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||Dr. Helen Caldecott Spits on My Grandfather
Glenn Sacks, GlennSacks.com
to Caldecott, the male of the human species has such unbridled bloodlust that
some of them, including the writer's own grandfather, lied about their own
age in order to kill during World War I.
I have my grandfather's
war medals in a small wooden chest, along with two pictures -- one of him
as a young man in military uniform, and another of him as a grandfather. Also
in the box is a poem about the war which he wrote to the woman who would become
my grandmother. The poem is simple and about as good as one can expect from
an immigrant with an elementary school education and a future as a milkman.
When the United States entered World War I my grandfather lied about his
age so he could join the army, wanting to show his gratitude to the country
which had allowed him to escape foreign tyranny. Wounded in the decisive Battle
of the Argonne Forest in 1918, he was awarded the Purple Heart and the French
Croix de Guerre.
Last week Dr. Helen Caldecott, renowned feminist and antiwar activist, spat
In a speech released under the title "Men: Natural Born Killers," Caldecott
told feminist antiwar demonstrators that the male of the human species has
unbridled bloodlust, explaining that "young men rushed off to battle in the
first World War. So eager were they to participate in the noble act of killing
that they lied about their age."
In other words, grandpa didn't enlist out of duty, loyalty or honor, but
instead because he wanted the chance to kill.
Welcome to the world of modern feminism, where everything men do is either
privilege or pathology and all events and actions are seen through a sharply
focused, anti-male lens. Caldecott also told the audience that the "killing
reflex" came to be "located in the human (male's) brain" back when the "world
was hostile" and "full of saber-tooth tigers, mammoth elephants and roaring
tribes. While women sat in caves breastfeeding and nurturing their young,
the males quickly learned to protect their genes by aggression and killing."
"Protect their genes," Ms. Caldecott? No, they were protecting the women
and children they loved. They risked their lives and sacrificed themselves
to protect them, as men have done to varying degrees in all human societies
from the beginning of time right up to the present.
Caldecott told a story of an upscale social gathering where she described
the tremendous destructive capabilities of modern weapons in gruesome detail.
The crowd quickly divided along gender lines, she says, and the men (who Caldecott
asserts are "almost clinically and psychologically dead") listened intently
to her descriptions. The women "sat on the periphery watching my interrogation
and silently agreeing with me" but "had no courage to publicly take on their
men for fear of later rejection and retribution." Retribution? I suppose
Caldecott thinks that on the drive home the husbands of wives who expressed
disagreement over the war would take them off to the side of the road for
a beating. This would fit perfectly with men's nature, of course.
According to Caldecott, societies dominated by "male values" approve of
violence and killing, and she criticizes women for being "absolute wimps"
who "condone [male] psychotic behavior by their silence." She ignores the
fact that American women support America's wars as much or nearly as much
as men do. According to a Washington Post/ABC poll conducted on Sunday, March
23, 78 percent of men and 66 percent of women support the current war. When
the United States went to war against Iraq in 1991, 87 percent of men and
78 percent of women approved.
When my grandfather returned from World War I he started a family. Seventy
years later my mother can still remember her tender father staying up half
the night stroking the fevered brow of his sickly youngest daughter before
going to work at three in the morning. As a boy I loved and revered my grandfather
and I can still remember the pain I felt almost three decades ago when my
mother came into my room sobbing and told me that grandpa was dead.
This magnificent man (and the millions like him) is not your punching bag,
Ms. Caldecott. He's not a bloodthirsty warmonger, or an oppressor, or a patriarch,
or an abuser, or any other of the dozens of repulsive canards which feminists
have used to vilify men over the past three decades. He was instead a kind
and decent human being whose masculinity was in no way inferior to the femininity
whose virtues you extol.
Glenn Sacks is a men's and fathers'
issues columnist and radio talk show host. His columns have appeared in dozens
of America's largest newspapers. To learn more about his radio show, go to
His Side with Glenn Sacks. Glenn's website is GlennSacks.com.
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