View Full Version : Christina Hoff Sommers at Oberlin: How a Feminist becomes a "rape supporter"

07-10-2015, 06:54 PM
This is a story from the spring and it's worth taking a serious look at. Current feminism is devolving into over character assassination. Hoff Sommers was a feminist in good standing until she published "Who Stole Feminism" (http://www.amazon.com/Who-Stole-Feminism-Women-Betrayed/dp/0684801566/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436568544&sr=8-1&keywords=Who+stole+feminism), which, among other things, brought out the lies in the statistics of feminists. She now talks about the war against boys. (http://www.amazon.com/War-Against-Boys-Misguided-Policies-ebook/dp/B00ADRXOTO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436568589&sr=8-1&keywords=war+on+boys) I read Hoff Sommers back in the 90s and she made more sense than anything from the feminist left. Of course, her book on feminism came out on the heels of the OJ Simpson trial, when feminists sat on their hands in face of the real and deadly violence of the African American ex-football player. It's ironic now that feminists are trying to get young college men accused of rape for any reason.

Oberlin “feminists” accuse Christina Hoff Sommers of supporting rapists

...Not surprisingly, many in the audience were quite rude and frequently interrupted Sommers. Many students sat in the audience with duct tape over their mouths, inferring that Sommers’ mere presence was an attempt to silence them. Ironically, by labeling her a “rapist supporter” and interrupting her, they were actually striving to silence her.

For most in the audience, rational discussion of facts is not even welcome.

Example: Sommers discussed the myth of the wage gap and explained that, in general, women choose to follow career paths that pay less than men. More women choose to study arts and humanities, while men are more likely to study engineering and science. Since there is more of a need and demand in the job market for technological expertise, people (men AND women) who go into engineering will earn more than people (men AND women) who major in art history, for example.

When she suggested that women could earn more and close the wage gap by changing their majors to something like engineering, many in the audience jeered loudly and exclaimed “Don’t tell me what to do!!”.

Don’t give me facts. Just shut up. That’s how Sommers was responded to.

At the end, Sommers took questions. All but one were obviously hostile to her presence, and she took questions from an equal number of male and female attendees. A female student behind me exclaimed “Oh look! She called on a boy!” every single time she took a question from a male student, even though every one of the male questions she received was equally as hostile to her as the female questions.

After taking questions from three women in a row, she took the final question from a man. The student behind me again remarked “Oh look another question from a boy!”.

I politely asked her, “But weren’t the last three girls?”

She glared at me and said, “This is an event about FEMINISM!”

After her discussion with the male student was finished, the same student said to me, “It’s offensive that you said to me “Should she only call on pretty girls?””.

“That’s not what I said. I asked weren’t the last three questions from girls? You misunderstood, miss.”

She continued to accuse me. I didn’t bother to inform her that I was recording the speech and had our words on tape. It wouldn’t have mattered.....

07-13-2015, 09:17 AM
Elspeth, did you ever read The World According To Garp? It's like the First Feminist Funeral, or the Ellen Jamesians.