This article is from the Feminism References FAQ, by Cindy Tittle Moore email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
[European] This seemed to start (as a movement) in Germany under
the rule of Otto von Bismarck. He ruled the land with the motto
"blood and iron". In society the man was the _ultra manly man_ and
power was patriarchal power. Some women rebelled against this, by
becoming WOMAN. Eroticism became a philosophical and metaphysical
value and the life-creating value. [RG]