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Who Stole Feminism?

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Philosophy professor Christina Sommers has exposed a disturbing development: how a group of zealots, claiming to speak for all women, are promoting a dangerous new agenda that threatens our most cherished ideals and sets women against men in all spheres of life. In case after case, Sommers shows how these extremists have propped up their arguments with highly questionable but well-funded research, presenting inflammatory and often inaccurate information and stifling any semblance of free and open scrutiny. Trumpeted as orthodoxy, the resulting "findings" on everything from rape to domestic abuse to economic bias to the supposed crisis in girls' self-esteem perpetuate a view of women as victims of the "patriarchy".

Who Stole Feminism? is a call to arms that will enrage or inspire, but cannot be ignored.

©1994 Christina Hoff Sommers (P)1996 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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  • Kaeli
  • 03/05/2008

Long for an updated edition

When I hear women my age proudly claim they are defiantly NOT feminists, I am taken aback. Ms. Sommers does an excellent job of showing just why so many young women are running away from the feminist label. They don't want to be associated with man-haters: women who view every man as a potential rapist and every woman a potential survivor. She highlights many of the events from the late eighties and early nineties that ended up giving feminism a very bad name. Rather than trying to promote equal rights for all humanity (the so-called equity feminists), some feminists (gender feminists) are trying to supplant the patriarchy with a matriarchy. To do so, they overblow poorly done studies and try to silence maleness wherever it rears its ugly head (pun, unfortunately, intended). She does such a good job of pointing out the hysteria and rancor of this sect of feminists, I had to remind myself constantly that I agree with her thesis-those kinds of feminists are bad for feminism. They take away from the social justice that generations of women have fought for; they stray from the goals of the Seneca Falls Convention and forget that many sisters around the world really are being suppressed; they devalue the terms sexual harassment and rape by having them apply to everything. I'm grateful she kept repeating the goals of equality through her book or I would have completely forgotten I wasn't reading the transcripts of a Rush Limbaugh show (a mistake none of us ever wants to make!).

This book was written in 1995, so I was still in junior high and high school when most of these events were unfolding. I wonder how much of her arguments are simply overblown to give evidence to her thesis, how much was relegated only to certain university campuses, and how much has mercifully blown over in the past decade. I would love to see an updated version of this book. In the meantime, I'll read books like The Mommy Myth and Selling Anxiety.

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  • Joachim Møller
  • 12/02/2015

Good narration of a great and important book

Wow. I knew they were distorting things but didn't know it was this bad and this organized. This book shows how badly feminism got derailed by malicious misandrists and aided by gullible journalists and politicians and highlights why it needs to return to reality so we can fix what is actually wrong instead of diverting funds to the wrong causes of hateful idealogs. It's no wonder few women call themselves feminists anymore. I thought at first that it was a shame that Sommers didn't narrate it herself, but the narrator does an excellent job and it was a joy to listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21/08/2016

eye opening; shows the other side of the story

Great read for critical thinkers who want to hear both sides of the feminist plight. I wanted to highlight almost every line in this book!

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  • Travis
  • 26/02/2007

An excellent and well supported argument

Christina Hoff Sommers does an excellent job of presenting her point - that the modern, North American view of "feminism" is being swayed by people that are more interested in political agendas than equality between the genders. By citing specific cases where statistics have been interpreted with bias, where feminist groups promoting a "better way of interacting" have failed to successfully work together, and where the media has been more interested in sensational stories than proper fact verification, "Who Stole Feminism?" is successful at showing the reader that there may be more behind the current feminist movement than the surface suggests.

While presenting a strong argument for the "equity feminist" view point, I feel the novel still suggests that the reader make their own decision and come to their own conclusion. Christina Hoff Sommers strongly encourages people to review claims made by any feminist group, and to verify results of studies before coming to a conclusion.

The book makes it clear that, while there is still perhaps a great deal of work left to achieving equality between the genders, headway has already been made and the future is not as dismal as others may make it appear to be.

As a male that supports equality, this was one of the first books I have read on the subject that has not made me feel like my gender was being stereotyped and attacked for the transgressions of people I have never met.

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  • Michael Gene Pritchard
  • 30/12/2016

Splendidly Researched

Fact checks the many pieces of research constantly repeated as feminist talking points and finds a mix of truth, poor research and sometimes outright fabrications now accepted without analysis.

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  • Thomas
  • 03/06/2016

Eye opener

Presents strong rational arguments in an easy to digest way. Saves feminism from the angry misandrists who are driving people away from feminism.

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  • C. Mattingly
  • 21/04/2016

An academic masterpiece

Dr. Sommers' book 'Who Stole Feminism' is as relevant a study of the "radical" Gender Feminist overtaking of the third-wave feminist movement as any today. As an old guard feminist, Dr. Sommers courageously endeavors to uncover the the truth of the statistical, social, and academic record of the movement around its height in 1994, and shows the modern reader the twenty-year-old face of a still incomprehensibly fragmentary movement; One that betrays the promise of liberty and equality, in a variety of ways, in the name of the opposite.

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  • Frank P.
  • 08/02/2016

Excellent book

I am a man, yet I found this book refreshing, to hear a woman with common sense read this was a fantastic experience, I liked her entries of personal experiences. I hope that more so-called feminist would read this with an open mind and not with a mysandric (not sure if that is the proper term) prejudice, so that they can look and see the world in a more as not an us against them situation but more realistic life experience. Thank you Ms Sommers, and I hope your book succeeds in opening the eyes of these disillusinoned young ladies and women.

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  • SilientT
  • 01/03/2015

So accurate

Dead on. Based mom summer wrecks those man haters. I was surprised this was written in 1993. Same shit is still happening

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  • Nathaniel San
  • 25/01/2015

a good book

Extremely informative, well researched and powerful, while a little dry, still makes for an eye opening experience.

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  • Henrik
  • 05/08/2018

Gender feminists stole feminism

It's not a flattering portray, you get of gender feminists in this book. They seem to be divisive, misandogenic and misogynistic, intolerant, dogmatic, hateful, narrow-minded, humorless. They seem blinded, like some many others are and have been, by some bad ideas, where the patriarchy is to blame for almost everything. Christina Hoff Sommers has only one positive thing to say about gender feminists, which is, that they care about women. One should care about the plight of women, but not just women.