Opinion

My persuasion can build a nation
Endless power
With our love we can devour
You’ll do anything for me

-Beyonce, “Run the World (Girls)”

CHICAGO, May 23, 2013 (Acton Institute) – That’s the apparent fantasy of Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of Illinois. She recently hosted her annual fundraising luncheon with guest speaker, Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards. Schakowsky said, “Humanity is at a crossroads on this small planet and…our survival as a species is dependent on women taking charge, taking the world in our own hands.”

Given the fact that we are killing baby girls at an alarming rate all over the world, I don’t think Schakowsky is going to get her wish.

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Elizabeth Scalia, in a piece at First Things, has a different view. She believes men are increasingly abdicating their traditional roles in our society:

If forensic psychologist and men’s rights activist Helen Smith is correct, Schakowsky and her friends may have their hands full of the world, and sooner than they think. In her upcoming book Men on Strike, Smith offers up statistics and her own research to suggest that men are consciously boycotting marriage, fatherhood, and the “American Dream” because they feel beaten down by politically correct preferences and practices—in school, in the workplace, and in society in general. If the women want the world and all the power, the thinking goes, they can have it; the men will simply retire to whatever man-caves they are permitted.

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Women, hyper-focused on “having it all,” are the ones who are now commitment-phobic, Scalia states. Driven by a desire for power that they perceive only men to have, women have managed to leave men “behind and lonely,” fearful of being “devoured” by women who won’t tolerate anyone standing in their way.

Gender politics, as Scalia points out, is very complex: we can’t figure out if women should run it all or be removed from the scene before they are even born.

Read “If Women Ran the World” at First Things.

This article originally appeared on the website of the Acton Institute and is reprinted with permission.

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