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Right Wing Women: The Politics of Domesticated Women

Right Wing Women: The
Politics of Domesticated Women
Andrea DworkinPerigee Books1983

From Wikipedia: Right Wing Women is an examination of women’s reasons for collaborating with conservative men for the limitation of women’s freedom. Dworkin states that the New Right in the United States focused especially on preserving male authority in the family, the promotion of fundamentalist versions of orthodox religion, combating abortion, and undermining efforts to combat domestic violence, but that it also had, for the first time:

succeeded in getting women as women (women who claim to be acting in the interests of women as a group) to act effectively on behalf of male authority over women, on behalf of a hierarchy in which women are subservient to men, on behalf of women as the rightful property of men, on behalf of religion as an expression of transcendent male supremacy. 

Andrea Dworkin, Letters from a War Zone / Dutton Books, 1989 / page 193

Taking this as her problem, Dworkin asks:

Why do right-wing women agitate for their own subordination? How does the Right, controlled by men, enlist their participation and loyalty? And why do right-wing women truly hate the feminist struggle for equality?

Andrea Dworkin, Letters from a War Zone / Dutton Books, 1989 / page 194

In one review, it was described as being premised on agreement between feminists and right-wing women on the existence of domination by men in sex and class, but disagreement on strategy.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Promise of the Ultra-Right
Chapter 2: The Politics of Intelligence
Chapter 3: Abortion
Chapter 4: Jews and Homosexuals
Chapter 5: The Coming Gynocide
Chapter 6: Antifeminism