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Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women's Movement

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Contraception and abortion were not originally part of the 1960s women’s movement. How did the women’s movement, which fought for equal opportunity for women in education and the workplace, and the sexual revolution, which reduced women to ambitious sex objects, become so united?

In Subverted, Sue Ellen Browder documents for the first time how it all happened, in her own li
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Ignatius Press (first published September 15th 2015)
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Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

Absolutely fascinating. As a woman, I feel a little ashamed that I know so little about the actual history of the women's movement. I knew some names, knew (and appreciate) some of the rights the early suffragists fought for, but only vaguely understood what happened to the women's movement during the 1960s. I'm Christian, conservative and pro-life and I am extremely uncomfortable with many of the principles the current feminist movement espouses. I had a friend ask me the other day if
Sue Ellen Browder offers a highly compelling argument against mainstream feminism's embrace of abortion and artificial contraception in this book, equal parts memoir and investigative report.

As a reporter for Cosmopolitan magazine in the late sixties and early seventies, Browder wrote in defense of the Sexual Revolution, even though she could see its terrible consequences in the lives of the women around her, and eventually, her own.

Now she's coming forward with the slimy details of how abortio
Jeff Koloze
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: college students, abortion activists, Hollywood producers
Browder’s autobiography is an important addition to the growing field of works documenting pro-life history since the 1960s. Her knowledge of the machinations of famous anti-lifers makes her work compelling reading.
For example, twenty-first century readers need to know that Larry Lader was the rabidly anti-Catholic abortion activist who persuaded Cosmopolitan magazine and American feminists in the late 1960s to regard abortion as a right instead of an abuse of women’s bodies and the killing of
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Book!!!!

This book was absolutely fantastic and resonated with me on so many levels! I kept saying, "Oh, I love this book!" and felt that way as I read different chapters for different reasons. More than once I felt that the author's words should be plastered on billboards. I had no idea how deeply the abortion movement was founded on lies and how badly a well-intentioned women's movement had been hijacked by ill-intentioned liars. I was also happily surprised that those who were behind
Sally Ewan
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
The author writes a very interesting account of her life as an enthusiastic young woman excited to be writing for "Cosmo" magazine, embracing the new morality (or lack of) and making it sound enticing to her readers. She chronicles her own life story while including key events of the feminist movement and abortion rights movement and showing how they affected her thinking.

What is so lovely about this book is that while she's fallen hook-line-and-sinker for the Modern Woman stuff, she knows deep
Joseph Serwach
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buying copies for my wife and daughters

This amazing book is part memoir, part history and more importantly, the story of how families have changed since the 1960s. A former Cosmo writer explains how two men changed the trajectory of the Women's Movement by tying it to the Sexual Revolution and pro-abortion movement in 1967, making Roe vs. Wade possible just six years later. The author's very personal story seized my attention when she was being interviewed on a radio show and her life story is a
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely riveting!!! How misinformed we are about the Sexual revolution and the Women's movement! I also loved Sue's personal story throughout the book. I highly recommend this book!
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those important books, eye-opening and revelatory. It's also a lot of fun at times, always a bit of a wild ride. Worth the read!
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
this book was a nice mix of history and memoir. Browder does a superb job of dismanteling the flimsy and shallow abortion mindset that developed in the midst of the women's movement. She explains that the women's movement and the sexual revolution were separate movements that became intertwined by devious and misguided propoganda. Interestingly, she also references official statements from some of the top architects of this murderous, selfish culture who deeply regreted their involvement in push ...more
Samuel Wells
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
An inside look at Cosmopolitan Magazine and the culture that legalized abortion. This is also the love story of two writers and their long married life together, of their many challenges, and of their religious conversion - ultimately to Catholicism. In many ways it is a Catholic apology and may not appeal to those outside of this faith. I found the book refreshing, inspiring and very often insightful.
Rita Belluz
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wish I found this book earlier. The documented facts of how the women's
movement caused more harm than good for women.
The participation of men to dictate what is best for women was disturbing. Their eugenic agenda was evil. How easy through Cosmo magazine women were swayed to dump their moral's , ethics and religion. I am so grateful that Americans are waking up and demanding change.

Dave Brandt
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a very insightful expose on Cosmopolitan's fake news, men manipulating the feminist movement and the underlying philosophical differences between major factions of modern women. But most of all, this was a beautiful, true and inspiring love story. A "Must Read" for anyone wanting to be truly culturally informed.
Tiffany Rounds
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What an amazing book. It reads so easily, but has so much information. I have not went through and read the information she cited, but intend to further investigate the information she provides.
Her prospective broke my heart and made it joyful. The life in this book is relentless.
Mandy Knapp
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
It's a bit of an odd book, part memoir, part sociology, part philosophy, part spiritual memoir. I liked it, but I can't quite classify it at this moment, and I wonder if it wouldn't have been a bit better if it tried to do a bit less.
Robert Federline
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a surprise.In looking at the title, I was expecting a free-love hippie from the sixties, or some revolutionary wanting to change the world. The woman behind this book, however, is far more mainstream than ever suspected.

Not so surprising is the fact that the abortion camp has built its case on lies manufactured specifically to legalize abortion, and to alter the morals and behaviors of society. While many journalists are honest and ethical, there are just as many that are not.

The m
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: feminism
Sue Ellen Browder's book "Subverted" is a nice casual read for the most part. Despite what the blurb and titles may convey, it is more of a biography about her personal conversion to Catholicism and rejection of the mainstream understanding of "feminism", than a history of the rise of a sexualised neo-feminism.

Furthermore, the subtitle of the book - "How I Helped The Sexual Revolution Hijack The Women's Movement" - is, to be rather harsh, arrogant at worst and misleading at best; It leads one to
Leah Cossette
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a Catholic book.

Nevermind the edgy title, the pink cover, the 305.42 stamped on the library spine label. These are the long winded tellings of a woman who wrote some feminist articles back in the day and now feels so bad about it that she's going to tell you her whole life story, regardless of it's relevance to women's rights or the sexual revolution.

As a Christian, a feminist, and a lover of history, I loved the premise. I loved the historical content. I think that the marrying of the
Anna Mendoza
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre-religious, 2019
Memoirs and exposes are usually not my cup of tea and this book is both.

While I found the writing style dense and very reminiscent of the author’s journalist background, I was fascinated by her first hand accounts and well backed up (the back matter is like 20 pages) of the 1960s women’s movement and how the acts of a few people caused the sexual revolution to take it over. This book simultaneously caused me to feel for the author and also judge her for being so complicit in the propaganda sprea
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an extremely interesting and informative look at the Women's Movement of the '60s and '70s from the perspective of journalist & long-time Cosmo writer Sue Browder. A convert to Catholicism from, well, extreme non-Catholicism, Browder paints a picture of what "feminism" could ideally mean. Intriguing enough to read in a day.

Favorite quotes:
"The Catholic Church was the last place on earth I would have thought to look for [truth and freedom]. It was the last place I DID look." (Browder con
Amanda George
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book should be required reading in all high schools. This book sheds so much light on how the women’s movement which started off so strongly and had such noble goals failed so miserably. As an avid reader of Cosmo in my teens and early 20’s, I’m now horrified at the amount of propaganda I ingested, and can see in hindsight so many ways that it damaged my way of thinking, my search for love, and my confidence. Cosmo was just one of the tools used by the hijackers to brainwash generations of ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating insight into the women's movement and how it changed from a pro-woman, pro-family organization that was genuinely invested in helping women in the workforce to an anti-family, anti-child movement that focused on the disposable romance.

So sad to see how much it hurt the author and so many women like her.
Lannie Milillo
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vital to all and Fascinating as well!

Everyone needs to read this book. Not only does it contain vital information, it is a most enjoyable read. I couldn't put it down and I am constantly telling people about it.
Katie Donahue
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must read for all who have thoughts and ideas about the women's movement in this country. I found my heart breaking, jaw dropping, and head shaking in disbelief several times as Sue Ellen tells her story.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The author was a writer at Cosmo magazine and talks about how the feminist movement isn't what it was intended to be, and how a lot of the writing in Cosmo magazine was strategically written to advance that agenda.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well researched book on the influence of the sexual revolution on the wome's movement and how the women's movement radically changed from the original suffragette movement.
Jessica Lim
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating combination of history, journalism and the author's personal journey. Easy to read, but great footnotes.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read for women I think.
Jun 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
I almost never rate things one star, and I almost never leave reviews, but I felt that the first should be accompanied by the second.

I had high hopes starting this book. I’m a single woman in her late 20s with a career in law and familiarity that runs the gamut from Latin Mass to dating apps. I also firmly share GK Chesterton’s view that “I object most strongly to wrong arguments on the right side. I think I object to them more strongly than to wrong arguments on the wrong side.”

This book is, q
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm not gonna lie, I cried at the end of this book. Sue Ellen Browder's story, along with her details about the subversion of the Women's Movement by the sexual revolution, will move you. It has fewer details than I would have liked about the evolution of this subversion and contains more personal details than I thought, but that aspect of the story is necessary to see how anyone can be caught up in a hijacked movement without even realizing it. The consequences for Browder came down to life and ...more
Seth Gruber
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abortion, culture
Browder gives her readers front-row tickets to one of the greatest political stunts of the 20th century, and traces the political actors involved in that stunt; to get the women’s movement in bed with the sexual revolution. To the great harm of women, families, and preborn children, that stunt was successful. This infidelity conceived what we now know today as the “pro-choice” movement. Driven by the motivations of a shockingly small number of individuals, a political propaganda campaign was lau ...more
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