While at Cornell University, Fluke led the activist group Students Acting for Gender Equality (SAGE). Paul Ibrahim, a former president of the Cornell Coalition for Life (CCL) — which tangled with SAGE over abortion politics — provided an assessment of just how radical the organization was when Fluke was active. [RELATED: Meet law student and feminist hero Sandra Fluke]
“One of the best decisions of my life was signing up for the SAGE discussion list,” Ibrahim wrote. “Nothing has provided me with more entertainment like witnessing angry fights between extremist feminists. … Some of these women spend four years doing nothing but complaining about the glass ceiling and lack of empowerment, but unfortunately, the organization continues to exist.”
The group repeatedly counter-protested CCL events and called the pro-life students names, such as “racist” or “Nazis.”
Among the events SAGE sponsored when Fluke was active included an open forum in February 2003 titled “Porn: Are We Fucked?” The main event involved screenings and critiques of pornographic films.
Also while at Cornell, Fluke was a teaching assistant to feminist professor Andrea Parrot for a course titled “Global Violence Against Women.” The class, according to Cornell’s catalogue, “focuses on the evolution of sexual norms, cross-cultural customs, legislation within changing sociopolitical systems, and delivery of services related to sexual issues, needs, and/or problems,” and “addresses future trends in sexuality.”
The existence of the Georgetown journal article was first noted by the Media Research Center in March 2012.