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The Matriarchs of Women's Liberation: Simone de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan, and Kate Millett

Updated on February 4, 2020
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James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with three non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

Simone de Beauvoir
Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) was the intellectual matriarch of contemporary feminism. According to her peculiar views, men were the role models for the modern, independent woman. She invites her acolytes to loath the feminine and aspire to become masculine.

Her ‘masterpiece' The Second Sex (1949) could be described as a vehement objection to femininity. De Beauvoir says that a woman's body "is a source of embarrassment " and "maternity dooms women" and "a pregnant woman is a degraded human being and a public laughingstock." She, in fact, mocks womanhood and regards being a woman as being a victim of and slave to biology.

The longtime lover of existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir was a miserable drunk, a drug addict, a pathetic atheist, and a wretched communist who was massively depressed and often suicidal.

She was only pro-choice about women killing their babies not pro-choice about women raising their children. “No woman should be ALLOWED to stay at home to raise her children. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one,” she grumbled.

The champion of freedom for women would gladly take away from women the freedom to love and nurture their offspring. She says, "As long as the family and the maternal instinct are not DESTROYED, women will still be oppressed."

The society de Beauvoir wanted to bring about would use state power to stop any woman from marrying and becoming a full-time mother to her children. The fact that de Beauvoir is so admired by leftists says a lot about how wide the gap is between celebrity and common sense, popularity from prudence, and fame from fundamental wisdom. To her, love and marriage are incompatible. And killing is superior to caring. Her philosophy: “No aphrodisiac is so potent as the defiance of God.”

How easy it has been for leftists to overlook glaring and often inexcusable moral faults in their heroes, such as de Beauvoir’s habit of grooming her female students to have sex with her and with Sartre; Sartre’s excuses for the Communist genocides; and the support offered by Sartre and de Beauvoir to the various revolutionary murderers. Sartre publicly endorsed the murder of the Israeli Olympic team by Palestinian terrorists at Munich in 1972.

If I may quote Irving Kristol: "Women's liberation is a consistent feature of all countercultural movements—liberation from husbands, liberation from children, liberation from the human condition of womanhood." The object "is to disestablish the family as the central institution of human society and, therefore, as the citadel of orthodoxy."

Betty Friedan
Betty Friedan

Betty Friedan

The Feminine Mystique (1963) by Bettye Friedan (1921-2006) is autobiography disguised as science. Friedan's father raised her to become an Atheist. The family household in which she grew up was filled with bitterness and hatefulness. Bettye was unfortunately ugly while her mother was stunningly beautiful, a contrast of which her mother always reminded her.

After reaching adulthood, Bettye was privileged to receive a world-class education at one of the most excellent colleges in the country, where she became a Communist agitator. Her book is based on Marxism, but she hid her radical past and who she really was while promoting it, pretending to be an ordinary suburban housewife. Later she would admit her views were formed by the fact that her mother was a miserable person who taught her that men were ‘the enemy.'

The book's message is that being a wife and mother is a miserable existence only "suited to the capacities of feeble-minded girls." It laughably presents the men of the 1950s as happily fulfilling their deepest human longings in meaningful, glamorous work, in what was in reality toiling in the drudgery of mind-numbing, bone-grinding, repetitive tasks in factories, shops, and ditches that wore men out every day—often dangerous assignments they did because they loved their wives and children and wanted to provide for them as best they could. These jobs Friedan romanticized while she demonized motherhood as joyless, purposeless, dull, empty, and desperate.

The truth was that American housewives in the early 1960s were the most privileged and pampered set of human beings that ever existed on Earth. If they were bored, it was because men had provided them with labor saving devices and creature comforts that kings and queens could have only dreamt about in days past; and their husbands worked themselves into early graves to provide for them. But Friedan suppressed all the positive experiences of American women and highlighted real and imagined negatives, ignoring anything that proved her grand thesis false—especially the fact that women working outside the home proved detrimental to children.

Women’s Lib was driven by the envy of men and their incredible accomplishments. It directed bitter hostility and malicious hatred toward men. It was a rebellion against masculinity. For women to be the equal of men, the government should raise all the children—one of Friedan’s main ideas.

Since it just so happened that women are those who give birth to more human beings, women could not be free unless they could kill their offspring at will, with no interference from the baby’s fathers. It was the existence of families that held women down. Therefore, the postmodern woman must be anti-marriage, anti-motherhood, and pro-abortion.

Friedan’s inspiration came from her two favorite books, The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir. The former called for all children to be removed from their mothers so their mothers could better work as slaves for the Almighty State, and demanded the “Abolition of the family!”

Now, all this upheaval might have been worth it if the promises of Women's Liberation had not proved to be deceits and illusions. The objectives of The Feminine Mystique have been achieved beyond Friedan's wildest dreams. But the assurance that this would make women independent and happy has been proven to be untrue. Putting selfishness above every other value has not made women happy. In fact, the most content and joyful women in America today are housewives. Look it up. It’s true.

Friedan founded the National Organization for Women (NOW), but she was in fact a Communist who cloaked her Communism in a disguise of Women's Liberation to make American women swallow it, counting on their naivety and lack of political sophistication. Her book was enormously successful, selling millions and changing the worldview of countless American women ever since.

American housewives lived in “comfortable concentration camps,“ Friedan outrageously asserted. A man-hater since childhood, she wanted to see the American male humiliated, to destroy his patriarchy, and destroy middle-class society. Her husband would later say his wife was severely mentally disturbed. In 1973, she would sign the Humanist Manifesto, a plan to topple America for Socialism and Atheism.

Kate Millett
Kate Millett

Kate Millett

If you think de Beauvoir and Friedan were something, her successor was far crazier. Kate Millett (1934-2017) wrote that the traditional family itself was only "vile patriarchy" and in fact heterosexuality itself was vile. The family was the enslavement of women and children under male slave masters. Men are disgusting, violent creatures.

The only solution for America was to abolish traditional sexual morals altogether and eliminate any taboos, especially those against homosexual behaviors, premarital sex, adultery, and illegitimacy. In case we missed it, Millett's points were drilled home over and over again: The Cultural Revolution is to take away the power of men, destroy the family, destroy the patriarchy, destroy monogamy, destroy western society, and promote promiscuity, prostitution, and sodomy. But how? By invading the courts, legislatures, media, universities, government schools, and libraries.

Kate Millett was a mentally ill pervert who called pedophilia “wonderful.” But she would be feted by Time magazine, which put her on its cover in 1970, calling her both the “Mao Tse-Tung of Women’s Liberation” and the “Karl Marx of the Women’s Movement,“ because she taught American women Marxism 101—the family is slavery for women. Her teachings became the foundation for the first ‘women’s studies’ programs and departments at our universities.

Her sister, Mallory, does not share her views, writing: “I’ve known women who fell for this creed in their youth who now, in their fifties and sixties, cry themselves to sleep decades of countless nights grieving for the children they’ll never have and the ones they coldly murdered. Where are my children? Where are my grandchildren?”

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    • James A Watkins profile imageAUTHOR

      James A Watkins 

      7 weeks ago from Chicago

      T ~ ha ha. You've got that right.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      7 weeks ago from now on

      Paula does have a way with words! Actually, she always has her way with words! Impressive’

    • James A Watkins profile imageAUTHOR

      James A Watkins 

      7 weeks ago from Chicago

      Paula ~ Thank you for taking the time to read my little article here. And Wow! I am impressed and well pleased that you've "not ever "personally" encountered a single female, in seven decades of life, who are disabled by such poisonous minds."

      I appreciate your lovely laudations. But more than that, your brilliant comments blew me away. I must repeat your powerful words: "While their attitudes literally sicken me, I cannot help but have pity for them. What you have conveyed in this article, tells me of their torment, loneliness, & severe bitterness. I feel sadness for them that they knew not the love & care of an honorable man, the complete joys of motherhood & the serenity of Faith in an Almighty God. What an incredibly frightening, cold and empty world they chose in which to exist."

      AMEN

    • James A Watkins profile imageAUTHOR

      James A Watkins 

      7 weeks ago from Chicago

      T ~ I love the new middle name you have assigned to me. Thank you. ☺

      I so appreciate you coming by to read my writings. Your awesome accolades made my day.

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      Paula 

      7 weeks ago from UpstateWestern,New York

      James.....I have been somewhat familiar with Simone & Betty. Kate I'd never heard of and most assuredly, I've not ever "personally" encountered a single female, in seven decades of life, who are disabled by such poisonous minds. While their attitudes literally sicken me, I cannot help but have pity for them. What you have conveyed in this article, tells me of their torment, loneliness, & severe bitterness. I feel sadness for them that they knew not the love & care of an honorable man, the complete joys of motherhood & the serenity of Faith in an Almighty God.

      What an incredibly frightening, cold and empty world they chose in which to exist.

      You're work educates and inspires always. Peace, Paula

    • tsadjatko profile image

      7 weeks ago from now on

      James A Watkins!

      I have figured out what the “A” stands for

      Apedia

      James Apedia Watkins

      Is there any subject you are not knowledgeable about!

      I’m adding James Apedia to my resume under education!

      What you said here especially sums up the contribution of the feminist movement:

      “Since it just so happened that women are those who give birth to more human beings, women could not be free unless they could kill their offspring at will, with no interference from the baby’s fathers. It was the existence of families that held women down. Therefore, the postmodern woman must be anti-marriage, anti-motherhood, and pro-abortion.”

      Thanks for all the enlightenment, past present and, I’m sure, future!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 weeks ago from Chicago

      Awdur ~ I appreciate your lovely laudations. And I love your comments so much that I must repeat them: "Children and grandchildren are our greatest blessing..... pregnant women are breathtakingly beautiful, family is everything, and raising children is likely the most difficult and enjoyable occupation of all." AMEN!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 weeks ago from Chicago

      wba108@yahoo.com ~ It is always a pleasure to hear from you. Thank you for coming by to read my Hub. I enjoyed your comments, especially this: "another tentacle of progressivism designed to empower the government while taking away our freedoms." You know that's right.

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      Awdur 

      7 weeks ago from Chicago

      Great article.... they have no idea what they've missed. Children and grandchildren are our greatest blessing..... pregnant women are breathtakingly beautiful, family is everything, and raising children is likely the most difficult and enjoyable occupation of all.

    • wba108@yahoo.com profile image

      wba108@yahoo.com 

      7 weeks ago from upstate, NY

      James, what a brilliant look at the feminist movement, another tentacle of progressivism designed to empower the government while taking away our freedoms. Charming folks they are!

    • James A Watkins profile imageAUTHOR

      James A Watkins 

      7 weeks ago from Chicago

      Pamela Oglesby ~ I appreciate your visitation. You are most welcome. I am glad you found my article interesting. The thing is, these women are hailed as big heroes at colleges across our nation when in fact they are disgusting and wicked. Exposing that truth is my motivation. Thanks for reading.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      This was a rather surpirsing article about women that have views I don'tI think it is quite an honor to stay home with your young children, especially until they are in school. I have heard the names of these women before, but I have little respect for them. Thanks for this information as it is very interesting even if I do disagree.

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      James A Watkins 

      8 weeks ago from Chicago

      Carol Stanley ~ You are most welcome. Thank you for reading my Hub. It is good to hear from you again.

    • James A Watkins profile imageAUTHOR

      James A Watkins 

      8 weeks ago from Chicago

      Takako Komori ~ Thank you very much for taking the time to read my article. You are absolutely right about Kate Millett’s first husband being a Japanese man and her second ‘marriage’ being to a woman. I had not looked into her private life at all. I had only noticed her feminist philosophy in some other research I was doing into Betty Freidan. I appreciate your comments.

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      carol stanley 

      8 weeks ago from Arizona

      This was certainly an eye opener. I have heard about these women but never followed all their doctrines. thanks for sharing all of this.

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      Takako Komori 

      8 weeks ago from Yokohama, Japan

      James, this is a very informative article, especially because I didn`t know anything about Kate Millett, and I`d only heard of Betty Friedan`s name.

      I looked up Millett in wikipedia and it came as a surprise to me that she was married to a Japanese man. At the time of her death in 2017, she was married to a "Sophie", who apparently is a woman. (I`m guessing). Do you know anything about their marriage? Wikipedia does say that Millett admitted she was bisexual.

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