Feminism

Freakout at Princeton

Featured image From a letter by a Princeton student to the Daily Princetonian: . . .I crawled into bed and cried for reasons I still [can’t] quite put into words, falling asleep before the election was called. In the morning, I woke up to a New York Times news alert and social media feeds filled with disappointment. The United States had democratically elected a man who, among so many other despicable qualities »

Identity politics couldn’t quite carry Hillary to victory

Featured image Why did Hillary Clinton lose this election? Given how close it was — Clinton won the popular vote but came up a wee bit short in three crucial big states — we are free to blame or credit the factor of our choice. If we focus on how the vote broke down (as opposed to external factors like Comey and WikiLeaks), one thing that jumps out is the extent to »

A freakout at Wellesley College

Featured image Hillary Clinton is a Wellesley grad, but that’s no excuse for this inane letter from Wellesley president Paula Johnson to the “Wellesley community”: For many of us hoping to see our first woman president, this election has surprised and disappointed us. But the Wellesley spirit is indomitable, and it is in this spirit that I wanted to express to you my feeling of resolve—a powerful resolve to transform this moment »

Rolling Stone Loses

Featured image A jury in Virginia has found Rolling Stone magazine and its reporter Sabrina Erdely liable for defamation in connection with Erdely’s now-refuted story of a gang rape at the University of Virginia. The plaintiff in the case is university dean Nicole Eramo, who was portrayed as callous in Erdely’s article. The verdict would have been more satisfying if it had been on behalf of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and »

Will the Nobel Prize Be Protested?

Featured image I’m sure readers will recall how the Academy Awards were protested because not enough minorities were nominated? (Because, as everyone knows, Hollywood is a hotbed of racism.) Wait until the social justice crowd notices the gender breakdown of Nobel Prizes: The American Council on Science and Health notes these data, and comments: And, even when women do win the prize, they are often not given full credit. Dr. Nancy Hopkins, a »

Madmenwomen of Color at General Mills

Featured image Last Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on a decision by General Mills, one of the nation’s largest advertisers, to impose race and gender quotas on the advertising agencies it uses: The Golden Valley-based foodmaker wants the creative departments in agencies bidding for its business to be staffed at least half by women and 20 percent by people of color. *** In revealing its standard, General Mills executives said they »

Phyllis Schlafly, RIP

Featured image I met the great Mrs. Schlafly only once, when we were speakers together on a Hillsdale College cruise some years ago, and found her perfectly delightful, and still full of brim though she was over 80. I don’t think she got the full honors deserved from conservatives, let alone from the mainstream media and feminists, who have mostly airbrushed her out of the class picture of politically important women. Her »

Reactionary Socialism in Action

Featured image We haven’t been keeping up sufficiently with the meltdown of the Labour Party over in the UK under Jeremy Corbyn, who makes Bernie Sanders look like a Ripon Society Republican. (Actually, come to think of it . . . never mind.) Anyway, what till you get a load of Corbyn’s latest: Corbyn wants to ban ‘sexist’ after-work drinks for quite sexist reason By Ashitha Nagesh Jeremy Corbyn has said after-work drinks »

Title IX is not why U.S. women dominated at Rio

Featured image When American women achieve notable success in athletics it’s never long before precincts of the feminist left attribute the success to the federal government. Now, following the 2016 Olympics, Jennifer Rubin, the house conservative at the Washington Post, peddles this notion in a piece called “Why American women dominated in Rio.” Rubin does so in the usual way; she cites Title IX. The argument is specious at several levels. Title »

PC Scourge of the Week: Sexist Weather! [With Skeptical Comment by John]

Featured image This is one of those days where parody and satire are impossible. From the Washington Post: Female-named hurricanes kill more than male hurricanes because people don’t respect them, study finds People don’t take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly, finds a new groundbreaking study. Female-named storms have historically killed more because people neither consider them as risky nor take the same precautions, »

The Tubman 20 proves how hard it is to please leftists

Featured image Steve has written about the push back from some black radicals over the decision to put Harriet Tubman’s image on the twenty dollar bill. The twenty, it seems, is a symbol of capitalist oppression. Tubman is demeaned by appearing on it. Or something. There are a million ways to be unhappy, so it shouldn’t be surprising that a white feminist friend dislikes using Tubman’s image on the twenty for a »

Annals of Liberal Hypocrisy

Featured image As we and others have endlessly reminded, if liberals didn’t have double standards they wouldn’t have any standards at all. Witness Hillary’s prostration on Tuesday (“Equal Pay Day“) about how since rent, groceries, etc., all cost the same for men and women, women should be paid as much as men. Hey Hillary—how about starting at home, with the pay gap for executives at the Clinton Foundation: Pay Gap Alert: Clinton »

Equal Nonsense Day

Featured image Today is “Equal Pay Day,” which mitigates the fact that April is also Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month. (Seriously—it is.) And so we might as well remind everyone—again—that the “Pay Gap” is another of those myths that liberals cling to like a drowning man to a life preserver. One of the better refutations to this perennial nonsense appeared in, of all places, the Huffington Post in 2014: Wage Gap Myth »

“Intersectionality,” Explained

Featured image Have you been wondering just what the heck “intersectionality” is? Well, okay, just pretend you have. Or pretend that you just now figured out it isn’t the jargon of traffic engineers who try to explain how they always manage to make four-way intersections dysfunctional. Naturally it is the precious creation of the academic left, and Christina Hoff Sommers offers a splendid explanation and takedown in her latest “Factual Feminist” video, »

A Crank of the Far Right?

Featured image I have been vaguely aware of Milo Yiannopoulos for a while. He is a gay Brit who works for Breitbart News. Lately he has been embroiled in controversy on Twitter and on college campuses, but I hadn’t paid enough attention to know what the fuss was about. Now Milo has come to town. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports on his appearance earlier today: “Protesters gear up for conservative pundit Yiannopoulos »

Hillary is weirding out young feminists

Featured image Last month, writing about the possible role of Bill Clinton’s sex scandals in this year’s presidential campaign, I said: There are dozens of lines of attack against Hillary Clinton, nearly all of which will resonate with folks who already dislike her. The trick for the GOP nominee will be to select the handful that are likely resonate with other voters. I’m not certain what these lines of attack are, but »

Title Nein from Outer Space

Featured image The problem with nearly every government program or regulation is that it spawns a private sector industry to leech off the regulation, as well as a new constituency group to support the perpetuation or expansion of the regime. Today’s example is the egregious Title IX sexual assault protocols for college campuses, which, as noted here previously, isn’t even a formal federal regulation. It proceeded from a “dear colleague” “guidance” letter »