This article, written as part of a point-counterpoint essay on whether the effects of Sexual Revolution have been positive or negative on women, was the most read article on the Wall Street Journal’s weekend edition. The essay, written by author and research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, Mary Eberstadt, points out several basic myths and “falsehoods” concerning women and birth control.
Eberhardt debunks the myth that all women are “united” against the oppression of tyrannical men. Myth #4 may be the most interesting: The sexual revolution has made women happier. The article brings up several key questions which beg to be answered:
Why do websites run by and for women focus so much on men who won’t grow up, and ooze such despair about relations between the sexes?
Why do so many accomplished women simply give up these days and decide to have children on their own, sometimes using anonymous sperm donors, thus creating the world’s first purposely fatherless children?
What of the fact, widely reported earlier this week, that 26% of American women are on some kind of mental-health medication for anxiety and depression and related problems?
Or how about what is known in sociology as “the paradox of declining female happiness”?…
While the insights of this article are illuminating, the high response of readers seems to highlight part of what the article tries to express: the myth that the values of the Sexual Revolution are cemented in the culture for good, that it is a dialogue that was settled in the sixties, and that apparently life is so much better when we have the freedom to do whatever we want. Are people perhaps looking for something more than this?© 2012 – Patrick Travers para el Centro de Estudios Católicos – CEC