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Germany Devours its Children (2000)

Book By Karin Jaeckel, Ph. D. — Book Reviews, Introduction and Index to Translated Excerpts

Book review at "Buchinsel -- Lesen im Netz" 

(Book Island -- Reading on the Net) — Translated from the original German text 

Germany Devours its Children

Feminism is not a sacred cow

After the end of the ideologies there are no more large controversial themes about which it is worth getting upset over, no really new insights, no social taboos and rules of silence that must still be broken.  [To the contrary,] Karin Jäckel proves in her new book that these forbidden territories are still very much in existence.

Karin Jäckel | Rowohlt 2000 | DM 19,90

Feminism is not a sacred cow

A breath-taking book that is long overdue.

As an insider in the publishing industry, I hear time and again the same complaint from some readers: that after the end of the ideologies there are no more large controversial themes about which it is worth getting upset over, no real new insights, no social taboos and rules of silence that must still be broken.  Karin Jäckel proves in her new book that these forbidden territories are still very much in existence.  It is exactly because nobody speaks out about them that they don't come to the attention of most people.

Karin Jäckel, as an author fighting in isolation, previously already tackled hot issues that nobody else wanted to touch, such as child sexual abuse by female perpetrators or the psychological and financial destruction of divorced fathers.  The big theme of Karin Jäckel's new work, "Germany Devours its Children," focuses on our nation's foundered family politics, for which the blame must first and foremost be assigned to the women's movement and its collaborators.  Unfortunately, it appears that these days any dispute with feminism is considered to be an attack on a sacred cow.  Only because the representatives of this ideology managed to depict every critique directed against it as being reactionary and anti-woman could they arrange that all of its sore spots were overlooked -- so far.

Popular Misconceptions

Something is happening in the German book market.  A wave of enlightenment surges against the dictatorship in our brains.  Along with authors like Matthias Matussek, Paul-Hermann Gruner or Katharina Rutschky, Karin Jäckel, too, dares to ask a number of uncomfortable questions: if the right to self-determination is that important for feminists, why are housewives and mothers being vilified by them and discriminated against by legislators?  How can the department of the federal women's minister justify campaigns to the tune of millions of Deutsch Marks against "male violence" in spousal relationships when according to its own studies, just as according to hundreds of other international studies, domestic violence is initiated by both sexes to equal extents?  How can it be justified that more and more increasingly absurd programs to promote "equal rights" in education and jobs are brought into existence, while the female sex left the male one long ago in the dust, as far as graduations, lectureships and jobs are concerned?  Karin Jäckel skillfully debunks a good number of myths that are still popular in the media today -- such as the legend that women willing to devote themselves to a career are being hampered in their professional advancement on account of a male conspiracy or sexist power structures.  Furthermore, she proves that because politics and media shy away from any dispute with the feminist lobby, the source of life and the future of our nation -- the family, and thereby our children -- are the first victims.

Criticism of Feminism — an Adventure

To what extent Karin Jäckel touches a taboo becomes clear when she reports on the reactions to her books: she was threatened with murder, kidnapping and arson, women book sellers boycott her works or declare falsely that they are sold out.  The editors of publishers let manuscripts sink into oblivion and allow contracts to blow up.  All this would seem very adventurous, if these reports wouldn't be corroborated through reports of similar experiences by other authors who made it their mission to criticize feminism.  One can only hope that we'll see at the soonest the spiritual freedom that has long has been a familiar circumstance in other countries.  (E. g.: In England, programs dealing with the issue of wives who beat up their husbands are being broadcast by the BBC during prime-time television, and in reporting about perpetrators of sexual abuse "he or she" are demonstrably being mentioned.)  If it eventually becomes possible here too once more to have free and safe disagreement in the debate of the sexes, then we'll have to thank foremost such plucky authors like Karin Jäckel, who single-handedly and courageously oppose a raging torrent of neo-sexist misinformation.  It is hardly possible to find a non-fiction book that is more gripping, more stirring and of greater moral integrity.

--Arne Hoffmann 
[Translated by Walter H. Schneider]

Most of Karin Jaeckel's Web pages can be accessed at the index page to excerpts from her book The Secondhand Man: Loved no longer and pillaged — Fathers after separation.

Translated excerpts from Germany devours its children

About the post-war history of radical feminism

Anti-family propaganda with the help of the media

German family politics seem bent to try their fullest to destroy the families of the nation

The lie of the blessing of "autonomous" mothers for better development of children and what's really behind it

When the State exercizes the education monopoly:
An example

About the author, by the author

Karin Jäckel and her family