There’s this conspiracy theory that “Cultural Marxists” were behind feminism. Cultural Marxism is an obscure set of ideas created by the Frankfurt School. Except for people doing very in depth studies of philosophy, cultural marxism and the Frankfurt School was unknown because it had little to no effect on the world. Somehow conspiracy theorists found the Frankfurt School and decided to make them a conspiracy theory. It’s the same thing that conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck did with Agenda 21. Agenda 21 was an obscure non-binding policy paper created in 1992. Nobody cared about it until a few years ago until Glenn Beck decided to lie about it to sell books. Now, Agenda 21 conspiracy theories are everywhere.
Cultural marxism and the Frankfurt School had nothing to do with feminism except that feminists hated the Frankfurt School. This is a historical fact. In particular, they hated Theodor Adorno, a leading member of the Frankfurt School, to the point where feminists disrupted his last public lecture with a topless protest in an attempt to shut it down. In other words, the cultural marxist conspiracy theory has everything backwards.
What the Frankfurt School was mainly about was criticizing the Enlightenment. The manuresphere also criticizes the Enlightenment. And both groups criticism of the Enlightenment is pretty similar. Despite all the verbal diarrhea of the manuresphere and related conspiracy theorists, they are not against cultural marxism. Ironically, they are cultural marxists.