Men Are a “Women’s Issue”

Last week, President Obama signed an executive order creating the White House Council on Women and Girls. He did so with a speech in which he praised the perseverance and pluck of his own single mother, the grandmother who ultimately raised him, and especially his wife, whom he credited for her exceptional skill as mother to their two daughters.Under the direction of his longtime political pal Valerie Jarrett, Mr. Obama has added membership on this council to the already daunting list of tasks of every Cabinet-level appointee. He says the council’s job will be to ensure that the feminist agenda saturates public policy on all levels.

The president gathered the A-listers of feminism to celebrate his announcement, including the leaders of the National Organization for Women, NARAL Pro-Choice America and Emily’s List. Others who work to advance the cause of women and girls (but not abortion rights), were not in attendance. Probably an oversight.

The folks who did attend seemed thrilled that a special White House council had been created to advance feminist ideas. I doubt it’s going to do much good for women and girls.

If Mr. Obama wanted to actually do something significant for American’s women and girls, he would have created instead a White House Council on Men and Boys.

Just imagine the estrogen-induced response to something so sexist as a council chartered to address the concerns of one gender over another. Oh, wait. That’s what this is.

But anyway, his is a council to address the issues of women and girls, so of course it is entirely fair.

Actually, I’m the mother of three girls, and I happen to think Mr. Obama’s new council won’t win the battle of the sexes. That’s because the best thing anyone can do for American women and girls is to encourage men and boys to “man up.”

A council on men and boys would promote stable marriage as the best avenue to improve the lives and living conditions of America’s women and families. A council on men and boys would address the crisis in American manhood that results in the scourges of infidelity, divorce, lack of commitment and fatherhood with multiple partners.

A council on men and boys would seek to eliminate the objectification of women in the media. It would battle our hypersexual culture by fighting against the “hook-up” mentality that defines the way young men view young women. And, most importantly, it would stamp out the violence against women that emanates from men’s widespread exposure and growing addiction to pornography.

Such a council would work to train a new generation of boys to become real men, who honor and uphold women as equals in the workplace, the community and the home — not because the government regulates such an attitude, but because it’s right.

A council on men and boys also would address the underlying problems that create “women’s issues” such as child care, inadequate pay and domestic violence. These aren’t “women’s issues,” but issues related to the systemic collapse of the American family.

Believe me, I’m not man-bashing. Rather, I think the feminist agenda is a false promise. A council on women and girls that seeks to infuse feminism across the government propels us further from real solutions. Our government just isn’t man enough to fix what’s wrong.

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  • Ann


    You are so right! I work as an engineer, so my days are spent in a predominantly male workplace. Many of them act just like little boys and don’t want to take responsibility for their actions. They and their wives (the ones who are are in their 20’s and actually married) put off having families in favor of more “stuff” in their lives – travel, fancy vehicles, electronic gadgets, etc. I sometimes think they need to consider where the next generation that will be paying their retirement is supposed to come from!

    But, more on topic, the results are coming back stronger and stronger in favor of marriage providing the best protection for women. I agree – the men need to “man up” and stop acting as children.

    Peace and blessings to all,

  • My mother always wanted me to be a boy and to never grow up. She needed the love that I would provide, now were did that come from, this lack of love. She thought only a man could provide that love, now were did that come from, this lack of love.

    Do you really think a man looks to his wife for love? That would only lead to the same disappointment, my mother saw in manhood, so as to substitute her boys for the manhood she missed. We substitute for love all the time, and that is the problem.

    Love in marriage has been replaced with romance. Why because we seek love in the wrong places? We need unconditional love, but do not know were it comes from, and romance leads us to believe it comes from men and women. God is the only true source of unconditional love. Without this source in marriage, the marriage is domed. Only Christ centered marriages can survive for in this marriage the husband and wife have found the only source of unconditional love.

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  • tomdundee

    I agree with President Obama’s decision and I think that he is very self-aware.

    If that is the best his mother & grandmother could do, well they needed all the help they could get. He has got to be their greatest failure.

  • I’m pretty sure it was on this site that I recently read a statement to the effect that, if one opposes patriarchy (as the so-called feminist agenda does), one by default also opposes fatherhood.

    I’m going to echo Jackster’s endorsement of The Art of Manliness blog, by the way:

    Not all comments are constructive, but the vast majority of posts are.