In the midst of an intricate analysis of how the gender gap will affect the election outcome, the New York Times’ pollster extraordinaire, Nate Silver remarks:
The large gender gap comes despite the fact that men and women’s economic roles are becoming more equal — according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women represented 47 percent of the labor force as of September — and that women suffered at least as much as men in the recent economic downturn.
Silver is puzzled to see that at a time when men and women are becoming “more equal” in the economic sense, the gender gap has been getting wider.
Not to worry, James Taranto responded in a tweet. The seeming paradox is not a paradox at all. It is the natural consequence of feminism.
Prefeminism, the sexes' economic roles were complementary and cooperative. Postfeminism, they are in competition. Hence "gender gaps."
Before feminism men and women cooperated; their “roles” complemented each other.
Feminism was having none of it.
Feminism has turned men and women into economic competitors. It has taught them to give their lives over to “class” struggle. Not merely in the workplace, but also in a home and in their relationships.
Those who, like Silver, believe that feminism is about equality and that equality will produce comity should rethink their views. Feminism has deftly disguised its roots in radical leftist ideology, but the effects it has produced are in perfect harmony with its radicalism.
Taranto has grasped the salient fact that feminism is about undermining cooperation between men and women and turning everyday life into a constant conflict between the sexes. It's class warfare in your personal life. Remember when feminists rallied to the idea: "the personal is political?"
And you were wondering why we all just can’t get along…..