"Here I am, caught in the middle again".....
This is what Doris Lessing had to say about what feminism has become:
I find myself increasingly shocked at the unthinking and automatic rubbishing of men which is now so part of our culture that it is hardly even noticed," she told the audience.
"The most stupid, ill-educated and nasty woman can rubbish the nicest, kindest and most intelligent man and no-one protests.
"We have many wonderful, clever, powerful women everywhere, but what is happening to men?
"Why did this have to be at the cost of men?"
While I disagree with E_Brown about feminism being bunkum, I can also synpathize with him. I raised two sons who found the world of feminism to be confusing and sometimes irrational.
They are in their 30's now but when they were in their early teens, one of them came to me and mentioned having opened a door for a girl at school and then having her yell at him and call him a chauvinist. Well obviously, this wasn't a traumatic event, but it shows how ridiculous any movement can become when it takes itself too seriously.
I went on to suggest he continue being polite and considerate and to point out that he had seen me open doors for men who had their arms full.
To me, whenever feminism trashes men in general, they (the feminists) lower themselves to a mean-spirited level that isn't at all what feminism should be about.
I agree with you, Mame, that most, if not all, movements have tended to go too far and then settle back to a position of normalcy. I think that is what has been happening for a few years now.
Civil rights is about everyone and that is what I will always fight for.