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Authors want feminism to get out of the way
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One of the authors of the new book, “The Flipside of Feminism,” is suggesting what would be good for American women is for feminism to get out of the way.
Phyllis Schlafly and Suzanne Venker have authored the work that essentially documents the failings of the leftist ideology, instead offering practical solutions for a better understanding of womanhood.
Noting federal studies that reveal women are less happy now – after 40 years of the so-called women’s rights and women’s liberation – the book suggests feminism is a dead-end road that preaches faux empowerment from men and marriage.
Get out of the way, suggests Schlafly.
“Feminists frequently ask me, am I not grateful for all the opportunities that feminism has created for me,” she says in a new video. “That’s ridiculous. I made my way long before the feminist movement got started.”
“I worked my way through a great university, Washington University in St. Louis. Got my degree in 1944. I worked my way through as a gunner on the night shift, firing .30 and .50 caliber ammunition to test the ammunition before it was accepted by the government,” she said.
“I didn’t need the feminists to get me that job. And actually my mother got her college degree in 1920. Those opportunities were always out there for women if they wanted them. In previous generations, the majority of women just thought building a family and being mothers and homemakers was more important,” she continued.
“Then I published my first book, ‘A Choice Not an Echo,’ in 1964. Sold three million copies right out of my garage. I didn’t need the feminists to do that. So they didn’t create any opportunities for me. Those opportunities were always there for America women who are the most fortunate people who have ever lived on this earth,” she said.
Venker said many women – simply of nature – reject the ideology that movement adopts, but feel pressured to cling to “some aspect of feminism.”
“The reality is we’re coming along to say, you don’t need feminism at all. You don’t need to hold onto that banner,” she said. “People feel in order to prove you’re a strong independent women you have to hold onto that feminism label. You can be those things, strong, powerful, independent, and still not be a feminist.”
Earlier, Venker was on the ABC News Now “Moms Get Real” show, and explained adults have moved away from the role of a parent – and instead are trying to be friends with their children.
“And you now have parents who are actually afraid of their children because they are so coddling and so concerned with their self-esteem that they have lost the ability to parent appropriately,” she said.
Her comments came as part of a discussion on the ideas suggested in the book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua.
Chua’s perspective includes that loving a child also means to demand the best they can produce, and that involves hours of homework, study and practice instead of video games, television and play dates.
Venker said. “Really a lot she’s [Chua] calling for is just a return to a philosophy that we in America have gotten away from when it comes to taking care of our kids. It’s the move away from the sort of assertive authoritative role of a parent and sort of a distinct line between parents and children and gotten too far into this mode of ‘our children are our friends.’”
In their book, Venker and Schlafly, a columnist for WND, explain 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 in universities, the mainstream media and popular culture. 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.
The authors advocate a common-sense approach to the issue of marriage and motherhood. Rather than belabor the tired notion of balance, they provide a step-by-step guide for how women can embrace their maternal desire, maintain strong marriages and also carve out a life of their own.
Venker, aka “No Bull Mom,” is an author, blogger, and former middle school teacher. In addition to blogging for “RightPundits,” she is a featured writer at David Horowitz’s “NewsReal,” often writing about the left’s effect on American society. Venker’s first book, “7 Myths of Working Mothers,” was published in 2008. She is also the niece of her co-author.
Schlafly has been a national leader of the conservative movement since the publication of her best-selling 1964 book, “A Choice Not an Echo.” She has been a leader of the pro-family movement since 1972 when she started her national volunteer organization, Eagle Forum. In a 10-year battle, Schlafly led the pro-family movement to victory over the principal legislative goal of the radical feminists, the Equal Rights Amendment.
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