The Monstrous Regiment of Women
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The Monstrous Regiment of Women is an anti-abortion, anti-feminist propaganda film produced by the Gunn Brothers, featuring fact-free and fecklessly unattributable interviews with pregnant women and women who wish they were pregnant, railing against women who aren't, including Model Homemaker Phyllis Schlafly and other women of the religious right.
The film is named after Calvinist preacher John Knox's misogynistic screed, The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women (1558), which was largely an attack on the Catholic queens of England and Scotland of the time; his political strategy of attacking all women backfired against Knox when a Protestant woman inherited the English throne. Terry Pratchett's satirical fantasy novel, Monstrous Regiment, is also named after Knox's screed but is deliberately funny.
 Central themes of the film
Single-parent households are described as dens of effeminacy. Scary pictures of so-called feminist icons are shown along with ominous background music. One woman claims that her former role in sex education had the intended purpose of increasing teenage pregnancy and abortion rates.
Mrs. Schlafly practices a form of
neuro-linguistic programming ethics-free rhetoric hate-filled and hypocritical boosterism, but her hair looks nice firm and buttery.