Feminism

A Grab Bag of Things

Featured image I’m on the road today and tomorrow doing some archival research for a book project, so postings will be light. But here are a couple of placeholders in the meantime: • I’m working on several energy and climate items, but for the moment it is worth noting that the indispensable Energy Information Administration (EIA) has produced an independent assessment of the EPA’s so-called “Clean Power Plan” to reduce greenhouse gas »

Are 20 percent of college women sexually assaulted? [With Comment by John]

Featured image The Washington Post is claiming, based on a poll, that “twenty percent of young women who attended college during the past four years say they were sexually assaulted.” That’s an alarming finding. But is it valid? Scott Greer and Blake Neff of the Daily Caller point to flaws in the Post’s study that undermine the 20 percent claim. First, the Post didn’t asked the female students polled whether they were »

When Liberal Pieties Collide

Featured image I didn’t expect to read this in the New York Times this morning: Do women and men have different brains? Back when Lawrence H. Summers was president of Harvard and suggested that they did, the reaction was swift and merciless. Pundits branded him sexist. Faculty members deemed him a troglodyte. Alumni withheld donations. But when Bruce Jenner said much the same thing in an April interview with Diane Sawyer, he »

Jen, Jenny, Jenner (2)

Featured image I wasn’t going to take the bait that the identity politics left is dangling like so much shark chum hoping to score some cheap points against us retrograde defenders of human nature, but then two worthy stories related to the Bruce Caitlyn Jenner matter crossed the screen. First, Damon Linker of The Week, a centrist not afraid of laying some smack on cultural conservatives—including a column a few days ago »

Samantha Power doubles down on Emma Sulkowicz’s bogus rape claim

Featured image Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, delivered the commencement address at Barnard College on Sunday. Consistent with her ridiculous tweet of the same day, Power compared the situation of women in the U.S. with those in Afghanistan. As Eric Owens of the Daily Caller reports: Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the graduating class at all-female Barnard College that women continue to suffer »

How To Inoculate Your Daughter Against Campus Feminism

Featured image As a public service announcement, any Power Line readers with daughters heading off to college next fall ought to have a look at NeW, the Network of Enlightened Women.  No—seriously—I know what you’re thinking: “Enlightened” is often a euphemism for leftism, but in this case NeW is a nice twit of NOW (National Organization for Women), which really ought to be thought of as THEN (Thoroughly Harridan Egalitarian Nonsense), and »

Fanfare for the Factual Feminist

Featured image Kudos to our friend Christina Hoff Sommers, whose “Factual Feminist” video series has cracked 2 million views, and garnered a positive profile in The Telegraph newspaper: The 64-year-old academic is the star of hit YouTube series The Factual Feminist, which doesn’t just stick up for men, but also calls-out the sisterhood on false stats, cruel comments and double-standards. You know, the stuff that alienates men from the gender equality debate »

Bottom Story of the Week

Featured image The New Republic, with its punk owner Chris Hughes having locked the cockpit door, continues its rapid decompression and descent into the mountainside.  This week TNR carries a piece saying that the Rolling Stone UVA rape hoax story is the fault of . . . conservatives. The story (and “story” it is) by Elizabeth Stoker Brunig shows what an expensive college education in postmodern theory gets you these days: Pinning »

Mick Jagger, Cat Stevens, and feminism

Featured image The Camille Paglia interview in which she recalls being denounced by feminists for taking too soft a line on the Rolling Stones song “Under My Thumb,” coupled with Steve’s reporting on “sexual paranoia in academe,” reminded me of an article by the feminist rock music critic Ellen Willis that appeared in the New Yorker more than 40 years ago. The late Ms. Willis, whose voice I miss, argued that “Under »

Tweet of the Day [Updated]

Featured image Power Line Trigger Warning!  The following tweet is so ridiculous I could never have thought of it even after the best bottle of single malt in all of Scotland crossed with a supercharged tab of LSD.  But it may trigger convulsions of laughter and/or disgust, and our liability insurance does not cover this: To which Jim Geraghty replied: Announcing that the sound of applause gives you anxiety takes courage & »

How feminism became boring

Featured image 45 years ago, I found feminists to be intellectually interesting. Perhaps this was due to the fact that they were more intellectually interesting than the Marxists I hung out with, but I think there was more to it than that. I now find most feminists boring even compared to Marxists. But Camille Paglia remains extraordinarily interesting. Paglia delivers a virtuoso display in this interview with Nick Gillespie. Among other things, »

“Gamergate”: More Gaps Than a Nixon Tape

Featured image When it comes to “Gamergate,” I’m having a bit of an Emily Litella moment: What’s all this about Gamergate?  I’ve paid no attention to it at all.  Apparently video games are misogynistic or something.  I’m not a gamer, so I wouldn’t know.  But the response to it from the Sisters of the Perpetually Concerned is utterly predictable.  (And why is the ADL getting in on this?) Fortunately we have Christina »

Man Bites Dog: CBS News Calls Gender Pay Gap “A Complete Myth”

Featured image I had to do a double shot to make sure that this headline really came from CBS News: The Gender Pay Gap Is a Complete Myth Not a half-truth, a semi-myth, a sort of small lie. A “complete myth.” Just take in the lede: According to all the media headlines about a new White House report, there’s still a big pay gap between men and women in America. The report »

The Appalling Hypocrisy of Obama and Hillary

Featured image Yeah, I know, a headline about liberal hypocrisy is not exactly a man-bites-dog story, but I understand some starlet at the Oscars last night (I didn’t watch, for about the 30th year in a row) bleated about inequality in wages between men and women. I wonder if she’s had a look at womens’ wages in Obama’s White House, or in Hillary Clinton’s Senate office. Mark Perry has done the work »

Civil War on the Left, Part 15

Featured image While the ruckus over Jon Chait’s critique of PC grinds on (he’s getting a lot more blowback form the Left than from me), I note with amusement another act of Leftist cannibalism taking place over in the UK. When I was coming of age back in the 1970s, one of the leading feminist intelletuals was Germaine Greer, author of The Female Eunuch. I recall her appearing on Buckley’s Firing Line, »

Women without vaginas

Featured image C.S. Lewis decried “men without chests.” He coined the phrase in The Abolition of Man, still worth reading after all these years. Indeed, Bill Kristol harks back to Lewis in his current Weekly Standard editorial “Men with chests.” I wish Lewis were still around. He could update the book with a section on “women without vaginas.” He would introduce the analysis with a look at what happens when women become »

In Case You Missed It. . .

Featured image Last Saturday the Washington Post published a rundown of the feminist agenda—or at least who the Post thinks are “leading feminists”—of what they want to accomplish in 2015. All I can say is—if this is what “leading feminists” have on their mind, their movement is about over. Some samples: Leigh Stein, 30 | BinderCon co-founder: I would like to see less digital dualism, which perpetuates the fallacy that online harassment isn’t »