Feminism

The left prepares to cash in on Ray Rice

Featured image The Washington Post claims that “women are pro football’s most important demographic” and wonders whether women “will forgive the NFL” for its handling of Ray Rice who punched out his girl friend (now his wife). But the Post’s article proves that women are not the NFL’s most important demographic, and it is unlikely that female pro football fans are upset with the League over the Rice affair. According to the »

Feminazism After All

Featured image I always thought Rush Limbaugh was a little over the top with his designation of feminists as “Feminazis,” but being over the top is his job, after all.  It appears he was also prescient. Right now the most formidable critic of contemporary radical feminism is Christina Hoff Sommers.  You can view her new YouTube series of short weekly commentaries, “The Factual Feminist,” starting here. Well, rather than argue with the »

21st Century Feminism

Featured image One of the week’s big news stories was the firing of Jill Abramson as Executive Editor of the New York Times. Given how the Times is doing, her departure should be neither a shock nor much of a news story. Male executives in struggling companies, and sometimes in successful ones, are replaced all the time. Yet Abramson’s firing has provoked a firestorm of publicity, most of it over whether she »

At Dartmouth, Phil Hanlon wants no enemies to the left

Featured image I have it on good authority that Parker Gilbert, the Dartmouth student found not guilty of raping a fellow student, has been told by Dartmouth administrators that he will be wasting his time if he applies for readmission. Why is Dartmouth dead set against readmitting Gilbert? The College’s attitude cannot be justified by the facts of the case. Gilbert was acquitted of every criminal charge leveled against him, from trespass »

Lilly Ledbetter and the lie that will not die

Featured image When a lie becomes an article of faith not just for a movement for an entire political party, that lie is probably here to stay. So it is with the Lilly Ledbetter lie, repeated most recently by Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post. Ledbetter, who danced with President Obama at his first inaugural ball and has had a federal statute named after her, lost her pay discrimination case because she »

Philosophy off the rails? Part Two

Featured image Steve’s post about alleged sexual harassment in the philosophy department at the University of Colorado reminded me of a post I wrote called “Most interesting man in the world accused of sex harassment.” The subject was a philosophy professor at the University of Miami who lost his job due to allegations of sexual harassment lodged by a graduate student. In the post I noted that, according to the Chronicle of »

Philosophy off the Rails?

Featured image Not long ago out here in Canon City, Colorado, a six-year old first-grader, Hunter Yelton, was suspended from school for . . . kissing a girl on her hand in a school reading group.  It was, according to current school guidelines, “sexual harassment.”  One news report noted that “no criminal charges have been brought against the first-grader.”  After sustained public ridicule, the school backed down a bit, but the question »

We Live In a World Gone Mad, Feminist Edition

Featured image Today’s political and cultural Left isn’t just wrong, it is stark, raving mad. Today’s example, via NewsBusters, comes from an interview of four feminists on NPR. The subject of the program was “mean girls on Twitter.” You have to read it to believe it: The uber-feminist actress Martha Plimpton (a star on Fox’s sitcom “Raising Hope”) hilariously came under attack because promoting a pro-abortion event called “A Night at A »

Wendy Davis — carrying the banner for millions of Texas women with sugar daddies

Featured image Wendy Davis wasn’t exactly contrite after being exposed for having falsified her “life story.” Liars rarely are. But at least Davis acknowledged that her “language should be tighter” and that she “need[s] to be more focused on the detail.” Now, however, she’s taking a harder line, blasting those are trying to hold her accountable for her falsehoods. Responding to Greg Abbott, her Republican opponent for governor, Davis said: We’re not »

Speaking of Feminist Follies

Featured image John’s post below prompts me to bring to our attention what may be the most laughably ridiculous example of feminist “critical thinking” ever.  Though I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that some deep dish feminist somewhere would mark out the hit film Gravity as yet another expression of—wait for it now—patriarchal oppression. Writing pseudoymously as “GenderBender” on Talkbacker.com, someone offers this “feminist’s perspective”: Forget Neil deGrasse Tyson’s paternalistic “Man of »

Feminists: Myopic, Or Corrupt?

Featured image For obvious reasons, I’m not reading a lot of feminist commentary these days. Still, this piece by Canadian feminist Meghan Murphy has a familiar ring. It’s sort of like checking in on a soap opera after an absence of several years and feeling like you haven’t missed a thing: According to a poll commissioned by Ms. Magazine, the Communications Consortium Media Center, and the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), 55 percent »

Latest From the Preposterous PC Crusade

Featured image An item from “The Week” in the latest print edition (so no link) of National Review  deserves reprinting here in full: On British television, Doctor Who has been running for a half-century.  Many actors have played the title character: eleven of them. A twelfth was recently hired.  And some people aren’t happy about him—because he’s a him, and, worse, a white him.  Said Dame Helen Mirren, famed for playing Elizabeth »

Heh: White House Oppresses Women

Featured image You know that favorite bogus statistic of feminists that women are only paid 77 cents for every dollar a man is paid (bogus because once you correct for variables like age, occupation, and tenure in the workforce, the disparity disappears)?  Well never mind.  Turns out Obama’s White House is a major offender.  From Mark Perry’s Carpe Diem blog: Mark adds: I hereby call upon President Obama to promote gender equality »

Feminist-Fatale

Featured image Light bulb jokes seem to have fallen out of fashion because, well, I’m tempted to say it’s because light bulbs—at least light bulbs that work—have fallen out of fashion.  But that’s a post for a Green Weenie Award, and this is a post about feminism, though I have to admit, the prospects of annoying environmentalists and feminists with one joke is an irresistible temptation. Few jokes are more politically incorrect »

The MSM’s disgraceful silence about the Gosnell trial

Featured image I don’t believe we have commented on the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. I guess that’s because, although some, if not all, of us at Power Line are pro-life (I haven’t taken a full survey), none of us has the abortion beat. Or maybe it’s because we have had nothing of particular interest to add to the discussion of this gruesome affair, in which a child screamed »

More Hollywood Racism, and Other Tales of the Absurd

Featured image I’m having to pinch myself today to make sure I’m not living in my own special Groundhog Day hell where every day is April 1. How else to take the story that Lego is discontinuing a Jabba the Hutt palace set because the Turkish Cultural Association of Austria (!!) complained that the Lego set is raaaccciist.  The Turkish Cultural Association of Austria??  Okay, I know the Turks rolled briefly through »

“The Feminine Mystique” at 50

Featured image “The Feminine Mystique,” Betty Friedan’s highly influential feminist tract, is 50 years old. Julia Shaw, in the Washington Times, finds that women now live in the world Friedan built. But Shaw denies that this is worth celebrating. Friedan did not write a manifesto advocating for women to have the opportunity to get out of the house, get an education and get jobs. No, Friedan’s fundamental premise is that women must »