Age of Rebellion
Beverly LaHaye wrote in her book The Desires of a Woman's Heart:"Because of the character education promoted in books, women's magazines, and the popular McGuffey's Reader, America's crime rate actually declined for a whole century. Only during the 1920s -- an age of rebellion -- did the crime rate begin to rise again. Women of the nineteenth century had a tremendous civilizing effect on their society."
She also wrote,"Feminist philosophy is dangerous not merely because their suggestions ultimately would cause harm to women, but because the motivation behind the movement is clearly rebellion. In their desire to be equal or superior to men, feminists reject God's plan for male leadership in the home and in the church. This rejection is regrettable in the secular world and even more unthinkable in the Christian church, where it has begun to take root."
Elizabeth Elliot wrote,"Adam and Eve made a mess of things when they reversed roles. She took the initiative, offered him the forbidden fruit, and he, instead of standing as her protector, responded and sinned along with her. It's been chaos ever since. No wonder that the further we move from the original order the more confused we become."
One book said this about the argument the Antis had over women taking the power from men:"...if politics were taken away, little would remain. Man's power to rule was what evened the balance between the sexes. Without it, man would be shorn of his manhood and the balance between the sexes destroyed. 'What woman wants a man whose power of law-giving is no more than equal to her own?' She has her great gift from God to serve as mother of men, 'the exemplar and expounder of all noble, moral and spiritual gifts.' His birthright is equally inalienable. If he robs himself of it, 'what would become of that mutual homage and respect which is the natural bond between the sexes? No, let him keep for himself something by which we may still reverence him, the horns of Moses, his manly power of law-giving!"
"The Antis, like the suffragists, did not really question the basic patriarchal norms that expected the male to be provider, authority, stoic, protector, or lawmaker. On the other hand, since the Antis' view all of these roles depended primarily on the male's greater physical strength, and since they believed that governments operated by rule of force, the question of how man could harness this brute force and yet not lose his manhood was crucial. By employing it to enforce the dictates of a civilized state, man's brute strength was transmuted into a special social virtue. Man the animal became man the governor."
"According to the Antis' formula, not only was government the rule of force (and therefore man's work), but political life, in which the business of government was carried out, was 'modified war.' The attention they lavished on depicting the horrors of political life is understandable given their belief that suffrage meant more than voting. It meant entering the field of politics .... One step will lead to another, they predicted, 'first suffrage, then office, one barrier after another disappearing and then promiscuous commingling,' until both sexes are debased." The slippery slope of the vote has plunged men and women to a lot of"commingling."
Elihu Root was one of the most famous men in America at the turn of the century. He held such positions as Secretary of State, Secretary of War and U.S. Senator from New York. The clarity and masculinity of him stands in contrast to the Secretaries of Defense we have had lately that approve of women being fighter pilots. In 1915 he wrote to Alice Chittenden, president of the New York State Anti-Suffrage Association:"Suffrage, if it means anything, means entering upon the field of political life, and politics is modified war. In politics there is struggle, strife, contention, bitterness, heart-burning, excitement, agitation, everything which is adverse to the true character of woman. Woman rules today by the sweet and noble influences of her character. Put woman into the arena of conflict and she abandons these great weapons which control the world, and she takes into her hands, feeble and nerveless for strife, weapons with which she is unfamiliar and which she is unable to wield. Woman in strife becomes hard, harsh, unlovable, repulsive; as far removed from that gentle creature to whom we all owe allegiance and to whom we confess submission, as the heaven is removed from the earth.' In closing, Root affirmed that the functions of men were by no means superior to those of women. What he was expressing was simply a variation of the theme that 'the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world."
He said,"The true government is in the family. The true throne is in the household. The highest exercise of power is that which forms the conscience, influences the will, controls the impulses of men, and there today woman is supreme and woman rules the world."
The universal thinking that women voting is wonderful and that we have progressed is equal to the belief that the earth is flat and that doctors don't need to wash their hands before surgery. To challenge the view that women can lead men make one seem as crazy and dangerous as someone who used to say the earth is round and invisible germs exist. The women who fought against the suffragists, the Antis or Anti-suffragists or Anti-feminists as they were called, started out living in an atmosphere where the idea that women would rule over men was like saying the earth is flat. But as the suffragist/feminists kept pounding out their lie, people began to listen to Satan's lie and eventually it was all turned around. It took 70 years. Now after 70 years we have crude women like Gloria Steinem and macho women like UC sisters selling alone in bars on Saturday nights. America has hit rock bottom. No idealistic suffragist would believe it if she had been told that the result of her campaign would be women cops out alone with men cops and getting shot.
Look at some of the titles of books and articles by these precious men and women against voting and see how accurate they were in seeing how evil the feminists are and the terrible consequences that would come if America gave women the vote:"Woman Suffrage Would Unsex Women" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman;"Woman Suffrage Would Increase Divorce" by George Gilman;"Indirect Influence is Enough" by Beatrice Hale;"Women are Different from Men" by Harriet Laidlaw;"Women Would Take the Offices from the Men" by Fola La Follette;"It Would Make Woman Less Attractive" by Hutchins Hapgood;"Woman's Place Is In the Home" by Inez Milholland;"Women Are Already Overburdened" by Sadie American;"The Ballot Means the Bullet" by Haynes Gillmore;"Woman Suffrage Would Increase Corruption" by Lincoln Steffens;"Women Cannot Defend Their Right to Vote" by Maud Nathan;"Woman Suffrage Unnatural and Inexpedient" by Octavius Frothingham;"Woman Suffrage a Menace to the Nation" by Helen Lewis; Woman's Profession as Mother and Educator by Catherine Beecher; Women's Suffrage: The Reform Against Nature by Horace Bushnell;"Women Competing With Men," in Woman Patriot magazine May 31, 1919.
Here are some titles showing their insight that feminist suffragists were also socialists and naive to communism: Socialism, Feminism and Suffragism, the Terrible Triplets, Connected by the Same Umbilical Cord, and Fed from the Same Nursing Bottle by B.V. Hubbard;"Suffrage and Socialism" by Margaret Robinson;"For Home and National Defense Against Woman Suffrage, Feminism and Socialism" by Alice Wadsworth in Woman Patriot (April 27, 1918);"Shall Bolshevist-Feminists Secretly Govern America?" Woman Patriot magazine. These are just a few of the thousands of books and articles during 70 years of intense debate. An editorial in The New York Times (February 7, 1915) (it was conservative then. Now Father has to build a conservative voice against the feminized big papers in America) said, "The grant of suffrage to women is repugnant to instincts that strike their roots deep in the order of nature. It runs counter to human reason, it flouts the teachings of experience and the admonitions of common sense." Even Queen Victoria herself criticized the suffragists for unsexing women: "The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone to join in checking this mad wicked folly of Women's Rights with all its attendant horrors .... Women would become the most hateful, heartless and disgusting of human beings were she allowed to unsex herself; and where would be the protection which man was intended to give the weaker sex?"
Queen Victoria was right. Women have got the vote and now we have"disgusting" women like Gloria Steinem and Pat Schroeder pushing women into war where they are raped by their fellow male soldiers and by the enemy. The Antis knew women's lives would get worse if they got the vote and took power into their hands. They knew that America would be in danger because women can't see long range and would make mistakes in judging how to use power. They knew women are too timid and would resort to pacifism instead of fighting evil.
Chesterton said women should not bloody her hands. This reminds me of the scene in Macbeth where Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits to"unsex" her so she can commit murder. Chesterton wrote in one essay: "Two things are quite clear about the vote. First that it is entirely concerned with government; that is with coercion. Second, it is entirely concerned with .... public quarrel .... to desire a vote means to desire the power of coercing others; the power of using a policeman .... That woman should ask for a vote is not feminism; it is masculism in its last and most insolent triumph."
He says that government is not as important as family: "The two or three most important things in the world have always been managed without law or government; because they have been managed by women. Can anyone tell me two things more vital to the race than these; what man shall marry what woman, and what shall be the first [things] taught to their first child? Yet no one has ever been so mad as to suggest that either of these godlike and gigantic tasks should be conducted by law. They are matters of emotional management; of persuasion and disuasion; of discouraging a guest or encouraging a governess .... The old-fashioned woman really said this: 'What can be the use of all your politics and policemen? The moment you come to a really vital question you dare not use them. For a foolish marriage, or a bad education, for a broken heart or a spoilt child, for the things that really matter, your courts of justice can do nothing at all." Women, he says, should not use "legalist machinery" -- to "surrender to regimentation and legalism. Woman would be more herself if she refused to touch coercion altogether. That she may be the priestess of society it is necessary that her hands should be as bloodless as a priest's."
Chesterton predicted that women in government will make people focus too much on government, and he was right. Government is the focus of our society: "The immediate effect of the female suffrage movement will be to make politics much too important; to exaggerate them out of all proportion to the rest of life." He says men made government seem so great that women are now interested in it: "We males permitted ourselves exaggerated fusses and formalities about the art of government...The Suffragettes are victims of male exaggeration, but not of male cunning. We did tell women that the vote was of frightful importance; but we never supposed that any woman would believe it."