IDEAS: A Feminist on the Outs

Christina Hoff Sommers' book irks her ideological kin by attacking their excesses and downplaying the downtrodden fate of women

What is feminism and is it likely to ruin your daughter's life? One hesitates to jump into the latest catfight around this question, but with so much at stake, temptation overwhelms. It all started when Christina Hoff Sommers, a philosophy professor at Clark University, came out in June with a book called Who Stole Feminism? Its point is that feminism has been derailed by a bunch of neurotic, self-indulgent intellectuals who have a direct personal interest in grossly overstating the woes of womankind. In women's studies classes, young women are indoctrinated to believe they are downtrodden when they are actually, in...

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