The reasons behind our not wishing to co-sponsor the Hoff Sommers event are not only financial. Several of the members of the Board had serious concerns about the intellectual integrity of her work and did not think that the Program should endorse her talk.
Maybe we can work together in the future to find speakers we would both agree on.
The translation of the above email is simple: The WGS will co-sponsor an event with the Conservative Club as soon as Bucknell conservatives accept the fact that feminists are a) tolerant of leftist speech no matter how devoid of intellectual integrity, and b) intolerant of conservative speech no matter how strong the evidence or how compelling the logic.
In addition to this problem of generalized intolerance, the feminists in Bucknell’s Women and Gender Studies Department have a specific fear of Sommers. Anyone who has ever read the classic “Who Stole Feminism?” knows Sommers’ record for exposing extremism in the feminist movement.
For example, when Sommers attended a National Women’s Studies Association conference, she documented some disturbing activities including a booth offering videos on do-it-yourself menstrual extractions and home abortions for those who wanted to avoid “patriarchal medicine.” Certainly, Bucknell feminists do not want her on campus because she will find out about (and then write about) extremism at Bucknell including the celebration of strippers, porn stars, and prostitutes.
But Dominic Rupprecht is not as cynical as Mike Adams. He has written directly to the feminists to give them an opportunity to offer an innocent explanation for their apparent hypocrisy. Unfortunately, when specifically asked by Rupprecht, the feminists have never responded to the question of what qualifications hookers have that a PhD New York Times bestseller – by the name of Christina Hoff Sommers - does not.
I think that everyone reading this column should write to Professor Faull demanding an answer. Just in case you missed it, her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.