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Hey, Remember That Time at Summer Camp? Now With Abortion Workshops!

July 6, 2010

My latest post at David Horowitz’s NewsReal:

Out: Camp fires and swimming. In: Group-think! Yes, now femisogynists are weaseling their way into the realm of summer camps:

Lots of kids go to summer camp to roast hot dogs and learn how to canoe. Others go to get really good at tennis or to immerse themselves in musical theater. And now, you can go to camp to learn how to be a feminist.

A camp. To learn how to be a feminist. I know, I thought the same thing — who on earth would want to be a feminist, much less attend a camp rife with them? Turns out, it’s the kind of people who actually choose to label themselves and who take some sort of strange pride in being a part of an irrelevant and self-diminishing group-think.

When Sara Myles, a student at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, has trouble launching herself onto a trampoline, she shouts to rev herself up. “I can do this. I’m a feminist!” That declaration is one of the overarching themes of feminist summer camp: declaring one’s feminist status proudly, and then figuring out how to put that pride and energy to use.

Hey, here’s an idea. How about being proud of yourself as, you know, a person? You see, you kind of defeat the purpose when you take actual pride in having a victim mentality and participating in the perpetuation of lies and faux oppression. This line of alleged thinking continues with the workshops that are offered, including the following:

Activists Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards started the program for college students after visiting university campuses around the country and realizing that lots of women’s studies students wanted to work as feminists, but didn’t know where to look for jobs. They planned the week in order to introduce the campers to as many different feminist organizations as possible: They vary from the Guttmacher Institute, which collects statistics about things like the number of abortions performed each year, to Babeland, a female-friendly sex toy shop.

Work as feminists? That’s an actual job now? Well, I suppose we should be grateful that they are finally admitting that. It is a job; feminism is a cottage industry that has nothing to do with actual women. In fact, their entire agenda is harmful to women as their own workshops indicate. Surprise, surprise – abortion is a key study area! Because, remember, you can’t possibly be a feminist if you are an icky pro-life woman who believes that killing babies is not something to be embraced and touted as a way to achieve a corrupted form of equality.

Good old “sexual empowerment” is covered as well via the workshops on sex toys. Either that, or the camp counselors are pervily hoping to see young women at slumber parties having pillow fights in their panties – now with “appliances”! I only hope they have a workshop on bashing cheerleaders. No feminist camp could be complete without the demeaning of women who aren’t the “right” kind of women!

Once again, feminists prove that they are actually femisogynists who do not have the best interests of women nor womanhood itself at heart. It’s all about perpetuating a victim class and pushing an agenda harmful to all, but particularly damaging to women. Group think and self-labeling, good. Individuality, bad.

The entire concept of this “summer camp” is cuckoo pants.  The alleged goal is to teach women to find jobs in the “feminist” field. If they were really concerned about “equality”, why would they pigeon hole young women into jobs that only serve to foster a victim mentality? Shouldn’t the entire goal of actual feminism be that there is no longer a need nor a desire for “feminist” jobs?

But, then, it’s not about empowering women to them, is it? It’s about keeping the left in power.


h/t Tabitha Hale’s twitter feed

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22 Comments leave one →
  1. mike permalink
    July 6, 2010 10:27 pm


    Just a guess, I’d bet your not a product of the 60’s. It was hell for both sexes. Still paying the price to this day. Keep up the good work.

    • Lori Ziganto permalink*
      July 6, 2010 10:28 pm

      I was born in ’71, so, yeah, I missed the 60s. The 70s weren’t too terrific either, though, and not just the horrendous clothing 😀

      Also, thank you! Much appreciated.

  2. ttyler5 permalink
    July 7, 2010 8:43 am

    I’ll second Mike’s observation, I was 8 years old when Betty Friedan cued

    **** the whining chorus of privileged college-educated upper middle class liberal female political activist twats****

    who passed themselves off as “feminists” in the 1960’s and ’70’s!

    Never was so much screeching done by so many over so little!

  3. macleod permalink
    July 7, 2010 10:58 am

    Feminism is a job. It takes a lot of effort to be that angry, bitter and self-centered all the time. And they need a camp where they can interact with other feminists– cause no one else wants to be around them!
    Just a guess, but I’m thinking none of these girls were asked to the prom, or turned down careers as super-models.

    • Roger Snowden permalink
      July 7, 2010 2:17 pm

      Well, it’s women’s work.

  4. Rubyred permalink
    July 7, 2010 2:12 pm

    What is a college student doing attending “summer camp”? When I was in college, my parents expected me to work in the summer. I know the job market is tight these days, but I spent a number of summers babysitting neighbors’ school aged kids who were home for the summer and needed a semi-adult around. Geez. Grow up already.

  5. princetrumpet permalink
    July 7, 2010 3:33 pm

    Just a note to tell you I just found your site through Thou art great! Very funny and a great style of writing. You’ve gained another fan.

  6. Bitchen Camaro permalink
    July 7, 2010 3:58 pm

    I came in through Hot Air too.

    Just wondering… who does the dishes?

  7. Sen. Fuller Bull - D permalink
    July 7, 2010 4:00 pm

    “I can stop shaving my legs and pits, I’m a feminist!”

  8. Dolly permalink
    July 7, 2010 4:14 pm

    Amy Richards, btw, is the woman who famously talked to the NY Times about “selectively aborting” two of her triplets because she lived in a walk-up and did not want to have to move to Staten Island and “buy big jars of Mayonnaise from Costco.”

  9. Sen. Fuller Bull - D permalink
    July 7, 2010 4:14 pm

    realizing that lots of women’s studies students wanted to work as feminists, but didn’t know where to look for jobs


    And, to think, people tell dumb blond jokes!

  10. July 7, 2010 4:20 pm

    I lived through the 70’s and the movement never made sense to me. If you really wanted something, go for it. You might not get it the first or second time but eventually, you would land where you wanted to go.

    This entire mantra of the so-called feminists is a joke. By the mid-1970’s the job environment in the US had changed – jobs were opening for women all over the place. The feminists? Just whiners who wanted an easy path without having to work too hard.

    I remember reading an article a few years ago about a college grad who couldn’t find a job, after 4 years at a private college. I said to my husband, “Bet she has a degree in women’s (aka whining) studies.” Sure did – back page of article, “Susie” had a degree in women’s studies. Having worked in the public school system, private sector corporations, and now teaching college part time – Women’s studies is a waste of taxpayer money not to mention a form of robbery of student money. And, not jobs.

    You gotta give the 2 college kids credit – they reverted to that old business standby, “marketing” and are selling a useless product to people who will spend money on something that will have ZERO effect on their lives.

  11. Dixibehr permalink
    July 7, 2010 4:26 pm

    Lori, you used the word “femisogynist”.

    I think you might find “misterogynist” better.

  12. Fallon permalink
    July 7, 2010 4:36 pm

    This summer camp needs to go the way of “Women’s Studies”. How someone can get a degree in naval gazing is beyond me.

    I like your writing. Some of us survived the stupid sixties and seventies with our brains intact. After I had my first child, I had an epiphany. Feminists were liars. They were actually anti-woman. That kind of explains the incestuous relationship between abortion and feminism, too.

    • Lori Ziganto permalink*
      July 7, 2010 4:39 pm

      Bingo. That’s why I call them femisogynists. They are anti-woman and actually dislike womanhood *itself*. They seek to diminish motherhood at every turn and make it into some form of “punishment” and a detriment. In reality, it’s the opposite.

      They are the antithesis of the feminism they claim to embrace.

  13. mike permalink
    July 7, 2010 7:28 pm

    If you think about it, this was nothing more than the rebirth of the progressive movement…

  14. iam7545 permalink
    July 7, 2010 9:50 pm


    Great piece – Can you get a list of names so that I NEVAH get blind dated with any of these so called wimmen?

    Hey, why don’t some real ladies like you can Sarah do a seminar there in Moose hunting or something?

  15. macleod permalink
    July 7, 2010 10:07 pm

    So Lori, re we saying that feminism is penis envy?

  16. mike permalink
    July 7, 2010 10:38 pm


    Everyone needs to accept the fact this is all about controll not women.

  17. Molten permalink
    July 9, 2010 9:02 pm

    Anti-feminist women throw egg in the face of those thousands upon thousands of women who fought an ugly battle for the liberties they now enjoy. Anti-feminist woman can’t connect their own freedom to pursue education and career with feminist history at all. You’d think that they may show an inkling of gratitude for the fact that they can vote, or have their own checking account, instead of pretending that it wasn’t feminism that made those things possible.

    Anti-feminist women flatter themselves into believing that sexism is just an excuse used by unhappy and unsuccessful women to explain their failures. They reject all damaging cultural and societal messages. They ignore the enormous pressure on young women to meet an unrealistic and destructive standard of beauty perpetuated by a consumer culture that turns that self-loathing into mammoth profits. They excuse rape, sexual harassment, and pay inequity as trivial issues. Lori probably believes that men are more likely than women to be victimized by rape and sexual harassment, and that pay inequality is a myth created by the socialist Department of Labor!

    Any semi-organized group of people will have their radical wing and their moderates. The radical wing is usually the most vocal (see the tea party). Feminism is no different. What anti-feminist women don’t get is that there are plenty of intelligent women out there with flexible minds who can embrace feminist ideals and who consider themselves feminists but don’t define their identity solely by their female gender or the label of feminist. Lori loves to lump all feminist women in with the radical wing of feminism. Feminism is multi-faceted and decentralized. There isn’t one way to be a feminist. Modern Feminism also concerns itself with the plight of women beyond our borders, but in Lori’s tortured mind, feminism only equals pro-choice, and that’s all that she needs to deny any progress made by feminists.

  18. Dixibehr permalink
    July 10, 2010 12:20 am

    \\There isn’t one way to be a feminist.\\

    But this is precisely the point that Lori is trying to make.

    \\ Modern Feminism also concerns itself with the plight of women beyond our borders, but in Lori’s tortured mind, feminism only equals pro-choice, and that’s all that she needs to deny any progress made by feminists.\\

    It’s the angry depressed woe-men in sensible shoes who are claiming that anyone who is pro-life isn’t a real feminist.


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