ERIC Number: ED321629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Feminism and the College Curriculum.
Sommers, Christina Hoff
Imprimis, v19 n6 Jun 1990
Leading academic feminists charge that the traditional college curriculum promotes sexism and social injustice, and that Western culture is a flawed concept from the start because all that it has recorded for succeeding generations has been dominated by a male bias. This "gender feminism," in contrast to "equity feminism," aims to transform understanding of the past, present, and future by gaining acceptance of the notion that the sex/gender system is the most important aspect of human relations. Gender feminists share an ideal of a genderless culture and reject family, marriage, and maternal responsibility for child-rearing. Gender feminists insist that they speak for all women, but the average woman has no wish to wage a war on gender. Such feminist teachings exact a human and academic cost, as all knowledge becomes subordinate to "making sense of women's social experience." Gender feminism is not the product of reasoned scholarship; it is doctrinal and political, and without grassroots support. Debates over traditional college curriculum are a good place to begin to challenge gender feminism. (JDD)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Consciousness Raising, Cultural Context, Educational Philosophy, Feminism, Higher Education, Sex Bias, Western Civilization, Womens Studies
Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI 49242.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hillsdale Coll., MI.