Chapter 6: A Bureaucracy of One’s Own

February 23, 2009 | NeW Staff

In Chapter 6 of her book, Who Stole Feminism?, Christina Hoff Sommers discusses the way gender feminists have become the academic, administrative, and political elites in today’s world. Their determination and passion is something to be admired. Nonetheless, it makes one wonder how their positions as “sex equity experts,” “gender bias officers,” and “harassment facilitators,” can be retained at universities and other institutions in this economic recession when nursing schools are being cut and reduced by considerable amounts.

“Most feminist activists are sincerely committed to their mission, but there are material rewards that should not go unnoticed. In our tight economy, many productive people in depressed industries have lost or are in danger of losing their jobs. There is no comparable threat to the thriving careers of the professional feminists – the workshoppers, facilitators, and transformationists.”

They have persuaded many. Feminist bureaucracies have and are influencing legislators and members of the local school boards.

“. . . much of their effectiveness is due to their talents for persuading legislatures of the truth of some alarming ‘facts’ about the plight of women, based on ‘studies that show . . .’ The near-term prospect that they will have at their disposal an ever-larger number of ill-defined but well-paying jobs is bright indeed.”

The gender feminist establishment is not going away anytime soon. Is this bad? It is a free country. But what has happened pursuant to this influx of feminist workshops and bureaucracies?

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