by Erin Pizzey
I noticed in the very early years of the what was then called The Woman’s Liberation Movement that once the left wing women turned upon their left wing brothers the left in England simply fell apart.
The gender war actually began in the late 1960′s.
It started when the women who had been working down in the south of the USA all met back in Washington and other places and decided that their united efforts with their brothers fighting capitalism for all those years had been wrong.
They decided it was all men who were the enemy.
The ferocity of the attacks on men blinded the early women warriers to even thinking of some of the consequences that might follow.
The war was declared at a time in England that we were going through a massive battle.
It was a struggle to establish a new kind of unified attack upon the massive strangle hold of power held by all the so called ‘caring agencies’ that had such a grip on so many peoples lives.
Those of us who were political activists were fighting to house people by squatting, to create refuges for victims of domestic violence.
To stop The DHSS from abusing people who had legitimate claims for funding.
To protect the mines from being closed down.
To fight to stop the railways from being privatised.
We clame from all walks of life and we also held all sorts of beliefs but we were unfited in the wish to create a fair and compassionate society.
Slowly as men began to be persecuted I could see the war between men and women in my country replace the real battles we were fighting and the men on the left slowly drifted away -which is why Tony Blair was able to remove Clause IV and break the back of the labour party for ever.
The gender war made it possible for the long reign of Margaret Thatcher our first Women Prime Minister.
I wrote to her when she first came to power to ask what she was going to do about domestic violence.
A minion answered to say that Margaret Thatcher was not interested in women’s issues.
Now in 2013 the damage this war has done not only to men and boys but also ourselves has to be acknowledged and something like a peace and reconciliation must hapen between the sexes.
We have to learn to live togther with our children. If we can’t there will be no such thing as society.