Originally published at ABC Religion and Ethics
At least since the sexual revolution of the 1960s, Lefties have been rankled by the presence of feminists among their ranks.
But purging these uppity women presents a challenge. Overtly denigrating feminists is risky: it can be perceived as misogynistic, and cedes too much political ground on issues lefties like to call their own – such as abortion rights.
Unfortunately, prolific and global male crimes of incest, rape, prostitution, domestic violence, female genital mutilation, child marriage and acid attacks make the feminist cause a bit too justified, and a bit too popular.
So the Left is stuck with having to marginalise through covert means the political movement organised to resist male supremacy and its violent war against women and children.
An effective covert tactic has been to play wedge politics.