- Publisher: Pinnacle Books; First edition (1971)
- ASIN: B000NWBGCQ
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,338,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Feminists Paperback – 1971
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Picture, if you will, a combination of ILSA: SHE WOLF OF THE SS, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, IN LIKE FLINT, and INGLORIOUS BASTERDS and you'll pretty much have a perfect picture of THE FEMINISTS, a novel that (probably) gave even Archie Bunker nightmares. I also discovered (in a fruitless attempt to contact the author, whose last published work is listed in 1987) this was one of several feminist-themed scifi novels released in the early 70s.
In the near-future of 1971 (1992, to be exact!), the world is controlled by women, and men are expected to be subservient and are even put to death if they have sex without permission. After performing an unsanctioned horizontal mombo with a female co-worker, protagonist Keith Montalvo escapes from the system and joins a band of underground rebels bent on overthrowing the system. With the help of a few inside-spies, they manage to plot a dual-assassination of both NY's female mayor and the female President of the United States (I couldn't help but wonder if Quentin Tarantino blatantly robbed this novel's second half for his version of INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, which features a nearly-identical finale). There's action-a-plenty, some (obviously) dated social commentary, and I don't know how well the rebels would be received were this novel to be released today (they're basically terrorists, bent on bombing the Feminist Regime out of power, regardless of civilian casualties).
While the writing is so-so, the story is pure "cult-film" fun (regardless of the semi-cornball ending). Cooper uses male AND female rebels, I'm assuming in an attempt to not have ticked off too many real feminists at the time of publication. If you're a fan of 70s pulp, you'll blow through it in 2 or 3 hours. There's some cheap copies available on amazon.