Amazon customers get silly with Kate O'Beirne

The author's antifeminist polemic prompts 218 reader reviews, most of them sarcastic.

Published January 20, 2006 1:00PM (EST)

Anyone following the controversy over Kate O'Beirne's newly published screed, "Women Who Make the World Worse: And How Their Radical Feminist Assault Is Ruining Our Schools, Families, Military, and Sports" (wait, are we not also ruining haberdashery and the automotive industry? I thought those were on the to-ruin list!), should check out a few of the fantastic reviews over at Amazon.

As of this writing, there are 218, and a few of them are even favorable. But the majority of posters can't bring themselves to take O'Beirne seriously, and the result is a reviewer battle of wits. Some highlights:

"I think it's her frequent attacks against the television show, 'Sex [and] the City,' that I value most about this book," reviewer "Gen. JC Christian, patriot" writes. "By promoting the myth that women should enjoy sex, that show has done more to destroy the institution of marriage than even homosexual unions. I think most men will agree with me when I say that there isn't a woman alive who isn't thoroughly repulsed by sex. Telling them that it should be a pleasant experience rather than a vomit-inducing one only serves to cause them to resent their husbands when the impossible isn't delivered. Hopefully, this book will help destroy that myth."

Poster "Puma, Proud Citizen of Jesusland" exclaims, "How dare a woman write a book! Back when civilization had some dignity to it you could always count on the Karen Blixens of the world to write under Isak Dinesen style pseudonyms. If I am going to read a book by a woman, the least she can do is pretend to be a George Eliot or other."

And "Atta J. Turk" provides perhaps the most useful summary of all: "I read the book and I believe its premise is that pretty much anyone that disagrees with Kate O'Beirne is a feminist, even though those same feminists are the ones that allow a person like Kate O'Beirne to make a living writing books that describe how much Kate O'Beirne disagrees with them. I wish her better luck next time developing this continuing theme with her forthcoming work, 'Why Liberal Women have Bad Teeth and an Atrocious Overbite.'

"In summary, I can recommend this book highly. If you are alone in the woods, during a cold snap, and you have a flint, but no kindling. Or, of course, for other non-reading related purposes if you are so situated."

By Page Rockwell

Page Rockwell is Salon's editorial project manager.

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