Thursday, July 9, 2009

Re: Persistent Myths in Feminist Scholarship

Some blog followers may be interested in a recent post of the above title. The abstract reads:


ABSTRACT: Stephen Black, in a TIPS (Teaching in the Psychological Sciences) post of 3 July 2009 called attention to Christina Hoff Sommers' (2009) provocative Chronicle article "Persistent Myths in Feminist Scholarship" at .

In the ensuing discussion: (a) Paul Brandon pointed out that, although he respects her work, Hoff Sommers is “slightly right-wing” and paid by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI); (b) Allen Esterson then responded that Hoff Sommers' work ”should be treated on its merits, regardless of whether her socio-political views are right or left of centre!”

I agree with Esterson and point out that, as indicated in Gender Issues in Science/Math Education (GISME) [Hake & Mallow (2008)] and by Esterson, the persistent errors in of some of the feminist literature have been repeatedly pointed out by many non-AEI-sponsored authors from all sectors of the socio-political spectrum, e.g.: Almeder et al. (2003), Esterson (2006), Holton (1993), Koertge (1998), Newton (1997), Patai & Koertge (2003), & Tobias et al. (2002).


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Hake, R.R. & J.V. Mallow. 2008. "Gender Issues in Science/Math Education (GISME)," over 700 Annotated References & 1000 URL's: Part 1 - All references in alphabetical order; Part 2 - Some references in subject order; both online at ref. 55 at, and on this blog at .

Hake, R.R. 2009. “Re: Persistent Myths in Feminist Scholarship,” online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at . Post of 5 Jul 2009 to AERA-L. The abstract only was transmitted to various other discussion lists.

Sommers, C. H. 2009. "Persistent Myths in Feminist Scholarship," Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 June; online at , with five comments - the last by Hake - at,61347.0.html as of 9 July 2009 10:54:00-0700.

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