Christina Hoff Sommers, a former philosophy professor and current scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is no stranger to controversy as an outspoken critic of the modern-day feminist movement.
For a taste of Sommers’ politically incorrect critique of feminism, the following excerpt from one of her lectures is fairly representative:
“the noble cause of women’s emancipation is being damaged in at least three ways by the contemporary women’s movement. First, today’s movement takes a very dim view of men; second, it wildly overstates the victim status of American women; and third, it is dogmatically attached to the view that men and women are essentially the same.”
In the past, such positions have led to much grief for Sommers, who as one who considers herself a feminist — in the sense of wanting “fair treatment, respect and dignity,” like everyone else — nevertheless has endured the wrath of her feminist peers, beginning with the publication of her 1994 book, “Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women“:
“For the most part, the feminist establishment was outraged. I was quickly subjected to a colorful attack for my heresies. Many feminist leaders and writers remain convinced that the United States is an oppressive patriarchy. They did not appreciate my plea for moderation. Some called me a backlasher, a traitor to my gender, anti-woman. One angry critic referred to Margaret Thatcher and me as ‘those two female impersonators.’”
But what one feminist activist documented via Tumblr reflects perhaps a new level of (ironic) resistance to the provocative Sommers, and the ideas encompassed in her 2000 title “The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men.”
As Ms. Sommers tweeted:
ICYMI: A Tumblr activist burned a copy of my book The War Against Boys. My first book burning! See it here. https://t.co/AGug4xrGVQ
— Christina H. Sommers (@CHSommers) June 18, 2014
Here’s what the book burning looked like:
Responses on Twitter were characteristically entertaining, and as one might expect, supportive:
@CHSommers And these idiots wonder why they're called "Feminazis."
— Patrick John Doran (@MadShangi) June 18, 2014
@CHSommers I've never understood what book burning achieves. Burning paper doesn't destroy ideas.
— DaKangaroo (@DaKangaroo) June 18, 2014
@CHSommers did she issue a fatwa along with it?
— Merphie (@merphie77) June 18, 2014
— Troy Stephens (@kulak76) June 18, 2014
@CHSommers Congratulations! :)
— Cathy Young (@CathyYoung63) June 18, 2014
@CHSommers This makes me want to read your book even more. It's already in my Amazon cart.
— RedBrightandTrue (@RedBrightandTru) June 18, 2014
— BattleSwarm (@BattleSwarmBlog) June 18, 2014
@CHSommers That's worth a follow.
— Nicholas Pell (@NicholasPell) June 18, 2014
— Dave from Noo Yawk (@dhsmith24) June 18, 2014