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Professing Feminism: Education and Indoctrination in Women's Studies
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on September 15, 2010
I never read the original "Professing Feminism," but my understanding is that this new edition is the same as the old one with an additional 100 page "update" at the end. The update is very much worthwhile and merits getting the new edition. I should be clear though, this is not casual or light reading. It is very dense, very scholarly and very highly researched and referenced. Although it doesn't have sections with problems or anything like that at the end of the chapters, it reads very much like a textbook for a university course (and, in my opinion, is excellently suited for exactly that.) The author's are professors who have been involved in women's issues and women's studies.. seemingly since they began. They are passionate, eloquent, persuasive, candid and insightful. If you're looking around the world and the status of relations between men and women and asking yourself "how the hell did things get like this?", this an excellent book to help you understand where feminism and its "academic arm" in our universities (ie women's studies) pushed us down the path. A final note on the price, it is a bit expensive, but it's a high quality publication (in terms of paper quality and binding) and is filled with tremendously researched material. When you look at the number of pages it has, keep in mind, there is no fluff here. I really can't recommend this book enough.
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on November 26, 2013
Patai and Koertge are among the most insightful human beings i have had the pleasure to experience in their book, "Professing Feminism: Education and Indoctrination in Women's Studies." If I could document so well, my own university experiences, and the disappointments and .alarm I felt in the classrooms when I dared to ask a question, this would be my book. The blind adherence of most all students (at least in class) to such ingrained male-haters' indoctrination within professorships, and pre-conditioned administrative people running the universities I attended, were shockingly destructive to both sexes. The university's Motto shouted to any open minded, reflective female or male student who wants to question a statement claiming fact, should be -- "Shut up and Sit Down. How dare you question a female doctrine!"

Statistics battling statistics create much static but not much positive energy or light on a discussion. The truths of our nature and lives as human animals is revealed within people's everyday lives and on the streets. But the feminists I encountered, insisted that a person deny what their sense are informing them, in favor of a profanation of humanity's nature, as concocted by a broken Yin-Yang doctrine. In most of our American schools today, (where my daughters and son attend) not much help is available for kids to understand honest gender dynamics, as it is in fact generated in its essence by our human sex nature reality.

Our classrooms and our courtrooms as well, have been blinded by movies/media indoctrinated, weak-willed teachers and judges. I'm addressing the men here in particular--those wishy, needy men -- who will trade off their brothers' well being, and fair treatment just to be liked by women. To be a strong, fair, and wise judge like Solomon for the sake of the human race---not so much.

My experience at three universities, was to witness through experiences the stunning, ill-informed Feminist Indoctrination in it's most virulent, active modes of destruction to human understanding and hopes for betterment of the human race.
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Koertge and Patai reveal the impact of "Women's Studies" programmes in North American universities. They examine the aims and practices in these study areas through interviews and analysis of curricula. The analysis is presented with a unique format - the authors couch their findings in the form of "games". Like all games, there are rules, playgrounds and players. The players are the teachers and students, but the spectators are the readers of this book. As taxpayers, the spectators often aren't aware of the game. This book can go far in enlightening the audience.
The underlying theme is the dominance of activism over scholarship. The authors note how activism by feminists in the 1960s and '70s led to the introduction of these special study areas. More attention given to the role of women in society led to courses in women writers, artists and politicians. Once in place in more university classrooms, Koertge and Patai show that the assault on "traditional" standards became even more widespread. The authors open the book describing the IDPOL game - "identity politics and ideological policiing". Teachers and students alike place high emphasis on acceptable roles and see that these are enforced. A major facet in establishing "identity" is the playing of TOTAL REJ - the eschewing of anything attributable to masculine origins. Examples are traditional philosophy, mathematics, science and technology. An extension of TOTAL REJ is BIODENIAL. The latter game introduces "social construction" to Womens' Studies by asserting anything related to gender is culturally based. This imported philosophical stance has been applied to wide areas in education, but impaired science and mathematics courses most severely according to the authors.
Fear of "backlash" reaction to the excesses of the programmes led the National Women's Studies Association to undertake a study. Koertge and Patai are at their most scathin[g in assessing the report produced by the NWSA. Virtually based on the book "Women's Ways of Knowing" that advocated a "connectionist approach" to learning. Self-expression, urged the NWSA, is more valuable than study, research and writing skills - "Empowerment over Epistemology". Epistemology is traditional, hence, masculine, hence unaceptable as a foundation for learning in the university. The authors offer a different solution. They urge the dimemberment of Women's Studies programmes by relocating the courses into the appropriate departments. Game-playing and "empowerment" would be shed for more meaningful scholarship.
Almost lost in this study is its most frightening statement: "feminist pedagogy . . . is being taken up by secondary and even elementary school educators and policy makers" [p. 44]. They define "academia" has a site for scholarship and debate while bewailing erosion of these values by feminist dogma in their conclusion. This dogma has emerged in the public school system [see C.H. Sommers' "The War Against Boys"] and shows little sign of abating. Anyone interested should glance at the list of university "Women's Studies" programmes readily available on the InterNet. The same courses, often taught by the same people, using the same curricula and reading material are still listed. This realisation will keep this book useful for some time. [stephen a. haines - Ottawa, Canada.]
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on June 9, 2010
I took a Women's Studies course in school. I had no idea what feminism was about and in fact had no idea this was a feminist class. The course was called The Psychology of Women and was hosted in the science wing of my university.

I thought we were going to study female psychology and even get to see FMRI scans of the female brain etc. What I experienced in this class was frightening! The influence women's leaders now have in society is even more frightening.

At the time I thought that I was the odd ball and that this is what modern thought was upon the nature of gender. It is my belief that this type of thinking has created a large army of men who are beginning to fight back to defend our gender. About 7 years later and with the growth of the internet I am convinced that there has been ALOT of damage done to both men and women by feminist ideology. There is now the advent of Men's and Father's Rights activists or the MRA. I think the battle of the sexes and the war between men and women will get worse before it gets better.

This book was just the medicine I needed to feel that I was not alone in my observation of feminism and that there are many others who are working to make change for the better. Women's advocacy is now a HUGE for profit industry with reach directly into the federal government, the media, the justice system, education etc... The consequences of not adding a more balanced approach as this book serves to advocate for, will continue to have dire consequences for us all. Over all this is a splendid read and absolutely essential for anyone concerned about the state of the gender war.
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on May 30, 2003
Patai and Koertage have studied the hate training program called "Women's Studies" from a sociological perspective. They go into detail on how a badly flawed political training program masquerading as "studies" is now being promoted and taught at virtually every college. Instead of education, young women get dogma. Instead of intellectual challenges, young feminists are taught to accept the party line without question. The authors include reviews of government agency promotion of the dis-education now accepted on college campuses. Where "knowing" replaces scholarship, where victimology replaces competency, where hate replaces wisdom, that is today's "Women's Studies" program. Title IX is mentioned in passing, but the question of an equal education required by law is not asked. With over 700 colleges in the US now funding misandrist propaganda classes called "Women's Studies" why aren't any of them required to also teach equivalent classes for men under Title IX? Even as bad as Women's Studies comes off in this book there is other, and perhaps equally valid and more damning criticism left out.
The book needs to be widely read by every college administrator and by every legislator who has to vote on college budgets. The authors mince a few words, probably to keep from being stoned, but the message is clearly stated. Prejudicial agenda conformity and hate on campus is not education. Buy the book. Give one to your college age student. Donate another one to your favorite library and college.
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on January 5, 2012
Patai and Koertge dare to question the status quo- entertaining, dismaying and eye-opening throughout, this book exposes much of the hidden (and not so hidden) agenda in the Women's Studies programs.
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on August 4, 2009
 This is an excellent book by Dr. Daphne Patai that I heartily recommend to readers.
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