Christina Hoff Sommers on how Feminism went awry

Bill Kristol interviewed Christina Hoff Sommers on her experiences with feminist. The synopsis from the Youtube channel states:

A resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and former philosophy professor, Christina Hoff Sommers is a thoughtful analyst and trenchant critic of radical feminism. In this conversation, Sommers and Kristol discuss how American feminism, once focused on practical questions such as equal opportunity in employment for women, instead became a radical ideology that questioned the reality of sex differences. Narrating her own experiences as a speaker on college campuses, Sommers explains how the radical feminism of today’s universities stifles debate. Finally, Sommers explains a recent controversy in the video game community, which she defends from charges of sexism in a widely-publicized episode known as “GamerGate.”

It is a fascinating interview, particularly the opening section about “safe spaces” and the damage they can do.

4 thoughts on “Christina Hoff Sommers on how Feminism went awry

  1. I’ve watched the 1st 14 minutes so far. Troubling and disturbing, to say the least.

    I found CHS’s sister’s comments fascinating: “It’s a conference of Borderline Personalities!” I started to wonder if it isn’t more than that. Having (seemingly) totally rejected women’s historical roles in the nurturance, protection and well-being of children, I wonder if radical feminists haven’t instead embraced and nurtured childish behaviour in themselves and in each other (except they forgot to carry over that bit about helping children grow up into functional adults). That whole long description of the battle between the breakout groups sounded to me like nothing more than a poorly managed pre-school class, with toddlers fighting for attention and no adults around to maintain order. Perhaps what they all needed was a drinkie, and a nap.

    (The following is is not an argument about either this video or this post, btw, just a general comment on a trend I’m seeing in many places.)

    I’d like to fight, however, to take back the expressions ‘safe space’ and ‘triggers’ from the con artists and manipulators. I run a group for people with PTSD, and finding (or creating) a safe space is critical – vital – for healing – for both men and women. A ‘safe space’ enables giving yourself what you need to tend to your wounds until you’re strong again: its purpose is not to make you weaker or more vulnerable, but the opposite. And ‘triggers’ to reminders of horrific events (especially when they aren’t consciously remembered) is just a fact of this condition – a natural by-product of one’s experience. We need to work to resolve and work through them however, not reinforce them as is happening in that example.

    What those groups have labelled ‘safe space’ ISN’T a safe space in any way shape or form (unless you consider places like Jonestown* to be safe spaces). They are more indoctrination centres perhaps – giving one a false sense of safety so that you’ll let down your guard and thus open yourself up to more danger. They are, imo, an extension of the ‘false victim’ strategy/persona that predators use to ensnare and enfeeble victims (think Ted Bundy in a fake cast).

    The terms ‘safe space’ and ‘triggers’ (e.g. lets all use jazz-hands instead of clapping) have been so successfully hi-jacked by con artists that we now automatically mock anyone who uses them. THAT use of those terms is fair game for being called out for what it is: a ploy for manipulation. But, lets not throw the baby out with the bathwater; those terms in their true meaning, and the concepts they represent, are still needed by wounded people.

    * (the use of the word “Jamestown” may sound like hyperbole (it did when I first wrote it), but now that I think about it I’m not so sure that it is.”)

  2. Sommers’ work is excellent. As a self-confessed feminist herself (equality feminist in her own words), she warned against the angry manipulative creed 20 years ago in her book “Who Stole Feminism”. She tells in fine detail how these cult worshippers took over the colleges and universities. The reading of her book some 3 years ago was my own red pill moment, thereafter I was a committed anti-feminst.

  3. The worst decision the patriarchy ever made was giving women the right to vote.

    There is no such things as “The Patriarchy.” Likewise, the right to vote has little to do with the inanity that comes from modern feminism.

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