Gender Follies

Time to Yank Your Kids Out of the Public Schools

Featured image I suppose that is an evergreen headline, since America’s public schools are a disaster in pretty much every way. But what prompts it at the moment is the Richfield, Minnesota school district. Richfield is a modest suburb of Minneapolis, not the kind of tony place you might expect to go off the deep end. Richfield’s schools are in the news today, with this headline from a local TV station: “Richfield »

The Cluelessness of Our Ruling Class, in 43 Seconds

Featured image We commented last week on how our “nation builders” thought it was important for Kabul University to have a master’s program in gender studies, but it turns out someone had the bright idea that modern art was also a necessity for Afghan women, starting with Duchamps’ “contextual art” urinal (from a 2015 British documentary—just 43 seconds long, but take in the looks on the faces of the Afghan women subjected »

Our Clueless “Nation Builders”

Featured image Everyone used to ridicule the foolish “win hearts and minds” sentimentalism of the liberals who planned and ran the Vietnam War, but our foreign policy establishment never learned a thing from that debacle. (Aside: How do you win “hearts and minds” in a place like South Vietnam circa 1965 or Afghanistan, circa now: you kill the enemy in large numbers.) Here are a few choice excerpts from a CIA report »

Trans-Riot In Los Angeles

Featured image At a Los Angeles spa, a “trans woman” used the women’s locker room and waved his unit around in front of a group that included small girls. The women were understandably unhappy. Violence erupted between dueling protesters outside an upscale California spa Saturday after viral video showed a woman complaining about a transgender female being allowed to disrobe in the women’s section — allegedly exposing their penis in front of »

CRB: Girls will be boys

Featured image We continue our preview of the new (Spring) issue of the Claremont Review Books with Mary Eberstadt’s review/essay “Girls will be boys.” Subhead: “The trans-kid craze must be stopped.” The left’s war on nature has manifested and taken root in the transgender movement with astonishing speed and success. Eberstadt takes up the new books by Abigail Shrier and Debra Soh that challenge it in its trans kids aspect (“specifically, minor »

Happy “Birthing Persons” Day!

Featured image For normal people, today is Mother’s Day. It may be a marketing conspiracy between flower-mongers, Hallmark Cards, and the premium restaurant industry, but it’s pretty straightforward and celebrates something intelligible. Unless you are a leftist Democrat in thrall to the Pronoun Police, in which case the world needs to be made unintelligible. The left’s war on human nature, which is the main thing that stands between them and their fever »

Caitlyn for Governor?

Featured image Caitlyn Jenner reportedly is considering a run for Governor of California: Scoop: Caitlyn Jenner is talking with political consultants as she actively explores a run for governor of California, three sources with direct knowledge of her deliberations tell me & @jonathanvswan https://t.co/NWV4lD9Wp1 — Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) April 6, 2021 From the Axios story: Jenner is being assisted in her consideration by Caroline Wren, a longtime GOP fundraiser. Wren initially met »

The Pentagon versus Tucker Carlson

Featured image At the White House event last week honoring women in the military, President Biden praised the military for its progress in “designing body armor that fits women properly; tailoring combat uniforms for women; creating maternity flight suits; updating — updating requirements for their hairstyles….And that they can completely, fairly engage in promotion and compete all across the board, including on the — on age and gender neutrality and the physical »

Rachel Levine: Wanted or wanting?

Featured image Michael Halberstam was the older brother of the prominent journalist David Halberstam. By trade, the elder Halberstam was a cardiologist. He died way too soon as the result of a gunshot wound he sustained during the robbery of his D.C. residence. Dr. Halberstam seems to have been the wittier of the two brothers. In his spare time he wrote the unjustly neglected satirical novel The Wanting of Levine (1978) about »

Potato Heads and Tater Brains

Featured image Not since Dan Quayle misspelled “potatoe” has there been such a fuss in the spud world as there was today. Word came out this morning that Hasbro, the maker of Mr. Potato Head, was going “gender neutral” with the famous toy. As usual, Twitter lit up with a lot of spuddering. Hasbro later clarified that they were not giving up the gender binary, but were only dropping the “Mr.” from »

Pirates of the Judicial Branch

Featured image Michael Ramirez aptly sums up the Supreme Court’s ridiculous decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, in this cartoon, “Pirates of the Legislation.” Click to enlarge: Michael accompanies his cartoon with Paul’s post, “Supreme Court, Per Neil Gorsuch, Invents New LGBT Rights.” »

The Latest in Intersectional Bingo: Queers Against Pete?

Featured image You can be forgiven for thinking the left’s fetish over “intersectionality”—the deliberate attempt to keep all designated victim groups in good standing with one another through a unified matrix of oppression—resembles a Bingo game run amok because no one ever actually wins a round. The best example right now are the identitarians attacking Pete Buttigieg because . . . he’s not gay enough, or something. The New Yorker this week »

UK Election Postscript

Featured image The inimitable Titania McGrath wonders on Twitter how Jeremy Corbyn could possibly have lost the election since he announced his pronouns in the proper intersectional fashion: (Click on the link above to see the embedded four-second video of Corbyn’s Adventure in Pronoun Correctness.) This brings me back to a point that Hugh Hewitt offered months ago: the “Freeport Question”* of the 2020 presidential campaign could be: “How many genders are »

Police Subjected to Pronoun Police

Featured image I recently gave a talk to a college class that began with each member of the class introducing himself or herself–which, in today’s academy, means stating one’s name and preferred pronouns. (As best I could tell, they all got their pronouns right.) I had assumed this type of silliness was limited to college campuses, but no. The Minnesota Sun reports: “Minneapolis Police Receive Mandatory Training on Gender Pronouns.” Officers in »

The Last Word on the Gillette Fiasco

Featured image Schick took advantage of Gillette’s bizarre marketing campaign to pitch its products to American men. We applauded Schick, but, to be fair, Barbasol takes the prize with this ad: My only question about the ad is the suggestion that the guy is a “great grand-dad.” Seriously? I doubt that many great-grandchildren of WWII vets are shaving. But maybe some of them married young, I don’t know. In any event, the »

On Gender, Reality Intrudes

Featured image You see this kind of thing a lot: notwithstanding the palaver about how many genders there are, how fluid the concept of gender is, and so on, when it comes to practical affairs, reality generally takes over. Caleb Hull noted this comical instance: I was looking for a white elephant gift on Amazon and ran into an incredible oversight. pic.twitter.com/6nWjDxyIAe — Caleb Hull 🎅🏼🌲🎁 (@CalebJHull) December 19, 2018 The left »

Democrat Resigns After Frequenting Women’s Bathroom: Why?

Featured image Via InstaPundit, a seemingly inexplicable news story: A Colorado Democrat whom female colleagues had accused earlier this year of frequenting a women’s restroom inside the Statehouse is resigning, a spokesman said Wednesday. State Sen. Daniel Kagan’s departure, effective Jan. 11, will come as the Democrats retake the Colorado Senate majority…. *** Republican state Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik said several women claimed to have seen Kagan using a women’s restroom multiple »