Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson: Midge Decter and Mona Charen

This week on Uncommon Knowledge, authors Midge Decter and Mona Charen discuss Romney’s gender gap, the impact of feminism on America, and what women really care about. Direct link here

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  1. Matt Travis

    Mona is brilliant, we need to somehow get her out front on our side…

  2. Nanda Panjandrum

    Thank you, O Yeti!

  3. Bereket Kelile

    This is very timely in light of the male-female posts we’ve been discussing here over the last couple of weeks. 

    As I watched the program I was reminded of a question that I’ve always had about the misleading appeal of feminism-that women can have it all. Is part of the lie that men did have it all and that feminism was offering women a chance to get that too when, in reality, men have always faced this trade off? It seems that if there was a perception, or still is, that men didn’t have to give anything up it was only because they had a woman at home who was taking care of the home. 

  4. Clandesteyn

    The academics at Barnard are barely 5,000 years behind the rest of western civilization.  Keep your eye on this dark horse.  Before long they’ll be smelting iron and domesticating animals.

  5. randykat
    For the last 40-50 years I have felt that, as I man, I have been more and more devalued with each passing year. Worse than that was that “society” didn’t seem to understand why this was a bad thing. It is wonderfully refreshing to see two ladies that get it. They understand the harm that this has done not just to women and not just to men, but to our society and to mankind. We were created male and female and we were created to be partners. We are now seeing the second (and maybe third) generation raised in a father-optional environment. Can anyone say that we are better off for it? Another wonderful interview Peter. You represented the “Y” chromosome well.
  6. kennail

    Is there a benefit for Ricochet’s “partnering” with Pajamas Media to reach a wider conservative audience?  Ricochet has the  better interviewers ( Bill Whittle and Andrew Klavan excepted) but PJ Media does excellent television.  Any thoughts among the Ricochetti?

  7. Pseudodionysius

    Midge Decter nailed it with her observation that Romney is patronizing (and it’s not just towards women.)

    I haven’t thought about the point in detail, but wasn’t this the point that Andy Ferguson alluded to in his Weekly Standard piece on Romney?

  8. raycon and lindacon

    How many times have we heard that women lean towards socialist government as a surrogate husband.  The state will provide those protections, provisions and security that men no longer do provide.

    CofC prohibits the discussion of conspiracy theories, but world view is a conspiracy of like thinking individuals to promote their ideas.  For well over one hundred years the progressive socialists have a shared world view that they promote. 

    In that unarticulated view, the enemy of the state is the husband.

    It is the male who would provide the things women require who must be minimized if the state is to find it’s true fulfillment as the father to all children and the husband to every woman. 

    The tearing down of the male is simply the outworking of a world view that sees the state as God.

  9. Ontheleftcoast

    Midge Decter nailed it with her observation that Romney is patronizing (and it’s not just towards women.) Mona Charen points out Romney’s tactical mistake of not responding to the attacks on him; but the way in which he didn’t respond was, in fact patronizing.

  10. AHLondon
    bereket kelile

    I agree, and I find it ironic that feminism is supposed to be about women’s empowerment and yet they take their cues from the men. Even in a radical movement the women follow the men’s lead.  · 38 minutes ago

    Ironic, foolish, counterproductive, tragic—lots of adjectives work there, none of them good. When they set men’s standards as The standard, they set women up for failure. 

  11. Jim  Ixtian
    raycon and lindacon: CofC prohibits the discussion of conspiracy theories, but world view is a conspiracy of like thinking individuals to promote their ideas.  For well over one hundred years the progressive socialists have a shared world view that they promote.

    That is what is called Cultural Marxism. Mostly thanks the Frankfurt School, and it isn’t conspiracy, it’s philosophy. 

    In that unarticulated view, the enemy of the state is the husband.

    And Fatherhood, and Motherhood, and gender, and sexual orientation, and marriage, and property rights, etc.

    That’s the whole point of Cultural Marxism-that is to undermine the traditions and institutions that define Western Civilization so as to prepare people to accept the economic and political components of Marxism.

    Again, it’s not conspiracy, it’s philosophy.

  12. AHLondon
    bereket kelile:  Is part of the lie that men did have it all and that feminism was offering women a chance to get that too when, in reality, men have always faced this trade off? It seems that if there was a perception, or still is, that men didn’t have to give anything up it was only because they had a woman at home who was taking care of the home.  · December 19, 2012 at 9:53pm

    It’s more what we decided was valuable, what “it” was. Men got paid and got worldly credit. For equality, we had to be just like the men. Dig down in a lot of feminist thought and that’s the equality we want: money and recognition. 

  13. Bereket Kelile
    AHLondon

    bereket kelile:  Is part of the lie that men did have it all and that feminism was offering women a chance to get that too when, in reality, men have always faced this trade off? It seems that if there was a perception, or still is, that men didn’t have to give anything up it was only because they had a woman at home who was taking care of the home.  · December 19, 2012 at 9:53pm

    It’s more what we decided was valuable, what “it” was. Men got paid and got worldly credit. For equality, we had to be just like the men. Dig down in a lot of feminist thought and that’s the equality we want: money and recognition.  · 19 minutes ago

    I agree, and I find it ironic that feminism is supposed to be about women’s empowerment and yet they take their cues from the men. Even in a radical movement the women follow the men’s lead. 

  14. Cornelius Julius Sebastian

    I finally got around to watching this interview today. Wish I hadn’t waited.  Rarely has so much wisdom and insight been crammed into 42 minutes.   Thank you Yeti, Peter and especially Mrs. Decter and Mona.

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