As the late, great Eric Hoffer once said, "Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket."
So it is with feminism.
There was a time in America when women couldn't vote, when they weren't allowed to work in the same professions as men and when they weren't really considered the equal of a man. Feminism grew in response to that and even many men embraced it because they saw the inherent unfairness of society. These men also had capable women they loved and respected -- their mothers, their wives, their daughters – and they didn’t want them to be held back solely because of their gender.
How far have women come since those days? So far that women being asked to pay for their own birth control, just like men, was used as evidence of a “war on women.” If that’s the biggest issue women faced in America in 2012, then Rand Paul was right when he said, "This whole sort of ‘war on women’ sort of thing, I’m scratching my head because if there was a war on women, I think they won."
In fact, we’ve gone so far in the opposite direction that Dana Loesch was inspired to say that, “I will not have my sons grow up in a world where the new original sin is being a man.”
Is that an overreaction?
Maybe, but I don’t think so.
There are certainly a lot of people who seem to believe men are engaged in some sort of “war on women.” Here’s an alternate view: There’s no “war on women” or for that matter, a “war on men.” In fact, you could make a good case that men face challenges because of our gender that are every bit as significant as the ones women face, if not more so.
1) Education: For most Americans, the key to living the good life or just making enough to support a family is a college education. It’s certainly not a guarantee of success or the ticket to riches, but it does open a lot of doors.
Well, guess what? In our female dominated education system, men have fallen way behind.
American women born in the early 1980s are 33 percent more likely to have earned a college degree by the time they reach 27 years of age than their male contemporaries, according to the results of a longitudinal study published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.