Gender Follies

“This is like mad libs”

Featured image Mike Mullen is the news editor of Twin Cities alternative weekly CityPages. Last week Mullen took after Mitchell Gunter’s Campus Reform report on a University of Minnesota student group called Tongues Untied. Tongues Untied describes itself as “a space by and for People of Color who identify as LGBTQIA and/or Same-Gender-Loving.” Mullen mocked Gunter’s criticism of the group’s exclusivity. When it comes to argument, Mullen is a practitioner of the »

Silicon Valley’s Next Gender Thoughtcrime

Featured image Power Line can announce that it has identified the next Gender Thoughtcrime offender in Silicon Valley, and it is a doozy. First, here are a few samples from the transgressing article (author ID and publication reference at the end): [O]ver the past 15 years or so, there’s been a sea change as new technologies have generated a growing pile of evidence that there are inherent differences in how men’s and »

The Factual Feminist on Gender Differences in Math and Science

Featured image Leave it to Christina Hoff Sommers, in her “Factual Feminist” video series, to bring clarity to the Google-fueled controversy about women in math and science. This video is from three years ago, but it gets right at the heart of the matter. (I wonder if it comes up in a Google search? Well, I’m not going to waste my time finding out.) »

As Usual, The Simpsons Was There First

Featured image The Simpsons anticipated the gender difference/sameness nonsense at Google in an episode from six years ago (3.40 long): »

How Google Has Just Harmed Its Women Employees

Featured image Last week we noted here how the move to “ban the box” of criminal convictions on employment application forms actually increased discrimination against blacks, and with its decision to fire the author of the infamous “diversity memo,” Google has just done its women employees a huge disservice, likely leading to more discrimination against women. David Bernstein of the Scalia Law School at George Mason University offers this shrewd observation: How »

Google Fires Gender Dissenter

Featured image Just as we predicted, the Google engineer behind the memo dissenting from the orthodoxy of “diversity,” whose name is James Damore, was fired today. Bloomberg reports: Alphabet Inc.’s Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies, creating a firestorm across Silicon Valley. James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote the note, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying that he had been »

Civil War Update: Blowback at Google

Featured image Further to our item yesterday on the Google engineer who has circulated a politically incorrect memo about the authoritarian ideology of “gender diversity” at the company, Reuters reports today that two Google company spokespeople have officially condemned the memo: Two Google executives criticized a memo that circulated late last week at the company from an unnamed engineer suggesting that there were “biological causes” for underrepresentation of women in technology and »

Lincoln, the Hate Speaker?

Featured image When explaining to students how Abraham Lincoln contested Stephen Douglas and others who defended slavery by denying the essential human nature (and therefore equality) of blacks, I like to review one of Lincoln’s logical questions: “If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have? The answer is four: calling a tail a leg does not make it so.” The point is: nature is real, and »

Civil War on the Left, Part 44: Another Crash at the Intersection

Featured image So what happens when the benighted folks at Planned Parenthood try to put in a good word on behalf of a class of people being oppressed by the Trump Administration, but you don’t get the terminology just right? You get this: First, this is how you get more Trump. Second, what will the identity left do when they find out that computers are bound to a binary digital process? I »

Of tools and their toolkit

Featured image Politically correct opinion has imposed a stifling new orthodoxy on thinking about the phenomenon of gender confusion with astonishing rapidity. Reflecting the new orthodoxy, the Minnesota Department of Education advisory council has just approved a new “toolkit” for “Safe and Supportive Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students.” The “toolkit” is to be disseminated to all public schools in Minnesota. The DoE has posted the “toolkit” online. The Star Tribune »

Christina Sommers Returns Serve

Featured image What do you get when you cross sports with hyper-genderism? You get the usual outrage machine train wreck of course. Like when tennis great John McEnroe said that if Serena Williams played in men’s professional tennis she’d rank around 700th. The media erupted as if to say, “You cannot be serious!” Yes, he can—as even Williams herself agreed. Fortunately we have The Factual Feminist, Christina Hoff Sommers, on the case, »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has been inspired by A VERY MINOR CELEBRITY’S AUCTION! She writes: I recently read a first-person account by a woman who had been a “proud lesbian” until her partner up and decided she was actually a man. This woman expected to be a Professional Gay Woman for life with all the dual rights and privileges to which she was entitled, and suddenly she finds herself married to a »

This Week in Gender Dystopia

Featured image The great Andrew Klavan directs our attention to this old story at EverydayFeminism, which we’ll pick up in the middle after this headline: My Partner Came Out as a Man—And I Struggled With Losing My Lesbian Identity . . . Imagine the seismic shift in my identity then when Amy sat down one night after a therapy session and told me that she was transgender. To be fair, this wasn’t »

Gen X, D.C. style

Featured image The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles proudly announces that it has become the first jurisdiction in the United States to issue a gender neutral drivers license. The historic event took place on June 27, when it issued a license to Nic Sakurai with the gender listed as “X.” The DMV advises applicants, and as well license holders interested in changing their gender designation, as follows: Applicants should indicate »

The Insane Left Hits Rock Bottom

Featured image I thought the cultural left couldn’t get any more ridiculous than when there was a complaint that the Vagina Monologues weren’t inclusive enough because it excluded men and trans-people, though I don’t know why we should be so specieist about it. In any case, behold Bill Nye, supposedly the “science guy,” bucking to become Bill Nye the Weimar Guy (hat tip to an anonymous Facebook poster for this astute characterization), »

Out of “their” “minds” at Brown

Featured image A Wall Street Journal reader forwarded James Freeman a copy of the letter received by the reader’s daughter from Brown University Director of Admissions Logan Powell. The reader, Freeman reports, is still trying to make sense of the letter. The reader’s bright daughter had already received news of her acceptance when a letter arrived that was addressed to her “Parent/Guardian.” Freeman reports: Oddly, the note referred to the accepted student »

The great debate experiment

Featured image Did Donald Trump somehow defeat Hillary Clinton in their three preelection debates on the merits? Or did Clinton suffer from an irrational prejudice against her because she is of the female persuasion? Professor Maria Guadaloupe set out to conduct an experiment through a theatrical production. She sought to test the role of sex (“gender”) in shaping perceptions by switching the sex of the candidates: “She pictured an actress playing Trump, »