‘Safe space’

Christina Hoff Sommers unleashes blistering critique of modern feminism at university lecture

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In a speech given at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earlier this month, “equity feminist” Christina Hoff Sommers argued that the feminist ideologies being taught to students at many universities had been overrun by notions of “intersectional feminism.”

According to Sommers, intersectional feminists focus on the way that powerful groups systematically oppress less powerful ones along race, class, and gender lines — a philosophy she claims stems from Marxian thought.

In practice, Sommers argues, intersectional feminism effectively demonizes men and ostracizes women who disagree with its tenets. By focusing on how women are “systematically oppressed,” she argues, such brands of feminism encourage women to feel victimized by men and rob women of their intellectual freedom.

Sommers’ critique of intersectional feminism has led to outrage at some universities — including Oberlin College, where students posted fliers warning of a “dangerous person” coming to campus and 30 women protested her presence by retreating to a “safe space” during her talk. Sommers has not been dissuaded by the opposition — if anything, she argues, the open hostility shown to her by many feminists only lends further credence to her views.

Read the full story at The National Review.

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