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Domestic Tranquility: A Brief Against Feminism

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  18 reviews
The principal targets of feminist fire in the on-going "gender wars" are not men but traditional wives and mothers, says a lawyer-turned-housewife in a powerful critique of contemporary feminism. With a profound understanding of the quandary of modern women, Carolyn Graglia shows that the cultural assault on marriage, motherhood, and traditional sexuality, rooted in the pu ...more
Hardcover, 451 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Spence Publishing Company (first published 1998)
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Nov 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every Woman
This book is incredible. The title may put some people off, but it in no way diminishes a womens rights or equality. It is the story of a woman who is educated, who was a lawyer, and found joy in being a wife and mother. She choose to leave a successful legal carrer and stay home to take care of her family. And rather then find this unfulfilling as many feminists would have us believe, she found joy and happiness.
Graglia expounds upon what true feminism is. Freedom to choose what we want to do
Jun 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women
Shelves: 2008
This book was amazing and it was pretty easy to read. The book has seven chapters, an index, an acknowledgment, bibliography and an introduction which is very very long.

The first chapter is how woman became discontented and because of that discontent the feminist movement was bound to happen. She tells us how the "traditional family started" and how different cultures contributed to women no longer valuing the home or the homemaker status.

The second Chapter discussed the response the revitalize
Yellow Rose
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is a amazing no fluff straight forward attack on the feminists and all the harm that feminism has created. She outlines how myths were created such as the myth that there was no economic opportunity and she notes how feminists subsequently rejected that majority of the housewife's actually wanted to stay at home and raise children and that they were not as oppressed as feminists point out.

She quotes from feminist writings exposing their biases against family and their plan to destroy t
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feminism
In this book, the critique is directed toward one specific slice of feminism, the one that attacks the traditional family. Of course, this implies going into the broader aspects as well into things like sex, children, work, etc. and in such becomes a much broader critique. It does however always remain within the limits of the access point of domestic life. Carolyn Gragila crushes some feminist myths in this book, shows very gracefully why they are wrong and actually changes society and women to ...more
Jen B
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is quite a good book, and in my opinion a must-read for anyone concerned about our culture, the fate of the family, and perhaps even the fate of the nation. Despite their many denials, feminists do indeed loathe the family, particularly the homemaker, arguably the glue holding family together by lovingly giving of herself to husband, children, and community. This book documents the story of the feminist's hatred toward the wife and mother very clearly, though in the years since this book ha ...more
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Author has some very strange ideas about sex. Also seems a response to straw man feminism. I don't see much/any judgment from feminists about my decision to stay home while my kids are young.
Too early to have an opinion on the book but it's very intelligent so far.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all women
Shelves: favorites
Fantastic book that deserves 10 stars! It describes very eloquently the damage feminism has done to society. It discusses the who, why, what, when, and where. It quotes feminist writings quite a bit and also shows the consequences we have gotten. Graglia focuses mostly on the damage done especially to traditional women who want to be homemakers and full time mothers. Because of feminists, they are at risk for being marginalized, passed over for dating and marriage, considered inferior, at risk f ...more
Cheri Lotus
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
The first couple chapters of this book are exceptional, the author defends a woman’s right to stay at home and raise her children as opposed to being pushed into the marketplace. However, this author is coming from a scholarly and rather agnostic perspective that refuses to recognize God in any of her chapters and gives all glory to the husband and children as if this is her sole purpose and meaning in life. Thus, as the book continues on her perspective turns grotesque and rather demeaning to w ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Fantastic book!
In this book Mrs. Graglia interweaves her own story as an accomplished professional lawyer in the 1950s and later decided to stay home and raise her children -- a good decade before radical feminism took hold. What makes this book so powerful is that she debunks many revisionist feminist claims simply by the witness of her own life. She also brings to the forefront the radical feminists' condemnation of women who choose domesticity, thereby underscoring feminism's elitist origins
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Carolyn Graglia puts forth a thorough critique of the feminist movement. Her arguments are logical, well organized, and reasonable, and they certainly are in accord with my own real-life observations and experiences. She makes the point that women having the choice to go to work is one thing, but manipulating conditions so that women will have to go to work even if they would rather stay home to bring up their children is another thing entirely, and that in many ways the feminist movement has be ...more
Jan 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book was very interesting--it is about a lawyer who gives up everything to stay home with her kids. It talks about the kinds of ridicule she has encountered. It was interesting, but it was also a little repetitive and uses very large words--I wouldn't say it is an easy read. It is kind of a political book as well--not my favorite genre. But, it was still interesting and made some good points.
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent rebuttal of the 70s feminist movement from a lawyer who quit her practice in the sixties to devote herself to her home. Just FYI: the chapter on what was essentially porn-literature for women was graphic and frankly disturbing, so not a book for your teenager, except perhaps in excerpts.
A really important book for those who want to get a differing viewpoint on modern day feminism. Particularly good at pointing out the inconsistencies in feminist dogma, such as pornography vs. sexual freedom. It differs from some anti feminist literature in that it also discusses race and the impact feminism has had on the African American community
Trudy Pomerantz
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this book when I first read it many years ago. At the moment, as we are trying to reduce the number of bookcases in the house, I am trying to decide whether it is worth keeping. It has great historical details which challenges the current take on women's roles in history and today. I need to find the time to reread it.
Apr 15, 2009 marked it as to-read
I've been reading this one on-and-off for a few months now. It's thick, detailed, and interesting. I'm about halfway through (as of 4/15/09) and while this author is angry, she also makes some sense. I'm eager to read some of the authors she's so angry with as well to round out my education. :)
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sociology
The bible of anti-feminism
This was an excellent book.
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