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Against women in the work force,

undermining the traditional family and

anti-abortion, supporting the “social spheres”

convincing

women

that

professional

of men and women… Sound familiar?

accomplishments are the key to happiness.”

Maybe you are thinking of the old standards

However, he fails to address the issue that

for women from the 19th and early 20th

some women not only want to work, but

centuries. Or maybe you are thinking of

have to work in order to sustain their

Rick Santorum’s book, It Takes a Family:

families.

Conservatism and the Common Good. This novel criticizes Hillary Clinton’s It Takes a Village, arguing that the “village” is actually detrimental to the child, as it is full of “the Bigs,”

or

the

higher-ups

like

big

corporations, the media, and the federal government, who are against traditional family values. While this seems to be a promising concept on the surface, Santorum expands this to a much more radical idea by sharing his viewpoints on topics like feminism. He states that instead of working, women should stay at home as caregivers, writing, “The

radical

feminists

succeeded

in

Family Cover Illustration Cover


He also opposes contraceptives, for he supports giving states the right to ban their usage. This sets females back to the era of the Margaret Sanger writing on women’s rights to their own bodies. She argued that each woman’s body was her own to use as she wished, not as her husband or the law wished. However, Santorum believes that contraception defies the natural order of life, and therefore opposes birth control. His views restrict women’s capabilities, as they are tied back to their home and their role as child bearers rather than being free to do as they please, unencumbered by the strictures of being an at-home parent. Thus, Rick Santorum’s book, It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good, extolls the political, social, and economic restrictions placed upon women in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. It shows how something as simple as a book can erase a century’s worth of changes, and how far women have come, from their time as primary caregivers who were completely

subordinate to their husbands and fathers to being equal to men.


It Takes a Family Book Review