British suffragette Rebecca West once said:
Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.
Regardless of what feminism may purport to be about, the result of feminism is that women have been reduced to being nothing but sex objects. Reader Just Saying recently noted:
Feminists lost long ago. Men are in control – at least the ones that understand. We get to call the shots – now instead of being able to keep house, have children, and cook (very, very few women can cook these days) women are ONLY sex-objects. It is the only thing they have to offer to a man, that will get a man’s attention and to hold it for a while. And we don’t have to marry them to get it [...]
Feminism has brought about all of the things they say they hate – women today only bring sex to the equation. So I have to thank Feminism – I doubt that young women would be as skilled, or as open to oral sex, anal sex, and every other type of sex, without it. And for that, I say, “Thank you Feminism.” If there were a patriarchy, I doubt they could have ever come up with something as beneficial to men. No one would have believed women were that dumb.
I completely agree with him, except for the “thank you” part. In addition to reducing women to sex objects, feminism has also reduced many women to being childless careerists who must purchase other women’s reproductive capabilities.
Several weeks ago, Laura Wood had a post about couples from other countries using American women as gestational surrogates in order to have an American child that they could use for immigration purposes. She also discussed the use of surrogates by homosexual couples and referred to gestational surrogates as maternal prostitutes, which is a fairly accurate term. Statistics are hard to come by, but the Council for Responsible Genetics notes:
There are virtually no statistics on how many women and families are involved in the
surrogacy market. The only numbers we do have exclusively describe gestational surrogacy
IVF cycles, and give no indication of the prevalence of traditional surrogacy. Nor do
statistics describing IVF cycles, rather than patients, paint an accurate picture of the
demographic characteristics of surrogate workers. Nevertheless, the available reports from
the CDC and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) clearly show that the
number of infants born to gestational surrogates almost doubled from 2004 to 2008, from 738 babies born to nearly 1,400. These numbers, while only skimming the surface of the entire surrogacy market, will surely continue to rise. In the face of this growing industry, it is imperative that accurate data collection be initiated to understand the scope and
implications of surrogacy in the United States.
Although homosexual use of surrogacy is increasing, the primary customers are still older married heterosexual couples. The price tag alone, easily $50,000 when all costs are factored in, limits who is able to use this service. So, why is the use of gestational surrogacy increasing so quickly?
Approximately one out of five American women end their reproductive years childless. This is an increase since 1970, when only one out of ten women remained childless. It is interesting to note that the rise of second-wave feminism and the mass entrance of women into the workforce began right around 1970 as well. Unsurprisingly, feminism and childlessness rates fit together hand in glove.
Despite over forty years of feminist indoctrination, most women still have a maternal drive, the instinct to nurture a child. However, after spending all of their fertile years earning degrees and climbing the career ladder, once they finally stop and take a breath and realize how very much they want a child, women are often unable to produce their own children. Rates for in vitro fertilization with egg donors have exploded – I actually know a woman who bore her second child via this method – but carrying a child after 45 is quite risky and hence the increased use of gestational surrogates.
I sent the following comment to Mrs. Wood about her article but thought I would also share it here:
About nine years ago, I met a woman through a mutual acquaintance at a play date for our children. She had a young son and daughter and was heavily pregnant. I struck up a conversation with her and when I asked when her baby was due, she told me that it wasn’t her baby. I’m sure the shock was visible on my face, so she explained that she was acting as a gestational surrogate for a married couple in Chicago. Both the husband and wife were attorneys and by the time they got around to wanting children, the wife was no longer fertile.
All the women who listened to this conversation were very affirming of her, but I asked her if she was worried about having a hard time giving the child up to the couple after his birth, and she told me that she was very worried about it, so she had begun taking anti-depressants in advance of the delivery after securing the married couple’s permission to do so. She told me that the week of the birth, the married couple would be putting her and her husband and children up in a posh hotel in Chicago and paying for all their expenses, in addition to the fee they paid her for carrying the child. She told me that as soon as she had recovered from birthing their first child, she would attempt to carry a second child for them.
At the time I considered myself slightly left of center (I’ve since moved quite far to the right), but even then, something seemed very, very wrong to me about a married woman with two children of her own carrying another couple’s child, all while taking anti-depressants. I can’t image what she ever ended up telling her own children about their missing sibling(s).
Mrs. Wood responded by saying:
Gestation involves the most intimate experience one can possibly have with another human being. The idea that because the baby is not genetically related to the mother, she should be able to give him up easily is false. Pregnancy is not like carrying a piece of luggage. This whole practice is profoundly dehumanizing and will reverberate throughout the lives of the people involved for many years to come. It’s no wonder this woman was taking anti-depressants. She and her husband have destroyed part of themselves by putting her body up for sale. Her husband is a pimp. This will make their marriage extremely difficult to maintain.
The entire situation is insane. The feminist obsession with careerism over family is producing a generation of highly educated women who are the equivalent of reproductive johns and a lower class group of women who are their maternal prostitutes, selling their eggs and renting out their wombs for use by other women and (sometimes) their husbands. My goodness, remember the bad old days under the patriarchy, when women were not only sex objects to men and when women bore and raised their own children?
Recall the quote at the beginning of this essay – “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.” – and consider that in context of Just Saying’s comment that modern women now bring very little of value to men other than their sexuality and in light of the fact that women are increasingly childless and purchasing the reproductive capabilities of other women. The conclusion is inescapable:
Under feminism, women are less human.