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Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians (Pat Robertson, US televangelist, 1992)

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute (Rebecca West)

These two, sharply contrasting observations on feminism give some indication of the controversy that has surrounded male and female roles in Western societies during the last century. In his remark, the ultra-conservative TV preacher and sometime presidential candidate Pat Robertson derides feminism because, for him, it seeks to undermine Western, capitalist, patriarchal social systems. In his damning of feminism he ...

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