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Review: Pavlich Documents the War on Women, by the Left

July 16th, 2014 - 10:10 am

Katie Pavlich’s new book, Assault and Flattery (Threshold 2014), flips the script on the creaky old War on Women narrative of the left.   Her book would be a welcome addition in campus gender studies programs, where it would do the most good in rebutting the industrial-size narrative about the oppressed role of women and how Democrats bring deliverance.

Naturally, nobody in any gender studies program will be adding Assault and Flattery to the lists of required reading for “Gender, Sexual Violence and Empire” or the “Harlots, Dandies and Bluestockings” classes this fall at Harvard.  (Yes, weep aloud, as they really exist.)  That’s too bad, because Pavlich’s book lays waste to the false narrative that the modern feminist movement, working hand in hand with the Democrat Party, does any good for women.  Quite the opposite is true.

Pavlich provides example after example where the Obama administration has mistreated female federal employees, most obviously, choosing to pay them far less than male counterparts.

aNot many books start with a warning. Assault and Flattery does:

Due to the vulgarity of many Democratic Leaders as well as the so-called women’s rights groups that defend them, this book contains language suitable for mature audiences only, or at least those with strong stomachs.

Pavlich doesn’t disappoint, taking on David Letterman’s jokes about statutory rape and Bill Maher’s demeaning characterizations of women — narratives surely absent from gender studies gripe sessions on campus.  Pavlich particularly roughs up a left-wing Hollywood culture that will take a back seat to no one in treating women like objects.

But a chapter entitled “Barack Obama: the Most Anti-Woman President Ever” makes the book worth the read.  She details the inside story of women enduring employment in the Obama administration.  Not only are they paid less, they are treated badly.  “I felt like a piece of meat,” Obama’s former communications director said in describing the atmosphere inside the White House. The book goes on to describe the harassment of women employees by Obama political appointees.

This narrative usually remains bottled up and ignored.  Gender studies programs, ABC’s White House reporter Ann Compton and any outlet on the left ignore these inconvenient and messy narratives.

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It may well be a sort of racket, but looking at the women involved as individuals reveals troubled and unhappy people who've perfected sociopathy into an ideology. Plainly put - they are paranoid people who pretty much hate everything. Even the healthiest of them seem to have world views that are severely askew and insulated. What normal people see when they watch sports or a film isn't what these folks see at all.
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Ol' Joe used to say he hit 'em where they ain't and Pavlich is looking where they ain't no more. The latest cutting edge feminism doesn't even acknowledge NOW exists. Conservatives are really behind the curve on this one, responding to pushing that's long gone to another and much more radical and even dangerous place.

If you want to know who the new generation is and what they're doing, go to The Feminist Wire and the Twitter feeds of Mikki Kendall and Lauren Chief Elk. Follow that all outwards like ripples on a pond. The new bunch despise Eve Ensler and her Vagina Monologues as exploitative, too tame, too white and too out of date. The king of the new hill encompasses a diverse bunch but the ones deferred to are black and gay women, the provisional opposite of the straight white male oppressor.

"Privilege"; that's the name of the game now. Feminism according to class, race, gender-expression, postcolonialism, and even weight and health if you can believe that. The new crowd has fine-tuned victimhood and bigotry to new heights. NOW? NOW is like a 33 RPM record to these folks.
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My mom joined NOW in the late 1960s because she was in favor of radical things such as equal pay for equal work. She soon left because it was filled with women griping about their husbands and she, radical that she is, happened to love her husband. Celebrated their 50th a few years ago. A life long monogamous relationship. Now that is truly radical.
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they milk billion$ from our incompetent gubberment to pay for all their freebies. somebody once said that w/o all this back hole $$ they wouldn't be able to pay all those fem-lawyers in washington that make sure NO bills get brought up that are not about their agenda.
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So, the Obama Nazis are hard on the womenfolk in their direct sphere of influence. Sort of congruent with the whole Islamic way of operation, if I might be so bold as to recognize an obvious pattern of behavior.
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Bumper sticker for 2016...you can even use it for 2014:

"The Democrat party IS the war on women."

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Like all the empowerment movements of the sixties, feminism has devolved into a racket. The elder generation fly first class to conferences around the world where they give "we've come along way, baby" speeches and present each other awards, while the young are busy adding lipstick to an old pig and try getting their noses in the trough.

"Feminist" is a word that has as much currency as "suffragette."
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It may well be a sort of racket, but looking at the women involved as individuals reveals troubled and unhappy people who've perfected sociopathy into an ideology. Plainly put - they are paranoid people who pretty much hate everything. Even the healthiest of them seem to have world views that are severely askew and insulated. What normal people see when they watch sports or a film isn't what these folks see at all.
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Spot on.

Anyone here who hasn't visited theothermcain.com should. He is committed to the takedown of these unhinged freaks that rule feminism.

Brilliant guy.
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just fyi you missed a c in the url
http://theothermccain.com/
in case anyone clicks it and gets error
he does have good stuff and is well worth reading
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I went over and read some stuff. The guy really has his pulse on just how crazy those people are, and is very good at stating his case fairly succinctly.
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"...Pavlich’s book lays waste to the false narrative that the modern feminist movement, working hand in hand with the Democrat Party, does any good for women. Quite the opposite is true."

It shouldn't take a whole book to demonstrate that patently obvious truth.

Democrats tying access to abortion and demanding free contraception anywhere anytime anyhow are transparent political ploys to bring very dumb broads into the fold.

And you know what ? A lot of dumb broads bought in.

"...denied her press credentials to attend the NOW conference in Chicago."

I vaguely recall reading about that, that conference (just like a certain prezzydent) touting itself as all open and inclusive.
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Jessie Watters tried to just get some interviews and they threatened him with arrest.

Freakziods.
14 weeks ago
14 weeks ago Link To Comment
Ol' Joe used to say he hit 'em where they ain't and Pavlich is looking where they ain't no more. The latest cutting edge feminism doesn't even acknowledge NOW exists. Conservatives are really behind the curve on this one, responding to pushing that's long gone to another and much more radical and even dangerous place.

If you want to know who the new generation is and what they're doing, go to The Feminist Wire and the Twitter feeds of Mikki Kendall and Lauren Chief Elk. Follow that all outwards like ripples on a pond. The new bunch despise Eve Ensler and her Vagina Monologues as exploitative, too tame, too white and too out of date. The king of the new hill encompasses a diverse bunch but the ones deferred to are black and gay women, the provisional opposite of the straight white male oppressor.

"Privilege"; that's the name of the game now. Feminism according to class, race, gender-expression, postcolonialism, and even weight and health if you can believe that. The new crowd has fine-tuned victimhood and bigotry to new heights. NOW? NOW is like a 33 RPM record to these folks.
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About time somebody pointed this out but take it even further.

Who do the most despicable, perverse pornographers support? Answer: the same people that Gloria Steinem and Patricia Ireland support.

You would think this crowd would be able to add two and two together and figure out why just about all the "men's" magazines support abortion even more so than the women ones.

You think they might be able to deduce why all the rich Hollywood guys really, really want abortion rights.
14 weeks ago
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My mom joined NOW in the late 1960s because she was in favor of radical things such as equal pay for equal work. She soon left because it was filled with women griping about their husbands and she, radical that she is, happened to love her husband. Celebrated their 50th a few years ago. A life long monogamous relationship. Now that is truly radical.
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