women's leadership training workshops
and grants to state affiliates, NEA will develop a cadre of
effective multicultural women leaders who are ready and able
to assume elective and appointive office in the Association.
- By providing state affiliates with training programs,
cooperative projects, information, and technical assistance in
pay equity, NEA will work to eliminate race and/or gender-
based wage discrimination among education employees.
- By educating its membership about the discrepancies in
educational experiences for males and females and by
promoting methods such as textbook evaluation, revision for
inclusive curricula, and instructional delivery systems, NEA
will ensure equity in education.
- By being actively involved in international relations,
NEA will advance women's equity in international forums.
Adopted as New Business Item B.
Gay and Lesbian Counseling
NEA shall effectively advertise and continue to offer its
workshop "Affording Equal Opportunity to Gay and Lesbian
Students Through Teaching and Counseling" each year until
each state that desires the training has the opportunity to
Rationale: Most educators have never had training to
develop awareness and skills for dealing with gay/lesbian
issues in schools. NEA has developed an excellent training
Cost Implication: In order to conduct this training for an
estimated 15 participants with a consultant trainer, the
estimated cost is $20,000 per training session.
Adopted as New Business Item 54.
Equal Opportunity for Women
The National Education Association insists that all persons,
regardless of gender, be given equal opportunity for employment, promotion, compensation (including equal pay for Comparable Worth), and leadership in all activities. The Association supports the proposed Equal Rights
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees that
equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged
by the United States or by any state because of gender. The
Association believes that sexism and sex discrimination must
be eliminated and endorses the use of nonsexist language.
Adopted as Resolution I-17.
The National Education Association supports family planning including the right to reproductive freedom. The Association urges the government to give high priority to making available all methods of family planning to women
and men unable to take advantage of private facilities. The Association further urges the implementation of community-operated, schoolbased family planning clinics that will provide intensive counseling by trained personnel.
Adopted as Resolution I-21.