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Introducing the NeW Fall Online Book Club!

September 21, 2009 | Annemarie

Carrie Lukas says it like it is in her book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism. She covers gender differences, men, sex, the family and politics. Kate O’Beirne from the National Review says, “[It’s] a lively, well-written, and well-researched antidote to feminist agitprop from an author who is authentically pro-woman.”

We will be reading and discussing a chapter a week. Please feel free to comment, post questions or share your own personal experience. Lukas’s book covers a wide range of topics and poses thought provoking questions, undoubtedly this book will spark some lively conversations!

Chapter One: The Difference Between Boys and Girls

What are little boys made of?
What are little boys made of?
Frogs and snails
And puppy-dogs’ tails,
That’s what little boys are made of.
What are little girls made of?
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice
And all things nice,
That’s what little girls are made of.
~ Mother Goose

As a little girl I used to love hearing my granddaddy tell stories. He would pick me up, place me on his lap, wrap his arms around me and tell me wonderful tales. One of my favorites was the poem about what little girls are made of. Maybe it was the way he said it or perhaps it was the poem itself, but I remember being enchanted by the words, “sugar and spice and everything nice.” What girl would argue with that claim?

Modern Feminists. Modern feminists believe that Mother Goose was gravely mistaken in regards to gender differences. Carrie Lukas writes,

“Are there innate differences between the sexes? The politically correct answer is “no.” Although feminist educators acknowledge that it’s impossible to ignore the differences in the male and female anatomies, many insist—often stridently—that the behavioral characteristics we commonly associate with female and male are social constructs.”

After reading Lukas’s chapter on gender differences, I decided to observe—Are there innate differences or has Mother Goose simply indoctrinated us? My query developed into honest reflection on my own married life. As a newly wed (two years this summer), I have to honestly say the hardest thing about marriage is the difference in the way men and women communicate. I have learned my husband is happiest when I communicate respect to him, I have also learned that I am happiest when he communicates love to me. If these differences are taught and not innate then it seems logical we could simply train ourselves to think differently. As a young wife, I have learned that trying to change my husband doesn’t work – treating him with respect does.

In conclusion, I agree with Lukas’s assertion:

“If, however, men and women’s differences are not social constructs—if they are instead the product of innate, biological differences—then no amount of government intervention will create the feminist utopia.”
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