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Monday, February 14, 2011

The Definition of Feminism

My newest book is called The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know and Men Can't Say. It dives right into the middle of the current buzz about the meaning of feminism and who is a feminist. My co-author for this book, Suzanne Venker, belongs to a younger generation, and our book is designed to give the facts of life to the younger women and men who didn't live though the heyday of radical feminism in the 1970s and 1980s, as I did.

Quite a number of women won election to public office last November, and this has led some people to say that was a victory for feminism. Our new book will show you how NOT to be fooled by such claims. Most of the women who won election last year were conservatives and Republicans, and they owe absolutely nothing to the feminist movement.

The best definition of feminism was given by a leading modern feminist, Jessica Valenti, writing in the Washington Post. She wrote (quote) "Feminism is ... an ideology based on the notion that patriarchy exists and that it needs to end." (close quote) In other words, feminists start from the notion that American women are victims of the patriarchy, so the feminist goal is to empower women to put down men and change society into a matriarchy. Another leading current feminist, Linda Hirshman, wrote that "support for abortion rights and ObamaCare were litmus tests for true feminism."

That makes it clear that it is ridiculous for any conservative or Republican woman to call herself a feminist, or even some kind of NEW feminist. Anyone who faces the truth of what feminists say and mean should consider it an insult to be called a feminist. This new book The Flipside of Feminism explains what feminism really is and how it gives a lot of false notions to both women and men.

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