How did Cosmopolitan Magazine get away with the fictional creation of the new, emancipated woman? In this highly readable book, the author, who worked for Cosmopolitan and is now a fully believing Catholic, gives us the inside story.
The message of Helen Gurley Brown, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan was: "hard work and sex will set you free (as long as you don't have children)." Betty Friedan's message was, at least to begin with, focused on the working woman. She along with so many leaders of the women's movement were themselves subverted, often by powerful men. One such mentioned is Larry Lader, one of the founders of NARAL Pro-Choice America. As the abortion doctor turned pro-life champion Bernard Nathanson later admitted, NARAL made up the statistics in order to bring about liberal abortion laws. They fabricated polls to pretend that 85% of the public wanted unrestricted abortion. They falsely claimed that there were 5000-10,000abortion deaths every year in America. Lader convined Friedan to join the abortion movement and from then on the Women's movement was hijacked. Lader and Friedan shared many ideas in common. Both signed Humanist Manifesto II, a 1973 document which claimed that religion is dangerous for mankind. Lader also was influential in persuading Justice Harry Blackmun, author of the Supreme Court's opinion in the infamous Roe v.Wade, which prohibits state and federal restrictions on abortion. Lader loathed the Catholic Church but was keen to pretend expertise of its teachings. He said that the Church was confused about whether the fetus has a soul, and therefore the fetus probably doesn't have a soul. His 1966 book "Abortion" was a masterpiece of abortion propaganda.
What this book brilliantly does is to remind us that there was an entirely legitimate basis for the women's movement to begin with. Unfortunately, the movement was hijacked by the abortion lobby and other movements promoting the destruction of the nuclear family. All this parallels the legitimate claims currently of the anti-racist lobby. A pity that elements of this movement are run by those who also desire the eradication of the Catholic Church and the nuclear family.
This book is a confession in the sense that Augustine meant it. The author apologizes for her role in promoting the sexual revolution. It is fair to say that she herself had been deceived. As befits a personal narrative, the writing style is somewhat informal. Do not be deceived: the dirty secrets behind the women's movement are fully exposed.