Misleading Women on Feminism
Longtime feminist Sue Ellen Browder now warns about deceptive propaganda.
“Propaganda is very sophisticated. It’s half-truth, selected truth, and truth out of context. Propaganda is used not to sell just products. It’s also used to sell ideas.” —Sue Ellen Browder
Last week, The Daily Signal published Browder’s regret that in the 1970s she had deliberately tried to “sell women on the idea that sexual liberation is the path to the single woman’s personal fulfillment.” Browder, a writer with Cosmopolitan magazine for two decades, offered this insight on her role in the deception: “When you start betraying the truth, it will come back to haunt you.”
In her candid interview, Browder admits that though the initial aim of the feminist movement was devoted to equality in woman’s voting, property rights, credit, education, and work, it was quickly hijacked by those pushing “all sorts of sexual freedoms” and has now morphed into today’s anti-male and pro-abortion progressive voting bloc.
Working for Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmo’s editor-in-chief and author of the 1962 bestselling book Sex and the Single Girl, Browder and her peers used their pens and typewriters to bend the moral curve downward with sensationalism and tales of tantalizing sexual promiscuity conveyed to readers as common practices.
According to renowned feminist Betty Friedan, women who had their identity rooted only in the lives of their husbands and their children would lose their own personhood. The slogan of the second wave of the women’s movement from the ‘60s through the '80s, “The Personal is Political,” pushed women to believe they were oppressed by their paternalistic culture, their overbearing husbands, and the burden of children that robbed them of freedom.
As a part of this movement, abortion was also redefined by a relatively small group of militant women.
When Browder, a happily married mother of two in 1974, a year after Roe v. Wade, became pregnant with her third child, she fell for her own contrived set of facts and had an abortion. Years later she realized that it was more than the truth hidden by her writing that was haunting her. “I did not realize what a traumatic experience that [abortion] would be later in my life — how much that would haunt me.” In 2004, Browder converted to Catholicism and “sought the help of the church to heal her from the abortion.” She declared that “even though I knew we were making up stories, I still got sucked in and thought abortion would be OK.”
Even though the lies have been exposed as such, they continue. Take two recent examples:
Phyllis Schlafly was the opposing force reckoning with Brown, Friedan, and Browder in the '70s. She worked tireless to expose the so-called “Equal Rights” Amendment (ERA) as an early progressive tool. Now a TV miniseries is contorting the life of Schlafly four years after her death. She is untruthfully painted to have had an abusive marriage to a rapist because the image of Schlafly as a happily married woman with a family devoting her entire career to the truth about women was and still remains a threat to current feminists.
Norma McCorvey, better known as Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, is now making selected news stories three years after her death with documentary claims of a death-bed confession that her change of heart about abortion years ago, which also coincided with a profession of faith in Jesus Christ, was a result of being paid off. McCorvey did have some expenses paid relative to her travel and appearances for pro-life speeches, but a sickly McCorvey battled with drugs and addictions in her last years that left her with cognitive and communication difficulties. The exposé paints the picture of a puppet whose strings are pulled by the highest bidder.
The tools of the political Left, especially when preying on the emotions of women, are certainly rooted in untruths. But whether you call it propaganda, #FakeNews, or straight-up lies, the power of manipulating the masses will never go out of style.