BOOK: The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity

Oh, boy.

Several people recommended that I read this book. I’m reading it and it is bothering me a great deal even as it informs and confirms.

The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity


Here is something, the opening words of the introduction.  This should get you oriented right way.

Women have been a mystery since Adam encountered Eve. But sometime over the last fifty years, a dark change has taken place in the lives of women and the men who love them. There is much confusion today about what it means to be a woman and even more confusion about how to treat them. The definitions of womanhood seem as numerous as there are people, with each woman trying to work out for herself who she is and how she ought to live her life. Meanwhile, men live in a constant state of shadowboxing, trying to stay in sync with the new progressive demands of womanhood.

Most of us, however, don’t know the full story of the battle lines drawn in the 1960s that form the backdrop of what women think about themselves today. It is a story that is told by the victors—as most history is—where the events of the last fifty years unfolded as something chic, empowering, glamorous, important, and progressive. Or so goes the narrative. The reality, however, is something quite different. The clues, dropped like crumbs, can be seen along the way, though hastily covered up so that few can see the full underbelly of the movement.

One such crumb came from the early 1970s. Twelve (not an insignificant number) highly educated, upper class women sat around a table in New York City and chanted this “litany” to express what they wanted to see happen in the world:

“Why are we here today?” the chairwoman asked.
“To make revolution,” they answered.
“What kind of revolution?” she replied.
“The Cultural Revolution,” they chanted.
“And how do we make Cultural Revolution?” she demanded.
“By destroying the American family!” they answered.
“How do we destroy the family?” she came back.
“By destroying the American Patriarch,” they cried exuberantly.
“And how do we destroy the American Patriarch?” she probed.
“By taking away his power!”
“How do we do that?”
“By destroying monogamy!” they shouted.
“How can we destroy monogamy?”
“By promoting promiscuity, eroticism, prostitution, abortion and homosexuality!” they resounded. [FN: Mallory Millett, “Marxist Feminism’s Ruined Lives,” Front Page, September 1, 2014,]

These women had a very clear goal in mind and became the vanguard to what would become the women’s liberation movement. Among them, perhaps, there were those who doubted they would succeed, but for those of us looking back, we know they succeeded. What they wanted—to promote “promiscuity, eroticism, prostitution, abortion and homosexuality”—has come to pass quite thoroughly in our culture today.

Does that sound about right?   Trick question.  That’s feminism, in a nutshell.  And I do mean “nut”.

What popped into my mind were also those who aid them in this unholy crusade, such as Jesuit homosexualists.

In the first chapter, the author explores the possibility that, if there is to be an Anti-Christ, there could be an Anti-Mary.


If Christ is the New Adam and Mary the New Eve, it makes sense to consider that an antichrist could have a female complement.  Yes, there is potential that this anti-Mary could be a specific individual, but there is also the possibility for there to be an anti-Marian spirit that animates an entire movement and the individuals engaged in it.

Another significant reason for suggesting that an anti-Marian spirit has gripped our culture is because of the overwhelming evidence that women are suffering the punishment St. Paul foretold to the Thessalonians.


It’s all part of the Enemy’s relentless war.

Remember what Sr. Lucia wrote to Card. Caffara?

[T]he final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, she added, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. And then she concluded: however, Our Lady has already crushed its head.

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  1. Charles E Flynn says:

    The author has an important article at Catholic World Report, posted yesterday:

    The Subtle Lie: Women must be powerful, but not fruitful
    by Carrie Gress, Ph.D.

    Be sure to read the article to which she links, written by Mallory Millet, sister of Kate Millet, titled “Marxist Feminism’s Ruined Lives: the horror I witnessed inside the women’s ‘liberation’ movement”.

  2. Spinmamma says:

    I with many others, have long viewed the denigration of women in our culture ( and for that matter wherever it occurs in the world) as anti-Marian at its basest. Satan hates women, and Mary in particular, as through Mary God Himself was made flesh–a lower life form detested and envied by Lucifer. Women are bearers of life, with men co-creators with God of life –something denied to Angels and Demons. Twisting the relationships of men and women to the level of animal instinct and infusing them with irrational animus must give the demonic great pleasure. Modern day feminist are not “feminists”; they are misandrists who have taken hatred of men to a dark art form

  3. Philomena Mary says:

    I’ve read this one, and the author makes a lot of prescient points. Glad to see you recommend it, Father!

  4. JonathanTX says:

    Then perhaps there might also be an Anti-Joseph, who will have the corresponding vices that are opposite of his virtues, among which are Courage, Manliness, Purity, and Work Ethic.

  5. Suburbanbanshee says:

    As I am sure is pointed out in the book, the Woman Clothed in the Sun (as well as the Bride), in the book of Revelation, is paralleled and opposed by the Woman Riding the Beast, the false teacher Jezebel, etc. So yes, antiMary figures are a Biblical thing.

  6. iamlucky13 says:

    “One such crumb came from the early 1970s. Twelve (not an insignificant number) highly educated, upper class women sat around a table in New York City and chanted this “litany” to express what they wanted to see happen in the world.”

    I was going to ask if the anecdote that followed was real and documented somewhere, or a Screwtape Letters sort of reflection, because honestly, it seemed too absurd as a conscious recognition of a devious method. It struck me as either a Mary Fabyan Windeatt style simplification of society’s trajectory for the sake of young readers, or the premise of a really seedy film.

    However, before I asked, I decided to check if the footnote was an actual citation.

    Indeed, it is a citation, and the author was talking about her own sister. The sister not only turned up in a search when I did further examination of the credibility of the story, but is a well known radical feminist who, to put it charitably, had a complex upbringing, at times seemed to support activities with children that people go to jail for, and yet is apparently still influential in some circles.

    Sometimes I wonder how much more naive I am than I realize.

  7. Ellen says:

    The woman referred to in the footnote is the late Kate Millett who was one of the founders of radical feminism in the late 1960’s – 70’s. Her book Sexual Politics was a must read for budding feminists. I found it incoherent and tedious. She was mentally ill – probably bi-polar and both her sisters feared her. To be blunt, she was crazy and maybe even possessed.

  8. Gab says:

    I forget his name, but a communist/socialist once said “We cannot have a sexual revolution to destroy the family until we get women to lead the way”.

  9. Sandy says:

    The anecdote is unknown to me but I don’t doubt it in the least. As some here have found in their research, it is real. It seems to parallel “The Naked Communist”, which I believe is the correct title I’m trying to recall. None of what is going on in this age has happened by accident – in the world, the Church, the schools, etc. Bottom line, we are in a battle with evil itself. How sad that our young generations have been duped and poorly educated. We know the Victor, however, who with His Mother crushes evil. Many are growing weary, however, as even my grown daughter asked, “How long?”

  10. Therese says:

    I saw the header and thought of Medjugorie.

  11. Suburbanbanshee says:

    That said, there have been some really twisted leftist women throughout modern history. For example, the feminist presidential candidate Victoria Woodhull who notoriously ran on a platform of free love. In 1872.

    And there were the medieval Italian ladies who decided one of their number was the Holy Spirit and should run their town. That got very messy.

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