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February 28 2018

AEI Scholar Christina Hoff Sommers Targeted by Southern Poverty Law Center

by Charlotte Hays

The Southern Poverty Law Center has released a "report" on the "hateful ideology" of "male supremacy."

In the report,  AEI philosopher and IWF friend Christina Hoff Sommers was designated as someone "who gives mainstream and respectable face to some [Men’s Rights Activist] concerns.”

Hoff Sommers spoke to the Weekly Standard about the SPLC action:

"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.”

Sommers thinks that “they’re talking about … some of the work that I’ve done on ‘boys.’ I wrote an article for the New York Times a few years ago called The Boys at the Back—and it won an award from a feminist organization.”

The AEI scholar finds herself in a precarious position: “There’s a men’s rights activist group, A Voice for Men, and they’ve made videos attacking me, calling me a ‘crypto-misandrist,’ or something of the sort. So I’m attacked by this MRA group for being a female supremacist, and then I’m attacked by the Southern Poverty Law Center for being a Male Supremacist. I don’t take either seriously.”

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