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Dr. Laura Right About Women's Movement

Lisa Dean
November 28, 1999

Dr. Laura Schlessinger has commented many times on her program and in editorials about the effects of the women's movement on society. She makes a point which is absolutely brilliant and in her typical fashion, very logical.

She argues that the women's movement has largely contributed to men's irresponsibility because it, in effect, said to men, "We don't need you. We can have it all without you."

If you take a careful look at society today and the behavior of many so-called adults, both men and women, you will see that Dr. Laura is absolutely correct. And here's why:

My colleague, Bill Lind often talks about life in the 1950s and how much simpler it was. Largely, that is due to men and women respecting their traditional roles in society and raising families that adhered to traditional moral principles and family values. That is what made American society work.

When the women's movement came along as a result of the "Sexual Revolution" of the early 1960s, the housewife was told that she no longer had to tolerate changing diapers, wiping noses and cooking and cleaning all day long -- in fact, she was mocked for doing so. Why, she could have a career too! In fact, she could have it all and she should.

So women started asking, "If men can have careers, why can't we?" They left behind the caring of their children and homes and invaded the workplace. Since they were now bringing home their own bacon and baby sitters and nannies were taking care of their children, it seemed that they did have it all. What did they need men for?

So, as Dr. Laura points out, the women's movement told men that they were no longer needed. The result was that men became irresponsible because their traditional responsibilities were taken away from them. In short, they were told their services were no longer needed.

After a time, these same women woke up and realized, "Hey, wait a minute! I'm doing all the work here! I never asked for this."

But, oh yes, ladies, you did. You asked for it all and you got it, much like you deserved. You told men that you didn't need them and that you wanted more and could get it on your own. Since they were no longer needed, men left their responsibilities behind, only to be called monsters by the same women who created these monsters in the first place.

What next? Well, the women decided that they were doing all the work and that was unfair so their argument then became: "If men can chuck their responsibilities, why can't we?" The result is that today, more women, married and unmarried alike, are leaving their young children in order to pursue their careers and lead lives of convenience and self-absorption.

So the sad conclusion is this, those women who thought they could have it all, didn't realize that they had it all along. They had solid, stable homes, were respected and oftentimes regarded as pillars in their own homes and communities. But somewhere along the line, black became white, up became down and good became bad.

The traditional roles that women played in society were "bad" and they wanted what was "good." They wanted enlightenment, and found darkness. They wanted respect and found mockery. They wanted liberation and found enslavement instead. And while busy enslaving themselves, they also enslaved the rest of us women who never asked to be subjected to the consequences of their agenda in the first place.

So to the women's movement, I say with conviction, "For shame!" from a fellow slave.

Lisa Dean is vice president of's Center for Technology Policy.

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