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    Feminism's Dirtiest Secret

    By David Horowitz | June 9, 2000

    The prophetess of women's liberation has been revealed as a liar and spouse
    abuser. If the personal is political - as feminists have long contended -
    what are the implications of this for feminism?

    Friedan accused her ex-husband Carl Friedan of beating up on her, in her
    recent memoir Life So Far. The media ran with the story. Now Mr. Friedan
    has responded with a website,, in which he charges that his
    ex-wife was mentally disturbed and given to fits of violent rage. It was
    she who abused him, says Mr. Friedan, not the other way around.

    The ex-Mrs. Friedan, meanwhile, has softened her charges, telling Good
    Morning America, "I almost wish I hadn't even written about it, because
    it's been sensationalized out of context. My husband was no wife-beater,
    and I was no passive victim of a wife-beater. We fought a lot, and he was
    bigger than me."

    If I am more inclined to believe Mr. Friedan's side of the story, it is
    only because his ex-wife has a long and well-documented history of lying.

    Betty Friedan presented herself in The Feminine Mystique-the 1963 book that
    launched modern feminism-as a suburban housewife who had never given a
    thought to "the woman question," until she attended a Smith College reunion
    which revealed the dissatisfaction of her well-educated female classmates,
    unable to balance traditional roles with modern careers.

    But, as Smith College professor Daniel Horowitz (no relation) revealed in
    his book Betty Friedan and the Making of the Feminist Mystique, Betty was
    not very candid about the facts of her own life and the sources of her
    radical perspective. She was hardly a suburban housewife when she wrote
    those words, but a twenty-five year veteran of professional journalism in
    the Communist Left, where she had been thoroughly indoctrinated in the
    politics of "the woman question" and specifically the idea that women were

    As Horowitz's biography makes clear, Friedan, from her college days and
    until her mid-thirties, was a Stalinist marxist (or a camp follower
    thereof), the political intimate of leaders of America's Cold War fifth
    column, and for a time even the lover of a young communist physicist
    working on atomic bomb projects with J. Robert Oppenheimer.

    Not at all a neophyte when it came to the "woman question" (the phrase
    itself is a marxist construction), she was certainly familiar with the
    writings of Engels, Lenin, and Stalin on the subject and had written about
    it herself as a journalist for the official publication of the
    communist-controlled United Electrical Workers union.

    Friedan's secret was shared by hundreds of her comrades on the Left -
    though not, of course, by the unsuspecting American public - who went along
    with her charade presumably as a way to support her political agenda.

    The actual facts of Friedan's life-that she was a professional marxist
    ideologue, that her husband supported her full-time writing and research,
    that she had a maid and lived in a Hudson river mansion, attending very
    little to household duties-were inconvenient to the persona and the theory
    she was determined to promote.

    Even the much-abused Mr. Friedan - also a leftist -- continues to praise
    his wife for her political "achievements." On his website, he writes, "I am
    proud of what she did for the world… Betty being monstrous in pursuit of
    her goals doesn't bother me at all. She changed the course of history
    almost singlehandedly and it took a `monster' perhaps, a driven,
    super-aggressive, egocentric, almost lunatic dynamo to rock the world the
    way she did. Unfortunately, she was the same person at home, where this
    kind of conduct does not work."

    What Mr. Friedan seems to be saying is that it was all right for his wife
    to abuse everyone else, but not to abuse him. This sort of thinking is
    typical of the Left.

    The example of Betty Friedan should be a wake-up call. If we are going to
    restore civility and honesty to public discourse about issues like
    feminism, it is necessary to insist on candor from people about their
    political commitments. And it is important to call things by their right


  2. #2
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    Dec 2004
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    Well, the old Communist is gone now - good riddance to her. :D

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    Feb 2004
    There's a lesson here. Most of this info such as her living in an expensive mansion and having a servant and being a Stalinist was apparently well known or at least easily discoverable. Yet it was not widely reported in the MSM. The MSM took, or pretended to take, her claims at face value.

    This is the same MSM the gleefully reports the dirty laundry of the "Moral Majority" types. Wonder why right wing hypocrisy is vigorously exposed but there is a complcity of silence when it comes to left wing hypocrisy? Could it be as simple as "agenda?"

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    Aug 2004
    There's also another lesson here, about how total was, actually IS, the communist attack on the free West.

    They work to undermine ALL Western institutions that define our way of life and keep us free and who we are.

    Most of the Communist Manifesto is already law in the US and Western Europe.

    Here we see how they worked to destroy the family structure itself by encouraging women to see themselves as victims of men.

    The destruction of sexual morality including the normaliziation of homosexuality, both male and female -- is also part their program.

    I heard a segmnent of Laura Ingraham's talk show, yesterday. The topic was the complete breakdown of sexual mores in a "better" high school. Girls were having sex with girls, boys with boys and each sex with the other, anywhere, anytime, "Hooking up" is one term for this.

    The school officials, declined comment, saying this was not within their purview.

    In the sixties and seventies I would have thought anyone who wrote what I have above was an anti-communist nut-case who finds communists under every bed.

    Boy was I wrong!

    Si vis pacem, para bellum.

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    Dec 2004
    Tampa, FL
    Oh, but Communism is dead... It went down with the Berlin Wall. We're all just being paranoid.

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