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|NUMBER 271||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||AUGUST 2008|
Mike Adams, a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, began his career in academia as a staunch liberal. When he became conservative, he started clashing with liberal professors on his campus - especially with those espousing feminism, Marxism, or both.
After Adams took part in a high-profile free speech controversy just after 9/11, he appeared on several conservative TV shows and eventually launched a column on Townhall.com. He is now well known as a lovable (to conservatives) curmudgeon (to feminists), who uses ruthless logic and humor to undermine the academy's over-the-top political correctness and intolerance.
Feminists Say the Darndest Things contains 61 letters, most of them directed to feminist college professors guilty of inconsistent, unethical, unprofessional, or even malicious behavior. Adams's letters confront his colleagues on these actions.
For example, during a recruitment meeting, one feminist UNCW professor commented: "This [candidate] went to West Point. He may be too conservative to teach here. . . . Then again, I'm really attracted to military guys." Adams wrote to the chancellor of UNCW with a suggestion. "In order to better facilitate matchmaking during the hiring process, I submit that we modify our ads to require job candidates to submit photographs. . . . This will help committee members to better decide whether they are 'attracted to' a given applicant." Adams's satire exposes how ridiculous it is for feminists to tolerate inappropriate statements they would never accept from non-feminists.
Adams responds to a feminist blogger who says he deserves to be beaten almost to death, a sociologist who accuses pro-lifers who don't oppose the death penalty of genocidal tendencies, and the sponsors of several incredibly offensive and ludicrous campus events. The feminists he confronts are often deeply alienated from normal human interactions and relationships such as the radio host who is "angry that, having fought so hard to become liberated and independent, women are now being trapped into caring for dependent parents."
Just a month after the book's release, Adams dedicated all future royalties to a children's charity in Kenya. "As long as I live, I'll never draw another penny from Penguin for sales of this book," he vowed. Adams puts his money where his mouth is in his fight against abortion, Marxism, and other injustices. This, and the wonderful surprise in the 61st letter, add to the book's appeal.