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The Radical Fringe. • Patriarchy requires a radical reordering of society. • Family is the basic unit in the patriarchal system of oppression. • Marriage is an intersexual alliance requiring women to identify with their oppressors. • Ultimate rejection of male domination is lesbianism.

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The Radical Fringe

• Patriarchy requires a radical reordering of society

• Family is the basic unit in the patriarchal system of oppression

• Marriage is an intersexual alliance requiring women to identify with

their oppressors

• Ultimate rejection of male domination is lesbianism

• Lesbianism is a sign of mental health

• Lesbians alone are truly free

“Lavender Menace”

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Backlash

Phyllis Schlafly

• St. Louis housewife

• Married, 6 kids

• Phi Beta Kappa, Washington

University, 1944 @ age 19

• MA, Radcliff, 1945 @ age 20

• Ran for Congress, 1952

• Goldwater operative, 1964

• J.D. Washington University, 1978

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Eagle Forum, 1967

• Threat to the Family

• Man as bread-winner

• Stay-at-home moms

• Sex Education

• Divorce

• Abortion

• Gays

• Protection, Privilege & Chivalry – Not Discrimination

• Gender specific jobs

• Men in politics

• Social restrictions

• Un-American

• English-only education

• Anti-vaccination

• Anti-U.N.

• Unforeseen consequences

• Bathrooms

• Draft

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1982: ERA Fails

• Stalls out at 35/38 necessary

to ratify

• Pro-ERA forces demoralized

• Anti-ERA forces ready for the

next battle…

Ratified

Ratified, then rescinded

Ratified in 1 house of legislature

Not ratified