Georgetown feminists whine: Don’t videotape us trying to intimidate Christina Hoff Sommers
My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
The offending vid: Caught with those “trigger warning” signs
First they issued “trigger warnings.” And now they’re demanding to be edited out of a video showing them issuing “trigger warnings.”
That’s the latest development in the feminist flap at Georgetown University over an April 16 speech on campus by author Christina Hoff Sommers. Sommers, whose best-known book is titled Who Stole Feminism? (1995), says she’s a feminist herself, and she titled her Georgetown speech “What’s Right (and Badly Wrong) With Feminism?” So she must have had something good to say about feminism.
But that wasn’t enough for a cadre of student activists at Georgetown. They plastered the outside of the lecture room where Sommers delivered her speech with signs reading “Trigger Warning” and “Safe Space.” Inside the hall, while Sommers delivered her speech to a packed-in audience (the lecture was open to the public), more student activists stood in the back of the room holding up more protest signs: “This event may be triggering.” “Feminists Against Rape Apology.” The signs appeared positioned so that Sommers could read them as she lectured. and perhaps be intimidated.
As might be expected given the controversy, someone made a now-widely circulated video of the lecture, including the protestors, who were not identified. And that outraged the campus feminists even more. The latest, from the Washington Examiner:
“Lauren Gagliardi, the school’s assistant director for the center for student engagement, emailed two members of the College Republicans to request they edit the video to remove students who did not agree to be videotaped.
“In the email, provided to the Washington Examiner, Gagliardi tells the students that the ‘edited version needs to be released without students who did not give permission to be taped.’ She also says that if the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, which sponsored the event, is ‘unwilling or unresponsive to the request, Georgetown will need to step in.’
“The video that has Gagliardi so upset features feminist activists holding up signs accusing Hoff Sommers of being an anti-feminist or deny rape.”
Posted by Charlotte Allen