A Manhattan pharmaceutical heiress said her mother had to hire her a $300-a-day deprogrammer to unlearn the waking attitudes she had been “brainwashed” with at an all-female college in Massachusetts.
Annabella Rockwell, 29, graduated from Mount Holyoke in western Massachusetts in 2015 and said it turned her on to drinking and briefly alienated her from her mother, who threw a vase during one of their fights.
Before she went to elite school to study history, which costs $60,000 a year, Rockwell said she grew up in a “traditional” household and considered herself open-minded.
However, underage politics claimed the all-female school had “totally indoctrinated” her into thinking she was an oppressed victim of patriarchy.
“This professor tells me about the patriarchy. I barely knew what the word meant. I didn’t know what she was talking about,” she told the New York Post. “I wasn’t one for feminism. I just knew I felt I had always been free to do what I wanted. I never experienced sexism.
“But I’m told there’s the patriarchy and you don’t even understand that it’s been working against you all your life. You are oppressed and you didn’t even know it. Now you have to fight it.
“And I just went down this deep rabbit hole.”
Annabella Rockwell, 29, graduated from Mount Holyoke in Western Massachusetts in 2015 and said it drove her booze
She also said that the school’s ideologies briefly alienated her from her mother (right), who threw a vase during one of their arguments.
She claimed the all-female school “totally indoctrinated” her into thinking she was an oppressed victim of patriarchy. Before attending the elite school, which costs $60,000 a year, Rockwell said she grew up in a “traditional” household and considered herself open-minded.
That rabbit hole—which began when she took a Gender Studies class in her freshman year—caused a deep separation between her and her mother. She felt she needed to educate about the real state of the world, including writing a “manifesto” claiming that her mother treated her like a “wind-up toy.”
In her postgraduate manifesto, she also accused her mother Melina, whom she had once considered her best friend, of never loving her.
“My thoughts were no longer mine,” she told the Post. “I left school very anxious, very nervous, very depressed and sad.
“I saw everything through the lens of oppression and bias and victimization. I came to the school as someone everyone saw right away. I left looking for injustice wherever I could and automatically assumed all white men were sexist.”
She said her professors “encouraged alienation from parents” and even “offered their houses to stay in.”
‘They would say, don’t go to them, come and stay with us during the holidays. Most of my classmates believed all this too. If you didn’t, you were banned,” the former figure skater told the outlet.
In addition to the alleged brainwashing, Rockwell said she found the freshman rituals aggressive and the drinking culture was huge on campus.
She said she didn’t like “feminism” before going to school, but after taking a gender studies class in her freshman year, she went down a “rabbit hole”
Her mother hired a $300 a day decoder to help her out of her “brainwashing” and now Rockwell credits her mother for helping her out
Some freshmen even cut their hair in the MoHo Chop, which is a “radical affirmation of their LGBT identity,” for some and for others just an initiation ritual, according to the campus newspaper. Mount Holyoke News.
Rockwell, who grew up on the Upper East Side, did not participate in this ritual, she told the Post.
Conservative commentator Laura Loomer, also 29, said the “entire culture there is about hating men and being a lesbian.”
Loomer attended the school for a semester in 2011 and left due to alleged bullying. During her short time at the school, another anonymous student wrote an “I Hate Laura Loomer” post on Holyoke Confessional.
Loomer also said the “sister schools” — Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Smith, Radcliffe, Vassar, and Wellesley — are also “designed to be these elite institutions for women at a time when places like Harvard were just taking men.” But they are no longer places for ideas and debate and a well-rounded education.’
“They are centers of indoctrination. If you send your kid there, you’re signing them to hate the patriarchy and the white people and the founding fathers of our country. It is a corruption of higher education to arm naive young women to promote a toxic agenda,” Loomer told The Post.
She now works for a conservative company after briefly working on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. However, she said she began to question Democratic values after moving to Florida in 2018 (pictured with Donald Trump)
Both former students say the school is a breeding ground for mean girls.
DailyMail.com has contacted Mount Holyoke for comment.
Because of the indoctrination, which Melinda claims stole the light from her “buzzling breath of fresh air” daughter, the mother hires a $300-a-day decoder and Scott Williams, Rockwell’s old tennis court, to turn her back on her. to turn.
She claimed that Rockwell’s time at school was “no different than if she had been taken by the Moonies or the Children of God.”
“She was no longer the Annabella I had known all her life,” she told The Post.
The Rockwells were told it could take up to seven years to undo the young graduate, but the older one knew it would be an uphill battle.
“It was like walking on a tightrope,” Melina told The Post. “I couldn’t push too hard or I’d lose her, but if I let go I felt like I might not see her again. It was as bad as trying to get a kid off the street who uses heroin.
‘[Professors and older students] tell the students they are special – it’s like they’re anointed – and then they talk about how oppressed they are and what victims they are and how to go out into the world and be activists to end the oppression.”
Laura Loomer (pictured wearing a green scarf) also attended the school for a semester in 2011 and left after claiming she was “bullied” for her conservative views. She said the school was the place to “hate the patriarchy and the white people and the founding fathers of our country”
The former student thanks her mother for her persistence and now works as a fundraiser for PragerU, a conservative video group that promotes conservative values.
“If my mom hadn’t kept hammering at me and giving up, I know where I would be now,” she told the Post.
‘Mount Holyoke found its match in my mother. If it weren’t for her, I’d probably be living in Massachusetts, working for some super-progressive politician, hanging out with people I had nothing in common with except ideology, and drinking all the time. And I’d be miserable.’
Although she looks back on her time at the school, she said she didn’t want to “slander” the other girls who had attended the school.
“They were young and impressionable. It was not fair to anyone that there was no room for discussion.’