Mike Adams
Recently, feminists at Bucknell University sponsored an event that looked more like a Duke Lacrosse party than a celebration of feminist diversity. On March 8, Bucknell's so-called Feminist Majority - along with groups like the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, the Center for the Study of Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, and the Office of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Awareness - paid $1,920 for a strip show at Bucknell.

Billed as a "celebration of whore culture" the show was euphemistically titled the "Sex Workers Art Show." It featured a group of hookers, phone sex operators, smut writers, porn stars, and one woman who appeared via her 24-hour porn website.

One of the acts included a woman stripping on a trapeze. Another featured a woman coming out wearing nothing but duct tape on her nipples and panties while running through the audience to “Mission Impossible” music and looking for clothes. While another woman was doing a strip tease, a large man was rapping about "ho ass ni**ers" - like Kirby Puckett and Harriet Tubman – and, just for added shock value, lubing himself.

What made the event even worse in the eyes of some campus conservatives was last year’s response to the Conservatives Club’s hosting of Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers. Her trip to campus to talk about "equity feminism" was poorly received by some of Bucknell’s feminist leaders.

When the Women’s and Gender Studies Department (who funded the sex workers) was asked if they would like to cosponsor the Sommers lecture, first they said they lacked funding. The full email response to the president of the conservative club (Dominic Rupprecht) is copied below:

From: Katherine Faull (faull@bucknell.edu)
Subject: Re: BUCC Speakers 2004-2005

Dear Dominic,

Thanks for the reminder of the Hoff Sommers event. WGS coordinating committee has discussed the issue and decided that we are not in a position to co-sponsor her talk.

Sorry we can't help with this speaker.

Katherine Faull

When Rupprecht later wrote and asked if they would like to cosponsor without contributing money they again rejected the club because "several members of the board had serious concerns about the intellectual integrity of (Sommer’s) work." The full email response is copied below:

From: Katherine Faull (faull@bucknell.edu)
Subject: Re: BUCC Speakers 2004-2005

Dear Dominic,


Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.