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NYT Column Slaps at Local Anti-Feminist Author

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In yesterday's edition of the New York Times, columnists fittingly opined on dear old Mom. And Stephanie Coontz's contribution to the mom-centric page, "When We Hated Mom," starts off with a slap at St. Louis author Suzanne Venker's latest book, "The Flipside of Feminism."

Venker's book, co-written with her aunt, Phyllis Schlafly, makes a case against feminism, saying that it leaves women ill-prepared for motherhood and creates a culture of victimhood among women. They write that society as a whole benefits from women and men -- that is, mothers and fathers -- knowing and adhering to their roles in the nuclear family.

Coontz's column cites the book as a "misreading of American history," saying that life has improved both for working mothers and stay-at-home mothers, thanks to feminism. She says that "it's indisputable that their status and lives have improved since the supposed heyday of the 1950s."

Both camps have some interesting points to ponder, and in the coming weeks, we'll be delving deeply into Venker's ideology with a feature profile. Stay tuned.


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