Watch out, Frau Schroeder, the vultures are circling

Posted on April 23, 2012 by

Kristina Schroeder, the German Family Minister, is in the news. Again. After her audacity in pointing out that men and boys are also a part of families, and refusing to agree to laws mandating women’s quotas on company boards, she’s now come out with a book apparently designed to tick off every German-speaking feminist who even hears the title. It’s called (in German), “Thank you, we’re emancipated on our own: saying goodbye to the tyranny of stereotypes”, and it basically calls feminists a bunch of whiny losers who coddle women as incompetents and try to micromanage their lives.

Sounds about right to me: feminists are a mirror-image of the very “patriarchal oppression” they claim to be against. Instead of saying that women must be homemakers, they say that they can’t be homemakers. Instead of saying that women shouldn’t be allowed in upper management, they say that men shouldn’t be allowed there. Instead of saying that motherhood is women’s highest calling and any woman who isn’t a mother is a failure at life, they say that motherhood is a loathsome job that only a failure would reduce herself to. I often look around and think, “We haven’t come very far, baby.” We women still have strangers bossing us around at every turn, but this time they have breasts.

But for me, the truly interesting dynamic in Germany’s newest round of gender-politics is the timing. Alice Schwarzer‘s (Germany’s most infamously rabid feminist, who is a conservative in comparison to the America versions) political rise in the early 1970s heralded the end of the Wirtschaftswunder (the post-war economic miracle). The feminists cooled their rhetoric during the harsher economic era following that, as men struggling for jobs and with sinking real wages aren’t keen on the idea of women flooding the employment market with their cheap labor.

Unlike Eastern egalitarianism, where women are dragged out of the home to be sent to the rice paddies, the decadent Western version is highly inefficient and expensive. So it only can be implemented during times of economic surplus, when we can afford to damage companies and waste money promoting women to positions most of them aren’t really interested in and few would ever be able to achieve solely on their own merit. We can see that happening right now in Brazil, as women there foam at the mouth and go politically bonkers at the sight of the currency flooding their market.

For that reason, the 80s and 90s mostly focused on environmentalism, reunification, reform of the labor market, EU-expansion, and anti-war protests. France and the other countries were free to spend the same era building nuclear powerplants and enlarging their work-n-welfare states — or even debating whether or not men should be forced to sit down to pee — buoyed by the flood of cheap German credit. The present calls for austerity are the result of the end of this Teutonic largess. Now, the sinking unemployment rate, shrinking population of workers and rising population of elderly dependents, and flood of money pouring into Germany as a financial safe-haven has again emboldened the feminists to turn up the heat, as their rise coincides with feminist collapse elsewhere.

With that much money sloshing around, why shouldn’t women get a bigger slice of it? Also, leftists want women to monetize their work in the formal market so that their efforts can be taxed to help hold up the struggling welfare state. It’s frustratingly difficult to quantify and tax homemaking.

Feminists never being great fans of history, economics, or even common sense, they fail to notice the greater cycles that will influence whether their dreams of toppling the patriarchy will ever be truly realized. They are welcome to their opinions, but ignore the facts at their own peril. The numbers simply aren’t on their side.

While they berate conservative state governments (where most of the Germanic kids are being born, strangely enough) for their failure to get free daycare for everyone, they fail to notice that the kindergarten system is already struggling with a severe labor shortage, as their workers have simply never been born, are being cannibalized by those same daycares, have retired, or have even taken time off to raise their own children. (What? You thought all daycare workers send their own progeny to daycares? The joke is on you.)

In a twist of classic Germanic irony, the same feminists who demonized mothering all of these years are wondering “Where are the young women who want to raise babies?” Where indeed. When a third of German women of childbearing age can’t even be bothered to bear their own children, where do you think you will find women who want to spend all day around those of other people? How about Germans start importing foreigners to care for the children? That’s worked well in all other professions. We could even finish outsourcing reproduction to them, and finally be done with it.

In the end, feminists around the world are always economic vultures, who begin to circle just as the economy sighs its last breath and the bubble pops. If you see them coming, or even gathering strength, be assured that the end is nigh. The “end of men” is the end of everyone.

Just as Fraulein Schwarzer was ridiculed in the 1980s, as German men struggled with austerity, in five years time Frau Schroeder will be considered prophetic and her many detractors will be mocked as the self-serving idiots that they are. This is already the case in the youngest generation, where men’s struggle to find work and become suitable marriage partners has not gone unnoticed.

Anti-feminists will have the last, tragic laugh, as few things are as revolting as the sight of scavengers feeding on the carcass of your homeland.

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