The short answer to this question is that the women, who initiated radical, second-wave feminism in the late 1960s and early 1970s, were non-Christians. The long answer is that patriarchy was principally associated with Christian churches and Christian men, and lesbian-led, radical, second-wave feminists abhorred them both.
What is patriarchy? It is “a system of society, based on Biblical teachings, in which the father is the responsible head of the family.” Prior to the inception of radical feminism, the concept of patriarchy was considered a highly valued component of Christianity. The concept of patriarchy was initially established by God the Father through His relationship with His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus was an obedient Son to His Father, even unto His death.
This divine, patriarchal devotion, in turn gave inspiration to the earthly priests of Jesus’ Church. Patriarchy continued, as it once again defined the devoted relationship that the ordained “Father” priests established with their congregations. Responsible patriarchal leadership, based on loving guidance and protection, further defined the relationship between a Christian father and his family. Patriarchy was the thread that bound all Christians together, through God’s love for His Son.
This cherished concept of patriarchy, was the channel by which the deep human sentiment of love, was handed down throughout the ages – from God to Jesus; from Jesus’ to His Church; from His Church to its priests; from its priests to their congregants; from the congregation to the family fathers and finally from the fathers to their families.
The term patriarchy had defined the innate goodness of Christian men for over 2000 years.
It was understood that patriarchy was created by God and that it was an integral part of His plan to lovingly bring about order from chaos, thereby bringing each Christian to Salvation, just as He had promised. With its obvious success, Christians viewed patriarchy as a positive aspect of their faith, never a negative. That is, until radical, second-wave feminism reared its ugly head during the late 1960s and early 1970s brainwashing millions of young Christian baby boomers to believe otherwise.
Many, or most, of the originators of the insidious ideology surrounding radical feminism were non-Christian women. Women who were raised in, what Christians rightfully considered dysfunctional families. These women were brought up in unhappy families, families that were plagued with animosity, verbal abuse, abandonment, distrust and disdain. Families lacking the guidance, and inspiration, of the timeless goodness and love, generated by patriarchy and demonstrated by the members of Christ’s Holy Family.
As a result, these troubled females had a distorted view of family life and especially of “father.”
As history shows, many of these women were the products of families with uncaring, cruel, rude, oppressive, sneering. domineering, vicious, hateful and terrifying fathers. Fathers, who by no means, emulated the love and devotion that St. Joseph showered on Mary and Jesus. Non-Christian fathers, who were never taught the loving concept of patriarchy as defined by God the Father’s love and devotion for His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
Instead, these fathers were totally devoid of any positive frame of reference for their behavior as the patriarch of their families. These were fathers who abandoned their families. Fathers who verbally abused their families. Fathers who utilized prostitutes. Fathers who divorced their wives and children. Fathers who cheated on their wives. Fathers who maligned and belittled their children. Fathers with illegitimate children and fathers who were, literally, insane.
These were fathers who were verbally cruel and hateful, or who were, just as importantly, sniveling doormats to their domineering, demanding, opinionated, overpowering wives. These were fathers who did not know how to love, and literally drove their wives and children insane, just as had their fathers and grandfathers had before them.
For centuries, these children lived within their insular communities, never permitted by their parents to mix with “goyims” (Christians) and they knew no other way of life. All they knew was that family life was hard and cruel. That is, until 1964 when Vatican II suddenly changed everything. The children of these men were suddenly no longer shunned by Christian society and most, for the first time, were permitted to attend college and, as a result, mix with goyims. This led to the social interaction, despite both sets of parents objections, of non-Christian and Christian children, on a regular basis, for the very first time in history.
Unfortunately, for many of these non-Christian kids, this exposure just poured salt on their raw wounds. It was through this exposure that they first realized just how much they had been denied by their loveless fathers and controlling mothers. When compared to the love and devotion showered on their families by Christian fathers and mothers, their parents paled by comparison. For some, this realization generated an irrational hatred for the Christian fathers whose family values, and love, they envied.
This convoluted thinking produced the twisted, hate-filled ideology of the non-Christian radical, second-wave
feminists of the 1960s and 1970s, including Betty Friedan, Bella Abzug, Naomi Weisstein, Jo Freeman, Andrea Dworkin, Phyllis Chesler, and Gloria Steinem. Since these women could never bring themselves to admit to their hatred for their hurtful fathers, they chose of attack men in general.
This was subconsciously undertaken in hopes of denying all Christian women the happy, father/daughter relationship they themselves had been denied. By making sweeping generalization about men, based on their own depleted definition of “father”, and with the help of the young television industry, these outspoken, irascible women succeeded in redefining patriarchy as something to be reviled, rather than revered.
This realization of denial, abuse and mental cruelty, was not limited to the daughters of these non-Christian men either. The sons of these men developed a twisted interpretation of patriarchy as well but they chose to “act out” in a different manner. Rather than attack men directly, as did the female feminists, these young college men chose to attack the institutions Christian men had created, claiming they too reeked of domineering patriarchy (Christianity).
Most of these young non-Christians were either Socialists or Communists and comprised the majority of the membership of many of the notorious, “anti-establishment”, 1960s and 1970s radical groups. The most disruptive of these groups was the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) which notably included chapters on the campuses of Columbia University and University of Michigan. Other radical groups included the New Left, the Weather Underground, the Youth International Party, the Freedom Riders, and the 1964 Berkeley Free Speech Movement.
These young activists (anarchists) included Abby Hoffman, Jerry Rubin , Lee Weiner, (read more details) Mark Rudd, Jack Weinberg, Bill Siegel, Paul Berman, David Gilbert, Paul Krassner, Sam Green, John Fuerst, Steve Weissman, Jackie Goldberg, William Kunstler, Leonard Weinglass, and Ron Kuby. In fact, three of the four college kids killed at Kent State, during student riots in 1970, were non-Christian.
It was through these young, and miserable, non-Christian men and women’s irrational, and pernicious efforts to seek revenge, that the practice of patriarchy was redefined. What once expressed the caring, considerate and responsible behavior of Christian men who were inspired by God the Father, suddenly began to take on a sinister air. In time, the public disdain for patriarchy, and the Christian men it represented, began to erode America’s faith in the Christian institutions that had defined America’s greatness. These included organized religion, democracy, academia, military, business, government, judiciary, politics, family and even the U. S. Constitution!
This unprecedented breakdown in patriarchal Christian societal order was made possible for two reasons. The first was because, despite being very few in number, the anarchist’s influence was spread far and wide with the support of the non-Christians within the entertainment industry, the news media, and within our large universities. The second reason was that the 74 million college age, Christian, baby boomers bought the BS – hook, line and sinker.
And today, we are living in the dysfunctional, and depleted, secular society we’ve inherited from these vengeful, disgruntled individuals, who dishonestly, deliberately, despicably and knowingly managed to upend America and reduce the loving Christian term of “patriarchy”, to just another dirty word.