Just a few hours ago I wrote a post about Ann Coulter's brilliant indictment of leftist male chauvinism. But to drive the point home, I believe a comparison to the perfect gentleman, Rush Limbaugh, is in order
In his book "The Way Things Ought To Be" Rush wrote of the second wave feminist movement of the 1960s that he believes “The original concerns of feminists, such as equal pay for equal work, were laudable and justifiable. People had a right to be upset at the treatment some women received, and some of activism and protests were understandable.” Rush then bemoans how “gradually there was a shift” in the feminist movement toward radicalism in the 1970s. “It’s almost as if America went through its own Cultural Revolution in 1970s and 1980s” Rush wrote, and complained that the movement had become obsessed with power, abortion and a form of man-hatred.
Betty Friedan agreed. She, in fact, wanted to stay focused, and in some ways was closer to Rush’s attitude than she was to radical “Women’s Liberation”, anti-marriage bomber Jane Alpert (who's terrorist group had a pseudo press person named Pat Swinton, cousin of Carl Bernstein).
Like Rush, Betty was weary of the women who came out of the sixties radical student groups and complained in her 1981 book "The Second Stage" that: “when these radical ‘chicks’ were finally infected by our first feminist stirrings, and saw through the feminine mystique in the radical movement itself, and introduced their resolutions for ‘women’s liberation’ at Berkeley or Cornell, the radical young men just laughed. So the women walked out of the larger radical ‘movement’ and formed their separate ‘women’s lib’ groups – like black separatism, right? No men allowed; man was the enemy … It was heady, and made headlines, to vent the venom earlier directed against “whitey” or “boss finks” against men – your own man and the whole damn sex – and use all that sophisticated Marxist jargon to make a new revolutionary case for the destruction of ‘the patriarchal nuclear family' and the ‘tyranny’ of sexual biology as the source of all oppression.” Betty called it “a pseudo-radical cop-out from the real and difficult political and economic battle for equality for women in society,” and she was against turning the feminist movement into the fringe entity Rush decries.