Introduction: Strong, Powerful, Liberated–and Conservative
Suzanne Venker grew up in America's heartland. Her parents were strong and good and they passed their values to their children. They persevered through life's difficulties with a cheerful spirit, a solid work ethic, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Suzanne went to Boston University in the 1980s and soon found that her worldview was not the norm. Actually, it was completely opposite of her classmates' anti-American and anti-family outlook.
Suzanne didn't credit feminists with all her freedoms as a woman and tried to help her friends see the fallacy of the feminist movement. Her efforts were pointless. They had no interest in the "conservative girl from the Midwest" who wasn't interested in casual sex and actually wanted to shape her future around a husband and a family. Weirdo!
Suzanne wasn't phased. The women in her family didn't stop to complain about being unfairly treated. They were not born into privilege and they knew what it meant "to work hard and do without" and they "didn't have a beef with America" (pg 8). Her mother received a master's degree from Radcliffe college in 1952 and went on to have a 16 year career in investment banking before quitting to raise her children. Her aunt, Phyllis Schlafly, raised six children, fought and defeated the feminist propaganda machine, and got her law degree from Washington University Law School.
Phyllis knew that feminism was a hoax and poured her time, energy, and intelligence into revealing that to America. Her work, along with Suzanne's mother's example, convinced Suzanne that "feminism was a lie." Suzanne followed in her aunt's footsteps and wrote a controversial book in 2004 called 7 Myths of Working Mothers
. The media hated it and it made Glamour
magazine's "Don't" list.
So Suzanne and Phyllis Schlafly decided to write a new book; a book that would encourage "Americans who don't believe women in this country are oppressed, who know government is not the solution to women's problems, and who don't think marriage and motherhood are outdated institutions" (pg 11). The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women know-- and Men Can't Say
is their answer. The goal of the book is to show that "you can be a strong, powerful, and even liberated woman--and still be conservative" (pg 11).
This truly refreshing angle will be excellent discussion material. I'm looking forward to reading Chapter One. If you haven't picked up a copy, grab one and start reading. You won't be disappointed.