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Editorial Reviews


This book's comprehensiveness and accessibility leave no excuse for perpetuation of this gross curricular oversight...outstanding and controversial. (Susan Sarnoff, Professor of Social Work, Ohio University)

Brilliant...with verve and daring explorations. (Judith S. Kleinfeld, Director of Northern Studies and Professor of Psychology, University of Alaska)

All women share a love of liberty...all should have the courage to embrace this book. (Wendy Kaminer, Senior Editor, American Prospect; author of Fearful Freedom: Women's Flight from Equality)

A matchless book on the most important issues facing women now and in the future (Christina Hoff Sommers, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute)

A must-read for anyone interested in issues of equality and sexual politics. (Christie Hefner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Playboy Enterprises, Inc)

Lively and provocative...Liberty for Women adds immensely to the debate on the role of women in contemporary life. (Linda L. Chavez, President, Center for Equal Opportunity and former Director, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights)

A superb and stunning assemblage of clear-eyed feminist thinkers. (Sally Satel, M.D., practicing psychiatrist and lecturer at the Yale University School of Medicine W. H. Brady Fellow, American Enterprise Institute)

A marvelous, incisive, and much-needed book...intelligent and challenging. (Daphne Patai, Professor, University of Massachusetts)

Offers just the sort of intellectual barbs so sorely needed to jolt a near corpse back into life. (Alexander Cockburn, columnist, Nation and Los Angeles Times)

About the Author

Wendy McElroy is a Fox News columnist and editor of Her books include Freedom, Feminism, and the State. She lives in Collingwood, Ontario. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ivan R. Dee; 1st edition (March 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566634350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566634359
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,975,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on July 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Editor Wendy McElroy is one of the leading lights of 'ifeminism' (a term she coined) -- feminism with an individualist, libertarian emphasis, as opposed to the collectivist, group-rights orientation of more traditional, left-leaning feminism. In place of the tired old orthodoxies of today's victim-feminism, the provocative, insightful, and energetic essays collected here reveal a feminism fit for the twenty-first century.
I admire Wendy McElroy a lot, and so particularly looked forward to her contributions to this collection. But the other writers she assembled are also quite good. I especially enjoyed the first three chapters, in which McElroy, Camille Paglia, and Richard Epstein lay the foundations of ifeminism. From there, different sections address ifeminism as it relates to sex, work, the home, violence and victim disarmament (aka 'gun control') and, finally, technology. Of the issue-oriented sections, this last one was particularly good. I especially appreciated Janis Cortese's 'The Third WWWave: Who We Are, What We See' -- a defiant, even angry, call to 'second generation' feminists to take this new, rising tide of ifeminists seriously.
Much of what you'll read here runs counter to received feminist wisdom: it's pro-market, pro-gun, anti-'comparable worth,' and profoundly skeptical about the evolution of sexual harassment law. It's pro-choice, but doesn't consider abortion a sacrament, as much of traditional feminism seems to. To borrow a too-often-paraphrased TV ad, this is not your mother's feminism.
Regardless of whether you're male or female, how you define feminism, or what your opinions of it may be, Wendy McElroy and her fellow contributors have outlined a new vision of feminism. It may well change the terms of debate entirely. Let's hope so.
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