Monday, April 03, 2006

The conservative/feminist alliance

David Usher over at MND blogwonks writing about "Roe vs Wade for Men" makes some excellent points, not just on this particular case, but on parents' rights in general:

    Conservatives and radical feminists ... share the same essential philosophy: The divine prerogatives of motherhood somehow preempt the rights of fathers to have any say in marriage, childbearing and childrearing.... fathers should be nothing more than quiet indentured servants.

    [No fault divorce]: ...turn the family over to mothers, kick the husband out, and charge him for everything.

    The feminist sexual revolution contained the agitprop and tools enabling women to behave like men while ... holding women entirely innocent for what they do.

    the way out of poverty or becoming “liberated” has something to do with marrying the nearest child support office

    This is not to lay blame at the feet of women. What they are doing is an entirely legal, entitled activity.

    A middle-class family requires 1.4 incomes to be a middle-class family. The broken family cannot support two households and a bevy of lawyers without coming up short.

He tends towards bible-thumping in an effort to establish a emotional rather than entirely rational grounds for his position against the hypocrisies he identifies, but arrives at a conclusion that one needs no bible to appreciate:

    The operative goal is this: “We must now grant to fathers the same right to be in the family as we have granted to women in the workplace”.

To me this is simple logic, I need no excursion through ideas of "sin", the sanctity of marriage, and the ridiculous wars between ideological foes to realize that children have the need of both their parents in their lives.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's been obvious for a long time that conservatives dislike the men's rights movement. It raises too many uncomfortable questions. And, if you're looking for allies in the child support reform movement, forget about making any friends among the Bill O'Reillys of the world.

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