February 9, 2012
The University of Toledo College of Law
Sex, lies and feminism topic of Stranahan Lecture March 14
Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers will make the case for conservative feminism in the Stranahan Lecture at The University of Toledo College of Law.
Sommers’ lecture, “Sex, Lies, and Feminism,” will take place at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, in the Law Center Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
Feminism today is not one-size-fits-all. Diverse and competing conceptions of feminist theory exist and Dr. Sommers adds a provocative and conservative voice to the debate. Calling for a hard look at the goals and tactics of feminists to date, Dr. Sommers contends that feminism has lost its way – and she will explain how to put it back on track.
Dr. Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Before joining AEI, she was a professor of philosophy at Clark University. She is the author of “Who Stole Feminism?” and “The War Against Boys,” a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year." Her most recent book is “One Nation Under Therapy.” Dr. Sommers has appeared on numerous television programs including “Sixty Minutes,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” and her writings have appeared in The Economist, USA Today, and The New York Times, among many others.
“Feminism, as portrayed in the media and on college campuses, is monolithic and liberal,” said Lee J. Strang, professor at Toledo Law. “Dr. Sommers will argue that this dominant version of feminism is not only misguided, it actually harms women and men. In its place, Dr. Sommers will propose ‘equity feminism’ which embraces women’s choices, including choices, such as homemaking, that are not popular at women’s studies departments.”
The Stranahan National Issues Forum is a joint program of The University of Toledo College of Law and its chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. The Forum’s purpose is to address issues of national importance through the lens of the American legal system. It is made possible by an endowment from the Stranahan Foundation. Dr. Sommers joins a long list of high-profile speakers who have delivered the Stranahan Lecture at Toledo Law.
Reserved parking for lecture attendees is available in Lot 25, which is adjacent to Rocket Hall. Visitors may access Lot 25 from Secor Road using College Drive.