The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know—and Men Can't Say

The Flipside of Feminism What Conservative Women Know and Men Can t Say What if everything you ve been told about women in America is wrong What if what your college professors taught you along with television movies books magazine articles and even news reports have

  • Title: The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know—and Men Can't Say
  • Author: Suzanne Venker Phyllis Schlafly
  • ISBN: 9781935071273
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What if everything you ve been told about women in America is wrong What if what your college professors taught you along with television, movies, books, magazine articles, and even news reports have all been lies or distortions Since the 1960s, American feminists have set themselves up as the arbiters of all things female Their policies have dominated the social andWhat if everything you ve been told about women in America is wrong What if what your college professors taught you along with television, movies, books, magazine articles, and even news reports have all been lies or distortions Since the 1960s, American feminists have set themselves up as the arbiters of all things female Their policies have dominated the social and political landscape The spin sisters in the media aptly named by Myrna Blyth in her book of the same name and their cohorts in academia are committed feminists Consequently, everything Americans know or think they know about marriage, kids, sex, education, politics, gender roles, and work family balance, has been filtered through a left wing lens.But what if conservative women are in the best position to empower American women Forty years have passed since the so called women s movement claimed to liberate women from preconceived notions of what it means to be female and the results are in The latest statistics from the National Bureau of Economic Research show that as women have gained freedom, education, and power, they have become less happy.Enough, say Suzanne Venker, an emerging young author, and veteran warrior Phyllis Schlafly It s time to liberate America from feminism s dead end road Cast off the ideology that preaches faux empowerment and liberation from men and marriage While modern women enjoy unprecedented freedom and opportunities, Venker and Schlafly argue that this progress is not the result of feminism.Women s progress has been a natural evolution due in large part to men s contributions American men are not a patriarchal bunch, as feminists claim They have, in fact, aided women s progress And like women, they have been just as harmed by the feminist movement.In The Flipside of Feminism, Venker and Schlafly provide readers with a new view of women in America one that runs counter to what Americans have been besieged with for decades Their book demonstrates that conservative women are, in fact, the most liberated women in America and the folks to whom young people should be turning for advice Their confident and rational approach to the battle of the sexes is precisely what America needs.

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    1. This book inspired me to create a new bookshelf - "syphilis of literature." I guess it was good for something.I haven't read it, and I never will. But as I scrolled down the book page in horrified disbelief, I came upon a review that provided enough quotes for me to form a judgment on this thing."Women should be thanking ‘the men who came before us’ — not feminists."Actually, can we just thank everyone? Would that be so bad?******"Women in previous generations simply didn’t have the time [...]

    2. Author Suzanne Venker dares to express the unspoken thoughts of many women (and perhaps an equally large number of men) who have been indoctrinated by the philosophies of modern feminism that something is wrong with the way we view the roles of men and women. What's wrong with feminism? Venker dares to tell it like it is. She gives compelling examples from both sides of the debate using their own arguments to show us how feminism has messed up society and our happiness as men and women by tellin [...]

    3. only have read the first two chapters. book was recommended by a friend who suggested it might "set me free" and help me understand myself and my role as a woman. ahem.So far my major take-away is blech- after reading the following passage, "According to a 2007 report from the National Bureau of Ecnomic Research, 'As women have gained more freedom, more education, and more power, they have become LESS happy.'" I'm not sure I can read much more of this.

    4. I can't, well I won't, even give this any stars or a rating. This book is pure vitriol and I know that the authors (or really author as I assume Schlafly had A LOT to do with the content) will just call me another Elite Feminist. Basically this book is pro-men all the way and pro women staying in the home and being a mom. Fine if that's your thing of wanting to be a homemaker and raise children no one is chiding you for it, really. But what Venker and Schlafly (related) present is that the Femin [...]

    5. Oh for the love of God. I don't even know what to think people anymore. I don't think that the Ms Venker understands that all of the rights she has now, are due to feminists fighting for those rights. If all women had stayed conservative, the world would be a very different place.

    6. I'm glad I read this book for several reasons:1 - It is nonfiction which is not my thing, so I tried something new.2 - It made some valid points and pointed me toward some other sources that I am interested in reading.3 - It was very biased and thus reminded me how dangerous bias in writing can be, especially if the reader is not aware or chooses to overlook said bias.I struggle with feminism and the claim that everyone's lives are 1000% better because of it. I think there are great opportunitie [...]

    7. So many women, whether they know it or not, have bought feminism's lie that since the dawn of time women have been "victims of the family institution" and that in the 1960s heroes like Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem came along to free women from this oppression by unlocking the doors to career, independence from men and family, and supposed self-fulfillment. Suzanne Venker makes a good case against this lie, albeit a case separated from Christian belief. Her thrust is, "Feminism has told you t [...]

    8. Upon further thought, I have to take this down to two stars. The book IS interesting. I read it quickly which at this time of my life (caring for an infant and two young children) is proof of the book's capacity for entertainment. So for that I bumped it up to two stars.However, there is frequent obfuscation of facts within this book. The authors blithely state that there wasn't much sexism prior to the 1960s, and that loads of women were working. Um, okay. There might have been loads of women w [...]

    9. I bought this book hoping to get an uplifting and enlightened view on conservative women making the workforce and OR mothering in a positive, balanced way. What I got was a book that bashed any and every liberal woman in the public eye. I walked away from this book feeling like Suzanne Venker is an angry woman who at some point was kick in the shin by a libral.

    10. Excellent book. It mirrored almost everything I've thought and wrote about in one of my articles. I hadn't realized what horrible homes people like Gloria Steinem came from which, apparently, formed the basis for their beliefs. Unfortunately, many liberal women won't read this book and it should be read by everyone.

    11. This book was a good education for me. I liked that it made me think and evaluate my opinions. Most of the book aligns with my thinking.

    12. This book made me realize how much my way of thinking has been influenced by society and it was very eye opening. I have been conditioned to think that I should have a high powered career and put love, marriage, and family on the back burner even though truthfully, that's what I really want (this is just me personally, some people really love working and want to pursue their career, and that is totally a person's choice). I had been conditioned to think that wanting those things was wrong or som [...]

    13. I really enjoyed this book and appreciated the insight it gave to some of the downfalls of feminism. It also brought to light how possibly damaging some of the feminists views can be to families. I highlighted many quotes in the book that were insightful, witty, or just plain obvious.

    14. A great popular work on the perspectives of anti-feminist women. Of course, to fully verify many of the claims of the book (like most popular books) following the provided references back to the original, usually academic, resources is necessary. Positives:Phyllis Schlafly has much personal experience working on opposition to the ERA amendment and arguing against the second wave feminism that started around the 1960s. If there's anybody to give an anti-feminist viewpoint, it's her. Also, the add [...]

    15. I laughed when I read the subtitle about men. Women who agree with some tenets of this book would get a lot of flak from some women, let alone men speaking on this topic. I think every woman of any political orientation should read this book. Is the book perfect? No. Will you be offended at some point? Probably. I certainly thought Venker had some overly simplistic, even outlandish assertions that I disagreed with. However, she does make some assertions that make sense. She argues that we (women [...]

    16. This is a disheartening book on many levels. It shows the inroad radical feminism has made on our culture without our even being aware of it. When I voiced some of these concerns to one of my adult sons, he looked at me aghast and sputtered that none of those things could possibly be true. "None of my feminist friends believe that stuff, etc." The point of the book is that feminism is understood by the masses as "equal pay for equal work." But there is so much more to the feminist agenda that no [...]

    17. I mean, this is just reee-diculous. I'm all for hearing all sides of an argument, but this book is pure propaganda. I went between putting it down because I was so horrified and picking it back up because I just couldn't believe what I was reading. Unconvincing, disrespectful filth.I'd keep it on the bookshelf as something to humor guests, but I can't run the risk of my young daughter seeing it in the house. BUT, I'm just another brainwashed, delusional, homosexual, welfare lovin, communist, bab [...]

    18. A dose of common sense: women have many opportunities and can achieve many things. But it helps to do those things in order (what the authors call sequencing) that works with biology instead of against it.Enjoyed the no-nonsense tone but seriously doubt anyone who holds a contrary view would read this book anyway. It might have been a good idea to contrast the opportunities and advancement of American women with the plight currently experienced by other women in the world, where they are still t [...]

    19. A great defense of traditional women's roles without being a negative attack on women who work. A different voice from what is usually heard in the media and movies.

    20. Book #44 for 2011 - I liked this book. Feminism is not what you think it is. And that's all I'm going to say about that. If you don't agree (or are curious) read the book for yourself.

    21. I have been meaning to pick up this book for a while, and I'm glad I finally did! I feel like I waited a little too long between finishing the book and writing this review - I'm afraid I'm forgetting so many of the points I wanted to make, but I'll give it a whirl anyway.In this book, Venker (Schlaffley's niece) and Schlaffley present a brief history of feminism from their perspective and then discuss the many effects of modern feminism that we see in society today - specifically the negative ef [...]

    22. This book hangs around the dual assumptions that sex is the same as gender and some character traits are inherent to sex/gender. If you allow Venker those two things as postulates (and if you never check the statistics which appear to have been invented on the spot), this book hangs together nicely Which is to say it's perfectly useless as a source of information or wisdom but enlightening as an explanation of the opinions of the anti-feminist right.

    23. The thing about the left-wing nuts getting nuttier is that it makes the right-wing nuts sound not-so-nutty.This book is pretty bad. Its arguments rely mainly on correlation confused with causation ("X is associated with Y" implying Y causes X), and ad hominem arguments ("feminist A believes such-and-such, but of course she would. Look at how A was raised / how her marriages failed / how her kids don't like her / etc.") There is a riduculous amount of anti-liberal slander, and it's all done in a [...]

    24. While this book contained interesting information, I think it painted with too broad of a brush. Even when I agreed with the premise of an argument, the way it was illustrated smacked as much of propaganda as what I've read from feminist camps, except with an opposite message. Maybe it's just that I disliked the writing style of the authors, but if the underlying common sense (most of the time) wasn't already apparent to me, this book would not have won me over. There were a few eye-openers, lik [...]

    25. Although I went into this book feeling that feminism (as a movement) may have left us bankrupt in different ways, I figured part of that was due to my religious perspective. Imagine my surprise when the primary author describes herself as not being a religious person but merely one with a concern. I don't believe this to be an exhaustive research paper but it is definitely thought provoking. And as much as we'd like to dismiss these sort of thoughts in ourselves and others, I believe we've still [...]

    26. Read this for my book club. Interesting perspective and thought provoking concepts that make you cheer, or want to throw the book at the wall, but written in a propaganda-esque style that turns me off.

    27. I tried not to just rate this on its politics, but rather on its virtues as a book. It is (as the title suggests) a very pro-conservative, anti-"feminism" book. Since I've been reading a lot on feminism lately, I grabbed this to see it from another perspective. This is not nearly as erudite as some other books; the entire slim volume (my copy is 183 pages before appendices) reads like an extended op-ed in a paper. This means, unfortunately, that it treated its topics pretty shallowly; I doubt th [...]

    28. The subtitle made me laugh, but I actually did know much of what was in this book, so it was a fast read. People who think they are feminists are often in favor of equal rights (meaning equal opportunities) for women; real feminists, to judge by their current writings and activism, promote female wants (well, at least their own wants) as "enlightened goals" without regard to nature's demands, fairness towards men, or the needs of children. I find it odd that a pregnant lady was put on the cover, [...]

    29. Although this book is full of flawed thinking and countless misconceptions about feminism, it is an important read if you seek to read a more conservative view of our modern society. I would not recommend this book to anyone who does not already have a strong background in feminism (at the very least, taken a Women's Studies class) in order to be able to sort out fact from fiction. Despite its sweeping misrepresentation of the history of feminism, it is an important read for those of us who are [...]

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