bspencer at Lawyers, Guns & Money points out one of Christina Hoff Sommers’s latest sneers at feminism.
Anita Sarkeesian Kickstartered a video project continuing her work on women and tropes in video games. Gamers everywhere responded with measured skepticism by threatening her with rape and death. She was even temporarily hounded from her home. But she was a feminist on the internet–she should have known what she was getting into. Christina Hoff Sommers, vile faux-feminist, approves.
Christina H. Sommers @CHSommers
I always expected other liberal-minded scholars to join me in exposing 3rd wave feminist lunacy. Never happened. But now the gamers r here.
7:21 PM – 30 Aug 2014
Yes, that’s right. Christina Hoff Sommers is backing doxxers and men who think making rape and death threats is a reasonable response to a video project exploring sexist tropes. Oddly, this should surprise no one, as Christina Hoff Sommers is an old school Chill Girl.
Disgusted and surprised by that, I went to take a look at Sommers’s Twitter, and got more disgusted than I was when I set out. She’s basically just another Phyllis Schlafly without the religion. What a pity that Richard Dawkins keeps retweeting her.
Christina H. Sommers @CHSommers
Most gamers seem to support equality feminism. What they reject is today’s male-bashing, propaganda-driven, female chauvinism. #GamerGate
That got 1,423 retweets. The anti-feminists adore her.
Here is my Factual Feminist playlist. I am trying to correct all the sisterly sophistries. Keeps me busy. https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLytTJqkSQqtr7BqC1Jf4nv3g2yDfu7Xmd …
ICYMI: Recent interview in which I explain why today’s hashtag feminism is a scourge. #GamerGatehttp://www.ravishly.com/ladies-we-love/christina-sommers-author-who-stole-feminism …
How did feminism become toxic? In early 90s, my side won all the arguments. But other side quietly assumed all the assistant professorships.
There is a good deal of bullshit in (at least some) Women’s Studies programs – anti-science; women’s special “ways of knowing”; addled relativism about FGM; etc – but feminism hasn’t “become toxic.” That claim is itself bullshit.
3rd wave feminism is based on false violence & injustice data.The propaganda is now fueling a panic against men. http://chronicle.com/article/Persistent-Myths-in-Feminis/46965 …
After that one a retweet:
@CHSommers You’re a mythbuster in the grand tradition of those who debunk harmful nonsense, speaking truth to power in the public interest.
Yeah – feminism is “the power.” Right.
Back to Sommers:
Feminism should be about equality of opportunity, mutual respect between sexes–not trigger warnings, sex panics, victimology or policing men.
Most guys like images of sexy women. Why attack them? It is wrong to police sexuality of LBGT people–but also wrong to police hetero guys.
That sounds like that Fox News panel we saw the other day – “Let men be men!”
Gay people have been sex shamed and demonized forever. Deeply wrong. But today, heterosexual men are also demonized & lied about. Not OK.
Term “rape culture” is sexist. Implicates average guy in a horrible crime. Call people out who use it. It’s a form of gender profiling.
That one I just don’t begin to understand (having seen it before is no help). How is it sexist? It’s about a particular culture; it doesn’t say that everyone, or everyone in any particular category, is part of that culture. She’s just shamelessly bullshitting there.
Enough for now. She seems to be worse every time I look at her Twitter account. I think Twitter has gone to her head.