Feminist Fantasies

Feminist Fantasies

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by Phyllis Schlafly, Ann Coulter

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"No assault has been more ferocious than feminism's forty-year war against women. And no battlefield leader has been more courageous than Phyllis Schlafly. In these dispatches from the front, feminism's most potent foe exposes the delusions and hypocrisy behind a movement that has cheated millions of women out of their happiness, health, and security." Like communism,…  See more details below


"No assault has been more ferocious than feminism's forty-year war against women. And no battlefield leader has been more courageous than Phyllis Schlafly. In these dispatches from the front, feminism's most potent foe exposes the delusions and hypocrisy behind a movement that has cheated millions of women out of their happiness, health, and security." Like communism, feminism has been a catastrophe for the people it was meant to help. Mrs. Schlafly opens with a demonstration of its failure in every aspect of women's lives. She then examines the media, feminism's trusty handmaiden, zealous to cover the shortcomings of its mistress. Next, she dissects the feminist agenda policy by policy, from "comparable worth" to the attack on reason. Mrs. Schlafly devotes an entire chapter to the feminist assault on the military - an area where crackpot ideas have dire consequences. Finally, she returns to the heart of most women's lives - marriage and motherhood - where feminism has inflicted the deepest pain.

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The Washington Post
The vast social forces at work that have changed, probably forever, men's and women's prospects and expectations could not have been permanently forestalled — feminism or no feminism. But Schlafly scores some telling points. Much proposed social legislation does wind up shortchanging stay-at-home mothers by comparison to their full-time working sisters. The byzantine complexities of trying to sort out "comparable worth" — how much is a crane operator "worth" compared to a typist and the like — are unenforceable and unworkable. There are credible studies that raise serious questions about what full-time, nearly dawn to dusk, day care does to infants and toddlers. — Jean Bethke Elshtain
Publishers Weekly
In her foreword, Coulter asserts that Gen-X conservative divas may have sprung from the femme fatale-cum-right-wing wellspring Schlafly established over four decades ago with her group, Eagle Forum. Schlafly's conservative thinking might have been razor-sharp 38 years ago when she wrote her ideological groundbreaker A Choice Not an Echo. In this volume, her rhetoric has retained all of its harshness but lost its intellectual edge; her writing and cant are murky and overwrought. The short essays, written throughout the 1980s and '90s, from the woman Coulter claims singlehandedly defeated the ERA, have snappy titles reminiscent of Coulter's recent Slander but lack substance, cohesion and contemporary knowledge. Schlafly presumes certain ideological and demographic traits (white, middle class, college-educated) to force her arguments that the majority of women neither have to nor want to work. Marriage and motherhood cannot sustain the travail of women working, Schlafly declares; it leads to the disintegration of the family. She cites jobs in general and military jobs in particular as a huge threat to maintaining gender difference. Rammed home in over 50 essays in which she cites unnamed and undated studies, Schlafly's thesis is this: feminism tried to destroy femininity, masculinity, marriage, motherhood and the security of both the economy and family, but has succeeded only in damaging the foundations, not crumbling the whole. Schlafly's politics, while passionate, are as out of date as Trent Lott on race. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
In her hard-charging, biased style, Schlafly once again expounds on the evils of feminism. Schlafly is best known for her role in helping to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment and her previous work, A Choice Not an Echo. Here, she wastes no time in slaughtering liberals' sacred cows. In the first page of the foreword, in fact, we read that the author "will always be right" except for "one time" when she was wrong! This sets the tone for the remainder of the book, in which Schlafly holds forth on the usual subjects: marriage, motherhood, the media, the military, women's role in society, and the demise of the feminist revolution. Little is new here; mostly, it is the same old stuff presented in the same old way. Still, the text is organized in clear, concise blocks that will appeal to the pick-and-choose readers who can only take small amounts of dogma at a time. Essential for maintaining a balanced collection on feminism, this is suitable for all public and academic libraries.-Melody Ballard, Washoe Cty. Lib. Syst., Reno, NV Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 -
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.