by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center addresses problems associated with college campus feminism.
At a time when the majority of American college students are female—currently 57 percent of all students—higher education’s conversation surrounding women’s rights is largely dominated by modern feminist ideology. Roughly 63 percent of female students identify as feminists, and while no similar statistic is available for female faculty or staff members, most likely an even higher percentage of them identify as such.
On the surface, feminist ideals seem to have the good of all women in mind: After all, who would characterize him or herself as opposed to women’s “freedom” and “equality”?
But a closer look at campus culture reveals that, in order to be considered “pro-woman,” one must accept a narrowly defined set of values—values that many women find unrelatable, if not repulsive. This includes the glorification of abortion, the rejection of masculinity, and the exaltation of sexual liberation.
In the hookup culture that has developed with the advance of feminist values, promiscuity is not only rampant but is intellectually defended by scholars and socially condoned by university-sponsored events. As a result, the average college woman steps out of the safety of her home and childhood school and social communities onto the college campus where sexual anarchy is the rule.