'The Flipside of Feminism'

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Byline: Rebecca Hagelin, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Culture challenge of the week: feminism

Are women happier than they were 30 years ago?

They ought to be, according to the feminist blueprint.

But they're not.

An excellent new book, The Flipside of Feminism, explains why. Written by Phyllis Schlafly, the icon of conservative women, and her niece Suzanne Venker, this witty and fast-reading book dismantles the myth of feminism and prescribes a new road map for women's happiness.

It was my awesome privilege to meet Mrs. Schlafly for the first time when I was an impressionable 16-year-old. My mother took me to an Eagle Forum event when the feminists and the media were assaulting the family and freedom with the socialist, so-called Equal Rights Amendment. She inspired me to commit my own life to working to protect families, freedom and our rights to practice our faith. Some 30 years later, I had the privilege of taking my own 16-year-old daughter to an Eagle Forum event that Mrs. Schlafly led - and I'm so thankful to say that she has also been inspired to protect timeless values, too.

I've just given a copy of The Flipside of Feminism to my daughter to help arm her with the facts and ammunition to fight the lies of the modern feminist movement. With devastating thoroughness, the authors unpack the many reasons why so few women these days are willing to claim the label feminist. But first, Mrs. Schlafly and Mrs. Venker debunk the notion that modern feminism is all about equality. Feminism is nothing more than the female left, driven to impose a liberal/radical agenda on families, businesses and other institutions.

Second, the feminist promise that women could be just like men and enjoy everything men typically do - like casual sex, long hours at work, less family time - proved empty. Heartache, broken relationships, failed marriages, sexually transmitted diseases, abortion, and skyrocketing rates of emotionally wounded children have been the real legacy of feminism. …