Domestic Tranquility: A Brief Against Feminism Paperback – Sep 1998
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From Library Journal
Graglia indicts feminism for the demise of the traditional family, the degradation of the homemaker, the spread of venereal disease, the growth of income disparity, and the defeat of the United States in Vietnam (no kidding). Graglia, who holds a law degree from Columbia University, believes that she is a better representative of the "average woman" than (disproportionately Jewish) feminists are. She recommends a movement to reform "no-fault" divorce laws to ensure financial security for full-time homemakers (although the old laws were notoriously ineffective), inspired by women who have been "awakened by transforming sexual experiences?including the child-bearing and nurturing that are the fruits of her sexual encounters." She observes, in passing, that the "sexual ministrations of [her] husband" do more to make her feel alive than does reading Supreme Court opinions. One person's account of the personal as political, this is not a necessary library purchase.?Cynthia Harrison, George Washington Univ., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"...powerful, noble...honest, passionate....This is a revolutionary book." -- National Review
"A useful primer on a movement that doesn't know when to slink off in embarrassment." -- World
Top Customer Reviews
A major thesis of this volume is that while feminism may appear to be anti-men, it is even more so anti-women, at least women of a certain stripe. Wives and homemakers are the real target of radical feminists, insists Graglia, and she spends a good part of this hefty tome (450 pages) in documenting this claim.
The author, who is a lawyer by profession, but a homemaker by choice, has the intellectual firepower needed to take on the heavyweights of the feminists movement. The thoughts and writings of Friedan, Steinem, Greer, Millet, de Beauvoir, and all the other major movers and shakers in the feminist movement are here carefully evaluated, and their antipathy to wives and families are carefully assessed.
Solid chapters explore the rise of modern feminism, the feminist agenda, the totalitarian impulse in feminism, the push for androgyny, and the attack on the institutions of marriage and the traditional family, among other things.
The author is especially adept at showing how women cannot have it all, at least not at the same time. The push for climbing the corporate ladder invariably takes a toll on child rearing and family, and many women have suffered as a result of buying the feminist line on this issue.
She tackles a number of other myths, such as the idea that gender is simply a social construct, and the idea that motherhood and homemaking are somehow second class lifestyles. She shows how women have been the big losers in the feminist-promoted sexual revolution.Read more ›
The author now & then shares her personal taste in, er, conjugal relations, and occasionally employs vivid imagery to make a point. Most amateur reviewers cannot overcome their reactions and revulsions enough to stay with the narrative. For myself, I enjoyed the break from the rather turgid, stuffy writing style loaded with two-dollar words. My Oxford abridged dictionary doesn't even list "fungible"!
But the thesis is strong: modern feminism was a big factor in creating the child-hating, sexually perverse culture we live in today. Not surprising, really, since biographies and self-admissions reveal that today's feminism was founded by disgruntled corner cases with just those characteristics.
As a result, women actually have a harder time relating to other women, men and children, and have fewer choices today than they did in the mid-1950's, in that the woman choosing to be the core of her family is reviled and pressured to abandon her children and neglect her marriage.
Women who prefer to serve strangers in the marketplace are actually subsidized at the cost of traditional families, through "childcare" credits, anti-competitive affirmative action programs, corporate workplace inefficiencies etc. And as Mrs. Graglia notes but IMO does not sufficiently develop, modern (non-)mothering by working women requires the existence of a huge economic underclass of proxy-mothers, who are paid as little a possible for doing the untimately thankless job of making sure little Jill and Johnny don't kill themselves or feel totally abandoned.Read more ›
There are several parts of this book with which I take exception. They are, but not limited to, the following:
1) She blames women whose husbands molest their daughters because the wives should be sexually satisfying their husbands. This does not address the issue of pedophilia and the perverseness of a man who would sexually abuse his own daughter. In no way should the woman be blamed when her husband obviously has more serious problems than an unsatisfactory sex life. If the mother is ever to blame, it is in those instances in which she knew it was going on and allowed it to continue.
2) She presents what I view as flawed statistics. Graglia states that 90% of all births to black mothers aged 15-19 are illegitimate. This obviously makes perfect sense, since the average age of marriage is currently 24 for women and 26 for men. A married eighteen- or nineteen-year-old is rare and surely most women younger than this are not married.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This book is very enjoyable to read, especially if you are a full-time mom or homemaker. It provides detailed and well-researched arguments to support the author's contention that... Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by Jennifer Wolff
I made it through the introduction and most of the first chapter of this book. By that time I had smoke coming out of my ears and my blood pressure had gone way up. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2002 by Penny P. Hammack
I really felt that this was a very good book. I feel that Mrs. Graglia took on a challenge to write about such a controvesial topic. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2002
Perhaps staying home all those years has dulled her writing skills. Some of her arguments have "meat", to use a manly term, but she writes in a style that sounds alternately like... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2002 by Cynthia Rucker
As a novice homemaker who struggled mightily with feminist expectations, I really wanted to like this book, which I read in the course of my transition from career to home. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2001
Okay, I have a question. How come books like these always assume that everyone lives in an extremely wealthy republican household, with plenty of money so the wife can just quit... Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2001
When my mother gave birth to my brother in 1967, she quit college and began the most important job of her life - taking care of us full-time. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2001
This remains the leading book against modern feminism from a non-religious point of view. That should be stressed, for it would be an injustice for potential buyers to disgard it... Read morePublished on Dec 21 2000 by Queen Horatius
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. So very enlightening and so helpful. I highly recommend this book, particularly to all women, and most especially to ALL... Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2000