The most scholarly book written about the feminist movement by a nonfeminist is "Domestic Tranquility" by Carolyn Graglia. She read all those tiresome books and articles by the feminist leaders, Betty Friedan, Germaine Greer, Kate Millett, Gloria Steinem, and Simone de Beauvoir, and concluded that the principal goal of feminism from the get-go has been "the status degradation of the housewife's role."
Graglia documented the fact that all branches of feminism are united in the conviction that a woman can find identity and fulfillment only by a career in the workforce. Betty Friedan said the stay-at-home mom is a "parasite" living in a "comfortable concentration camp." Gloria Steinem said, "you become a semi-nonperson when you get married."
This devaluing of the role of mother and full-time homemaker is imbedded in the psyche of the feminists who are major players in the Obama administration. Don't forget that when the feminists started their movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s, they called themselves the women's liberation movement, i.e., their goal was to be liberated from home, husband and children.
Feminists believe that society's expectation that mothers should care for their own children illustrates the oppression of women by the patriarchy. That's why legislating taxpayer-funded daycare as an entitlement for all is a major and longtime feminist goal.
Longtime? Absolutely. The feminists are still crying on television about President Richard Nixon's 1971 veto of the Mondale-Brademas Daycare bill. Government-financed daycare was one of the hot-button demands endorsed at the International Women's Year conference in November 1977, along with the Equal Rights Amendment, taxpayer-funded abortions, and the entire gay agenda.
The feminists showed their clout in the Obama administration when they got him to rule that Obamacare must force all employers to pay for sterilization, abortion drugs, and contraception even when it's contrary to their religious beliefs. The feminists were able to override the objections of all Obama's experienced political advisers who warned that this would alienate large blocs of voters who care about religious liberty.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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