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on 23 June 2015
Sommers writes well as usual, unearthing the lies and half truths which delivered the American education system into the hands of so called 'feminists', who, by their shocking and sadistic behaviour, should be described more accurately as 'FemiNazi' than anything human or humane. The subject of the book, the abuse and destruction of the school/college American male, is even more shocking when one keeps in mind that it is happening NOW, in the 'land of the free', and its ignorance, arrogance and misandry is all perfectly legal. She does attempt to end on a positive note but the title of the follow-up 'The War Against Boys' says it all.
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on 26 September 2014
Absolutely wonderful. With an extraordinary level of journalistic integrity (rare these days) Christina has tracked down elusive studies, rogue statistical analysis, wild extrapolations and found where they began, who created them and how they were used. Truly enlightening. Scholarly, de-void of frivolous and provocative opinion (un-like the standard gender-feminist outpourings) and, in-spite of the weight of her account, it is light-hearted and enjoyable.

I cannot recommend this book enough.
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on 10 May 2014
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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on 5 September 1998
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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on 30 November 2015
I'd like to write an intelligent, dispassionate, objective appraisal of this book. I can't. It takes all of my self-control not to write "THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!" a thousand times and hit "Submit".

This book completely changed my notions of gender equality, and yes, feminism. It's rational, referenced and relatable. More than that, it's empowering. Not in a hollow, self-affirming, empty aphorisms way. Empowering in a way that equips women (and men, like myself) with the tools needed to address real inequality.

Sommers' approach of facts backed by evidence leaves me proud to say: "I am a feminist."

In all fairness, however, the book is not perfect. Originally published in 1994, while the core of the book is every bit as relevant now as then (if not more so), this is understandably a bit dated. Sommers is thorough and intelligent, but not infallible. While I would recommend this work to anyone (regardless of their feelings in feminism), it is important to approach this work with a mind which is open, but also critical (and to remember just how long ago 1994 was).
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on 29 May 1999
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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on 11 February 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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on 8 May 1999
Professor Sommers did an incredible job of tearing down the N.O.W./hate feminists' mythology of "men evil, women good." It is unfortunate that these lies continue to pervade society and classrooms. Only with the help of educated women like Prof. Sommers will the N.O.W./hate feminists' misinformation be exposed for what it is. Congratulations, Professor, on a well-written book. I recommend it to anyone.
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on 3 December 1996
Christina Hoff-Sommers, guides us through the "no-man's land"
of neo-feminism via the trenches: anti-academic Women Studies
college courses, campus front-organizations, volatile
feminist rallies, and grossly agendized "research". As Ms.
Hoff-Sommers exposes and analyzes the web of paranoia and
anger that is foisted on our campuses and media, you
will be alarmed at the influence these radical few have.
It is working so well, you may discover some of YOUR
perceptions have been handled. Find out the truth.
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on 27 May 1999
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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