The feminism establishment feminists don’t want you to know about
Christina Sommers (and I’d add Cathy Young) has been at the forefront of equity feminism — as distinguished from gender feminism (or what I’ve called establishment or academic feminism) — for years now. An adept of the first wave feminist movement, where feminism’s aim was equality before the law, not simultaneously promoting victimology while preaching empowerment, or the constant desire for special dispensations that, as a matter of necessity, create dislocation among some other identity group(s), Sommers is a frequent target of the more radicalized second wave feminists and more attuned to the post-feminist movement that began in the early 90s.
One of the major differences between the schools, and one of the things that has caused the academic feminist establishment to train their (phallus alert!) guns on Sommers, is her rather quaint idea that boys and girls do actually differ in some innate physical / chemical / biological way that can’t be fixed simply by wishing it weren’t so, then imposing that template onto society. Social engineering has real effects. And increasingly, we’re seeing the fruits of mapping radical feminist / identity politics theoretics onto real world populations.
And then just for the irony, men like Governor O’Malley laud their own gender equity public policy missteps as a giant step for mankind. Or personkind, if you’re of a particularly thin-skinned, semantically-challenged ilk.
On the plus side, though, if you’re a chick who likes to watch men stand at a urinal and piss, Maryland makes an ideal vacation destination.
But that’s just my editorializing. Here’s Sommers discussing the war on boys, which also happens to be the title of one of her important scholarly works: