Svetlana on Feminism

White Feathers and “Male Privilege:”

Just a few stories I picked up from some research I did on the suffragettes and the white feather campaign.

What sums up the lie of “male privilege” for me is most poignantly illustrated by an old photograph I once saw of a scene in an English town taken in 1915. Three well to do women sat outside a café. One of them was wearing a suffragette rosette bearing the slogan “votes for women.” They were watching with smiles on their faces as another woman accosted a scruffy looking young man in a flat cap. She was holding a white feather in front of his face. The look of mortification and utter powerlessness on the man’s face is obvious, even from the grainy old photograph, and I wondered how long it was before his name was being carved into a little white cross somewhere in France.

So when I hear feminists babbling away about men always having had all the power, I am sometimes so aghast at the enormity of their ignorance. How these “well known facts” can become so entrenched in the public consciousness when so much historical record contradicts them, has always been a mystery to me.



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Al Black

I work in IT, Community volunteer interested in Politics, support Capitalism as the best economic system for lifting people out of poverty, Skeptical scientist.