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The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know -- and Men Can't Say Hardcover – March 15, 2011
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A gutsy and profound book. Those who crave the truth will inhale The Flipside of Feminism, while those beholden to feminism will resist it. For both, Flipside is a must-read. Schlafly and Venker show how insidious the feminist movement is --Ann Coulter
The Flipside of Feminism exposes the lies at the core of the feminist agenda: there is no difference between men and women, the hook-up culture is liberating, women are oppressed victims in the home and office, and children are fine when left all day in daycare. Those who consider themselves 'socially liberal but fiscally conservative' will re-examine their attitudes after reading this book." --Mark Levin
Phyllis Schlafly and Suzanne Venker have written a courageous and illuminating book on the oppression of women by the feminist left. Everyone of sound mind should read and learn from this book." --David Horowitz
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A former teacher-turned-social critic, Suzanne Venker is an author and speaker on politics, marriage, parenting, and the culture. A well-known commentator on cultural issues, Suzanne has appeared on ABC, CNN, FOX, Huff-Po Live and C-Span--as well as hundreds of radio shows throughout the country, including the Laura Ingraham Show. How to Choose a Husband is her third book.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the conservative movement since the publication of her best-selling 1964 book, A Choice Not An Echo. Author of 20 books, Schlafly has written a monthly newsletter since 1967 called The Phyllis Schlafly Report and a syndicated column, which appears in 100 newspapers. Her daily radio commentaries are heard daily on over 600 stations, and her radio talk show on education called Eagle Forum Live is heard weekly on 90 stations. She lives in St. Louis.
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Yet when I was in college, I called myself a feminist-- in the sense that I was for equal rights for women. I married a strong woman who has a career in public leadership, and I support her in this.
A few decades of experience, however, makes this book ring very true. The fact is, feminism has gone way too far past balance. It has turned into man-bashing. In insisting that men and women are not different from each other, feminists are frustrated that all women do not follow their choices. They demand equality of outcomes and choices, not just equality of opportunity. In doing so, they cause all kinds of mischief. A very small example is the destruction of many college sports that were typically dominated by males, through the use of quotas and proportionality rules-- that is, if college X can't cobble together enough women wrestlers to make a team, then they have to shut down the men's wrestling team or run the risk of lawsuits. It should be obvious this is unfair to men-- not very many women want to be wrestlers, so you can't either. It would be more obvious if it were flipped around. Not enough men want to do ballet, so we'll shut down the ballet program for women, too.
In short, modern feminism is a threat to women because it demands that they make choices which radicals think will lead to equality of *outcomes*. It's no longer just about whether a woman has equal choice or opportunity. When women naturally tend to choose different things than men, feminism actively tries to undermine them. And it's a threat to men because in an attempt to force society into their mold, feminists are denying men the choices to be what they naturally want to be. Feminism has turned from giving women more choice and opportunity, to denying choice and opportunity to both men and women and attempting to dictate how they should live, often contrary to the natural tendencies of the two sexes.
All in all, this book should "empower" (to use a favorite feminist term) women that are truly open-minded and don't necessarily want to be told by radicals how they should live and what choices they should make. It shows women that they can be in control of their lives, but informed with a more realistic view of how male and female natures interact, and knowing that life is not all about doing whatever you want-- that in the big picture, life satisfaction is much higher, especially for women, in planning for and pursuing more than just a career. And, that they will be much happier if they are not constantly feeling like victims, but realistically making choices that follow their own instincts and agendas and not those of radicals.
Nevertheless, feminism has become such a pervasively corrosive force in our culture that I hesitate to recommend this book to my wife. I am not sure if she will simply shut down at the premise and take offense, or would truly be open-minded enough to consider the ideas within.
Isn't that scary, if you think about it? You're not even allowed to question something that is so destructive to society and even to your own relationships and life choices.