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Women’s Studies: Pretty Much Exactly What You Thought

Over at The New Republic’s Open University, Linda Hirshman, Courtney Martin, and Deborah Siegel reflect on the recent Twenty Sixth Annual Women’s Studies Association Convention.

The post is a must-read. It shows, if nothing else, that when it comes to crusty, liberal disciplines like Women’s Studies, some things never change.
In the blog, Linda Hirshman pushes her book, Get to Work, which argues that motherhood is fundamentally wrong and unsatisfying.
Courtney Martin writes, “I want women, the young ones especially, to feel like women’s studies, and more broadly, feminism, is a home for them.” This, according to Martin, means self-actualization for women first before all. To hell with other people!
And Deborah Siegel writes, “The NWSA conference gives me hope that sisterhood freshly engaged can trump sisterhood long interrupted.”
Here’s hoping they fail—miserably—in their efforts to radically remake the traditions and institutions that have underpinned Western Civilization for thousands of years.

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