Sue Ellen Browder. Subverted – How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2015.
From a member of the writing staff of Cosmopolitan at the height of the sexual revolution, Subverted is the personal journey of Sue Ellen Browder and her entry into the Catholic Church. She weaves in information from research, her professional life and her own spiritual journey that makes her analysis of the sexual revolution both well-documented and personal.
The book documents how the Women’s Movement and the Sexual Revolution eventually joined forces to promote abortion as one of its central tenets. It shows how through the use of propaganda and a manipulated media, a small handful of people brought about a fundamental shift in a nation’s understanding of sexuality, marriage and family. Particularly interesting is how the propaganda intentionally targeted the Magisterium of the Catholic Church as the ‘enemy.’ The author not only reveals the lies, but how they were so effectively told.
Browder writes about such issues with clarity of thought and honesty without being vulgar or salacious. She respects the public figures involved without reducing them to caricatures, and her honesty is clearly tinged with the goodness of heart of one who has found grace in her own life.
Despite the difficult topic, this remains a story of hope and grace. This book is both informative and encouraging.
Fr. John Bullock, LC
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