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What Would Ann Coulter Do?
Time ^ | 6/12/06 | TRACY SAMANTHA SCHMIDT

Posted on 06/14/2006 10:01:46 AM PDT by pookie18

On campus, a new conservative women's anti-feminist group is rising, and both their liberal counterparts and conservative mentors are taking notice

As female college activist groups go, the Network of Enlightened Women, or NeW, is a very different breed. They don't distribute condoms on the Quad or march for a woman's right to choose. Instead, they bake chocolate chip cookies and protest campus productions of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, a controversial play about female sexuality that conservatives say degrades women and glorifies rape.

Barely two years old, NeW is a small but fast-growing campus alternative to the Feminist Majority and the National Organization of Women, with a foothold in seven states. More importantly, it has already gained the attention and support of the most powerful conservative women in Washington.

This Friday controversial pundit Ann Coulter, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and others will address the leaders of NeW and their peers at the Conservative Leadership Seminar, a Capitol Hill conference where aspiring right-wingers learn from the pros. The seminar is sponsored by the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, an organization that mentors young conservative women. Though conservatives rising up on campus isn't exactly a new phenomenon, until now there hasn't been a group on campus that has specifically taken on modern feminism the way national groups like the Independent Women's Forum and the Eagle Forum have done in Washington.

Karin Agness, a recent graduate of the University of Virginia (UVA), got the idea for NeW when she returned to college after a summer spent interning for Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) in Washington. "I loved being around other conservative women and wanted to find more women like that at UVA," says Agness, 22, who hails from Indianapolis. "Unfortunately, all the women's groups on campus were really liberal and biased. And when I asked a [women's studies professor] if anybody would be interested in sponsoring a conservative women's group, she just laughed at me."

With a handful of friends, Agness launched NeW in September 2004, initially as a book club that over the semester discussed What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman by Danielle Crittenden. But the women wanted to do more than just read and think about changing things; they wanted to take action and do it themselves.

So on the same weekend that UVA's production of The Vagina Monologues opened in February 2005, NeW hosted a lecture by Christina Hoff Sommers, a vocal critic of feminism and author of The War Against Boys. Her lecture, "Sex, Lies and The Vagina Monologues" drew a standing-room only audience and sparked a weeklong debate in the student newspaper.

"The Vagina Monologues was something at UVA that no one had challenged because when feminists say something, it becomes fact," Agness says. "It's really important for these conservative women to stand up and take on some of these issues."

Professor Ann Lane, a former director of UVA's women and gender studies program, is embarrassed that NeW got its start at her university. "I'm not opposed to the group's existence — I just don't like it," she says. "I particularly don't accept their premise that men and women occupy such culturally different spaces."

Lane, who hasn't read NeW's constitution, bases her opinion on Hoff Sommer's lecture and campus rumor. "Someone told me that Lynn Cheney is a major contributor of theirs," she says. Such hearsay, however, is wrong. "I wish Lynn Cheney was a major contributor of NeW!" Agness muses.

What is true is that NeW is catching on across the nation. In the 16 months since The Vagina Monologues debate, NeW has expanded to seven other campuses, including Vanderbilt University, Drake University and Boise State University. While Agness suggests the women form book clubs before turning to activism, each chapter of NeW is autonomous — and likely to cause a stir.

How to deal with the rise of NeW is on the agenda at this week's National Women's Studies Association Conference. On Thursday, a panel will discuss how traditionally liberal campus women's centers can respond to conservative women and NeW in particular.

But there's not much they can do that would faze Agness. She has received her fair share of hate mail, and in September 2004, a UVA student newsmagazine published an article about the fledgling organization, complete with artwork. Recalls Agness, "On the cover they ran an illustration of a woman dressed in a perfectly ironed pristine shirt with a checkered apron, connected to a machine with 12 babies popping out while stirring her batter and reading her recipe with the headline 'Manifest Domesticity.'

"We were really portrayed as baby-making machines, and at that point I knew we were onto something. We were a threat."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anncoulter; coulter; liberalism

1 posted on 06/14/2006 10:01:47 AM PDT by pookie18
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To: xsmommy; Xenalyte; cyborg

Gyne-Ping.


2 posted on 06/14/2006 10:03:07 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

Wow, wish I could be there! That's gonna be some seminar.


3 posted on 06/14/2006 10:08:21 AM PDT by Xenalyte (The trouble with ignorance is that it picks up confidence as it goes along.)
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To: pookie18

Oh yeah, these young ladies have it right! Bravo, wish I was back in undergrad land., I'd be right there making it happen. This is just great news. It will spread quickly. Tears me up a little.


4 posted on 06/14/2006 10:10:34 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: martin_fierro

totally cool. this is def something we can ask about on the tour of colleges that we are about to embark on with xsteen!


5 posted on 06/14/2006 10:10:54 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: pookie18
Anne Coulter: a woman speaking her mind. And liberals and probably feminists want to shut her up.

Hmmm... a double standard?
6 posted on 06/14/2006 10:13:48 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: pookie18
A hell of a lot better looking than Eve Ensler's bitch-squad.

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7 posted on 06/14/2006 10:14:41 AM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: pookie18

As the old saying goes, "if you're taking flak, you're over the target!"

Go get'em, Karin!


8 posted on 06/14/2006 10:18:19 AM PDT by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: RexBeach

Ann should patent her bomb sight!


9 posted on 06/14/2006 10:20:01 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: pookie18

NeW bump!


10 posted on 06/14/2006 10:22:14 AM PDT by Joe Republc
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To: pookie18

I wouldnt mess with those women on a bet!


11 posted on 06/14/2006 10:23:01 AM PDT by xarmydog
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To: pookie18

You know the rules, Ann's name in the title mandates a picture in the post ... (arms crossed, toe tapping incessantly)


12 posted on 06/14/2006 10:24:20 AM PDT by exnavy (God bless America)
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To: exnavy
Here's one...


13 posted on 06/14/2006 10:29:13 AM PDT by Dr. Ed Bravo (Contact "StarCMC" to join the Patriot Guard Riders ping list.)
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To: exnavy; Dr. Ed Bravo
Here's another:


14 posted on 06/14/2006 10:31:19 AM PDT by BullDog108 ("Conservatives believe in God. Liberals think they are God." ---Ann Coulter)
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To: norraad
"We were really portrayed as baby-making machines, and at that point I knew we were onto something. We were a threat."

It does appear Ann isn't the only one that knows how to read the reaction of liberals.

15 posted on 06/14/2006 10:32:26 AM PDT by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON!)
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To: pookie18

I love it! College campuses are the last frontier of unchecked liberal indoctrination.


16 posted on 06/14/2006 10:36:47 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: 1Old Pro
My bad :-(


17 posted on 06/14/2006 10:47:51 AM PDT by pookie18 ([Hillary Rotten] Clinton Happens...as does Dr. Demento Dean, Bela Pelosi & Benedick Durbin!!)
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To: pookie18


Ann Coulter ROCKS. :)


18 posted on 06/14/2006 10:52:20 AM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: pookie18

Things like this warm the heart of this man. Not only are our women so important in our conservatism, but to see these young ladies getting involved is absolutely wonderful. Let the likes of Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter set the trend and lead the way for our younger generation. I'm telling you we need to help these young ladies financially if no other way.


19 posted on 06/14/2006 10:54:54 AM PDT by fish hawk
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To: pookie18

Conservababes!


20 posted on 06/14/2006 11:09:26 AM PDT by rockthecasbah (Don't wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.)
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To: BartMan1; Nailbiter; Forecaster; stanley windrush

... ping ...


21 posted on 06/14/2006 11:10:49 AM PDT by IncPen (Bush Iraq Truth WMD http://freedomkeys.com/whyiraq.htm)
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To: Rabid Dog

This is good!! Wish we had some of these fantastic college students at our local college.


22 posted on 06/14/2006 11:57:11 AM PDT by Snapping Turtle (Slow down and get a grip!)
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To: pookie18
The campus brownshirts will be terribly upset that normal women have dared to challenge their indoctrination.

The next step will be, of course, to run them off campus in the name of tolerance and diversity.

23 posted on 06/14/2006 12:16:00 PM PDT by Reactionary (The Barking of the Native Moonbat is the Sound of Moral Nitwittery)
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To: Snapping Turtle

Hmmmm, we may want to start a chapter. It's non-partisan.


24 posted on 06/14/2006 3:36:05 PM PDT by Rabid Dog
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To: pookie18

I just donated some money to NeW. Great group! Wish there were a group like this for non-college age women.


25 posted on 07/18/2006 2:11:11 PM PDT by RushCrush (Ban stupid people, not dogs!)
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