The politicians knew full well what they were doing. It worked in Russia, it worked in China, it worked in Cambodia.
This big lie that feminists have been telling all the time draws its power from how false it is. Most men used to like women and have an incredibly strong urge to please them. Some of this comes from being conditioned to respect our mothers, and some it from the pussy power that arthur mentioned.
Taking the question of how it happened into a much larger context, even a cursory examination of history turns up enough examples of the same type of thing happening that I'm frankly surprised that anyone is surprised. After the holocaust, people could not understand how it happened. There have been a half dozen genocidal campaigns in the past 10 years alone.
I think most people have a very naive view of the realities of human nature. Looking back on slavery in the US, it is inconceivable to most people today to contemplate that many people believed it was ok to own other people, and the government of the day had no problem at all defining black men as 3/5ths of a person. It is exactly the same kind of blind spot which made it simply impossible for most Americans to even imagine that 19 young men would voluntarily commit suicide so that they could kill 3,000 people. Hatred is a much more powerful force which lurks in the dark recesses of the human psyche than most people realize.
I think what astonished most men was that we found it almost impossible to believe that so many women hated us so intensely. For about 20 years I watched guys act like abused children trying to make mommy happy so she would stop hitting them. Males are conditioned to take responsibility from birth, so they were sitting ducks for all the blame that women projected onto us. Plus, men are born problem solvers so they set about to remedy any real problems in the naive belief that once remedied women would call off their attacks on men.
I went through wave after wave of false hope. When MacKinnon and Dworkin, in conspiracy with the religious right and the John Ashcroft types, pushed through the Minneapolis and Indianapolis porn ordinances, I thought that would be a wakeup call. When the famous "1 in 4" faked research came out, I thought that would be a wakeup call. When Fruity Faludi came out with her book, I thought that would be a wakeup call. When Lorena Bobbit mutilated her husband and was cheered by millions of women, I thoutht that would be a wakeup call. But, I also watched the Crips-in-suits (color=blue) use Anita Hill to ambush Clarence Thomas, then the Bloods-in-suits (color=red) use whatever her name was to try to ambush Clinton, and it finally all began to make sense.
Everything about feminism is a lie, most particularly the part where men look out for other men. In fact, men compete with each other for just about everything, particularly women and the wealth it takes to attract them. Men will gladly knife each other in the back for some pussy, so given the opportunity to play hero and lock in the female vote, the lawmakers and judges trampled each other in the stampede to hand power to women - they were not threatened because they already had a lot of power and what did they care about all those guys who were just 3/5ths of a person out there just trying to get by and find love?
My question was and is - why do women love so much to hate us? I've told the story many times of a woman I was dating who referred to her feminist consciousness raising group as a "perfectly satisfying man-hating session." That was about 1972 before it became so deeply entrenched in academia, and the pattern was already established which is still being played out today in almost 1,000 "wimmins's studdees" programs.
At first I was bewildered. Then, I spent a lot of years being hurt by the whole thing. Then I got mad as hell.
Read some Maureen Dowd. Then try to step back and see the forest instead of that criminally insane tree. Why? Why is she being provided a platform from which to spew insane irrational hatred on a daily basis? Why is everyone jumping on the anti-male bandwagon, like that one article about fake engagement rings? Why is this shit dished up all day every day?
Somewhere back about 40 years ago, people seemed to generally lose the ability to recognize people who were criminally insane - Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, child-molesting Germain Greer - and instead elevated them to folk-hero status.
Since I don't own a TV, I read a lot. The more I studied human behavior in the form of history, anthropology, and the mind sciences, the less able I was to hold on to the Humanistic philosophies of my idealist youth. If you would like to read something which really gives an eye-opening perspective, I would suggest "The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness" by Erich Fromm. Don't read it, however, if you really want to keep liking people in general. We are a far less noble species that we would like to believe ourselves to be.
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