This hot post was first published here on April 3, 2011.
We might as well have said slavery wasn’t such a bad idea. That’s the effect my new book, The Flipside of Feminism — which I co-authored with Phyllis Schlafly — has had on left-wing women.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned these past few weeks since the book’s release, it’s that the damage left in the wake of the feminist movement – STDs, heartache, skyrocketing abortion rates, failed marriages, absentee parenting, and the emasculation of men – isn’t the worst of it.
What’s truly shocking is Americans’ cult-like allegiance to The Cause. Indeed, women and men have absorbed the myths of feminism so completely that the audacity of anyone, let alone two women, speaking out against The Cause is more than they can handle. Sure, I’ve been called “worse than Hitler,” but that’s just crazy talk. It’s the people who pose as neutral participants, who project an air of professionalism but then secretly come in for the kill, that’s utterly disturbing.
That’s what happened last week when self-described feminist Meghan Daum of the Los Angeles Times published a hatchet piece on my aunt and co-author, Phyllis Schlafly, which was then picked up by other left-wing media outlets such as the Chicago Tribune and Salon.com and so many other sites I couldn’t possibly link them all. Ms. Daum had conducted what was supposed to be a routine interview with me about Flipside. But like all feminists, Daum’s emotions got the best of her. Rather than discuss the book itself, she wanted to focus on Phyllis The Woman. I tried to redirect her, but she was on a mission. She wanted to know, from someone “on the inside,” just how conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly was able to accomplish so much in her life – bear six children and be so successful outside the home – because there must be a catch. No woman should be allowed to do that and not credit feminism. That is what the left can’t stand: the notion that women don’t need feminism in order to be accomplished.