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Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0195331813 ISBN-10: 0195331818

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (June 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195331818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195331813
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An important and timely analysis of the role of right-wing women's groups in contemporary America."--Political Science Quarterly

"This book would be excellent reading for courses on feminism, women in politics, and social movements."--Contemporary Sociology

"Schreiber's case-study method enables her to take a step back and ask big question."--Women's Review of Books

"Serve(s) as a detailed analysis of two highly prominent conservative women's organizations... does much to illustrate several key players in the conservative women's movement."--Feminist Review

"This compelling study proves definitively that women are major players in modern conservative movements. By examining how conservative women's organizations frame their positions toward such issues as abortion, pornography, and violence against women, Ronnee Schreiber shows that the politics of gender is transforming conservatism in complex and unexpected ways. A 'must read' for anyone interested in women and politics today."--Kathleen Blee, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

"The flourishing of anti-feminist women's organizations is an important but oft-ignored element of gender politics. Schreiber's book puts these organizations in theoretical perspective, and her empirical portrait will be of interest to scholars in sociology, political science, and gender studies. I learned a lot from this book, and recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about this movement."--Clyde Wilcox, Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University

"With many analyses of the second wave of the U.S. women's movement, the countermovement it gave rise to has been little more than a shadowy presence in much of the academic literature. Ronnee Schreiber's book provides a thoroughly researched look at the major women's organizations within the countermovement, their strategic efforts to counter feminist groups and the issues they actively contest. Students of the American women's movement, political countermovements, and women's issues will find this an eye-opening addition to existing scholarship."--Anne N. Costain, Professor of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder

"Ably executed, Ronnee Schreiber's convincing and innovative study contributes to a growing literature on conservative women that rightly stands beside a long-standing scholarly literature on liberal and progressive feminist women's organization. Graduate students and faculty looking for a strong review of the women and politics subfield and directions for future research will turn to this work for years to come." --Perspectives on Politics

About the Author

Ronnee Schreiber is Assistant Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University.

More About the Author

Ronnee Schreiber is Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University, an MA from George Washington University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Her book, "Righting Feminism," has been featured on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. She has provided political commentary for a range of media including CNN.com, SIRIUS Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, Pacifica Radio, San Diego Union Tribune, FOX, and the Washington Post.

Her research focuses on women in American political institutions and has appeared in numerous scholarly journals and books. She is currently working on a book about motherhood and politics.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robin Orlowski on December 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Following Sarah Palin's campaign, the right began talking publically about 'sexism' and 'gender bias', leading the media to wonder if they had discovered the gender gap years after their colleagues on the left.

But this book makes it clear that two organizations remain relevant in the 21st century.

This is ironically possible because as opposed to attacking 'the feminists' outright, they shrewdly adapted and repacked selected feminist movement victories and/or goals in camouflage. The repackaging of feminist goals IS acceptable to their audiences and/or the communities which they live in.

So the women (and men) endorsing these organizations can be 'liberated' all without conveniently breaking the social and/or biblical confines of their communities. Through their proactively upping the ante with such debate terms, they then come back at us 'proving' that women do have it all. Therefore if other women are protesting outside of those boundaries, there must be something wrong with 'them' verus the society.

This book would be good for a political science and/or a women's studies class. I am concerned that only two organizations were profiled though. I think that there are additional like-minded organizations which would have provided sufficient information to further support the book thesis.

It's also a good read for grass roots activists, and anybody wanting to know the 'inside' scoop' on the success of the reccent anti-feminist organizations. Scheiber does not glorify the organizatons profiled, instead applying a welcomed critical eye.
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2 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Heartland G on March 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I don't think "right"-wingers can be women's rights advocates. Christianity teaches that women should be "subject in all things" and "never usurp authority over any man" guaranteeing you do not have rights or authority in your own life, let alone government and community. Right-wingers mostly adhere to these false Christian "family values" that promote male supremacy and nazi-like control of women's bodies, minds and hearts within the home, community and government. Christianity also teaches child and human sacrifice and torture which most women and real mothers do not accept. Abortion excluded because it is a terrible but necessary evil when women are controlled and terrorized through their children by networks of religious male supremacist fanatics. As well as their children who are harmed throughout life anyway. It is a greater mercy to not bring children into the world until you are free from their religious tyranny. To raise a girl in such a system is like raising a black child in the KKK, it is cruel and the victims are well hidden and carefully trained to appear a certain way, to shut away the bad, regardless of how they suffer internally. I know because I was one.

Any women opposing these false christian "values" of male supremacist ideas will be shut down, shut up, hunted down, shamed humiliated by aggressive lies and image warfare, or conveniently jailed or dead... Only the most aggressive powerful people have a say in this country, women who support children's rights and are anti-male supremacy, anti-human sacrifice, anti-animal abuse do not have much of a chance for any real change. Religion, government and almost all institutions are run by male supremacist predators or women who are trained by these men. Good men and women disappear.
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