The election of Donald Trump to the American presidency is evidence that “today’s feminism” is “out of touch with reality,” according to a Washington Post Op-Ed by author and former philosophy professor Christina Sommers.
Sommers, a famed critic of contemporary feminism, claims that issues such as the gender pay gap and the oft-cited statistic that one in four college women will endure sexual assault are “exaggerated.” Furthermore, she writes, feminists ignore the “mix of burdens and advantages” impacting each gender — while men dominate positions of power, she notes, they also take on a disproportionate share of the country’s most dangerous jobs.
Condemning what she calls a “zero-sum struggle” between men and women, Sommers argues that “feminism needs to take women as they are, not as it wishes they would be.” According to a 2013 Pew Research Center poll, Sommers observes, 61 percent of American mothers would prefer to work part-time or not at all. Quoting Women in the World founder Tina Brown’s assertion that more women “want to be Melania sitting by the pool” than “[pursuing] a Ph.D. in earnest self-improvement,” Sommers attacks feminists who she claims dismiss the life choices of non-working women as the product of “entrenched sexism and internalized misogyny.”
And lest anyone think that all of the above sums up her withering take on modern feminism, Sommers has a parting shot that may raise eyebrows. For the activists organizing the Women’s March on Washington, Sommers says she has “some unsolicited advice.”
Read the full Op-Ed at The Washington Post.