Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women

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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. ...
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Overview

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.

Sure to provoke controversy, Who Stole Feminism? reveals how a group of academic zealots, claiming to speak for all women, has promoted a dangerous new agenda that threatens our most cherished ideals--and sets women against men in all spheres of life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sommers presents a controversial viewpoint, accusing feminists of using unsubstantiated information in portraying women as victims. (May)
Library Journal
In this jeremiad, Sommers (philosophy, Clark Univ.) takes out after antimale ``gender feminists'' who willfully, she contends, distort information on women's status to keep their lock on government and foundation money. Their dark agenda includes silencing sensible ``equity feminists,'' who celebrate women's achievements and who seek, in partnership with men, to make the few minor adjustments needed for perfect equity. Her chief disagreement with ``gender feminists'' concerns their belief that gender bias is so ingrained that we are frequently unaware of its influence. Unfortunately, Sommers's scornful tone makes her reporting suspect; she mocks the arguments she opposes rather than engaging and refuting them. She is strongest when she criticizes the methodology of some well-known feminist research, but she undermines her credibility when she fails to apply her own standards to studies that suit her position. This book will have as an audience readers who share her politics. [BOMC alternate.]-Cynthia Harrison, Federal Judicial Ctr., Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684801568
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 645,151
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Preface 11
1 Women Under Siege 19
2 Indignation, Resentment, and Collective Guilt 41
3 Transforming the Academy 50
4 New Epistemologies 74
5 The Feminist Classroom 87
6 A Bureaucracy of One's Own 118
7 The Self-Esteem Study 137
8 The Wellesley Report: A Gender at Risk 157
9 Noble Lies 188
10 Rape Research 209
11 The Backlash Myth 227
12 The Gender Wardens 255
Notes 276
Index 307
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2000

    Women have betrayed women

    This is a well-written, well documented book on how a few very strong and very loud opinionated women have scared all aspects of the media in beleiving that they are victims and men are their persecutors and need to be punished. Ms. Sommers does an excellent job of refuting these women's 'statistics' and theories and she defends herself with other more reliable sources of data. This is a must read for all types of feminists and men who are tired of being the scapegoats for women's 'problems'

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2000

    The Truth Many Feminists Don't Want You to Know

    'Who Stole Feminism' outlines how feminism has taken over much of the curriculum in schools and universities. It illustrates the fascist tactics that revisionist promoters have undertaken. Christina Hoff Sommers is a voice of reason in a wilderness that undermines the concept of excellence. Hats of to Ms. Sommers. You go, Girl!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

    What happened to my daughter while she was at college?

    If you feel you lost your devoted, family oriented, moral daughter once she went away to college, you're not alone. Mrs. Sommers will tell you what happened to her! She will explain the forces working against you and your family while you naively think your daughter is "just getting a good education".
    The author also debunks multiple lies the "gender feminists" have deliberately invented about men in order to receive millions in funding and grants to slay the "strawmen" they've fabricated. Great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2004

    required reading for all who favor women's rights

    Even the favorable reviews here do not do justice to this classic. It is not only well-researched but researched by someone who knows the nitty-gritty of scientific method. But the book covers far more than the misuse of statistics and forged data. The book shows how students are being deprived of the basic intellectual skills needed for their lives. To take one example, alternative tracks are being set up so that students can get a degree in a subject without taking a single legitimate course in that subject. Sound fantastic? We may all wish it were. Good as it is, this book is dated. Things have gotten worse in the last ten years. You need to read The Shadow University and The Rape of Alma Mater for starts to catch up. We should also mention the fact that the famous women, like Iris Murdock, Doris Lessing, et al, have all spoken out against the twisting of the feminist movement that has occurred in the last two decades.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    This book offers hope, for both genders.

    This book offers hope, for both genders.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2004

    More of the same

    I bought this book because, as a feminist but a critic of the misuse of statistics by many feminist organizations, I was excited to read from someone else who had the same concerns. This book, however, takes a good idea and executes it poorly. While Dr. Sommers rails against 'the feminists' for making use of extremist examples, she uses the same technique herself. Indeed, the Koss study has many flaws, but when Dr. Sommers claims that asking a young woman if she has ever had sex when she didn't want to (i.e. didn't want to at the time) allows women to classify regretted sex (i.e. wished after the fact that she hadn't) as rape - she makes such a severe logical error that I must throw down the book in exasperation; it is just another example of the confused activism that Dr. Sommers claims to oppose.

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