Philosopher | Contemporary Feminism | Libertarian
Thursday, October 11, 2018
2 p.m. | Levan Center
2 p.m. | Livecast to Delano, room 118
7 p.m. | Levan Center
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, she will share 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. 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.
She characterizes gender feminism as having transcended the liberalism of early feminists so that instead of focusing on rights for all, gender feminists view society through the sex/gender prism and focus on recruiting women to join the struggle against patriarchy. She is a conservative think tank who is known for her critique of contemporary feminism.
Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Before joining AEI, she was a professor of philosophy at Clark University. She is the editor of Vice and Virtue in Everyday Life, a textbook on moral philosophy. Her books include Who Stole Feminism and The War Against Boys (the latter was a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”). Her articles have appeared in publications such as The Journal of Philosophy, The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times, and The Atlantic.
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