American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Christina Hoff Sommers is a classical equity feminist, meaning she believes the government should not impose an unfair advantage or disadvantage on women or men. But Sommers is concerned that classical equity feminism has been eclipsed by what she calls “fainting-couch feminism,” an ideology overplaying victimhood that has leaked from college campuses and celebrity activists into the mainstream.
This hulking paperback, with its 250 pages of introduction, chronology, notes, appendices, acknowledgments, bibliography, and “online resources,” and goodness knows how many fragments, squibs, and variant readings, is all anyone will ever want of Shelley. Rather more than all, in fact. If one comes for Adonais, Alastor, “The Cloud,” “To a Skylark,” “Ode to the West Wind,” “The Invitation,” “Song to Pan,” and perhaps half a dozen others, plus fragments from some of the longer poems, one emphatically does not stay for “Feelings of a Republican on the Fall of Bonaparte” or all 617 excruciating lines of “Julian and Maddalo: A Conversation.”