Phyllis Schlafly died this week. What made this Midwestern wife and mother so important? Against all odds, she succeeded in killing the Equal Rights Amendment in 1982. But perhaps social conservatism would be no worse off—or even better off—if she had failed. Editor Rusty Reno, senior editor Mark Bauerlein, and associate editor Julia Yost welcome journalist and editor and all-around legend Midge Decter, to assess the legacy of an anti-feminist icon. Then, it’s time to head back to campus—and that means getting up to speed on all the jargon about microaggressions and microinvalidations and triggering. Is it still okay to say “you guys”? And how about that (un)welcome letter to freshmen from the University of Chicago? Rusty has sympathy for the special snowflakes; Mark and Julia have stories from the trenches.

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