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Feminist Fantasies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2007

    I would have given this no stars, but that wasn't an option

    Oh God, where to begin? I guess I could start by saying that I could write a book on how bad this book is. First of all, I was open minded reading this book. I believe strongly that women should be liberated from a viewpoint that sees women as only having one fulfilling occupation- a housewife/mother. For women, the sky should be the limit, but I read this book, looking forward to finding some challenging questions and concerns. Instead I found ludicrous arguments based on what is 'in' in society today, and other pointless examples like what the latest ABC TV drama was about, or the life of Picasso. I found myself frequently asking, what does this have to do with the issue at hand? What is most offensive to me about this book is that she seems to make up 'feminist idealogy' having no real knowledge of it at all. It seems the readers who would side with her are the ones who don't really understand the feminist movement. In one chapter of the book she claims that the author of the Feminist Mystique,(which I read, and is obvious that she didn't) Betty Friedan declared men 'especially husbands, are awful creatures.' Which is completely false. Betty, in her book, often said that men were not the enemy and that many men supported their wives in the movement. It is these continuous statements that make me find her book not credible. (Besides that, there are no notes in her book, which makes it difficult to read her arguments when they are out of context). Her suggestions are confusing. They never seem to add up to anything credible or sensible. She often uses examples of personal lives of divorce and hardship to make her point of how 'evil' feminism is, when many of the issues she talks about were simply personal decisions based on those particular persons beliefs. Her blatant sensationalism, use of loaded words and use of guilt and emotion in her book is offensive and to a point, humourous because I stopped trying to take her points seriously. After saying that, she does bring up valid concerns about the movement. I agree, there are problems that need to be worked out, but her idea that to solve these problems is to eliminate the situation altogether and regress is absurd. We as a nation and a people need to continue moving forward and redefine what it means to be an American family. Its more confusing to me that she bashes and blames women for whatever may be going wrong in their life, (associated with having a career) when she herself is a woman, and has had a career outside of her home. If there is anything impressive about this woman it is her ability to offend her own sex over and over again. She belittles women and their abilities. She believes that the most important thing in a woman's life is love and home, but as a wife, I know that there is more to life than that. To say that that is the most important thing is to deny yourself. Finally, I find this book to be a joke and a disgrace. It shames brilliant women who fought to give us the rights we have today. Her remarks are inconclusive and irrelevant. The only reason I recommend reading this book is if you wish to read something a little humourous between your usual reading of literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2003

    Attention twentysomething women!

    An absolute stirring and accurate account on how Feminism has completely distorted the views of media and our perceptions of what a woman's role really is in society. Feminism is a evil ideology with a following of women who really should come to their senses and realize that the traditional roles of both Men and Women are essential and important for the next generation of children. Women in their twenties today are delaying their chances of starting a family because of their pursuit of career but what they don't realize is as women we do have a biological clock and we should not ignore it's ticking because like milk in the refrigerator, we eventually expire too. Family and morals are more important then the selfishness of fulfillment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2003

    Great for the open minded

    If you go into this book with an open mind it reads as a great counter to the current popular politcal culture. If you go into it from a ridgid ideological stance outside the author's you will miss the point and you might become angry. It is a quality book with a legitimate viewpoint that will challenge readers who allow themselves to think about ideas other than their own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2007

    Mostly good, but with a few flaws

    This collection of columns and testimonies by the author contains almost no citations whatsoever, so the reader is left blank on where she draws most of her material. I do agree with most of her point of view, however, although a few of her arguments lack merit. The author opposed the ERA in the 1970s mainly in order to prevent women from serving in combat roles AND to retain their various other protections, privileges, and preferences. Ironically, she is thus sort of half-in and half-out of the feminist camp herself, since they work so hard to give women endless preferences and protections while loudly squawking about 'equality' and 'fairness'. Her material spans several decades and doesn't seem to be organized as well as it could be. Rather than by subject, a more chronological presentation might have been better. Still, I recommend the book but only after more important works are studied first, such as -

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