'With the advent of the doctrine of sex equality, this system broke down. Either men must become as virtuous as women, as the pioneers of feminism had hoped, or women must be allowed to be as unvirtuous as men, as the feminists of our age tend to urge. But if virtue is not demanded of women, it is difficult to see how the patriarchal family can be maintained, & to abandon the patriarchal family would involve profound changes in the social structure. There is thus a confusion. Christian ethics have always been too severe for the male human nature, & if women are to be as free as men they also will find Christian ethics intolerably severe. The family is a very deeply rooted institution, which men will not willingly see transformed. From this confusion there seems only one clear issue, which is the place of the father should be taken by the State - a system which is easily possible under Communism, but not so easy to adapt to the institutions of private property & inheritance. In this way the question of private property becomes bound up with the question of sexual morals. It cannot be expected that a man will work to support children who may not be his, & therefore the system of private property, combined with the patriarchal family, involves a certain degree of virtue in wives.
To demand virtue of wives, but not of husbands, is contrary of the doctrine of sex equality, & it is difficult to see how virtue is to be secured without either tyranny or taboo. I have little doubt that the solution will be found in the greatly diminishing importance of the father, & an increasing tendency for children to be supported by the State rather by their fathers. I am not at all sure that this will be a good thing. The sentiment of paternity, & the feeling of sons towards their fathers, have been profoundly important elements in the history of civilisation, & I do not profess what civilisation will be like without these elements. But whether for good or evil, the importance of the State in relation to children seems bound to increase, while the role of the father will correspondingly diminish.'
- Bertand Russell 'Education & The Social Order' (1932).
From a woman's perspective;
'The manner in which the women of this country have been enlisted in the service of the conspiracy can also be traced to illumined Freemasonry. Just as in the first French Revolution the advocates of "Women's Rights" were persuaded to throw themselves into the movement, so the conspiracy to-day has succeeded in capturing a large proportion of the "Feminist" movement for it's purpose of general demoralisation.'
- Nesta Webster 'World Revolution' (1921).
The Churches view on the matter in 1926 was thus;
'The law of divorce is part of the code in various nations; in others, as in Chile, it is as yet a project formulated under the auspices of Masonry. From there, free love, as desired by the socialists, is not far distant.'
- Cardinal Rodrigez 'The Mystery Of Freemasonry Unveiled'.
Not too far off the mark, was it not?