Is the Men’s Movement against women, or against the family, or against both? Or are they just less intelligent than radical feminists? Read on.
Ivor Catt 23jan99
In the course of her research for the second edition of her book Farewell to the Family?, Patricia Morgan came across the following passage from a feminist textbook on marriage The Ties That Bind (1984):
The idea of abolishing marriage may sound as attractive as the classical communist call to abolish the family, but such demands are probably as unpopular as they are unrealistic. It would be far more effective to undermine the social and legal need and support for the marriage contract. This could be achieved by withdrawing the privileges which are currently extended to the married heterosexual couple. [These include not vindictively exaggerating the statistics on stress within marriage. IC23jan99.] Such a move would not entail any punitive sanctions but would simply extend legal recognition of different types of households and relationships, and would end such privileges as the unjustified married man’s tax allowance. Illegitimacy would also be abolished by realising the right of all women, whether married or single, to give legitimacy to their children.
This plan of action has been put into effect with complete success. We are now struggling to cope with the consequences as can be seen in the government’s consultation document Supporting Families.
FAREWELL TO THE FAMILY? Public policy and family breakdown in Britain and the USA; by Patricia Morgan (2nd edition: revised & updated); 1999, 240pp Price: £5.00 (rrp: £8.00); Family & Youth Concern Publications; More details; Family Education Trust (Family & Youth Concern); Jubilee House, 19-21 High Street, Whitton, Twickenham TW2 7LB; UK; T 020 8894 2525; F 020 8894 3535; Email the Family Education Trust (Family & Youth Concern)
- Family Bulletin no. 94, winter 98/99, published by Family And Youth Concern
- Farewell to the Family — Book Review – Fathers for Life
- A Review of Farewell to the Family? By Patricia Morgan. » Book review – Bill Muehlenberg’s CultureWatch
- New Statesman – The New Statesman Essay – Book review – Celebrate the new family