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I believe that the obvious over-reaction to the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is a good example of the differences between academic feminism and non-academic feminism.

The difference between academic feminism and non-academic feminism is something that I had to learn and realize when I tried to go back to college and took a “Gender and Communication” class in 1991.

And then in 2004 after writing several letters to the HSU Lumberjack about being a child abuse survivor, I offered to give a presentation titled “Survivor Myth, Survivor Image, Survivor Reality: seeking the truth about child abuse victims.” And there is factually nobody on the planet more qualified than myself to give a presentation with that title. But not a single student or professor was curious, and nobody responded to my offer, including nobody in the Women’s Studies Department.

Ever since then I have been doubtful of academic feminists. What if I had been a female offering to do that presentation?

So, what are the differences between “academic feminists” and “non-academic feminists?” I think that people should discover the grand and wonderful differences for themselves. And don’t argue about it!

It’s not an argument; it’s a discovery. And I’m forever grateful for the females in my life who helped me to make that discovery. And many of them are right here in Eureka, Arcata and Humboldt, including women who work in shops, businesses and restaurants in Eureka, Arcata, Fortuna and Garberville. They are a joy to my world, year ’round!

Orion Palomar, Eureka

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