In your letter you stated that one of your primary purposes is to “dispel myths and old views of feminism.”
Despite your conviction that feminism is an inclusive ideology aimed at achieving gender equality, I am not convinced that this is the case.
So in the interest of dispelling these alleged myths that I believe in, I am posing three questions to you in the hope that you will write a letter to The Spectrum answering these questions.
1.) Why is your ideology called “feminism” as opposed to some form of “gender egalitarianism?”
I do not understand why a movement that supposedly works towards gender equality would be named in such a way that focuses only on women.
Personally, I think the definition of feminism you provided (“the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities”) is incomplete at best.
I think that in order to qualify as a feminist, you must profess a belief in the existence of the oppressive patriarchy. Furthermore, you have to regard the patriarchy as one of the primary sources of the world’s evil.
2.) How come everybody that challenges feminism, without fail, finds themselves on the receiving end of harassment, intimidation, slander and censorship attempts?
I wrote an article on March 3rd that listed six (of numerous) examples where feminists have demonstrated this behavior at college campuses all over the world. This behavior even exists at North Dakota State.
NDSU staff member (and WGS administrative board member) Beth Twomey’s September 28th letter to The Spectrum encouraged the NDSU community to punish not only me, but my colleagues, in response to articles I had written that criticized feminism.
This was a blatant intimidation tactic that occurred right in the public’s eye.
This is related to the point I was trying to make in my first question.
The fact that feminists consistently treat opposition in this manner demonstrates that one of their primary goals is to promote their belief that the patriarchy is the primary source of evil.
3.) Did the Women and Gender Studies department pressure you into promoting feminism?
I have been saying since my first article that rather than promoting scholarly pursuits, WGS programs serve as centers of indoctrination for feminist ideology. NDSU’s WGS webpage and Twitter profile makes no secret of the fact that it exists to promote feminism.
You openly stated in your letter that you started your activism as a project for your WGS class. I find it puzzling why four freethinking adults would independently choose to promote an ideology that is entirely consistent with that of their professors.
There is a final point I am trying to prove by writing this letter, and it is one I have been trying to make since my first article: feminist lack the desire and/or ability to engage in logical discourse. Instead they would rather slander their opposition by labeling it as sexist.
I submit #NDSUFeminist’s response as evidence for this claim. I find it unlikely they will reply to this article. If they do, there is a high probability they will call me sexist and tell me to check my privilege.
I will leave it up to them to prove me wrong.