Devoted wife, mother of six, Schlafly is the God-and-country advocate who travels from state to state, vigorously opposing...

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THE POWER OF THE POSITIVE WOMAN

Devoted wife, mother of six, Schlafly is the God-and-country advocate who travels from state to state, vigorously opposing the ERA and proselytizing on behalf of Positive Womanhood. Not fascinating womanhood--black stockings and pasties at the dinner table--but Positive Womanhood: a belief in the incontrovertibility of specific sexual differences (""Men are philosophers, women are practical, and 'twas ever thus"") and the urgency of their legal preservation. Although Schlafly is thoroughly familiar with the articles of the ERA and their most serious shortcomings, her predictions of their enforcement stretch potential obstacles into certain disasters, and her distortions are ridiculous. ""The Declaration of Independence declares that each of us is equal. This means equal before God."" Or, contrary to recent revelations, ""It is primarily the women who deserve the credit for the overthrow of the Communist Allende in Chile."" Her elusive logic is a patchwork of fightwing artistry, connecting the homosexual threat to first grade phonics to the similarities between Katherine Hepburn and Queen Victoria. The Divine Architect is responsible for the basic floor plan, but the interiors (dad as head of household, mom as moral support) reflect better homes and gardens--uncluttered and wellinsured. Most insidious is the counsel ""don't be yourself"" if you're feeling down-a cheerful disposition is a woman's obligation. Unquestionably, Schlafly has an audience that swallows these catchwords and facile solutions without bothering to read the labels. Positive thinking? Negative, but as prevalent--and sustaining--as a wash-and-set on Fridays.

Pub Date: July 29, 1977

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Publisher: Arlington House

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1977