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Domestic Tranquility: A Brief Against Feminism Hardcover – January, 1998

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Graglia indicts feminism for the demise of the traditional family, the degradation of the homemaker, the spread of venereal disease, the growth of income disparity, and the defeat of the United States in Vietnam (no kidding). Graglia, who holds a law degree from Columbia University, believes that she is a better representative of the "average woman" than (disproportionately Jewish) feminists are. She recommends a movement to reform "no-fault" divorce laws to ensure financial security for full-time homemakers (although the old laws were notoriously ineffective), inspired by women who have been "awakened by transforming sexual experiences?including the child-bearing and nurturing that are the fruits of her sexual encounters." She observes, in passing, that the "sexual ministrations of [her] husband" do more to make her feel alive than does reading Supreme Court opinions. One person's account of the personal as political, this is not a necessary library purchase.?Cynthia Harrison, George Washington Univ., Washington, D.C.
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"If there is a book our culture has been needing for the last thirty years, Domestic Tranquility is it." -- Phyllis Schlafly

...makes a strong case that feminism has not increased the sum of human happiness... Mrs. Graglia offers a thinking woman's argument for putting family first. -- The Wall Street Journal, Lisa Schiffren

William Kristol (The Weekly Standard) calls the book "a stunningly bold and deep assault on the most powerful movement of our time-feminism. A genuinely thought-provoking book." Danielle Crittenden of The Women's Quarterly praises it as "a stunning indictment of the women's movement and its radical vision of female equality. Carolyn Graglia is a courageous thinker."

"Rarely does a book draw such a rave from one of our reviewers. And Dan Neyer is one of our hardest to please, so you can be sure he brought us to the edge of our seats. Why all the fuss? A few lines from Dan's exuberant 4-page analysis:

'F. Carolyn Graglia, a lawyer before she became a homemaker, makes an unassailable case against feminism.... [She] holds feminism up to the light and reveals it to be anti-female and anti-human....'

'Although Graglia never uses the term satanic to describe the feminists, she is unstinting in her condemnation of them. She makes it clear that female promiscuity, legalized abortion, increased male impotence, bureaucratic eunuchs, and increased homosexuality are all products of feminism. God bless her for writing this book. And as she asks in the book: Where are all the men? Why don't they oppose the feminists? Why is F. Carolyn Graglia the only person attacking them? It is partly because the feminists have so successfully gelded American males, and partly because males, through a misplaced notion of chivalry, do not believe in attacking women. But when women cease to be women they must be dealt with. Deep down the real reason the feminists hate men, Graglia tells us, is because men do not love them enough to challenge them when they misbehave. That is a very unpopular thing to say, but Graglia has the moral fortitude to say it, and say it very well.'

'Mrs. Graglia makes her points cannily. Her research includes sources who don't share her traditional views, so the book packs a double wallop. Perhaps more importantly, Mrs. Graglia doesn't leave us hanging. She shows us how to begin anew to respect and support both the woman who undertakes a traditional role and the man who makes it possible for her to do so. It all adds up to the most stinging indictment of feminism ever written.'" -- Conservative Book Club, Featured Alternate Main Selection


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 451 pages
  • Publisher: Spence Publishing Company (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965320863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965320863
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #787,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Judith K. Warner on April 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Carolyn Graglia was a lawyer before she had children, so she knows how to argue her case against feminism. She shows how its aim is to destroy the traditional woman who gets her satisfaction from taking care of her home and family. And she documents the devastation to children and society that has resulted. In a very moving way, Mrs. Graglia uses her own experiences and feelings to show how feminism violates women's nature. Women are different from men, as anyone knows who isn't blinded by ideology. But feminists have succeeded in changing society's view of women so that instead of nurturing and yielding, women are now expected to be just like men. She describes women's sexuality at length, taking issue with feminism's view that women should be casual and aggressive about sex. She shows how feminism is totalitarian at heart, because feminists cannot simply live their own lives the way they wish, but must impose their world view on everyone. Thus they hold up traditional women to contempt, and rearrange society's institutions to drive women out of the home. I was fascinated to read Mrs. Graglia's skewering of some feminist myths, such as the idea that women were not sexual beings until the last few decades. Her history of female sexuality alone would make the book worth reading. I am also fascinated by the little notice this book has received, as far as I am aware. It is so powerful that, were its subject anything but feminism, it would certainly be the subject of constant publicity, in the way that, say "The Bell Curve" was.
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By A Customer on June 15, 1999
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Thank you for writing this book, Mrs. Graglia. When I saw your book review on C-span, I knew I wanted to read it. As a homemaker who has had a professional life (BS, RN), I, too, find it very worthwhile to be at home with my young. I am grateful that my husband is able to provide for his family and let me stay "at home" with our two children. We have made financial sacrifices for me to be at home, but it has been worth it. Our children have thrived. I was able to nurse our children for quite some time and they benefited from that. I read FEMININE MYSTIQUE in high school and was quite taken with it. Now I see I am happiest at home with my family. Time to fix breakfast!
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Having grown up in the 60's, I used to believe all of the feminist rhetoric regarding the so called oppression of women. It wasn't long though before I figured out that feminists were anything but, since their basic premise was "You are only good inasmuch as you are like a man." Carolyn Graglia courageously points this out in a masterful analysis of feminism. Thank goodness that someone of the female gender has finally had the guts to say what totalitarian feminists would love to have squelched! Notice the deafening silence regarding this book? It is an absolute must read for everyone who is ever so weary of militant feminism's poison promises. As I slog through yet another day as a nurse in Labor & Delivery (where the rooms are occupied by 14, 15 & 16 year olds no doubt very fulfilled by the practice of the uninhibited sexuality promoted by feminists, leavened with the sheer terror of a child not prepared for the experience of labor and delivery) I do my best to be an excellent nurse while trying to do the impossible: balance work, running a home and raising children. Although I am fortunate to have a devoted husband to share the work load, he too is overworked. Thanks to all of the feminist improvements in our society, we are taxed at a ridiculous rate while both of us work ourselves to death! Mrs. Graglia's book is not easy reading, but it is very worthwhile. I am especially pleased that she quoted directly from feminist writings which allow the reader to see for themselves just what feminists say and stand for. It is my ardent hope that Mrs. Graglia's book will serve as a catalyst for women who are tired of the poison apples that feminists tirelessly peddle.Read more ›
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Mrs. Graglia's book is a smashing example of what a classic polemic is. She not only attacks the ideas of many modern feminists, she also seeks to defend the role of the stay at home housewife. She notes quite well that what the feminists were after in their hell raising heyday was not so much equality with males as attacks upon women who willingly and happily chose to stay at home. She also delves into the area of consequences that the so-called sexual revolution started, particularly with the advent of no-fault divorce laws.
The principle criticism I have with the book is some of the diatribes Mrs. Graglia unleashes upon some feminist goals and statements and for some of her more ambitious statements concerning "the social contract" women had some 50 years ago or so. I think that either attacking feminism OR defending homemakers would have provided more focus for the author's wonderful abilities as a thinker and as a writer. I think that for conservatives, it is worthwhile to note that the terrible review given in Reason magazine denotes some of the traditionalist/libertarian divide within the movement.
This book, even with the lack of focus is nevertheless a smashing success because of the trouble the ideas present to many feminists and their sympathizers in society and in academia. It is is also a smashing success because of the attempts to obstruct publication and distribution of the book as noted in a recent issue of American Enterprise magazine. This book is indeed revolutionary in its thinking and a definite must read for one and all.
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