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Originally published at Umbral Echoes Blog. You can comment here or there.

A friend just posted a link to this interview with Suzanne Venker, co-author (along with Phyllis Schlafly) of The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know—and Men Can’t Say. Feminists will probably be familiar with Schlafly already, and this interview with Venker is… well, read it for yourself.

As a note, I do not consider myself a feminist per se, though I do believe in equal pay for equal work, and that employers should treat women the same as men. I also believe in equal treatment both ways, so for example I think women in the military should be allowed in combat, but should also have equal physical fitness requirements as men.  Physics don’t care whether you’re a man or a woman — if your buddy (who weighs 230 lbs. including gear) gets knocked unconscious by an IED, you’d better damn well be able to pull that buddy to safety, period.

Okay, with that out of the way, here are some gems from this interview:
And whatever strides [feminism] made in the workforce have had tremendous ramifications for businesses, so they came at a great cost to businesses and government. It’s a double-edged sword.
Translation: women deserve less pay, don’t be a meanie and pressure corporations to pay them equally! Their proper place is in the kitchen anyway.  At least, that’s what I get from that.
The abuse problem is smaller than it’s made out to be, and when you draw attention to something that’s so terrible, it’s like the issue of homosexuality today. The awareness that gays exist, or that terrible men beat their wives, is good to recognize but not to belabor or exaggerate.
Hmm, people belaboring and exaggerating terrible things, huh?  Being gay is terrible, like spouse abuse is terrible?  You, madame, are a small-minded twat.  Some might say that she didn’t mean to imply that being gay is terrible.  While she might not have directly said that, that’s the whole point of the analogy (terrible things being exaggerated/belabored), so I call bullshit on that.
Why would you have a whole movement to make women feel better about not choosing to have children?
<sarcasm>Because you know, women’s place is to pop out babies, so why the hell would you want to make them better for not doing their biological duty?  So the feminist movement is kind of like having a movement to make murderers feel better about murdering.</sarcasm>
It is my belief that ultimately nobody, male or female, can be happy with that lifestyle, with having sex with whoever they want, having sex with your friends, or one night stands and all that.
Not that I believe the exact opposite is true, but I’d love to respond to that with, “It is my belief that ultimately nobody, male or female, can be happy with that lifestyle, with never having sex with whom they want unless it’s their one partner, never being able to have sex with friends, or one night flings.”  I’m sure her reaction would be priceless.
Feminists are not concerned with anybody outside of America.
Just… wow.  Saying that American feminists center their political and cultural activism in America is one thing.  But this statement is full-on retard.

I understand that there are some valid points in this woman’s philosophy.  Feminism is about equal opportunities, but some feminists disrespect women who choose to be homemakers, and that’s not cool.  And… yeah, I think that’s about the only valid point I see.  People like this disgust me.

Yet still I’m glad that I live in a country where they can spout their nonsense.