The “political strategy of gender mainstreaming” guides the whole German Federal Government according to this page, as well as the Ministry of Education and Research. Presented as an innocuous attempt to establish “equal opportunities” for men and women; it is anything but innocuous. It is the application of radical Marxist-feminist theory to the whole world eventually, and for now to those parts of the world under the shadow of the United Nations and the European Union. But some are more zealous than others. Germany is zealous.
Gabriele Kuby consciously imitates the opening sentence of Karl Marx’s “The Communist Manifesto” to explain the significance of gender today. It means much more than you think!
“A spectre is haunting the world, the spectre of gender. Hardly anyone knows this concept, although it is extremely powerful and has extended its influence over international and national institutions. The gender ideology is in the process of creating a new man, whose freedom should include the choice of his sex and sexual orientation. This means to arbitrarily decide whether he or she wants to be man or woman, heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transsexual (GLBT). This view of freedom and sexuality, according to the will of the UN, EU and most European governments is to be imprinted onto the minds of children from the nursery onwards.
“Since 1999, gender mainstreaming is Leitprinzip (the guiding principle) and Querschnittsaufgabe (the task for every government ministry) of German politics.”
Thus Kuby writes of the “American theorist, Judith Butler—who wants to destroy the identity of man and woman in order to undermine society through a political strategy of ‘gender mainstreaming.’ ”
So the future embraced by the German government becomes a little clearer… Is it really the one the German people want? By default it will be what they get! Certainly some are objecting, saying (decades late), “The state is going too far.”
Dale O’Leary writes in her essay, “Gender Theory: Alienated from Reality,” that this thinking is embedded firmly in the Marxist ideology of class struggle:
“Radical Marxist-influenced Feminists combined his concept of gender identity as socially constructed with the Marxist idea that all history is the history of class struggle. According to their gender theory, the first class struggle was between men and women and women were the first oppressed class and all social differences between men and women were not natural, but made up by men to oppress women. According to this gender theory, the way to eliminate the oppression of women was to eliminate all social differences between men and women. This would be achieved by mainstreaming a gender perspective under which every societal recognition of the differences between men and women would be labeled a stereotype and eradicated…
“The problem with this is that it failed to distinguish between stereotypes, which do limit women’s ability to participate as equals in society, and real differences between men and women which should be acknowledged.”
But the problem with this thinking is summarily dealt with by advocates of gender mainstreaming: those differences aren’t real!
As Hedwig von Beverfoerde said her speech “Gender-mainstreaming – gender-political government ideology on velvet paws” at the Center for Education in Wilmershain, Berlin on February 25th, 2010.
“Since, biologically speaking, an abolition of genders/sexes is impossible, an ideology that seeks to abolish genders must presume that all differences between genders/sexes aside from anatomical characteristics are purely social constructs that, under certain conditions, can be arbitrarily changed. This assumption goes back to Simone de Beauvoir…who stated “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” (In “The Second Sex,” published in 1949.)
One is not born a woman, one is not born a man. Eradicating the thought that one is born a man or woman is “the guiding principle” of the German government and “the task of every government agency.” Then one has the freedom to choose just what one is. One wonders if Germans realize that this is what their socialist government is and has been devoted to for some time. Maybe they don’t realize how close socialism is to communism with its abolition of eternal truths. The difference is becoming indistinguishable.
In contradiction of all past historical experience
Certainly Karl Marx would be happy with these developments; thrilled in fact, because he too sought to abolish eternal truths such as freedom and justice:
“There are, besides, eternal truths, such as Freedom, Justice, etc., that are common to all states of society. But communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis; it therefore acts in contradiction to all past historical experience.” (Marx and Engels, “The Manifesto of the Communist Party,” published 1848)
If he could only turn over in his grave!
Well, he would be smiling…