Feminist Fantasies y First printing Edition

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In her foreword, Coulter asserts that Gen-X conservative divas may have sprung from the femme fatale-cum-right-wing wellspring Schlafly established over four decades ago with her group, Eagle Forum. Schlafly's conservative thinking might have been razor-sharp 38 years ago when she wrote her ideological groundbreaker A Choice Not an Echo. In this volume, her rhetoric has retained all of its harshness but lost its intellectual edge; her writing and cant are murky and overwrought. The short essays, written throughout the 1980s and '90s, from the woman Coulter claims singlehandedly defeated the ERA, have snappy titles reminiscent of Coulter's recent Slander but lack substance, cohesion and contemporary knowledge. Schlafly presumes certain ideological and demographic traits (white, middle class, college-educated) to force her arguments that the majority of women neither have to nor want to work. Marriage and motherhood cannot sustain the travail of women working, Schlafly declares; it leads to the disintegration of the family. She cites jobs in general and military jobs in particular as a huge threat to maintaining gender difference. Rammed home in over 50 essays in which she cites unnamed and undated studies, Schlafly's thesis is this: feminism tried to destroy femininity, masculinity, marriage, motherhood and the security of both the economy and family, but has succeeded only in damaging the foundations, not crumbling the whole. Schlafly's politics, while passionate, are as out of date as Trent Lott on race.
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The one person most responsible for the defeat of the equal rights amendment is nothing if not articulate, cogent, and persuasive, as page after page of this selection of her syndicated columns, statements before congressional committees, and other short writings amply attests. Altogether these pieces constitute a united front against radical feminism, and the five sections into which they are sorted represent different campaigns, so to speak, in a war against ideological extremism. "The Revolution Is Over" contains analyses and celebrations of the exhaustion of radical feminism from the 1980s on. The pieces in "The Media" expose the biases and contradictions in journalistic presentations of women's issues. In "Questioning a Woman's Place," Schlafly flays radical feminist proposals for equal rights for women, which she argues would benefit only well-to-do career women. "A Gender-Neutral Military?" devastates ongoing efforts to place women in combat, in particular, and "Marriage and Motherhood" defends traditional women's roles against unfair taxation, mandatory day care, pressure to work outside the home, and government interference with child rearing. Essential public-affairs reading. Ray Olson
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Spence Publishing Company; y First printing edition (February 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890626465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890626464
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Knowlton on February 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Having grown up through the 80s and 90s, I presumed, as do most in my generation, that feminism is good and right and helpful in all its forms. Are there good things that came out of the feminist movement? You bet there are. However, I think it is intellectually dishonest to believe that all things from the feminist movement have been helpful. It has been harmful in many ways.

That's where Schlafly comes in. No, I don't agree with every last item she prints in Feminist Fantasies; however, she has the courage to point out where feminism has harmed our society and has damaged relationships between the sexes. Schlafly has a lifetime of experience dealing with this subject, so even though she takes a decidedly conservative look at the subject, I can respect her pedigree.

I found that her writing style and organization kept my interest. Some concepts, as other reviewers have mentioned, seem a little dated. It did feel like the book was getting a little long toward the end.

I believe that my knowledge improves only when I consciously choose to look at the "other" side of the issue. This was a great book for me to start that process. It rightly questions the presumed universal truth and benefit of feminism.
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97 of 130 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm not surprised that the Publisher's Weekly review cited above is a slam....Phyllis Schlafly has been slammed in the media her entire career.
Yep...Phyllis Schlafly pretty much single-handedly stopped the Equal Rights Amendment. But before you label her a right-wing zealot, did you know that the ERA would have made young women (even young mothers) susceptible to the military draft?
The fact of the matter is that this is a very sensible book, written by a very sensible and intelligent lady. While the P.C. forces of the world try to convince us that women aren't really THAT interested in having kids, and that kids are just as happy to be in daycare as they are to be with their own mothers, Schlafly brushes aside the baloney and speaks the truths we all know so well (but some of us refuse to admit).
The fact of the matter is that "feminism" has been judging the success of females in strictly MASCULINE terms for the last 35 years...focusing more on material wealth and power than on children and family. Schlafly demonstrates over and over again how the so-called "sexual revolution" did more to HARM women than any other social movement since WWII, what with the explosion of no-fault divorce, abortion, and single motherhood.
This little old lady has some important things to say. I am glad that I gave her a listen.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fresh Rose on August 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I really wish the one star reviewers would actually READ the book; they may actually LEARN something. There is really no way an intelligent person could give this book a bad review because it's mostly based on FACTS.

Excellent, well researched book. A must read for all women feminists. It's sick and disturbing how much damage radical feminism has caused our society, community, families..especially against women and children. NOBODY, except for some men, have benefited from radical feminism.

She hit the nail on the head when she discusses:

Women have not benefitted from promiscuity; they have higher rates of STDs that affects them in worse ways than men...it can also lead to fertility issues, in addition to affecting their child. Women do NOT have the same libidos as men. I wish she would focus more on this. Per Dr. John Lee, the leading doctor's on women's hormones, women only have about 5% of the testosterone that men have. Big difference!!

Women are being overworked by both working outside the home, taking care of children and doing the majority of the cooking and cleaning.

War on women--no such thing!! Women in America work, drive, get an education and have all the same rights as men. Try visiting third world countries, where women aren't allowed to work, get an education or even go to the doctor!!
While its true men make more money than women....they deserve it. Men work longer hours and have jobs that require more work, such as a surgeon, lawyer, engineer, etc.

Radical feminists are so angry and unhappy. I know I was when I was a radical feminist. I would fight with my husband about EVERYTHING. "No, I won't wash your dish, what do you think I am...your maid?!?!" I would start a fight over everything...
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103 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Bill Muehlenberg VINE VOICE on November 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If there is one name in America that strikes terror in the hearts of most feminists, it is Phyllis Schlafly. For over four decades she has championed the cause of faith and family, and has resisted the radical social engineering of radical feminists, the homosexual lobby and other coercive utopians.
She is perhaps most famous for almost single-handedly knocking down the feminist Equal Rights Amendment. Her 1964 book on what women really want, A Choice Not an Echo, sold 3 million copies.
This volume is a collection of her columns, articles and essays written over the years. Arranged topically, they cover a number of important issues, including affirmative action, women in the military, the importance of marriage and family, women in the workplace, and so on. The offer some of the most insightful and challenging remarks found on these vital issues. Each pithy essay (there are around one hundred) is a minor classic.
Take for example her 1987 piece, "Why Affirmative Action is Wrong for Women". The first two (of seven) reasons are worth citing: First, "the woman receiving the benefit is not a woman who was ever discriminated against. The benefits are not targeted for the victims. Nobody should be entitled to receive a remedy for any injury suffered by someone else."
Second, "it is based on a theory of group rights as opposed to the American tradition of individual rights. Women are not a monolithic, cohesive group in which a grievance suffered by one woman should translate into a right or a remedy granted to another woman."
Or consider the so-called glass ceiling. Says Schlafly, "Just because there is a small percentage of women in senior management does not prove discrimination.
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