Politics & Policy

The Amazon Backlash

Book buyers embrace Women Who Make the World Worse, not their ideas.

If the unflattering portrayal of feminist icons Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Hillary Clinton, and Jane Fonda on both the cover and between them in Women Who Make the World Worse hadn’t already infuriated women’s-studies types, book-buying habits this weekend may do just that.

On Saturday, Kate O’Beirne’s Women Who Make the World Worse: and How Their Radical Feminist Assault Is Ruining Our Schools, Families, Military, and Sports topped Amazon.com’s “women’s studies” bestseller list.

In Women Who Make the World Worse, O’Beirne, National Review’s Washington editor, writes:

The modern women’s movement is totalitarian in its methods, radical in its aims, and dishonest in its advocacy. Coercion is employed through the courts to enforce its unpopular agenda, on issues like abortion and gender quotas. Radical feminists warn of the perilous gender gap threatening any politician who doesn’t knuckle under to their demands, but rarely seem able to win elections. They confidently predicted the defeats of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush at the hands of angry women.

O’Beirne says that, “Kate Michelman, Faye Wattleton, Gloria Steinem, Gloria Feldt, Eleanor Smeal, and their abortion allies have been promoting an antiwomen agenda in the name of women’s liberation by waging a campaign for ‘choice’ on behalf of women who often feel they have no choice at all.”

With O’Beirne ranked at 67 vs. Kate Michelman’s With Liberty and Justice for All : A Life Spent Protecting the Right to Choose at #44,064, Amazon readers made their choice on Saturday. An appropriate one, given that O’Beirne notes in Women Who Make the World Worse that “The modern feminist movement has never enjoyed the allegiance of a majority of American women.”

Read more from O’Beirne on Women Who Make the World Worse here.


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