Claudia Anderson

Claudia Anderson is managing editor of The Weekly Standard. Before the magazine was launched, she worked in daily journalism for 13 years--as chief editorial writer for Scripps Howard, editorial page editor of the Cincinnati Post, and editorial writer for the Buffalo Courier-Express. From 1975 to 1982 she edited books for the American Enterprise Institute. She has a master’s degree in medieval history from the University of California, Berkeley.

Stories by Claudia Anderson

Beware the Wacky Sexual Politics on Campus

The Factual Feminist counsels students going off to college
11:04 AM, Aug 04, 2015
Here are hot tips to help (1) libertarian and conservative students, (2) idealistic liberal female students, and (3) idealistic liberal male students navigate the bizarre world of safe spaces, othering, microaggressions, trigger warnings, alarming victimization statistics, and all the other accoutrements of today’s gender studies without losing their cool.

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Sexism at the World Cup

10:21 AM, Jul 29, 2015

The Factual Feminist exposes the fallacy at the heart of the claim that female athletes face a “grass ceiling.”

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Say It Again

A liberal makes the conservative case for free speech.
Jul 06, 2015

The term “illiberal left” is one of the useful contributions of this book. Liberals, as Kirsten Powers grew up believing, are committed to tolerance, pluralism, and reasoned debate. Freedom of speech is, to them, a cherished principle. By contrast, she insists, “authoritarian demands for intellectual conformity and the relentless demonizing of people who don’t support [one’s point of view] are inherently illiberal and wrong.” 

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Patriarchal Oppression Lives!

And campus feminists aren’t talking about it
10:34 AM, Jun 09, 2015
Hear the Factual Feminist at her most eloquent, calling on Western women to demonstrate solidarity with women around the world who are struggling for basic rights we take for granted.

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The Embarrassment of Trigger Warnings

What feminism has come to
12:19 PM, Apr 15, 2015

Christina Sommers says it’s time to pull the trigger on trigger warnings and treat even the once-traumatized as adults.

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The Factual Feminist Takes on a Yawning Gender Gap — in Criminal Justice

12:31 PM, Mar 18, 2015

The gender gap in criminal sentencing is six times as large as the racial gap, and it favors women.


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New Front in the Gender Wars

The ADL takes on the scourge of sexism in video gaming
3:31 PM, Mar 11, 2015

A hundred years ago, the ADL was founded to combat the defamation of the Jewish people. The Factual Feminist wonders why it’s spreading gender propaganda in high schools.

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What Gender Scholars Get Wrong About the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

5:35 PM, Feb 27, 2015

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is out. The gender police are not amused. The Factual Feminist explains the theory of the “male gaze.”

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What if Some Gender Gaps Reflect Freedom and Well-Being?

12:31 PM, Feb 03, 2015

After the Factual Feminist spoke at Yale last month, the Yale Women’s Center pronounced her views “potentially dangerous” and “xenophobic.” Yikes! See if you agree:

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Say Yes to the Dress

Claudia Anderson, inspired by beauty.
Feb 02, 2015

Reading about an exhibition that’s about to open at the Milwaukee Art Museum—“Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair”—took me back to the night long ago in Cincinnati when my teenage daughter and I saw this African-American extravaganza live. 

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Casual Podcast: Say Yes to the Dress

1:15 PM, Feb 01, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD Casual Podcast, with Claudia Anderson reading her casual essay "Say Yes to the Dress."

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The Campus Rape Crisis that Isn’t

12:27 PM, Jan 27, 2015

The Factual Feminist finds more “studies” to debunk:

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Carol Glover’s Funeral: The Rest of the Story

4:25 PM, Jan 20, 2015

When to mention race and when not? My fellow journalists who covered the funeral of the woman who died in the D.C. Metro last week chose not to mention it. Perhaps they deemed it a distraction, too fraught a subject to bring up at a solemn, family time. My own opinion, for what it’s worth, is that in this instance they missed a significant story.

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The Factual Feminist Takes on the Rolling Stone Rape Scandal

1:18 PM, Dec 17, 2014

To see how NPR, activist scholars, and the Justice Department set the stage for the latest eruption of hysteria over alleged campus rape, watch here:

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5:21 PM, Nov 25, 2014

Watch Christina Sommers deconstruct the feminist flap over a scientist’s risqué shirt:

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Let’s Not Make Whistling at a Pretty Woman a Crime

10:28 AM, Nov 12, 2014

Watch Christina Hoff Sommers puncture the balloon of some seeking to enlist the police to root out “street harassment.”


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Free Speech Is Dying on College Campuses

10:33 AM, Sep 30, 2014

The Factual Feminist warns that a “little army of junior assistant deans and harassment apparatchiks are quietly repealing the free speech protections of the First Amendment.”

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Feminism vs. Truth

12:29 PM, Sep 23, 2014

Christina Hoff Sommers, of Factual Feminist fame, continues to expose the feminist establishment’s war on truth. This jaunty five-minute video takes on the endlessly recycled pseudo-fact of the 23-cent wage gap between men and women. Watch it below:

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Encourage Girls' Love of Science

And of truth!
1:36 PM, Jul 21, 2014

In her last video of the season, the Factual Feminist exposes the flimsy thinking behind a Verizon ad. Watch the video below:

Be sure to watch the whole series here.

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Ask and the Factual Feminist will Answer

11:25 AM, Jul 15, 2014

This week, Christina Sommers answers questions from her mailbag about workplace discrimination and discrimination in the sciences and responds to a critic of her employer, the American Enterprise Institute. See for yourselves:

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Gender Bias Isn’t the Whole Story

11:35 AM, Jun 30, 2014

The Factual Feminist tells it straight here.

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Feminism Without Victimhood

2:08 PM, Jun 16, 2014

This week the fabulous Factual Feminist answers some listeners’ questions — starting with why she calls herself a feminist at all. Watch her here:

And if you have trouble using that link, just go to Youtube and search "Factual Feminist Playlist."

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How Thick a Stick May a Man Use to Beat his Wife?

11:22 AM, Jun 05, 2014

Why would the leading textbook on domestic violence law persist in publishing a fantasy? Watch the Factual Feminist debunk the sinister legend of the “rule of thumb” -- the claim that English common law countenanced wife-beating as long as the stick a husband used was no thicker than his thumb.

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Against the 'Rape Culture' Panic

11:31 AM, May 19, 2014

This week the Factual Feminist takes on the “rape culture” panic that is riling college campuses with help from the media, radical feminists, and too many politicians. Just as in the shameful panic over alleged child abuse at day care centers that sent innocent people to prison in the 1980s, false statistics, mob tactics at public meetings, and disregard for the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” hold sway among today’s accusers.

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'Have American Boys Been Left Behind for Good?'

2:25 PM, May 12, 2014

Boys are languishing in school--but "gender equity" in education means programs for girls. The Factual Feminist is concerned about all our children, boys as well as girls. Watch here:

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'Do We Need Feminist Sciences?'

10:55 AM, May 05, 2014

This week the Factual Feminist takes on the new program in feminist biology at the University of Wisconsin, striking another blow for sanity and against agenda-driven, politicized science!

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The Fabulous 'Factual Feminist'

8:10 AM, Apr 29, 2014

No one has done more than American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers to watchdog the perennially unreliable claims of activist feminism.

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The Tale and the Teller

Claudia Anderson, born with a blue pencil in her hand
Mar 24, 2014

My earliest memory of being spellbound by a piece of writing is of being read to as a small child from a book of Georgian (as in Caucasian) folk tales, the Yes and No Stories. For a time, I used to ask for “The Fox, the Bear and the Butter Jar” every night. 

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Casual Podcast: The Tale and the Teller

10:35 AM, Mar 17, 2014

THE WEEKLY STANDARD Casual Podcast, with managing editor Claudia Anderson, reading her recent casual essay, "The Tale and the Teller."

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Against the Wind

Claudia Anderson revisits Texas
May 06, 2013

Garden City (“What a misnomer!” said cousin Betty, who’d been there) is the seat of Glasscock County, a rectangular piece of flat, dry West Texas with a population density of two per square mile. The population of the “city” fell as low as 100 early in the last century, but the 2010 census put it at an all-time high of 334.

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