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Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women [Paperback]

Christina Hoff Sommers
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1 May 1995
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.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; New edition edition (1 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684801566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684801568
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Excellent book. Highly recommended, especially if you are about to do a gender studies.course.
If you have already started the course you will be beyond help, indoctrinated and automatically dismissing alternative point of view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener 5 Sep 1998
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I really enjoyed this book. She debunks many myths that parts of our society have swallowed whole heartedly. She dispels many of the notions that I learned in graduate education school that seemed not to apply in reality. For example, that female students were discriminated against or were doing less well than their male counterparts. I found just the opposite to be true. I won't soon forget this book
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I read this book because my favorite thinker, Camille Paglia, wholeheartedly recommended it. As a high senior, I was shocked to see how the manipulation of our textbooks was a feminist idea. Is it any wonder that kids are going into college who can't read? Feminist filler is to blame. As Hoff Sommers described the typical textbook lay out, scenes flashed in my memory of pages in my history books. Her information of the word "ovular" (used by an etymologically retarded feminist) was a great moment.
I was horrified to see feminist tyranny even in state schools and regional private colleges. I'm urging all my friends to read this book before we go to college this fall so they'll be prepared.
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33 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A *very* Feminist Book 13 July 1999
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I don't understand either the feminists who claim that this book is evil for bashing feminism, nor the anti-feminists who think this book is a weapon against feminists. This book IS feminist, and is *written* by a feminist.
This books invites women to question, investigate, defy, think independantly and to be skeptical, logical, assertive, fair, cool-headed, scientific, and to stand boldly in the face of criticism. It invites women to make partnerships with worthy men, and to stop associating the worst of human traits with average, everyday men. I can think of nothing more Feminist.
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39 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant expose of gender feminism 22 May 2001
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This book is unique. It exposes the myths propounded by gender feminists about women's oppression and victimhood, but without preaching. The author has a very lucid style, and goes for an unusual tactic as far as feminist writers are concerned, which is to hunt down important statistics. Sommers relentelssly hunts down the sources of widely-quoted statistics about women (1 in 4 are victims of rape, 150, 000 women in the USA die of anorexia every year, etc.etc.) - statistics which have been publicised by gender feminists. They are false and therefore profoundly misleading to the general public. They are also very damaging for public policy. This is what interests me most about this book. I wish someone in the UK would write a book like this, because these issues never get thrashed out in the open like in the US, and they really need to be. Intellectually, Sommers scores best in this book on debunking 'feminist epistemology', the erroneous view that philosophy and science done by women elicits a different set of methods. This is very insulting to female academics, most of whom do not agree with the philosophy behind gender feminism. Gender feminists have tried to promote things like feminist philosophy of science and even mathematics, which is ludicrous but also, again, an affront to those women who do exceptionally well in these fields. As a woman I cannot help think that one of the driving forces behind gender feminism is a secret jealousy of those women who have succeeded academically, socially and politically without it. That is why these people are so infuriated by Sommers' book and have to resort to being so rude about it. So, all in all, this book is a very challenging read, whatever you think of the various types of feminism. Hurling abuse at it will only serve to further confirm its conclusions.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Woman Who Dares Speak the Truth 27 May 1999
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Sommers' book is an powerful and well-supported antithesis to the loud, misleading chants of gender-feminists. She knows that domestic violence and rape are horrific, and by putting such sensitive issues in perspective she lends credibility to the issues that gets skewed by hyperbole and inflated statistics. Sommers is to be commended for her bravery, superior research and excellent writing ability.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the two best books on Feminism. 20 Oct 1997
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Unless one is familiar with this book and/or Patai & Koertge's Professing Feminism one cannot be said to understand feminism. They are quantum leaps above other books on the subject. The authors are also refreshingly honest, critical and courageous in criticizing Women's Studies teaching in the University.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Despite what you hear, it's not anti-feminist 11 Feb 2008
This occupies similar territory to Janet Radcliffe Richards ground breaking early eighties tome, "The Sceptical Feminist". However, where Richards adopts the style and tone of a philosophical treatise, Somers is punchier and wittier. There's no argument with gender justice or the demands of the Wolstonecraft classsical feminists, but in turning her attention to the crazy antics of campus femocrats in the 80s/90s she uncovers sloppy research and in some instances downright lies deployed to bolster gender feminism. I loved the anecdote about an organisation called Future Housewives of America breaking into campus women's centres and tidying them up!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of food for thought, although sadly very dated
Having recently finished Prof. Hoff-Sommers' masterpiece 'The War Against Boys' I regressed backwards and read this, her first notable publication. Read more
Published on 19 July 2009 by ARWoollock
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK
Most of the things I would have to say have been featured by previous commentators.
I will only say this much: If you are looking for a serious take on critical feminist... Read more
Published on 17 May 2009 by sorcerer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book Highlighting The Very Real Danger Happening Now
What a great book! I have personally experienced much of what Hoff-Sommers describes.

The problem is that a new destructive gender pedagogy seems to be taking over our... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2008 by Guinevere
5.0 out of 5 stars Another "must read" book
The term "feminazi" was found after searching for something totally unrelated on Google. Not knowing what the term meant, I searched for more information and a reference was made... Read more
Published on 20 July 2006 by bucksman
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Stole Liberalism?
This book documents the transformation of feminism from a liberal philosophy to an anti-liberal dogma. Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2004 by "bookloversfriend"
5.0 out of 5 stars An courageous and admirable book
A courageous and admirable book. Until recently few men have dared to challenge even the most outrageous claims and behaviour of Salem-style feminists. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for male feminists
I am a man who has always considered himself to be a feminist. That is, I treat men and women equally but don't get hung about it and basically get on with my life. Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2001 by A. Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars Look Out Feminazis!
Dr. Sommers wonderful book has received much positive press and with good reason. Sommers is one of the first women to stand up to the Feminazis in academia who are convinced of... Read more
Published on 9 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, the truth about "Gender-Feminism".
Christina Hoff Sommers carefully analyzes the positions taken by the feminists of the 1990's. She documents that modern feminism's goal is to maintain women as victims and... Read more
Published on 7 Jun 1999
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