Feminism is back in vogue as a controversial topic. The blogosphere and newspapers all over the country are debating the meaning of feminism – and what it means to be female and powerful. The female left always argues for women to be independent of men, self supporting, sexually uninhibited, and liberated from the obligations of marriage and motherhood. They talk endlessly about the need for women to have empowerment.
The media feminists gave major publicity to Maria Shriver's Report called "A Woman's Nation Changes Everything," published by the leftwing think tank, Center for American Progress. This Shriver Report reproaches Americans for relying on what they call "an outdated model of the American family." The Shriver Report boasts that we are now living in a "woman's world," and that "Emergent economic power gives women a new seat at the table, at the head of the table." That "head of the table" metaphor is one more indication that the feminists believe they are victims of an oppressive patriarchy and want to transform America into a matriarchy. Feminism has never been about equal rights for women. It's about power for the female left. That's what makes feminism the fraud of the century.
However, all this independence has not made women happier. All surveys show that feminist women are chronically dissatisfied. The National Bureau of Economic Research reports, "As women have gained more freedom, more education, and more power, they have become less happy."
It's time that young women have a handbook that explains the real goals and agenda of the feminists plus a non-feminist roadmap to a happy life. My co-author, Suzanne Venker, and I have provided this in our new book, The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know and Men Can't Say.
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