Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Surprising Statement of Purpose

I used to think that NOW (the National Organization for Women) was a flaming-liberal, anti-male establishment. Then I read this:

"We REJECT the current assumptions
that a man must carry the sole burden of supporting himself, his wife, and family,
and that a woman is automatically entitled to lifelong support by a man upon her marriage,
or that marriage, home and family are primarily woman's world and responsibility -
hers, to dominate - his to support."

"We are similarly opposed to all policies and practices --
in church, state, college, factory, or office --
which, in the guise of protectiveness,
not only deny opportunities
but also foster in women
and evasion of responsibility,
undermine their confidence in their own abilities
and foster contempt for women."

Excerpt from National Organization for Women
Statement of Purpose (1966)

If this is flaming-liberal, anti-male rhetoric, then I'm a flaming-liberal, anti-male feminist.

What do you think?