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Phyllis Schlafly is a lawyer who served as a member of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution at the request of President Reagan. She has testified before dozens of congressional and state legislative committees, earned a J.D. from Washington University Law School and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Human Letters. She is the nation’s best-known advocate of the dignity owed to fulltime homemakers, nearly single-handedly defeated the Equal Rights Amendment and was the 1992 Illinois Mother of the Year.
Now she’s offering a solution that she believes would fix feminism.
“For starters I would say [young women] need to be involved in political action, because so many of our laws and customs are established by the courts or legislatures. We need the help of young women,” she said today in at interview with James Dobson on his program FamilyTalk.
Schlafly continued, “The big fight right now is about marriage. Feminists hate marriage. [They believe] you don’t need men. … Many of us grew up in a society where we had a traditional family. Father was provider and protecter of the family. That way of life seems to be going away. The big attack on marriage is coming from the feminists.
“They pushed divorce … want to get rid of DOMA [the federal Defense of Marriage Act]. We have got to restore marriage of the mother and father as the basic stable fundamental of our society,” she said.
Venker said that the “flipside” of feminism is that there really is another perspective from which to view those issues, “that you as a woman can view the relationship between the sexes, your own life, having it all, motherhood, work. There’s a completely different lens from which to view those things.”
The discussion included assertions that the “feminism” of contemporary U.S. is the cause, not the result, of problems.
Dobson pondered whether a man pays for lunch when taking a woman out and how men today navigate the complexities of the rules of feminism.
“A lot of them don’t. That’s why many men have no idea what it means to be a man,” he said.
“Boys watch sitcoms. The men are all fools. The women have it all together,” he said.
Schlafly said college men should “find out” if their girl friend is a feminist.
“You don’t want them if they’re a feminist,” she said.
And Venker said women at that age need to realize that for many, “Marriage and motherhood will be the central aspect of your life. Once you become a mother everything changes. Just know that going in.”
She said the book asks a lot of people.
“You’re talking about a complete shift in the choices you’ve made. I’m an optimist. I believe anything is possible. You can always flip the switch and make the change,” she said.
The book explains how American feminists for decades have fed the public their agenda for marriage, children, sex, education, politics and gender roles.
Schlafly has been a national leader of the conservative movement since the publication of her best-selling 1964 book “A Choice Not an Echo,” and she has been fighting for families since 1972 when she started her national volunteer organization, Eagle Forum.
Venker is an established author, blogger and featured writer at David Horowitz’s NewsReal website.
In a review, author Ann Coulter said: “A gutsy and profound book. Those who crave the truth will inhale ‘The Flipside of Feminism,’ while those beholden to feminism will resist it. For both, ‘Flipside’ is a must-read. Schlafly and Venker show how insidious the feminist movement is – and what is its real motive.”
From talk-radio host Mark Levin came: “‘The Flipside of Feminism’ exposes the lies at the core of the feminist agenda: there is no difference between men and women, the hook-up culture is liberating, women are oppressed victims in the home and office, and children are fine when left all day in daycare. Those who consider themselves ‘socially liberal but fiscally conservative’ will re-examine their attitudes after reading this book.”
Schlafly also has a syndicated column appearing in 100 newspapers, and her radio commentaries daily are on more than 600 stations. She was named one of the 100 most important women of the 20th century by the Ladies’ Home Journal.
Venker previously wrote “7 Myths of Working Mothers” and has appeared on ABC, CNN, the Fox News Channel, C-Span, PAX, EWTN and hundreds of radio shows throughout the country.
In “Flipside,” Venker and Schlafly examine the bias, contradictions and elitism in so-called women’s studies taught at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Venker and Schlafly believe that the feminist dogma has been used to “brainwash” women – especially young women – since the 1960s.