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".
Who Stole Feminism? is a call to arms that will enrage or inspire, but cannot be ignored.
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Still Essential Reading
Hoff Sommers seminal 1994 book, although written from within feminism, still remains essential reading for anyone interested in properly understanding the ideology. As a philosophy professor she brings logical argument and evidence to her critique of feminism, and she has the integrity to expose many of its hypocrisies. Her exposure of the dishonesty of feminist research methods was particularly courageous and enlightening for someone writing in the 1990s. This book would be a very useful introduction to the critique of feminism for any reader who has only read pro-feminist books in their life thus far because Hoff Sommers is attempting to revise feminism rather than oppose it outright and so her critique may be more acceptable to a reader who is conventionally feminist but nonetheless willing to listen to criticism of it. Any pro-equality/anti-feminist readers may find her persistent loyalty to feminism a little irksome but the book is a landmark in equality literature and it is still a valuable and rewarding read/listen.
A wonderful and important book