Thursday, March 1, 2018

Get a grip Christina Hoff Sommers

Christina Hoff Sommers
This seems to be SPLC day due to an article in the Daily Caller regarding Youtube. Any right wing criticism of Southern Poverty Law Center is accompanied with a laundry list of the organization's supposed indiscretions. In this case, none of the items on the laundry list have anything to do with Youtube.

I was inspired by one of the five-watt bulbs at LIfeSite News, Jarrett Stepman. I have no idea who or what that is.

Citing an SPLC report, Mr. Stepman concludes:
The report listed a number of organizations it considers male supremacy "hate groups," which included American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers. Sommers has questioned modern feminist orthodoxy, including the factual basis behind the alleged gender wage gap.

Christina Hoff Sommers is not a group. Why isn't that among things that are obvious? Writing about male supremacy groups, SPLC mentions Sommers once:
Men’s rights issues also overlap with the rhetoric of equity feminists like Christina Hoff Sommers, who give a mainstream and respectable face to some MRA concerns.
To tell you the truth, SPLC's piece could use an edit. It does not define “MRA.” Nor does it explain equity feminism but that is less relevant than Sommers' reaction at the Weekly Standard which obliging titles its story “SPLC Targets Feminist Scholar Christina Hoff Sommers.” Everyone, it seems, wants to be a victim of some group or some other person. That includes me from time to time. Manufactured victims are always seemingly targeted. Most of the time they are not that special.

According to the Weekly Standard piece:
“I completely reject that," Sommers said. "This is a group I used to admire. They once went after Klan members and Nazis and now… [they go after] people like Ben Carson and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. It’s absurd.” She adds that the SPLC has no evidence for the suggestion that she “gives mainstream and respectable face” to “male supremacy”:. “They’re blacklisting in place of engaging with arguments. They blacklist you, rather than try to refute you.”
Apparently Ms. Sommers has the same laundry list. SPLC did not go after either Carson or Hirsi. It quoted some of their controversial statements. Morever, Ben Carson, Ayaan Hirsi and Christina Hoff Sommers have not been “blacklisted.” Sommers requires self-absorption on overdrive to reach that conclusion about herself. For his part, Ben Carson has created an impressive body of work attributable to anti-LGBT bigotry.

Just to be clear, the Southern Poverty Law Center has no list that I know of that includes the names of individuals. SPLC does author a list of organizations that they deem to be hate groups. SPLC does not have the power to blacklist any individual or organization.

SPLC is quite specific about the hate involved:
Though male supremacy lives in a coalition of online spaces, its most established proponents are two hate groups: A Voice for Men, a men’s rights website started by the violently bigoted Paul Elam, who has described men as “indentured servants to a malicious matriarchy,” regularly talks about the world as gripped by “misandry” (hatred of men) and called for October to be renamed the “Bash-A-Violent-Bitch Month.” The other is Return of Kings, founded by pick-up artist Roosh V., who advocated for the legalization of rape on private property (then claiming unconvincingly it was satire) and wrote that the path to saving Western civilization is repealing women’s suffrage.
That does not seem to leave much room for argument. Again, what does any of this have to do with Youtube?

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