Posted on November 29, 2022

Mount Holyoke Grad Deprogrammed From Women-Only Woke Culture

Dana Kennedy, New York Post, November 26, 2022

Annabella Rockwell led a life of privilege even before she entered posh Mount Holyoke College in rural South Hadley, Mass. in 2011. The heiress to a pharmaceutical fortune, she grew up on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, summered in Newport, RI, and later moved with her family to Palm Beach, Fla.

A competitive figure skater who lived abroad for a time in Germany as well as Hong Kong, Rockwell chose Mount Holyoke for its academic rigor and prestige. At the time, she said, she’d grown up in a home with “traditional” values but considered herself open-minded.


But she told The Post she wound up “totally indoctrinated” into viewing the world as a toxic patriarchy and herself as an oppressed victim — and eventually had to be deprogrammed.


“I left school very anxious, very nervous, very depressed and sad,” Rockwell said. “I saw everything through the lens of oppression and bias and victimhood. I came to the school as someone who saw everyone equally. I left looking for injustice wherever I could and automatically assuming that all white men were sexist. My thoughts were no longer my own.”

Rockwell said she also developed a drinking problem at college and turned on her mother, Melinda Rockwell, whom she had once considered her best friend. {snip}


Laura Loomer, 29, a conservative activist, also entered Mount Holyoke as a freshman in 2011 but unlike Rockwell left after one semester. She said she was bullied for her conservative views by both her classmates and professors. At one point, the school’s “Holyoke Confessional” — an anonymous chat board online — included an entire thread titled “I Hate Laura Loomer,” she said.

“The entire culture there revolved around hating men and being a lesbian,” Loomer, author of “Loomered: How I Became the Most Banned Woman in the World,” told The Post. “Mount Holyoke and all the Seven Sisters [schools, including historically women’s colleges Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Smith, Radcliffe, Vassar and Wellesley] were designed to be these elite institutions for women at a time when places like Harvard just took men. But they’re no longer places for ideas and debate and a well-rounded education. They’re centers for indoctrination. If you send your kid there you’re signing them up to hate the patriarchy and white people and the founding stock of our country. It’s a bastardization of higher education for the sake of weaponizing naive young women for the sake of advancing a toxic agenda.”

Both Rockwell and Loomer said that students who were conservative or some of the campus ideology were bullied. “Basically, the college says they’re all about progressivism and equality but there are a lot of mean girls of all ages there.”


Melinda enlisted the help of a deprogrammer who charged $300 a day as well as Annabella’s old tennis coach, Scott Williams, but was warned that it can take up to seven years for someone to overcome what Melinda considered brainwashing.