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It is no surprise that Dennis Prager is a bigot. This was the man who led a campaign against Keith Ellison in order to stop him from swearing on the Koran. A campaign Jewish organizations, such as the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee condemned as being intolerant. Now Dennis Prager has turned his bigotry against American women. In an article for the National Review, Dennis Prager criticized feminism and the women’s movement on these grounds:

The second awful legacy of feminism has been the belief among women that they could and should postpone marriage until they developed their careers. Only then should they seriously consider looking for a husband. Thus, the decade or more during which women have the best chance to attract men is spent being preoccupied with developing a career. Again, I cite woman callers to my radio show over the past 20 years who have sadly looked back at what they now, at age 40, regard as 20 wasted years. Sure, these frequently bright and talented women have a fine career. But most women are not programmed to prefer a great career to a great man and a family. They feel they were sold a bill of goods at college and by the media. And they were. It turns out that most women without a man do worse in life than fish without bicycles.

The third sad feminist legacy is that so many women — and men — have bought the notion that women should work outside the home that for the first time in American history, and perhaps world history, vast numbers of children are not primarily raised by their mothers or even by an extended family member. Instead they are raised for a significant part of their childhood by nannies and by workers at daycare centers. Whatever feminists may say about their only advocating choices, everyone knows the truth: Feminism regards work outside the home as more elevating, honorable, and personally productive than full-time mothering and making a home. (

So basically Prager is upset with contemporary women because they seek a life beyond being confined to domestic space and swapping their brains for a mop. If women take Prager’s condemnation to heart then they can have no other role in life other than being a daughter, a wife and then a mother. They can never aspire to be a lawyer, an athlete or President of the United States, which would be a great travesty and blow to self-reliance and independence. It would mean that women must once more look up to men to provide them with food, clothing and shelter or else suffer economic hardship.

Thus, Prager’s dream is an insidious attempt to demote the status of women and keep them bound to male power and influence.

Finally I don’t understand where Prager gets his statistics from. He doesn’t say. He only cites his female callers and these callers; I am sure do not constitute the entire adult female population of America. He uses very bad research, and a very bad survey tactics (if they can even be labeled as surveys) to come up with his shoddy conclusions.
Tisk, tisk National Review. It seems you maintain low intellectual standards.

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  •  Dear Mr. Prager, I eagerly await your scathing (14+ / 0-)

    denunciation of American capitalism that requires the vast majority of families in this country to have two income-earners simply to survive. I look forward to your proposal for greatly increased government benefits for families with small children which will allow millions of American women to stay home and raise their families in the manner of which you so approve. I also anticipate your call for increased wages across the board for the American workforce to allow families to subsist more easily on only one income.

    Why do I have the feeling I'll be waiting a while for all this?

    I support torturous regimes! Also, I kick puppies.

    by eataTREE on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 11:04:49 AM PDT

    •  You'll be waitin' a long time. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      "By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell -- and hell heaven. The greater the lie, the more readily it will be believed." Adolf Hitler

      by pittie70 on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 11:08:02 AM PDT

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  •  the asshole prager (6+ / 0-)

    is on his third wife....need i say more?

  •  Take a position THEN look for supporting data (4+ / 0-)
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    Dave in Northridge, kareylou, tytalus, kck

    Prager is a putz and has always been one.

    Am I right, or am I right? - The Singing Detective

    by Clem Yeobright on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 11:07:30 AM PDT

  •  the notion..women should work outside the home (2+ / 0-)
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    How about, "..bought the notion that in order to survive in this world a household which used to do very well on one income now often requires not only that both parents work, but that at least one of those two parents has a second job as well."

    Ignorant bastard! I'm sick and tired of rich fucks in the media acting like we all make as much as they do.


    Liberals see George Orwell's 1984 as a cautionary tale. Conservatives see it as a blueprint.

    by DiegoUK on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 11:15:39 AM PDT

  •  Some good comments there: (3+ / 0-)
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     : 11/01/11 10:34
     You couldn't be more correct Mr Prager and this is why men like myself who are very successful in the employment arena are avoiding marriage altogether. I wouldn't trust a woman born after 1970 if my life depended on it, and entering into marriage does just that.

    I haven't worked all my life so some female man hopper can enter my life and leave with everything I worked for and I hope all the coming spinsters out there realize they WERE sold a bill of goods and they've essentially thrown away their opportunity to do what women were essentially put on this earth to do and that is bear children.

    Although I noticed you avoided the abortion issue and I would enumerate that one as a biggie because of the untold damage to our society as a whole and to their individual lives. Particularly the fact of having to go to bed each night knowing they offed their own potential offspring for convenience on the advice of Gloria Steinem Inc, throwing away a family life they'll never have as while men can continue philandering as long as the money keeps flowing into their senior years, women cannot once their looks are history. And that's a nature born fact.

    To Steinem and her tribe, Nice work, because they couldn't get laid they think no one else should have families either and they've destroyed the fabric of this nation that my very well be it's ultimate demise.

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    That almost sounds like a Praeger sockpuppet. I wonder why Praeger's wives left him.

    I was Rambo in the disco/ I was shootin' to the beat/ When they burned me in effigy My vacation was complete. Neil Young

    by Mike S on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 11:16:55 AM PDT

  •  What a putz! (2+ / 0-)
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    Prager is just so fucking ignorant. Remember your history Dennis. Two things changed women — IMO for the best in the last 100 years — and allowed them to choose or not whether they wanted to get married.

    The first change was the invention of "the pill." Now women had a degree of control over getting pregnant. They could choose to get married as opposed to feeling forced because of an unplanned pregnancy.

    The second change happened before the pill during WWII when vast numbers of women entered the work force, especially the factories because of the wartime labor shortage, giving us the iconic Rosie the Riveter.  

  •  Ugh (4+ / 0-)
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    I never heard of the guy until now, but the divorce statistics - which demonstrate that more educated and successful women have lower divorce rates and are less likely to be raising families alone than women who do not have "fancy careers" - would seem to contradict his "ideas."

    "The higher the educational level, higher the occupational level, higher the income, the less likely you are to divorce," said William V. D'Antonio, a sociologist at the Catholic University of America, pointing out that Massachusetts has the highest rate of high school and college completion. "Kids who drop out of high school and get married very quickly suffer from the strains of not being emotionally mature and not having the income to help weather the difficulties of marriage."
  •  WTF?? (0+ / 0-)

    "Thus, the decade or more during which women have the best chance to attract men is spent being preoccupied with developing a career."

    So, according to him, this "decade"--which I assume begins when a woman is 18 as she heads off to college and then turns 28---is "the best chance to attract a man"?  So, once again, a woman who hits 30 is an "old maid"???

    I wonder how many wives this clown has had.

  •  Stay tuned for his next article (1+ / 0-)
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    apparently due to ancient hardware and the transition to dk4 I can't recc tip jars or comments any longer so in lieu of the 'standard nod' you'll see a variety of replies until this gets fixed or becomes a mighty big fucking pain in the ass

    by oopsaDaisy on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 12:01:26 PM PDT

  •  Prager is a self-appointed "expert".... (0+ / 0-) male/female relations.  He devotes one hour of his show every week to the "male/female hour".  Typically this involves starting with a grain of truth (there are in fact a small minority of radical feminists who look down on stay-at-home moms) and then conflating it into an absurd caricature of actual feminist thought.

    This is actually Prager's typical schtick- to proclaim himself an "expert" on something he hates and then present it in caricature form.  Often it starts with "the left believes" xyz, which "explains" how "wrong" the left is.  Example- the left "feels" rather than "thinks", which explains the support for "failed government programs".  This has the double effect of belittling progressives and avoiding legitimate debate over our ideas, since we didn't "think" them through.

    I once challenged him on his claim that liberals based their support of abortion on legalistic arguments such as being pro-choice rather than confronting the moral issues.  I pointed out that even if true, the right does the same thing on labor issues, i.e., saying it is legal for employees to cross picket lines without addressing the moral issues (I included Jewish declarations of the immorality of strikebreaking).  I never got a response.

  •  Just from his photo alone... (0+ / 0-)

    Just from looking at a photo of Prager, I'd guess he was a "Bottom Man!"

  •  Research proved.. (0+ / 0-)

    Women in the red states suffer more abuse at the hands of their supposed 'keepers' than in other states.  Thank god they can get divorced and be free to live up to their god given potential.  Men like this merely want controlled flesh around to beat and rape when they aren't feeling manly.

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