by Anthony M. Ludovici
IT is important not to confound Anti-Feminists with Misogynists, or women-haters. Some of the early Church Fathers, John Knox, Schopenhauer and Strindberg, for instance, were Misogynists. They disliked and scorned women as such and found little to say in their favour. But men like Herbert Spencer, Nietzsche and myself are Anti-Feminists. We bear no hostility to women nor do we denigrate them gratuitously. We merely assail and resist that Movement which has endured with more or less prominence and success ever since Hellenic days, and has aimed at driving women from domesticity and the home into industry, public life and, in fact, every male sphere.
Anti-Feminism differs from Misogyny in that, while the former is friendly to normal women, the latter attacks all women. Anti-Feminists see in Feminism a conspiracy against the normally functioning woman; a Movement favourable to a minority of masculinoid females ill-endowed for motherhood, and tending to lure women favourably endowed for motherhood along paths where their psycho-physical needs cannot be satisfied.
In several of my books, for example in Lysistrata, The Night-Hoers, Abortion, The Future of Woman, and The Truth About Childbirth, I have been able to show the suffering and havoc caused among normal women by the Feminist policy, and have collected a mass of data and statistics, little known and generally hidden from the public, about these matters.
How did Anglo-Saxon Feminism arise?
It has many and various roots but the principal are:
(1) The Prevailing European, or White Man's Philosophy.
(2) The Masculine Accent over our Civilisation.
(3) The Influence of Men: (a) of those whose average state is one of sex starvation; (b) of those who do not know anything about women's nature; (c) of those who are fathers of girls; (d) of those who are degenerate; (e) of those who make their wives their mistresses.
(4) The Influence of Women: (a) The Virago; (b) The Normal Woman disillusioned by Marriage; (c) The Old Spinster; (d) The Superior Female Agitator.
(5) Urban Civilisation.
(6) Economic Conditions in a Growing Nation that cannot spread. Industrialism.
I shall now deal with these in the above order.