Feminism Articles

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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Alexander Hamilton, Poor Bastard

3:03 PM, Jun 19, 2015

Alexander Hamilton can’t get no respect. First, he gets born with at least four strikes against him---in the British West Indies, not exactly the hub of the universe; poor, illegitimate, dead-beat dad, and mother dead when he was eleven; then he blunders into the first great sex scandal of the nascent Republic; then he gets murdered at age 49, shot in a duel by the sitting vice-president, a sociopath who was running a side-line in plotting secession, creating a new state in which he’d be King.

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'Thoughts From the Ammo Line'

9:51 AM, May 29, 2015

One reason to look forward to Friday is that "Ammo Grrrll" always graces us with some "Thoughts From the Ammo Line" over at Power Line.

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Oberlin College Choir Takes Christina Hoff Sommers's Side

9:04 AM, May 26, 2015

At last, a little good news from the academy. Oberlin College has a sense of humor -- or at least its choir does. I don’t know that the subversive (by Oberlin standards!) song they've perormed has a title, but it might well be “Please Don’t Put Me In the Real World.”

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Feminist Activist to Hillary: Don't Take Money from Oppressive Regimes

7:12 AM, Apr 16, 2015

A prominent Pakistani-born women's rights activist is asking presidential candidates, including Hillary Clinton, to pledge not to accept donations from foreign nations that oppress women. Raheel Raza, the Canadian journalist behind the documentary film Honor Diaries, is requesting all the presidential candidates, from both parties and both "men and women," to sign her pledge.

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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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Will Hillary Announce on Equal Pay Day?

11:00 AM, Apr 03, 2015

Hillary Clinton has reportedly leased office space in Brooklyn on Wednesday for what is likely to be a campaign for president. The Democrat supposedly signed the lease sometime in the last few days, and according to regulations Clinton must file with the Federal Election Commission within 15 days of conducting campaign activity. In addition to the lease, several Clinton hands have been traveling to early primary states like Iowa on a "volunteer" basis.

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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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Obama Against the Feminists

Has there ever been a president so contemptuous of his own supporters?
10:48 AM, Jan 23, 2015

In spite of his own mostly impressive educational pedigree, President Obama has always harbored an anti-intellectual (or, to be generous, anti-academic) streak. Whether insulting art history in a failed appeal to "Real 'Muricans," or developing a philistine "College Scorecard," which reduces the entire value of education to future earnings, it's become apparent that in the president's estimation, American higher education should basically be a network of pretty good trade schools. You know, the kind of place where the “folks” drop their G’s when engaging in conversation.

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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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Todd: Hillary Wouldn't Be Frontrunner 'If She Were Running to Be the Second Woman President'

8:44 AM, Sep 09, 2014

Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd said last night on the Charlie Rose Show that if Hillary Clinton were running to be the second woman president of the United States -- and not the first -- "she would not even be considered a frontrunner."  

"If she were running to be the second woman president, I think she would not even be considered a frontrunner," said Todd. "She'd be just considered another candidate."

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More Mansfield on Feminism!

1:11 PM, Sep 08, 2014

Harvard's Harvey Mansfield wrote on feminism and the universities for THE WEEKLY STANDARD a few months ago ("Feminism and Its Discontents: ‘Rape culture’ at Harvard"). If you'd like to hear more deep and provocative analysis from Mansfield of some of the consequences of feminism, here's

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The Professor’s Tale

What is it like to be a man in philosophy?
Jun 30, 2014

This is a story about campus sexual harassment, involving a female graduate student in philosophy and a prominent male philosophy professor at an Ivy League university. Except that the alleged events didn’t take place on a campus or anywhere near one. Nor did the alleged events meet any legal definition of harassment, since the professor in question wasn’t the student’s professor, or her dean or her employer, and she was pursuing her doctoral degree at a completely different institution. But there sure was plenty of sex: in hotel rooms, her apartment, and other venues.

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Feminism and Its Discontents

‘Rape culture’ at Harvard
Jun 30, 2014

Feminism is in control of America’s colleges and universities, where its principles at least are held as dogmas unquestioned and unopposed. Yet in what should be a paradise with those principles at work, women speak of a “rape culture” that sounds like the patriarchal hell we thought we’d left behind.

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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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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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Brave New Stereotypes

Behold the Lean In Collection
Mar 17, 2014

Partly because I’m a guy, partly because my professor insisted on holding our Feminism and Culture class at 8 a.m., making it impossible for me to attend, I find myself now, decades later, far behind the curve of gender empowerment. The curve is shifting heavily to the distaff side. Can I still say “distaff”? 

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TWS Podcast: The Double Bind

Matthew Continetti weighs in on the "Double Bind."
3:29 PM, Mar 11, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Matthew Continetti on his cover story, The Double Bind. Hosted by Michael Graham.

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Helen Gurley Brown, 1922–2012

7:45 AM, Aug 15, 2012

The death of Helen Gurley Brown two days ago has given every obituary writer a shot at disproving the adage de mortuis nil nisi bonum. The New York Times cracked, "She was 90, but parts of her were considerably younger"—alluding to Brown's pathological addiction to plastic surgery during her declining years.

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Feminists Relaunch Effort Targeting Rush

2:00 PM, Apr 20, 2012

The National Organization for Women, a feminist group, announced a new initiative: "Enough Rush," a campaign against radio host Rush Limbaugh. The effort is designed to reignite the short-lived furor over apparently disparaging jokes Limbaugh made on his show earlier this year about feminist activist Sandra Fluke.

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Of Media, Meat, and Men

If we aren't supposed to eat animals, why are they made of meat?
3:08 PM, Apr 01, 2012

Over at Washington Monthly, Kathleen Geier writes about how The Ethicist columnist at the New York Times magazine is promoting an essay contest where readers argue that it is, in fact, ethical to continue eating meat. Only it seems that Geier is not amused about who is judging the contest:

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What Third World Women Want

According to first world feminists
Jun 27, 2011

Cambridge, Mass.

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Why Women Earn Less

12:01 PM, Apr 12, 2011

Today is Equal Pay Day, which supposedly "symbolizes how far into 2011 women must work to earn what men earned in 2010." But in today's Wall Street Journal, Carrie Lukas explains the disparity between average wages for men and women in economic terms:

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