On episode #2 of the Smart Girl Politics podcast, hosts Teri Christoph and Tami Nantz are joined by author and noted “anti-feminist” Suzanne Venker, niece of conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly (rabble rousing runs in the family). The ladies talk sex, money and — gasp! — respecting men. Also, is a post-Clinton world nigh?

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  1. Ansonia Member

    Suzanne Venker’s manner is very engaging. I’m willing  to keep an open mind and take a look at the book.

    I enjoyed the podcast.

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  2. Mark Wilson Member
    Mark Wilson

    The section about how men are more respectful of their wives than women generally are of men really resonated with me.  Some of the critical things my wife says to me when she’s annoyed, or that I have heard friends’ wives/girlfriends say about them, I could never imagine thinking let alone saying to my wife.  Not that she’s perfect, but that I don’t have any desire to bring it up.

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  3. John Russell Thatcher
    John Russell

    I read The Flip Side of Feminism when it was first published and am grateful to both authors for writing it. I have also read several pieces by Suzanne in National Review and am, equally, grateful to her for writing them. The subject matter of Suzanne’s new book triggered a recollection of a question to Mitt Romney during one of the Town-Hall style presidential debates in the 2012 cycle. A woman questioner had asked, whether Romney believed that a wife should submit to her husband.  I took the question (and the moderator’s selection of it) to be a trap designed to tempt Romney to recall the passages in the New Testament that answer that question in the affirmative.  Such a response from Romney would have made him appear to agnostics like a potential theocrat and antagonize them. He did not take the bait, but I do not remember his answer—which suggests to me that it was forgettable.  In retrospect, I might recommend an answer along the following lines: “My answer to the question, ‘should a wife submit to her husband.’ is yes under two conditions: one, the wife wants her marriage to succeed; and, two, she wants him to submit to her when the tables are turned.”

    I think the guest-interview format worked well in this podcast, maybe a little better than the let-us-introduce-ourselves format of the first.  If Tami or Teri have not yet considered inviting Dr. Helen Smith (author of Men On Strike), I venture to propose that an interview with Dr. Helen would dovetail very well with this one.

    [Full disclosure: I just turned 65 and am in the 33rd year of my first marriage.  We have two children, now grown up, both of whom have turned out amazingly well. My (beloved) wife has never been an avowed feminist but she has internalized some of the precepts of feminism, perhaps by osmosis, particularly the precept assertive: good—submissive: bad. This precept has not always benefitted our domestic bliss.]

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  4. Pete EE Member
    Pete EE

    …Still not  available  on  Stitcher.

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  5. Stad Coolidge

    Great work, ladies!  Conservative women are sexy, wise, and smart!

    I might have to buy Suzanne Venker’s book How to Choose a Husband for two of my three daughters.  Why not the third?  She’s already engaged, and I don’t want to upset that apple cart . . .

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