THE O.J. Simpson test is just one expression of exactly how domestic physical violence haunts US society. Is "Gone utilizing the Wind" another? Particularly, did Rhett Butler rape or, less offensively, ravish Scarlett O'Hara?
The debate started a several years straight back in scholastic journals together with lecture hallway between two feminist philosophers -- one of these Christina Hoff Sommers, who's got since outraged many feminists along with her book "Who Stole Feminism? exactly exactly How Women Betrayed Women," posted year that is last. The argument inside her book -- that feminism is dominated by people who look for to persuade people that American ladies "are perhaps perhaps not the creatures that are free think our company is" -- is foreshadowed into the dispute over Margaret Mitchell's Civil War saga.
In the event you missed it, the debate has resurfaced once again. Listed here are excerpts. TOM KUNTZ
From a message offered final autumn to the American Enterprise Institute by Ms. Sommers, a co-employee teacher of philosophy at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., and reprinted in the present problem of The United states Enterprise:
Until 1989, I became a scholastic feminist in good standing. My essays had been contained in feminine anthologies. I happened to be invited to conferences that are feminist. My courses had been cross-listed with ladies' Studies. We went afoul regarding the feminist establishment whenever We published an essay when you look at the Chronicle of Higher Education that said something politically wrong concerning the famous staircase scene in "Gone with all the Wind."