I recommend reading Christina Hoff Sommers’ 1994 book, “Who Stole Feminism?” especially for those pursuing a degree in women and gender studies.
Sommers is a former philosophy professor who herself has taught WGS courses. Her book calls into question the integrity of WGS programs.
She claims rather than promoting scholarly pursuits, they serve as centers of indoctrination for a radical strain of feminism that unfairly vilifies men and needlessly portrays women as victims.
Just to be clear, questioning the integrity of an entire academic field is a serious accusation and should not be taken lightly. But I believe Sommers’ claims are substantiated, and unfortunately, continue to be relevant more than 20 years after her book was written.
Speaking from my own experiences, I have been a member of the University system for nearly a decade now, both as a student and an employee. I have not had much contact with WGS programs specifically, but I have been frequently exposed to feminist ideology.
During this time I have come to the same conclusion that Sommers has: feminism is a corrupt ideology that promotes a fictitious narrative (i.e. women are oppressed by the patriarchy) by presenting false and/or misleading information as if it were undisputed fact.
Furthermore, feminists lack the desire and/or ability to engage in logical discourse. Instead they would rather slander their opposition by labeling it as sexist.
Two of many falsehoods I have seen promoted by academic feminists are pay inequality (women earn 77 percent of what men do for equal work) and rape culture (1 in 4 women are raped during college). These are easily refutable statistics that distort the truth and omit critical variables.
But the reason this misinformation is tolerated is because people know they will be labeled as sexist if they even dare question it.
This is the same kind of environment that Sommers describes in WGS programs. WGS courses tend to be discussion based, but what constitutes legitimate discussion is so heavily restricted that students have little choice but to either conform to feminist ideology or be labeled as sexist.
Sommers even claims that in some courses the simple act of creating logical arguments based on objective reasoning is considered patriarchal, and therefore not tolerated.
The corruption described by Sommers runs even deeper than this, and some of it is shocking. People need to understand that these programs are responsible for creating much of the ideology driving radical feminism.
As it stands today, WGS programs are biased towards a political agenda at the expense of academic integrity. This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed.
On a final note, Sommers’ book has received a lot of criticism from feminists. My advice to you: hear what the critics have to say, and then read her book. You decide who is being more reasonable. If that is too much work, at least visit her YouTube channel, “Factual Feminist” (sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute).