Feminism does not represent the final flowering of Western liberalism or of Enlightenment values. Rather, it is an aggressive counter-reaction intended to protect the threatened reproductive and sexual interests of middle-class, middle-aged women in a free sexual marketplace.
Women have completely overturned a 10,000 year + ‘patriarchal’ system in the space of a generation, and they have done so (in my opinion and the opinion of respected authors such as the anthropologist Lionel Tiger) as soon as they needed to. That is, when the introduction of the contraceptive pill in the 1960′s revolutionised the dynamics of the sexual marketplace and impelled women to take on an independent political and economic role to secure their reproductive needs.
Yet, having a society base its morals and social structure upon the primitive reproductive urgings of one sex alone degrades women, degrades men, degrades civilization and, in fact, turns the western humanist world into nothing more than a ‘secular’ and feminised version of an Islamic fundamentalist state under Sharia law.
Actually, men in the west are far worse off than women under Sharia, as at least Islamic law does cater for the basic needs of women (which are largely reproductive). This is why feminists are so reluctant to criticise ‘the oppression of women’ under Islam and often appear to even support it.