Herbert Purdy: The exquisite beauty of fatherliness

A moving and well-argued piece from Herbert Purdy.

In common with Herbert, many have noticed that all, or virtually all, prominent feminists have (or had) a non-existent or poor relationship with their fathers. In January 2014 I was in a debate (along with Swayne O’Pie) at Durham University, arguing for a motion, while Julie Bindel and another woman were arguing against it.

In the course of my summing-up I referred to the website content of an organization Bindel had co-founded many years earlier, Justice for Women. She shouted ‘Lies!’ and made further remarks to the 300+ audience, mostly students. She later privately apologised to me for her error in the course of a phone call, but declined to make a public apology, despite my repeated requests. The full story is here.

I mention the story because after the debate we went to a bar and met a number of students. Some had accents so posh they made David Cameron sound distinctly proletarian by comparison. Five or six feminists were among those who came to talk with Swayne and myself, and all offered the information – unprompted – that they came from broken homes.

Given the loathing that feminists have for the nuclear family, it seems clear to me that a key psychological driver behind feminism is jealousy. Feminists are jealous of women who have warm and loving relationships with their fathers.

One thought on “Herbert Purdy: The exquisite beauty of fatherliness

  1. Erin Pizzey noted exactly that fact, of the radfems she was mixing with in the late sixties/early seventies, in her book ‘This Way to the Revolution: A Memoir’.

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