If you want to understand the negative impact of feminism on women (and
men) and, by extension, the destructive effects of liberal teachers, Democratic
politics and liberal news media on African-Americans, here is Katie Couric last
week on the CBS Evening News:
A new study on teens and sexual harassment should give every parent
Most teenage girls report they've been sexually harassed. ... In a study
that appeared in the journal Child Development, 90 percent of teen girls say
they've been harassed at least once.
Millions of American parents and their daughters were told on one of the
most widely watched evening news reports that nine out of every 10 American
girls aged 12 to 18 are sexually harassed.
Suspicious that the feminist and liberal I-am-a-victim ideology was at
play here far more than some real plague of sexual harassment, I decided to look
into the report cited by Ms. Couric.
I therefore went to a leading feminist magazine's website, Ms. Magazine
(msmagazine.com), and found this summary of the report:
A study released this month reports that 90 percent of girls between the
ages of 12 and 18 reported experiencing sexual harassment. The study found that
girls who had a better understanding of feminism from the media, their parents,
or teachers were more likely to recognize sexual harassment.
Campbell Leaper, professor of psychology at the University of
California, Santa Cruz, and one of the authors of the study, said in a press
release, 'Sexism remains pervasive in the lives of adolescent girls. Most girls
have experienced all three types of sexism -- sexual harassment, sexist comments
about their academic abilities, and sexist comments about their athletic
Science Daily reports
that the study found Latina and Asian American girls reported less sexual
harassment than the other girls who participated in the study. … The most
commonly reported forms of sexual harassment were unwanted romantic attention,
demeaning gender-related comments, teasing based on their appearance, and
unwanted physical contact.
This confirmed my suspicions.
First, "The study found that girls who had a better understanding of
feminism … were more likely to recognize sexual
There is no question that this is true. Girls subjected to feminist
indoctrination are undoubtedly more likely to interpret innocuous behavior as
sexual harassment. Almost the entire liberal-left Weltanschauung is predicated
on portraying every group in America except white, male, heterosexual Christians
as oppressed. Women are oppressed by men. Blacks and Hispanics are oppressed by
whites. Gays are oppressed by straights. Non-Christians are oppressed by
Of course, the fact is that American women have more opportunity and more
equality than just about any women in the world today and certainly in history.
Moreover, if either sex is "oppressed" today, it is far more likely to be males.
If women were incarcerated, let alone murdered, as disproportionately as men
are; if only 40 percent of those getting a bachelor's degree were female; if
girls dropped out of high school at the rate males do, there would be a national
outcry. It is men who are, in fact, suffering. But for feminists, academics and
CBS News, it is women who are still oppressed. And that is what they are taught
in high school and college by feminist-oriented teachers.
Second, "sexual harassment" is so all-inclusive as to be largely
meaningless: "sexist comments about their academic abilities, sexist comments
about their athletic abilities … unwanted romantic attention, demeaning
gender-related comments, teasing based on their appearance, and unwanted
If a girl’s bra is snapped in elementary or high school; if a girl is
told she should learn to throw a ball "like a guy does"; if a boy pursues a girl
and fails in his pursuit -- these are all instances of sexism and sexual
What this thinking leads to is girls and women seeing themselves as
victims, and almost as often to the emasculation of boys. (And then women
looking to marry a man wonder where all the masculine men
And third, "Latina and Asian American girls reported less sexual
harassment than the other girls who participated in the study." One wonders
whether this is one reason increasing numbers of American men seek Latina and
Asian American women for marriage. Women who have been less influenced by
feminism probably appreciate men more.
To an ever greater extent, schools and the news media do the same thing
to African-Americans -- tell them over and over that they are oppressed. And the
effects have been even more corrosive. Just think of the wildly enthusiastic
receptions the NAACP gave to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the black members of
Trinity United Church of Christ gave to Father Michael Pfleger when he spoke of
America being "the greatest sin against God" because it is so racist. The number
of blacks who perceive of their lives as oppressed by whites can only lead to
estrangement from the greater American society, not to mention anger toward and
resentment of it.
Those are two of the lasting legacies of the modern-day left. You heard
them again last week on the CBS Evening News.