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Barbara Walters, Joy Behar Clash Over Rick Santorum's 'Radical Feminism' Remarks (VIDEO)

Posted: 02/13/12 03:06 PM ET  |  Updated: 02/13/12 03:11 PM ET

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During Monday's show, the ladies of "The View" found themselves in a heated discussion about GOP candidate Rick Santorum's controversial comments about feminism.

In his book "It Takes A Family," Santorum criticized what he called "radical feminism" for "convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness."

"View" co-host Barbara Walters first responded to Santorum's remarks. Walters said that she did not think Santorum was "terribly off the point." According to Walters, there was a time when "feminists made the women who stayed home and had children feel inferior." Walters said that "we are finally changing so that we realize...that you can make a choice."

Co-host Joy Behar staunchly disagreed with Walters. She said that the feminism movement empowered women to have choices. She also called Santorum a "coward" for saying that his wife, Karen, wrote the paragraph about "radical feminism" in his book. Behar looked at Walters and told her more than once that she really disagreed with her.

Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd had an entirely different response to the discussion. Shepherd said that her mom "had to work, or we wouldn't eat. That's all I know." Goldberg shared similar sentiments and said that she always felt the feminism movement only spoke to a certain group of women. According to Goldberg, the movement did not represent "the women who had no choice and had to go out and work...They were talking to the women who needed the encouragement to go and move."

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