Wo Men: America's Vanilla Feminism : Hegemony over Men Minorities
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WoMen is a book which addresses feminism like no book before it. The author views the movement as one led by white women for white women to the detriment of racial minorities and white men. The author argues that Caucasian women are Americas new oppressors--the other side of the white mans face--in that it is a misnomer to advocate "women and minorities" as a means to attain affirmative action and diversity rights for Caucasian women. What we really mean to say, as a society, is "white women and minorities" which is as ludicrous as saying "white men and minorities" to gain special rights for Caucasian men. It is also an oxymoron for a Caucasian woman to be both a victim and an historical oppressor of racial minorities. To prove his point, Mackey startles the reader by citing the US Census whose numbers show that there are more women in the job market than men and that women took control of the human resource function between 1984 and 1996 including the recruiting and hiring of Americas employees. This 2000 census data paints a picture of white women monopolizing managerial, supervisory, and white collar jobs. There is a glass ceiling alright, but it keeps men and minorities out from the top, not inhibiting white women from moving vertically up the ladder. On the contrary, todays womens movement is an effort to eviscerate everyones rights toward the long-term goal of the domination of Caucasian women, a movement that plays on the moral compassion of white men to enable laws for todays woman, but a compassion which is ignored once the white woman assumes power. White feminism is really the unfettered exercise of white privilege to the debilitation of everyone else in society, African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, native-Americans as well as Caucasian men. In fact, the author discovers how the pioneers of the feminist movement - Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton - actively opposed the emancipation of black slaves in preference to their own rights. To make it clear, WoMen is not an anti-woman book, nor one which espouses animosity towards the female gender. Instead, it is a book which fully supports the protection of womens rights where women are clearly abused (truly egregious cases of rape, domestic violence, and sexual harassment). It also advocates equal employment opportunity for all women, but opposes preferential treatment (affirmative action) as a job guarantor for one vested interest group or gender. WoMen is not an exercise in misogyny but asks for a level playing field with respect to accusations of sexual harassment, domestic violence, and date rape against men. It dispels the myth of revisionist history that paints a picture of historical and economic gender oppression. Instead, the book highlights the achievements of women of accomplishment as a legacy unmatched by todays chic-feminist obsessed with image and empowerment through her own sexuality.