Originally appeared at Squawker
The amazing ability to refrain from all personal accountability for one’s actions is a longstanding talent of those on the Left. There always appears to be someone to blame when things go wrong, and increasingly that someone always seems to be a man. Case in point, the latest trend in Feminist styled journalism, blaming men for the increasing amount of childless, unmarried, and unhappy women.
Take for example this article written recently by famed British journalist Elizabeth Day. Who while voicing her concerns that over a fifth of British women over 40 are now childless, (a statistic that rises every year) also proudly declares, “I spent much of my 20s fervently avoiding pregnancy as if it were a communicable disease.” You might think from the above quote, Ms. Day seemingly holds herself responsible for this lack of children she now seems to regret so much. This is sadly not the case however for the admitted divorcee, who instead goes on to explain that the real problem for her and other women in her position. Is that the available men just aren’t up to their high standards.
This particular brand of Feminist fueled man blaming is hardly new and sadly only seems to be growing. As every day more and more middle-aged women who spent their youth partying rather than looking for someone to start a family with are struggling to come to terms with the lonely future that now awaits them. Never wanting to consider the idea, that the “good men” they all claim don’t exist merely are just already happily paired off with the few women who didn’t behave like that when they were younger.
To be clear, I am not trying to slut shame. How people choose to live their lives is their own business, as long as they don’t then get angry and lash out at others when their life choices eventually catch up to them. We are now facing a generation of adult women who spent their youth sleeping around and yet are somehow increasingly perplexed as to why no decent man is jumping at the chance to wed them. It’s a strange world we have created where our politically correct culture prevents the majority from openly addressing the obvious source of the problem, and instead encourages all sorts of ludicrous alternative causes.
It’s not even just limited to older women either. With even younger girls finding reasons to blame male shortcomings for why they remain single. One popular excuse? That women are just too smart for modern men. With one 23 year old, for example, stating she believes, “the sense of achievement derived from learning is alien to most men.” For all their intelligence it would appear these smart women can’t seem to figure out that insulting the entire male gender isn’t the best way to find a man. Hopefully, for these girls, that lesson is learned fast. As a recent study found that more than 90% of college-educated women were delaying starting a family, not because of their careers but merely because they couldn’t find a suitable partner.
This Feminist fueled arrogance has also led to one another sad development. Adult women leaving their longtime partners because they suddenly decide they can do better. Take, for example, the woman pictured above who left her loving husband of many years, because she “began to feel embarrassed by his blue-collar jobs.” Now she is upset that while he happily remarried, she failed ever to find anyone who could live up to her insanely high standards or even just match the quality of her ex-husband.
The saddest part of this trend however, is that it’s even leading to a rise infemale suicides. With older single women increasingly killing themselves as they watch their friends slowly get married off while they remain alone. What none of these stories ever mention, however, is just how these girls chose to behave in their years before genuinely trying to settle down. It’s high time these women stopped judging men for their alleged inadequacies and started to take a real hard look at their own character flaws. If they could only do that, both genders might just end up a lot better off.
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