Elizabeth Birmingham, an Assistant Professor of English at North Dakota State University teaches professional writing. These days, American college students need English professors, since most of them use their thumbs to communicate, and don’t know how to write complete sentences. Ms. Birmingham, however, also teaches women’s studies courses, and in a recent essay (where she reviews a few women’s studies books), she mentions me:
“Women’s studies programs are already acutely aware of the ways our courses regularly contain content demonized by right-wing politicians and are laughed at by the media. We study and discuss issues of reproductive rights, sexuality, critical race studies, critical media studies and gender construction, occasionally in the jargon-filled language of the academy. In her nationally syndicated radio program, Dr. Laura Schlessinger counsels parents not to let their children attend colleges with women’s studies programs.”
Damn straight – these courses provide nothing useful, in my opinion, to help young women perform happily in math, science, engineering, music, etc., nor do they contribute to a rejoicing in impending marriage and motherhood. They simply make women cynical and angry and vulgar. Many universities have actually added porn studies to the curriculum because they catch attention and make money – not goals normally attributed to halls of higher learning.
These types of studies are generally hostile to men and to opposing points of view. I’ve gotten enough letters from young women around the country taking these classes who report that all my positions are completely vilified, and I am generally personally defamed, and never once have I been asked to be a visiting lecturer. So much for enlightenment as a motivation for women’s studies programs.
In her essay, Ms. Birmingham quotes:
“From a feminist perspective, the project of masculinity studies can be quite suspect…although most feminists recognize that masculinity is not a natural or essential identity for men, but rather a social construction open to interrogation and change. Some feminists see gender/masculinity studies as a sort of hostile institutional takeover that effectively shifts critical attention away from the conditions of women and returns it to the ‘plight’ of men.”
Wow, wow and…wow. Feminists don’t see masculinity as a real entity – just that men are women with penises who are led astray by right-wing and religious cultural influences to behave in that “bad bad boy” way. Thus the rampant demasculinization of men since the 1960s, and the tendency – the blind tendency – of women to treat their husbands with disrespect and disregard as they are simply the constructs of the evil empire.
I wrote The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands for just these women, so they would wake up and see that their femininity is not a construct of an evil culture, but a blessing to be nurtured in the context of the polarity with masculinity – which, by the way is real and inherent in men, unless it is threatened out of them.
I stand by my position: if you have children ready to go off to an institution of higher learning, make sure it is such, and avoid all colleges with women’s studies programs. They will stunt the ability of your daughters and sons to enjoy their natural instincts and retard their abilities to be content in love relationships with each other in marriage.