Really: Jane Fonda Says 'Patriarchy' is Partly to Blame for Rise in Terrorism

Posted: Mar 05, 2015 10:00 AM

Before she joins the United Nations next week in a discussion about gender equality, actress/fitness guru Jane Fonda was interviewed by the Associated Press and offered her two cents on what she deems to be one of the world’s most dire threats:

Male power is "wounded now but there's nothing more dangerous than a wounded beast, thrashing about, flailing its tail with the barbs on it, and a lot of people are really getting hurt badly," she said.

The patriarchy has been a favorite target of feminists like Fonda for quite some time. Along with Gloria Steinem, she helped found The Women's Media Center, an organization that likes to produce sexist reports that place white men in their own box. It is thanks to male-dominated companies and male-claimed leadership roles, last year's report read, that women have struggled to progress in the business world. The only way to fix this, Fonda demanded, is to elect more female leaders, protest, and tweet.

During Wednesday's interesting phone call, Fonda also explained that patriarchy is one of the causes of…terrorism.

She said "the most intractable problem that humanity faces is the problem of patriarchy," which she partly blames for the rise in terrorism and the destruction of the environment.

Hm. Somehow that didn’t make it into Graeme Wood’s now historically important piece on the rise of ISIS.

Perhaps I’m not alone in saying I don’t care about Fonda’s opinion on world affairs. Throughout her “career,” she has done little more than invoke the wrath of our nation’s veterans and encourage teenage sexuality.

Fonda will be appearing at the UN on March 12 to help the women’s rights group Equality Now launch a campaign asking government to combat gender discrimination. While Fonda thinks male dominance is one of the top issues in our modern world, she and her UN friends would make better use of their time helping to combat the terrorism she only briefly mentioned.