Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Monday, May 9, 2011

NYT Column Slaps at Local Anti-Feminist Author

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2011 at 1:52 PM

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.

Tags: , , ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 13, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation