Identity Politics

“I Want to Be a Woman!”

Featured image When Monty Python’s Life of Brian came out in 1979, the film was controversial among many religious conservatives who thought the film blasphemous for its implied attack on Jesus and Christianity, and although there is a certain mockery of religion in the movie, it is subordinate to the stronger satire of a certain kind of familiar extremism and utopianism (“What have the Romans ever done for us?” “Brought peace?”) I »

The Twits at Twitter

Featured image I’ve been meaning to note that Rachel Levine (pictured below) has been picked by USA Today as the lede hero for its roster of “Woman of the Year,” but one suspects that like the rest of the field providing the supporting cast and backdrop for champion women’s swimmer Lia Thomas, the rest of the women who compose the honorable mention list of USA Today‘s “Woman of the Year” are just »

Today in Stupid Wokery: Steam Engines

Featured image Some stories are just so stupid and absurd that only someone with an advanced degree could possible believe them. From The Telegraph: ‘Cancelled’, the 1804 train with supposed links to slavery Trains could face a new kind of “cancellation”, as National Museum Wales reviews steam-powered technology over claims it was linked to the slave trade. Richard Trevithick unveiled the first steam-powered locomotive in Wales in 1804, but National Museum Wales »

Today’s Satire Is Tomorrow’s Woke Dogma

Featured image A reader sends along this article, supposedly by a real estate professional, about the sales terms that you should no longer use to promote a house on the market. I can’t tell if this story is deadpan satire, an earnest attempt to adapt to our wokerati, or a prophecy about the future. You decide: Some of my clients’ multiple listing services flag questionable words and phrases, while others do not. »

Today in Identity Politics Obsession

Featured image Good to see that the New York Times is keeping up with the need to bring an intersectional perspective to every possible topic. Like the ancient ruins of Pompeii: Pompeii Moves With the Times The new leader of this 2,000-year-old archaeological treasure is examining gender, race and class while using technology to try and save the site from the ravages of climate change. . . “Many of the questions we »

The Latest in “Land Acknowledgments”

Featured image We reported here early last month about University of Washington Prof. Stuart Reges upending UW’s virtue-signaling “land acknowledgement” that is all the rage in academia right now. Today Inside Higher Ed picks up the story, with an interesting wrinkle. As argued here, if “land acknowledgements” are meant literally, they are the height of liberal hypocrisy, since “stolen land” by definition should either be returned to its rightful owner, or compensation »

Today in Race Obsession

Featured image That race has become the central obsession of the left is hardly news, but reaching new levels of racial absurdity is always good copy. Today’s racial ridiculousness come to us courtesy of National Public Radio (figures). Start with this tweet, which is authentic and not a Babylon Bee parody: “Some academics argue.” Always a promising start. And here’s some of the actual article, in case you don’t believe it: A »

On Chinese Racism and American Confusion

Featured image Someone has managed through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to dislodge a consultant’s 254-page report to Andy Marshall’s legendary Office of Net Assessment in the Department of Defense from way back in 2013. Marshall, who died in 2019, and his ONA are legendary in defense and intelligence circles (his nickname was Yoda) for its outside-the-box thinking and projections, many of which proved themselves out over time. The 2013 report »

Capitalists: Paying for the Rope to Hang Them

Featured image Lenin famously said that capitalists would sell the rope that Communists would use to hang capitalists. But it turns out his imagination failed him: who knew that capitalists would pay for the rope with which the revolutionary left will kill capitalism. Liberal political analyst Thomas Byrne Edsall, who along with David Shor, Ruy Teixeira, and a handful of other liberals of relative sobriety, notes today in the New York Times »

The horror! Spanish actor plays a Cuban-American

Featured image “Being the Ricardos” is a film about a week in the life of the cast of “I Love Lucy.” With so many sports events cancelled due to the Wuhan coronavirus, I watched this movie on Amazon Prime last week. The plot centers around (1) the marital problems of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and (2) the turmoil stemming from reports that Ball once registered to vote as a Communist. There’s »

The Real War on Women Is From the Left

Featured image Remember how the left not long ago went on and on and on about the supposed “war on women” from the right? The irony is that according to current leftist dogma, women no longer exist. After all, the Biden Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services is insisting in referring to mothers (once understood as a significant subset of beings known as “women”) as “birthing persons,” because current leftist dogma »

First “Latinx,” and Now “BIPOC” Is in Trouble

Featured image As we have seen, the left is in a linguistic crisis as the evidence builds that actual Hispanics in the real world hate the faculty room term “Latinx,” and you can sense that the left is trying to figure out how to abandon the term with a minimum of embarrassment. But wait—there’s more! BIPOC—the term of art that has been around for a while but which really took off with »

A Modest Proposal for the Penn Women’s Swim Team

Featured image One of the big stories in college sports at the moment is Lia Thomas, a trans-woman swimmer who is smashing women’s records as a woman on the Penn women’s swim team after being a second-tier male swimmer last year. It seems many—perhaps most—women on the team aren’t happy about it. OutKick reports: Even after a Wednesday team meeting where a source says Penn administration “strongly advised” its swimmers to avoid »

Elizabeth Warren, Call Your Office

Featured image Cast your mind back to 2014 for a moment, when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper canceled George Will’s column because of this passage: Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, »

Memo to Diversicrats: Here’s Some “Equity” for You

Featured image News just out from Charlotte, North Carolina: Former hospital executive wins a $10 million jury verdict against Novant Health in a reverse discrimination case A federal jury in Charlotte awarded a former top executive with Novant Health Inc. $10 million on Tuesday after he claimed in a lawsuit that he was fired from his job because he is a white male, court records show. David Duvall, who lives in Michigan, »

Regarding Jon Gruden

Featured image Jon Gruden is out as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders because of what he wrote in private emails. The emails are described by the media as “racist,” “homophobic,” and “misogynist.” From what I can tell, the racism consists of making fun of the lip size of the head of the players’ union who is Black. The homophobia consists of calling NFL commissioner Roger Goodell the other “f” word and »

Today in Academic Crazy

Featured image Peter Boghossian is (actually, after today, was) a professor of philosophy at Portland State University, and although he has always considered himself a progressive liberal, he has become completely alienated from our university culture today. His resignation letter to Portland State Provost Susan Jeffords is up at Bari Weiss’s popular Substack channel, and I encourage you to read the whole thing if you have time. I am glad to see »