Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women

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Simon and Schuster, May 1, 1995 - Social Science - 320 pages
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Philosophy professor Christina Sommers has exposed a disturbing development: how a group of zealots, claiming to speak for all women, are promoting a dangerous new agenda that threatens our most cherished ideals and sets women against men in all spheres of life. In case after case, Sommers shows how these extremists have propped up their arguments with highly questionable but well-funded research, presenting inflammatory and often inaccurate information and stifling any semblance of free and open scrutiny. Trumpeted as orthodoxy, the resulting "findings" on everything from rape to domestic abuse to economic bias to the supposed crisis in girls' self-esteem perpetuate a view of women as victims of the "patriarchy." Moreover, these arguments and the supposed facts on which they are based have had enormous influence beyond the academy, where they have shaken the foundations of our educational, scientific, and legal institutions and have fostered resentment and alienation in our private lives. Despite its current dominance, Sommers maintains, such a breed of feminism is at odds with the real aspirations and values of most American women and undermines the cause of true equality. Who Stole Feminism? is a call to arms that will enrage or inspire, but cannot be ignored.
 

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WHO STOLE FEMINISM?: How Women Have Betrayed Women

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

This exploration of the current state of feminist affairs is thought-provoking but confuses categories of feminism. Sommers (Philosophy/Clark Univ.) directs needed critical attention to shoddy ... Read full review

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User Review  - marialondon - LibraryThing

"Why are certain feminists so eager to put men in a bad light"? This is one of the first questions asked by Christina Hoff Sommers, philosophy professor & equity-feminist (as she calls herself) in the ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
11
Women Under Siege
19
Indignation Resentment and Collective Guilt
41
Transforming the Academy
50
New Epistemologies
74
The Feminist Classroom
87
A Bureaucracy of Ones Own
118
The SelfEsteem Study
137
A Gender at Risk
157
Noble Lies
188
Rape Research
209
The Backlash Myth
227
The Gender Wardens
255
Notes
276
Index
307
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Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise institute in Washington, D.C. She has a PhD in philosophy from Brandeis University and was formerly a professor of philosophy at Clark University. Sommers has written for numerous publications and is the author of Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women. She is married with two sons and lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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