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Women Who Make the World Worse : and How Their Radical Feminist Assault Is Ruining Our Schools, Families, Military, and Sports Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 29, 2005


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1595230092
  • ASIN: B000GIW43W
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The satirical cartoon cover of O'Beirne's book-not to mention the title-is an accurate reflection of the content within: O'Beirne, Washington editor of National Review magazine and a former vice president of the Heritage Foundation, has jumped on the bandwagon of highly politicized books (from both ends of the spectrum) leveling an all-out attack on the American feminist movement. O'Beirne tackles a wide range of issues, from childcare to sports to women in the military, claiming: "Only the French looked to a teenage girl to lead them into battle." She has a tendency to link strong arguments (children born into single-family homes are more likely to live in poverty) with her nebulous central thesis-feminists are responsible for the world's ills-without providing sufficient evidence to reinforce these claims. But are feminists really chiefly responsible for the demise of the American family? O'Beirne does bring up some worthy points, such as the fact that women's salaries are essentially equal to men's when accounting for time/job experience lost while raising children, but she tarnishes even her fact-based arguments with slavish adherence to the book's central focus: smearing powerful, left-wing women. The clever chapter titles and argumentative, lively writing style make this book, even for those not inclined to agree with O'Beirne's politics, readable, but O'Beirne's primary readership will undoubtedly enjoy her rousing take on gender politics.
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O'Beirne, an editor with National Review and a former panelist on CNN's Capital Gang, takes the feminist movement to task, charging it with responsibility for assorted social ills from broken families to increased risk to the military with female recruits. She cites some of America's best-known feminists, including Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Maureen Dowd, Kate Michelman, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Despite defeat of the ERA, these women, and the feminist movement in general, have managed to influence American culture to the detriment of women. Lamenting the "totalitarian" methods of the modern women's movement, O'Beirne maintains that advancements for women should not be credited to the women's movement but to intrepid women--including Catholic school nuns--who were hard at work breaking down barriers without celebration or official causes behind them. O'Beirne catalogs all the ways that feminism has weakened families, coarsened culture, and burdened the government. Readers interested in different perspectives on women's issues will appreciate O'Beirne's strongly held viewpoint. Vanessa Bush
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133 of 150 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Graves on March 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Amazon reviews of this book are perplexing. Either five stars or one? Is it really that polarizing? I read this book, cover to cover, and can honestly say that it's got some good points, some bad points, and some controversial points. One reviewer claims that the scholarship is poor, which is patently untrue; it has copious endnotes and each direct quote is scrupulously documented. Some of the arguments, such as in the wage gap chapter, ARE a bit weak. However, the logic of the Title IX chapter (that non-sports-playing female monority applicants are actually disadvantaged by Title IX in favor of those seeking positions on sports teams) is extremely compelling and should make anyone who is serious about academics uncomfortable with our university system.

Whether you agree or disagree with the premise of this book, PLEASE at least take the time to read it. Most of the reviews here are uninformed polemics and don't help to further rational dialogue.
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212 of 256 people found the following review helpful By James on April 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
So many people who rate this book as one star claim that Kate is attacking those women who, in the not so distant past, fought rightly for women's equality and that somehow Kate is `stuck in the 50s'. They have not read the book, or refuse to acknowledge the facts, continuing their hypocritical argument that modern feminism is about equality.

Modern day feminism, of course, has nothing to do with equality. It seeks more to elevate women's privileges, rights and interests above and beyond that of what men receive. None of Kates topics are from a time period anywhere near the 50s and I felt the book, and some of its reviews, show how some women are becoming worse than men ever were. These women blatantly discriminate, think they have a right to do so, and are proud of it. There is a big gap between the women's rights movement of the 40s 50s and 60s and of modern day feminism. The negative reviews this book receives has shown how many feminists continue to link today's movement with yesteryears and, somehow, that makes them automatically righteous. These women deserve their own chapter in Kates book `Women who make the world worse'.

It is not difficult to see the effect that these women have had on society. Kate structures her book well and tackles each example with solid, researched information. Government legislation, biased family courts, ignorance towards lagging performance in schools of boys and the feminization of the military, sports, workplace and justice system. The idiocy over the Harvard `incident' was my favorite chapter, illustrating how some women will not accept that men may be better at some things than women, but applaud women who excel beyond boys in a women focused education, work and political system.
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95 of 113 people found the following review helpful By DBrooks on April 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Judging by the many one-star reviews, this book has touched a very sore nerve. It is a sad fact of current society that such a well-written, well-researched, and reasonable book elicits emotional attacks from many who seem not to have actually read it. Many people dislike unpleasant facts that contradict their chosen dogmas. Modern feminism is in many ways a secular religion whose adherents abhor anything critical(factual or otherwise)of their raison d'etre. O'Beirne exposes them for what they are. If you are interested in a fact-based exposition of feminism, I highly recommend this book.
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74 of 90 people found the following review helpful By The last true feminist on May 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
insightful, what a girl needs to read. Too long we've pandered to women who claim sufferage due to events in history experienced by other women long before today's self proclaimed misandry feminist were born.

Every girl needs to read this to avoid becoming entraped by these predatorial feminist, and every boy should read it to recognize who not to trust.
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49 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Chester Perry on March 7, 2006
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Kate O'Beirne writes for the National Review. Whatever your opinion on women's rights, she is articulate. If the book had a less insulting cover, maybe more people might check it out and agree with at least some of her views. The gist of her argument is that men and women are meant to complement one another. She does not want to see hostility between the sexes, but rather peaceful and harmonious coexistence. Certainly, there has been no shortage of abuse of women all over the world and over many centuries. However, there are many good and worthy men deserving of respect.

The author centers on the more radical theorists among feminist academics to illustrate her point. Many of these women attack men in the classroom and berate "the patriarchy." She argues that, since women have the ability to bear children, they have to make choices that men do not. This carries into some interesting discussions about comparable worth and whether women have made strides in their careers and compensation versus men. O'Beirne interviews women who were devoted to their careers and others who were more family oriented. She believes that the only reason women, on average, make less than men is because they choose to leave the work force to bear children.
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79 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Paul F. Stifflemire Jr. on April 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
O'Beirne spares no one from her well justified skewering wrath. Women who are held by some in virtual icon status are examined, dissected, and exposed for all to see as the flailing insect-intellects they are.

What is exceptional about the book is its explanation of how these charlatans have been able to do so much damage to society with so little personal cost to themselves. There is a brilliant insight here --that the truly evil acts of those who are "politically correct" are done at great cost and harm to others, and society at large, but the perpetrators are never held to account.

A book like this is a good start. It has been interesting watching the squirming denials and rebuttals from the left, all of which ring as hollow as the craniums of the women on parade in O'Beirn's novel.

A great read, and well worth the time.
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