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'Mein Kampf' and the 'Feminazis': What Three Academics' Hitler Hoax Really Reveals About 'Wokeness'

When a 'feminist rewrite' of Hitler's autobiographical manifesto was accepted for publication, the stunt won breathless kudos from right-wing media stars. But what did the three academic provocateurs actually 'prove'? And how does their prank fit into conservatives' accelerating culture wars?

Mikael Nilsson
Mikael Nilsson
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The scandal broke in The Wall Street Journal, two and a half years ago. Three self-described "left-leaning liberals" had fooled feminist and gender studies journals to accept a number of “absurd and horrific’” hoax papers for publication. One paper was billed as a rewrite of a chapter from Hitler’s "Mein Kampf," but using feminist theory.

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