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DVD Review: The Gunn Brothers and Emily Gunn’s The Monstrous Regiment of Women

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

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(review by Carolyn S.)

This nifty 51 minute dvd is a great introduction to pro-family, conservative, and biblical-based views on ideas that range from stay-at-home mothers, day care centers, planned parenthood, feminism, biblical submission of women to men, to modesty in dress.

The Monstrous Regiment is star-studded with conservative voices such as Phyllis Schlafly (Feminist Fantasies), F. Carolyn Graglia (“Domestic Tranquility: A Brief Against Feminism”), Stacy McDonald (“Raising Maidens of Virtue: A Study of Feminine Loveliness for Mothers and Daughters”) and historian Rosalind K. Marshall.

The program begins with an explanation of 16th century reformer John Knox’s tract (from which this film was named after) The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women. This piece of work was written at the time Knox railed against the matriarchal rule of Mary I of England, Mary of Guise, and Mary Queen of Scots. You can read it here.

Then we are off to a feminist book store event, where Gretchen Ritter’s definition of a feminist is utilized to show how the concept of egalitarianism (equality for all) is the polar opposite of Christianity (authority based on hierarchy). This is one of the most succinct explanations I have come across on the divide between the two groups.

Our heroine (the bane of feminists worldwide) Phyllis Schlafly is introduced next. If you don’t have the time to read her half dozen or so books, here is a perfect encapsulation of her lifelong work. (Feminism as victimization culture, devaluation of the homemaker, devaluation of marriage). F. Carolyn Graglia comes on board next to explain how the push for day care centers, and subsidization of anti-family policies have wrangled power from the head of the household, and redistribute the resources from traditional families to “modern” configurations.

A section focuses on women in the Army, and the “gender norming” that is needed to adjust women’s physical abilities against those of men’s. This is another step that works to mobilize women away from scriptural-ordained feminine roles, and feminine behavior. The topic of ab*rtion is next, with a harrowing look at Planned Parenthood’s ulterior motives of profit. Carol Everett, former clinic owner and founder of the Heidi Group speaks explains. Light is also shed on pro-eugenics, racist background of Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger.

When the gestation period of a fetus is discussed, the controversial part of this film arrives. Footage is shown of one, possibly two ab*rted babies. Viewers with a weak stomach should not watch. Homemaker Dana Feliciano provides a particularly moving and emotional personal account.

Modesty in dressing and the precocious socialization of young girls closes out the program, before a plea is made to women to give up thoughts return to their homes, raise their children, and submit/support their husbands. A poignant call to ignore the negative misandric representations of men as buffoons. The film concludes with a venerations of women as mothers and wives. All sensible ideas in the Stepford mindset.

We found this dvd to be of the perfect length and none too self-indulgent in its pace. It’s a great starter companion to whet your appetite in learning about some of the great names, and to know that you’re not alone as a homemaker. All too often, we feel the media is inundated with the constant romanticizing of the ambitious, masculine modern woman; there’s next to no representation of the traditional wife and homemaker. Even if there were, those portrayals are often tainted with ironic readings with dark twisted sides to the characters. So let the light in, and try this film on for a refreshing change!

The DVD also features a 24 minute of extended, uncut monologues from which the film culls from. Highlights include F. Carolyn Graglia’s views on the evolution of the National Organization of Women (NOW) and one of the most under-appreciated voice of reason, Phyllis Schlafly.