- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 5, 2017

Students at Amherst college will soon be able to use a portion of the their $67,000 tuition to explore the reasons why “some women become prominent right-wing leaders.”

The psychology of women like NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, and other conservatives will be the topic of conversation this fall for students who are eligible to sign up for 400-level courses at Amherst. The course, titled, “Contemporary Debates: Women and Right-Wing Populism,” is offered by Amrita Basu, the department chair of the school’s Sexuality, Women’s & and Gender Studies Department.

“Why have some women become prominent right-wing leaders and activists while others have allied with leftist, anti-racist, and other progressive forces to fight for the rights of women and other marginalized groups? How have transnational forces influenced both forms of women’s activism? To what extent are there cross-national similarities in the impact of the far right surge on women, gender and sexuality?” reads the course description, first reported Thursday by the educational watchdog Campus Reform.

Students at the Massachusetts college will also examine “Islamophobia and “anti-immigrant sentiments” before turning in a final research paper to complete the course.

Two of the required readings include: “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right,” by Arlie Russell Hochschild; and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” by Margaret Atwood.

Ms. Basu did not respond to Campus Reform’s request for comment prior to publication.



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