Several people recommended that I read this book. I’m reading it and it is bothering me a great deal even as it informs and confirms.
The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity
Here is something, the opening words of the introduction. This should get you oriented right way.
Women have been a mystery since Adam encountered Eve. But sometime over the last fifty years, a dark change has taken place in the lives of women and the men who love them. There is much confusion today about what it means to be a woman and even more confusion about how to treat them. The definitions of womanhood seem as numerous as there are people, with each woman trying to work out for herself who she is and how she ought to live her life. Meanwhile, men live in a constant state of shadowboxing, trying to stay in sync with the new progressive demands of womanhood.
Most of us, however, don’t know the full story of the battle lines drawn in the 1960s that form the backdrop of what women think about themselves today. It is a story that is told by the victors—as most history is—where the events of the last fifty years unfolded as something chic, empowering, glamorous, important, and progressive. Or so goes the narrative. The reality, however, is something quite different. The clues, dropped like crumbs, can be seen along the way, though hastily covered up so that few can see the full underbelly of the movement.
One such crumb came from the early 1970s. Twelve (not an insignificant number) highly educated, upper class women sat around a table in New York City and chanted this “litany” to express what they wanted to see happen in the world:
“Why are we here today?” the chairwoman asked.
“To make revolution,” they answered.
“What kind of revolution?” she replied.
“The Cultural Revolution,” they chanted.
“And how do we make Cultural Revolution?” she demanded.
“By destroying the American family!” they answered.
“How do we destroy the family?” she came back.
“By destroying the American Patriarch,” they cried exuberantly.
“And how do we destroy the American Patriarch?” she probed.
“By taking away his power!”
“How do we do that?”
“By destroying monogamy!” they shouted.
“How can we destroy monogamy?”
“By promoting promiscuity, eroticism, prostitution, abortion and homosexuality!” they resounded. [FN: Mallory Millett, “Marxist Feminism’s Ruined Lives,” Front Page, September 1, 2014, http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/240037/marxist-feminisms-ruined-lives-mallory-millett.]
These women had a very clear goal in mind and became the vanguard to what would become the women’s liberation movement. Among them, perhaps, there were those who doubted they would succeed, but for those of us looking back, we know they succeeded. What they wanted—to promote “promiscuity, eroticism, prostitution, abortion and homosexuality”—has come to pass quite thoroughly in our culture today.
Does that sound about right? Trick question. That’s feminism, in a nutshell. And I do mean “nut”.
What popped into my mind were also those who aid them in this unholy crusade, such as Jesuit homosexualists.
In the first chapter, the author explores the possibility that, if there is to be an Anti-Christ, there could be an Anti-Mary.
If Christ is the New Adam and Mary the New Eve, it makes sense to consider that an antichrist could have a female complement. Yes, there is potential that this anti-Mary could be a specific individual, but there is also the possibility for there to be an anti-Marian spirit that animates an entire movement and the individuals engaged in it.
Another significant reason for suggesting that an anti-Marian spirit has gripped our culture is because of the overwhelming evidence that women are suffering the punishment St. Paul foretold to the Thessalonians.
It’s all part of the Enemy’s relentless war.
Remember what Sr. Lucia wrote to Card. Caffara?
[T]he final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, she added, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. And then she concluded: however, Our Lady has already crushed its head.