[sixties-l] The Feminist War Against Love

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    The Feminist War Against Love
    By David Horowitz
    FrontPageMagazine.com | February 9, 2001
    URL: http://frontpagemag.com/horowitzsnotepad/2001/hn02-08-01.htm

    WHEN JANE FONDA was thirteen years old, her mother went into the family
    bathroom, closed the door, and slit her throat from ear to ear. Just
    outside the door, she left a note for the maid that there was a mess
    inside, and to please clean it up. That evening, Jane's father, Henry
    Fonda, went on stage, as usual, to perform the role of Mr. Roberts in the
    Broadway play in which he was starring. He never told his daughter her
    mother had committed suicide. She was to learn about it three year's later
    at summer camp in the pages of a movie fan magazine.

    These biographical details are brought to mind by the "V-Day
    Demonstrations," scheduled for 50 cities, over 200 college campuses and
    Madison Square Garden, which Jane Fonda has bankrolled to the tune of $1
    million. These are an effort by feminists across the country to transform
    Valentine's Day, a millennia-old celebration of romance and friendship,
    into a "Violence Against Women Day," an orgy of hatred against men. A
    novelist could not have formed the metaphor of Jane's childhood trauma
    more acutely: Valentine in Violence.

    But even though Jane Fonda has provided the organizing funds, the event
    itself is not merely an expression of personal distress. It is a social
    movement, a gathering and statement of the forces of the political left.
    The manifesto of the organizers "proclaims Valentine's Day as V-Day until
    the violence stops. When all women live in safety, then it will be known
    as Victory Over Violence Day."

    Of course, the idea that some day all women will "live in safety" is a
    utopian fantasy - the impossible dream of a kingdom of heaven on earth,
    where the sick will be healed and the wounded made whole. How is this
    world - the real world of flesh and blood human beings -- ever going to be
    made safe for children like Jane? Or for any human being -- female or male
    -- given what human beings are and what they have shown themselves to be
    capable of since the beginning of time?

    The messianic illusion that will energize the thousands of women who flock
    to Jane's cause reflects the fact that the cause itself is not a political
    movement, but a crypto-religion. A yearning for redemption without God,
    but through their own political action. It is a substitute for a God who
    could accomplish the miracle they yearn for, but who - for whatever reason
    -- is absent in their hearts. The actress Glenn Close, who is adorning the
    event, put it succinctly when she described the woman who actually came up
    with the idea for V-Day this way: "She is giving us our souls back."

    Like all political religions, it is also a religion of hate. In authentic
    religions, God judges, God redeems and God forgives. In authentic
    religions, we understand ourselves as sinners. No one mistakes himself or
    herself as a redeemer. In political religions, human beings act as God,
    judging and condemning, and there is no redemption. This is the bloody
    history of the left - the saga of the guillotine and the gulag - which
    continues now into the new millenium.

    Which is why the left wants to take the one holiday a year dedicated to
    the love human beings do manage to show for each other, and turn it into a
    day when women can vent their rage against men. According to the
    organizers of V-Day, "22% to 35% of women who visit emergency rooms are
    there for injuries related to ongoing abuse." This makes the United
    States, in their eyes, one of the most repressive and barbarous places on
    earth for women. But as Christina Hoff Sommers notes (USA Today, 2/8/01)
    the actual figure of abuse according to Bureau of Justice statistics is
    one-half of one percent. Why the wild exaggeration? To foment hate against
    the devil. As Sommers puts it: "The true numbers are apparently not high
    enough for V-Day proponents. They are determined to implicate the average
    American man in an ongoing social atrocity and to place the United States
    on a moral par with countries that practice genital mutilation and bride

    Jane Fonda's life has been consumed with hatreds like this in the name of
    love. She committed treason in Vietnam, indicting American soldiers over
    Radio Hanoi as "war criminals," and abetting their torturers on a visit to
    the infamous "Hanoi Hilton," which housed our prisoners of war. She said
    at a college rally in Michigan once that "I would think that if you
    understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your
    knees that we would someday become communist."

    Jane's hatred for America and her love for Communism have been central
    tenets of the leftist religion for nearly a century now. There are not
    many leftists any longer who would defend the gulag itself as they once
    did. Even Marxism has undergone revisions. In the old days, the
    crypto-religion demonized "the ruling class." Now, a trinity of hate has
    been added to the old formula of belief. It was prominent in the chants at
    the Inauguration of a Republican President just this January: "George Bush
    go away - racist, sexist, anti-gay." The same exaggeration, the same will
    to believe in themselves as the Redeemers of us all.

    The founder of V-Day is Eve Ensler, author of "The Vagina Monologues" a
    cornucopia of hatred against men. Celebrities like Fonda and Close refer
    to themselves as soldiers in "Eve's Army." How fitting. Eve, the mother of
    us all, who was tempted by the Serpent to "become as God," and who instead
    led our Fall from grace and into the vale of suffering and tears from
    which the left promises to redeem us.

    David Horowitz is editor-in-chief of FrontPageMagazine.com and president
    of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture.

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