Modern Feminism has two distinct sides to it: 1 an articulate political and economic side embracing demands for so-called rights; and 2 a sentimental side which insists in an accentuation of the privileges and immunities which have grown up, not articulately or as the result of definite demands, but as the consequence of sentimental pleading in particular 12 cases. It is a matter of common observation that the average woman can 48 pass through strains and recover in a way few men can do. Among those tactics are appeals to women's biological vulnerabilities and the necessity of male chivalry to secure women's protections and rise in status. But it is not merely in cases of murder, attempted murder or serious assault that justice is mocked by the present state of our law and its administration in the interests of the female sex. Here is no question of bodily strength or weakness, either muscular or constitu- tional. What legislation has done for the men has been simply to remove obstacles in the way of industrial organisation on the part of the workman in freeing the trade unions from dis- abilities, and even this was begun, owing to working- class pressure from outside, long before--as long ago as the twenties of the last century under the 111 auspices of Joseph Hume and Francis Place.
The powerful female sex union spoken of, in the present day, exercises such a strong pressure in the formation of public opinion among women, that it is rapidly becoming next to impossible, even in the most flagrant cases, where man is the victim, to get any woman to acknowledge that another woman has committed a wrong. There is, I take it, no doubt that psychical sexual aberration plays a not inconsiderable part in many of those persons --in a word, that they are labouring under some degree of homo-sexual Sadism. An acknowledgment should be made to the editor of The New Age for the plucky stand made by that journal in the attempt to dam the onrush of sentimental slush set free by the self-constituted champions of womanhood. When, however, the bluff is exposed, when the real facts of the case are laid bare to public notice, and woman is shown, not only as not oppressed but as privileged, up to the top of her bent, then the apostles of feminism, male and female, being unable to make even a plausible case out in reply, with one consent resort to the boycott, and by ignoring what they cannot answer, seek to stop the spread of the unpleasant truth so dangerous to their cause. And yet, without a word of contradiction from those who know better, arguments and protests galore have been fabricated on the suffragist side, based solely on this impudently false assumption. Such facts are the pathological mental condition peculiar to the female sex, commonly connoted by the term hysteria; the absence, or at best the extremely imperfect development of the logical faculty in most women; the inability of the average woman in her judgment of things to rise above personal considerations; and, what is largely a consequence 25 of this, the lack of a sense of abstract justice and fair play among women in general. Lately, however, some eminent patho- logists have shown a tendency to qualify the terms of the latter view.
Here we seem to have a very flagrant contradiction with, as has already been said, one of the most fundamental sociological laws. Modern Feminism rose slowly above the horizon. It is largely characterised by moral symptoms, chief of which is an impairment of the faculty of psychological synthesis, an abolition and a con- traction of the field of consciousness. Now this statement, though not perhaps bearing on its face the wilful deception charac- terising the one just mentioned, is not any the less a perversion of economic fact, and we can hardly regard it otherwise than as intentional. When the nervous woman is excited about anything she exhibits outbreaks of fury wanting all the characteristics of womanhood, and she is not able to prevent these emotional out- bursts. There can be but one answer to this question.
Woman at the present day has been encouraged by a Feminist public opinion to become meanly aggressive under the protection of her weakness. The bones are lighter in the woman than in the man; not absolutely but in proportion to the weight of the body. In the case of other classes, or bodies of persons, having com- munity of interests this common interest invariably interprets itself in a sense of class, caste, or race solidarity. Whether she intended suicide is debated. Meanwhile both sides of the Feminist movement, apart from the question of the franchise, had been gaining in influence. The parliamentary debate on the Bill in question shows clearly enough the power that Sentimental 1 Femi- 1 I should explain that I attach a distinct meaning to the word sentimental ; as used by me it does not signify, as it does with most people, an excess of sentiment over and above what I feel myself, but a sentiment unequally distributed.
Surely that it has all the characteristics of a true dogma. The combination of Sentimental Feminism with its invocation of the old-world sentiment of chivalry which was based essentially on the assumption of the mental, moral and physical inferiority of woman to man, for its justification, with the pretensions of modern Political Feminism, is simply grotesque in its inconsistent absurdity. This is its avowed basis. Likewise in civil suits, pro- ceedings were not specially weighted against the man and in favour of the woman. In this matter I only deal with the male Feminist. That such a suggestion should be so much as entertained by otherwise sane persons is indeed significant of the degeneracy of mental and moral fibre induced by the Feminist movement, for it may be taken as typical. The law, it was assumed, and the assumption was acted upon, was the same for both sexes.
Why should men so conspicuously prefer the interests of women before those of their own sex? The outrageous application of the principles, if such you may call them, of Senti- mental Feminism in this country in the case of the suffragettes, has made English justice and penal administration the laughing-stock of the world. Men are starting to campaign more effectively for their interests, though they have a long way to go before they halt the tide of radical feminist influence, let alone start to reverse it. Our longer term strategy, however, is to develop our party to the point that we can field many candidates in general elections, in marginal constituencies, where the major parties are vulnerable. Apart from conclusive proof, the fact of the existence in all periods of civilisation, and even under the higher barbarism, of exceptionally gifted men, and never of a correspondingly gifted woman, does undoubtedly afford an indication of inferiority of the average woman as regards the average man. Her counsel pleaded for leniency on the ground of her previous good character and because she was engaged! But rather you will read observations and conclusions that will, word by word and line by line, be largely indistinguishable from what what you would see today from any critical thinker when offering a candid review of the essence of feminism. In any reasonable society the indiscriminate sale of corrosive substances would in itself be a crime punishable with a heavy term of imprisonment. The reader can hardly fail to notice that such women have the effrontery to pre- tend to regard themselves in this light.
Peter Wright explores the nature of political feminism and the rhetorical devices that have proven so decisive for the success of the movement. In woman sexuality is diffused over the whole body, every contact on whatever part excites her sexually. It is through and through disingenuous and dishonest. It may be seen more particularly in detail, in the specific demands of Feminists. Open any paper of general circulation-- say any of the morning dailies--and you will find letters galore advocating the Feminist side of the question! In accordance with the evidence, the woman who had overlaid the baby was convicted and sentenced to six months' imprison- ment, and naturally the man, who had not done so, was released. While on the one hand it will claim, on the ground of the intellectual and moral equality of women with men, the concession of female suffrage, and commonly, in addition thereto, the admission of women to all professions, offices and functions of public life; on the other it will strenuously champion the preservation and intensification of the privileges and immunities before the law, criminal and civil, in favour of women, which have grown up in the course of the nineteenth century.
One often has experience of this trick of controversy in discussing the question of the notorious characteristics of the female sex. Clearly that the girls inherit only through their mothers and boys only through their fathers, an hypothesis plainly at variance with the known 32 facts of heredity. This difference accentuates itself with age. Strangely enough, it made considerable headway in Russia, the awakening of Russia to Western ideas hav- ing, recently begun to make itself felt at the time of which we are speaking. It is clear then that, granting the biological premises of our author that the lowest sexual organisms are virtually female and that in the her- maphrodites the female element predominates; that in the earliest forms of bi-sexuality the fertilising or male element was merely an offshoot of the female trunk and that this offshoot develops, mainly by means of sexual selection on the part of the female, into an organism similar to the latter; that not until we reach the higher vertebrates, the birds and the mammals, do we find any traces of male superiority; and that this superiority only becomes definite and obvious, leading to male domination, in the human species--granting all this, I say, what argument can be founded upon it in support of the 133 equal value physically, intellectually and morally of the female sex in human society, or the desir- ability of its possessing equal political power with men in such society? Ian lives in the constituency, in Hucknall. While a moment before she was capable of entertaining a whole company without pause, talking to each member about that which interested him, shortly afterwards she does not speak a word more.
In conclusion I can only express the hope that honest, straightforward men who have been bitten by Feminist wiles will take pause and reconsider their position. At the very same sessions two men were sentenced respectively to eight and twelve months' imprisonment for stealing goods to the value of £5! But to assert this fact in the connection in question is purely irrelevant. The acquittal of women on the most serious charges, especially where the victims are men, in the teeth of the strongest evidence, is, on the other hand, an everyday occurrence. But not 60 only is this rule of law almost certainly doomed to repeal in the near future, but in even the present day, while it still nominally exists, it is practically a dead letter in the divorce court, since any trivial act of which the wife chooses to complain is strained by the court into evidence of cruelty in the legal and technical sense. Let us hear Weininger on this point. There is very frequently not only a deficient regard for truthfulness, but a proneness to active deception and dishonesty. The above attitude, with all its inconsistencies, has at its back a strong sex-conscious party, or sex union, as we may term it, among women, and a floating mass of inconsequent, slushy sentiment among men.
Our author regards the lowest point of what he terms the degradation of woman to have been reached in the past, and the last two centuries as having witnessed a movement in the opposite direction-- namely, towards the emancipation of woman and equality between the sexes. One of them had the shamelessness recently to boast of the satisfac- tion it gave him and to sneer at those of his colleagues who did not make full use of their judicial powers in this direction. The word is, as everyone knows, derived from hystera--the womb, and was uniformly regarded by the ancients as directly due to disease of the uterus, this view maintaining itself in modern medicine up till well-nigh the middle of the nineteenth century. The difference in relative size is greater in proportion according to the degree of civilisation. He opposed the party's participation in the Labour Representation Committee, and eventually persuaded them to leave. It is quite true that some Feminists, when hard pressed, may grudgingly concede the untenability on rational grounds of the Sentimental Feminists' claims.