SAVE THE MALES Why men matter - Why women should care
A review of the new book by Kathleen Parker (Random House 2008)
Kathleen Parker has delivered a tour de force of insight about the current and prospective state of Gender Relations in modern America. That she has done so with genuine respect for both Men and Facts, and in a manner that many Men will find both intellectually refreshing and stimulating, makes her work all the more important a building block.
Although she avoids use of the term Misandry (which I define as Hatred of Men, Masculinity and Normal Heterosexuality) with the exception of referring to one Son's feminist grade school teacher as "Miss Andry", Parker provides considerable detail of the BAMN BAMN (Bash Men, By Any Means Necessary) ideology at work in our gender toxic culture.
However, she manages to avoid many of the pitfalls of other authors focusing on the trivial, and whenever it seems as if she is going to rehash previous tabloid trash (ie: the Paris-Lindsay-Brittany axis of evil) - she manages to redirect the book in to areas where her voice is all the stronger for the silence of others. For instance, her analysis of Gender and the Military is quite laudable, even for those who don't agree with all she says - if only for the fact that she talks common sense about subjects that are so taboo, it would cost the career of any serving officer to breach them.
In many respects this is the finest, and last, word from Women about Men's Issues. Not only has Parker staked out clear and defensible positions for important issues on the Gender Wars Battlefield (Fatherhood, Procreation, Equal Rights, Discrimination, Harassment...)- but done so as one who is not a combatant seeking to trash Men for fun and profit (unlike those `stiffed' by other authors) and in fact as a Mother who Loves Her Sons and sees nothing contradictory in the term "Good Men". Perhaps one day Male Authors will have the same opportunity to Frankly discuss Gender Issues and still be published - although Parkers book is being "Back-Shelved" by major retailers who keep it from public display.
In the end it is this connectedness to Men that brings the Humanity to Parker's book, and she helps remind both Men and Women that We are Not Enemies but rather Partners - even if that is considered Heresy by the Radical Gender Feminist Power structure running the victimization scam for fun and profit.
Perhaps the true power in Parker's book is that Men and Women can read it and not be angry at each other, although their perspective of Radical Gender Feminism may be irreversibly altered. That and the fact that her book is a `going forward' view - and not the standard `Death to the Patriarchy' demand for retribution that passes for feminist critique.
One `near' omission was the lack of discussion or the influence of the `non male identified' wing of radical feminism (I don't like to embarrass residents of the Greek Isle of Lesbos by referring to these deeply hateful hyper militant Misandrist types as `Lesbians' - seeing as there is a lawsuit in Greece over use of the term right now). However, under a chapter sub heading "Isms & Ologies" she does say in reference to a feminist book dealing with such types that it was a : "distant early warning that feminism was being hijacked by women who were not precisely interested in bonding with the opposite sex."
In closing I would say that it was another quote that Parker Included on the evil nature of political correctness (showing her not afraid to share wisdom from others), by Theodore Dalrymple from "Frontpage" Magazine that I found most impressive - if only because it showed her as someone not afraid to touch the central nerve at the heart of such Censorship Pogroms - and expose it for the hateful Misandrist fraud it truly is.
Dalrymple explained: "In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade of convince, nor to inform, but to Humiliate; and therefore the less it corresponded to reality the better.When people are torced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself.
One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control , I think that if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to."
Whether you agree with her or not, Kathleen Parker has certainly set out her arguments in a manner that invites analysis, and only offends those Misandrists who already know the answer to all Gender Issues = BAMN BAMN.