GENDER WARS

09.23.13

National Review Claims ‘War on Men’

‘The powerful women’s lobby is fighting a war of attrition against men.’

According to the National Review, feminism is ruining men’s lives—again. The conservative publication, in partnership with the nonprofit Independent Women’s Forum, hosted a debate Thursday night with the topic: “Is there a war on women? Or is it a war on men?” Panelists included Fox News pundit (and Daily Beast columnist) Kirsten Powers; an editor at Vanity Fair; and Christina Sommers, author of The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men. “The powerful women’s lobby is fighting a war of attrition against men,” according to Sommers, who has also claimed that the game “tag” is being phased-out for the more girl-friendly “circle of friends.” Clearly a tragedy. This is not the first time the National Review has suggested the so-called war on men: the line originated in an election-year column by the magazine’s editor-at-large, Kathryn Jean Lopez, in which she said the church is feminist because “women are in the pope’s prayers" and took issue with the treatment of men such as Rick Santorum.