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Masculinity is More Than a Mask


Stop war against boys, scholar implores

Philosopher Christina Hoff Sommers has reignited an already raging debate about the nature and role of masculinity in American society. In February, she is scheduled to speak on the topic at CU-Boulder at the invitation of the university’s Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy.

Writing recently in Time magazine, Sommers criticized the many gender scholars and activists who seek to rescue boys and young men from conventional masculinity.

For Sommers, this is a misguided agenda. Boys need attention, but declaring their maleness a pathology is not the answer. Exploitative masculinity is toxic, but ethical masculinity is a great force for good.

Sommers’ lecture will be held on Feb. 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Atlas 100 on the CU-Boulder campus.

Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. She taught philosophy and ethics for 20 years at the University of Pittsburgh and Clark University, and is best known for her critique of late-20-century feminism.

She is the author of several books, including “Who Stole Feminism?,” “The War Against Boys,” “One Nation Under Therapy” and “The Science on Women and Science.”
Her textbook, “Vice and Virtue in Everyday Life,” a bestseller in college ethics, is currently in its ninth edition. Her most recent book is “Freedom Feminism—Its Surprising History and Why it Matters Today.”

Also, mark your calendars for these coming speakers, by invitation of Steven Hayward, the inaugural Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy.

Jonah Goldberg
Feb. 25
Humanities 1B50 6:30-8 p.m.

Roger Scruton
March 5
Atlas 100 6:30-8 p.m.

Jonathan Adler
March 11
Atlas 100 7:15-9:30 p.m. (tentative)

Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger
March 20
Humanities 1B50 6:30-8 p.m.