Anti-Cultists are afraid of having Unificationists on college
campuses because they fear that impressionable young people will be
brainwashed or will experience terrible mind control. The truth is
that the Women's Studies department is the terrible cult. Professor
Sommers is right in the following article when she says that "Campus
feminism is a kind of cult".
Ms.-information on College Campuses
By Christina Hoff Sommers
Female undergraduates are still taught a litany of feminist myths.
If your daughter is entering college this fall, you may want to brief her on the many well-meaning but factually challenged feminist academics who lie in wait for her. As early as freshman orientation, crusading women will be doing their best to alarm her with statistics that show her the many ways she is menaced, vulnerable, and demeaned in our "male-dominated society." These women are in the office of student life, in the women's studies department, in the humanities, in the health clinic, in the dorms, in the chaplain's office. Parents who think the problem of overzealous campus feminism is a thing of the past are mistaken. The problem is not going away. It has tenure.
Here is a sample of the kind of untruths your daughters will hear within the next few weeks:
Myth: One in four girls is a victim of rape or
Myth: Women earn 71 cents for every dollar a man
Myth: Thirty percent of emergency room visits by
women are the result of domestic violence.
Myth: Adolescent girls are four to five times more
likely than boys to attempt suicide.
These feminist myths poison young women's hearts and minds. When I visited Cornell University a year and a half ago to lecture on the excesses of academic feminism, a group of protesting undergraduates circulated a list of seventy-five ways in which American women are oppressed. Among them:
Prison terms for killing husbands are twice as long as for killing wives. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for African-American women. 150,000 women die of anorexia every year.
Most of the seventy-five claims were outright falsehoods, and all were misleading. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that men convicted of killing their wives serve an average of sixteen and a half years; women convicted of killing their husbands serve six and a half years. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the leading cause of death for African-American women is the same as for everyone else: it's not breast cancer but heart disease. The anorexia statistic is off by about 149,500.
Campus feminism is a kind of cult: young women are taught bizarre conspiracy theories about the "capitalist heteropatriarchy." They learn they're victims, that men are predators. They imbibe false statistics on the perils of conventional domesticity. They are taught to be wary of beauty, femininity, art, literature, and science. Most college students survive the barrage of Ms.-information unscathed. But a significant minority succumb. Forewarning your daughter makes good sense.
Christina Hoff Sommers, W. H. Brady Scholar at AEI, is writing a book entitled The War against Boys. A shorter version of this article appeared in USA Today on August 21, 1997.