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Feminism began with goals that were both laudable and achievable — and it achieved them: women are today the legal equals of men. For decades now, since that legal equality was achieved, feminism has been harmful to women. Feminism has always had its destructive aspect, its misguided insistence that women adopt male practices that, for […]

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You may have heard that last weekend, actress Alyssa Milano has called for a “Sex Strike” in the name of women’s reproductive rights, and in light of the recent late-term abortion ban in Georgia and other states. There are several reasons as to why this has comically backfired: She basically said to practice abstinence – […]

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Under the heading of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” news, we get this item. A cafe that introduced an 18% surcharge for male customers, and priority seating for women has gone belly up: https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/australian-cafe-that-charged-a-man-tax-and-gave-women-priority-seating-goes-out-of-business More

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Gillette Is Not Wrong

 

Is the new Gillette razor ad a radical feminist attack on masculinity – the commercial embodiment of a woke sensibility? I was prepared to think so. But having watched it twice, I find a lot to like. The ad has been panned by some conservative commentators. With all due respect, I think they are falling into a trap. They seem to have accepted the feminist framing. Feminists see culture as a Manichean struggle. It’s women versus men. Women are benign and men are malign. For society to progress, men must change. We must extirpate “toxic masculinity.”

Understandably, this rubs conservatives the wrong way. I’ve risen to the defense of masculinity many times myself. But is the Gillette ad really “the product of mainstream radicalized feminism—and emblematic of Cultural Marxism,” as Turning Point USA’s Candace Owen put it? Is it part of “a war on masculinity in America,” as Todd Starnes argued on Fox News?

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This will be a companion piece to my post of yesterday, Toxic Femininity https://ricochet.com/586794/toxic-femininity/ , which has to do with the efforts of feminism to make women ashamed to want to look pretty. On my way to looking up something else, I came across this lady who buys old dolls in thrift shops. When she […]

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I used the word “Femininity” in the title only because it’s the counterpart of “Masculinity.” This post is about feminists, and femininity is anathema to them. It’s about Feminism’s antipathy toward makeup and feminine beauty, which they regard as disgusting attempts to seduce members of – gasp – The Patriarchy (wull, uh, yeah). “Makeup Shaming” […]

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Welp, it’s almost time once again for the annual Women’s March. This year’s pleasant festivities take place on January 19, 2019, so better start knitting those pink hats today! I don’t think these marches are helping; I mean, the anger level only seems to be increasing. Just look at that F-Bomb on her headband! I […]

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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America tackle three crazy martinis today. They wade into the battle of monstrous egos as CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta grandstands and tries to debate President Trump about the migrants headed for the U.S. border and Trump responds by calling Acosta a “terrible person” […]

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Billie Jean King is Wrong About Serena Williams

 

Outrage is on parade again. Billie Jean King opened her piehole on the Serena Williams US Open tantrum. And guess what? It’s all about being oppressed as a woman, no wait — a black person. No, wait, wait … a black woman. Or whatever gets the most victim status today or tomorrow. Or gets her on ESPN, MSNBC, CBS. You got it — The attention-seeking culture is the new #MeToo .. or whatever.

King’s proof, and I quote, “But that’s not what many will remember. For fans, Osaka’s stellar play was overshadowed by an archaic tennis rule that eventually led to an abuse of power.”

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On Household Relations and the Natural Order of Things

 

There have been a number of posts on Ricochet lately, and many more over time, about relations and dynamics between the sexes, the state of Western Civilization and the role of men and women in it, and how soon the handcart we’re all bouncing around in will reach the gates of Hell (not long) because we’re going about everything so completely wrong nowadays.

I’m not going to try to solve all those problems in this little story. I’m simply going to give you a glimpse of what two people did in their own lives to try to manage the order of household relations, and why, and how it’s worked out for us.

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Bill Scher, writing in Real Clear Politics back in July, informs us that “more than 900,000 women a year get an abortion.”  If Roe is overturned and “abortion is no longer an option, the trajectory of [women’s] lives would profoundly change. Economist Ana Nuevo Chiquero, in a 2010 paper, found that an unplanned birth “reduces […]

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Can Feminists Cure What Ails Men?

 

“Boys need feminists’ help too,” declares Feministing.com founder Jessica Valenti. Writing in the New York Times, Valenti worries that women are “protest[ing], run[ning] for office, and embrac[ing] the movement for gender equality in record numbers, [while] a generation of mostly white men are being radicalized into believing that their problems stem from women’s progress.”

Valenti cites the “manosphere,” the network of websites that peddle misogyny, and she’s right that it is disturbing. But Valenti undermines her case by citing the popularity of Jordan Peterson as more evidence of woman hatred. On the contrary, Valenti and other feminists would do well to remove their women-centric blinders and examine the situation of young men more sympathetically.

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…An Irish physician, midwife or nurse who cannot, in conscience, perform abortions …A lesbian or gay person from any country wherein homosexuality is illegal More

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Political operative and former comms guy for two different Scott Brown US Senate races (in two different states!) Colin Reed talks about the political lessons the GOP can learn for the 2018 midterms from popular GOP governors in the liberal northeast like Charlie Baker (MA); Chris Sununu (NH) and Phil Scott (VT). Plus, how do […]

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Abraham Lincoln once said “If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide.” He was right, and in the west, we have created a monster that is killing our society from the inside out. The killer […]

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YAF at Brandeis: Christina Hoff Sommers

 

Thanks to Young America’s Foundation (formerly Young Americans for Freedom) our conservative club was able to host Christina Hoff Sommers last Tuesday. We had advertised her around campus thus: “Politically involved? Feminist? Engage in the campus dialogue.” Ironically, other than a graduate student, I was the only female club member to show up. But I enjoyed getting the VIP treatment — sitting in the front seats and being able to hang out with Sommers before and after the event.

The assistant dean (she’s great) started off by talking about how fortunate we were to have these forums for free speech and making it very clear that no disruptive behavior would be tolerated within the room. Then we got to hear from Sommers.

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And nobody seemed to notice. I was at the dentist’s office wrapping up my six-month appointment at the time the comment was made. When I arrived at two, it was difficult to check in because the middle-aged female staff was gathered around something laughing uproariously. This office is a clean bright place with knee-to-ceiling windows, […]

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Conservatives Can, and Must, Win the Fight for Free Speech

 

George Orwell said, “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” Admittedly I tend to have a slightly dour outlook on the current state of the culture and politics, the side effect of being sucked into my own personal negative news cycle. My husband calls me a Negative Nellie, I tell him I’m simply a realist, which makes him laugh. Starting with an Orwell quote may not dissuade anyone from agreeing I have negative tendencies, but what if this quote is a signal of the impending doom of liberty in America, not in 1984, but now?

In universities and on college campuses across America, a recent and growing trend of suppression of speech is making headlines. The Heckler’s Veto (a situation in which a person who disagrees with a speaker’s message is able to unilaterally silence that speaker) has become the main tool of this suppression. The students leading the protests and interruptions claim people such as Ben Shapiro, Christina Hoff Summers, and Charles Murray are fascists spewing hate speech. Students are unwilling to hear any idea that strays from their leftist viewpoint; they cannot afford the opportunity for anyone to hear the speakers’ words. If you don’t have the right opinion, you aren’t entitled to an opinion- or worse, your opinion is wrong or hateful. This results in a serious problem in the intellectual development of our youth. A person who travels through life insulated from different ideas and perspectives than their own will never have the ability to articulate his own thoughts and beliefs. John Stuart Mill writes in his 1859 work, “On Liberty”, “He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.” The longer this behavior is allowed to continue, the more we will see the end of free speech and free exchange of ideas on our college campuses. We will graduate a generation of young people not only unwilling to listen to different ideas, but find them offensive. In his March 10 essay, “The Psychology of Progressive Hostility” Matthew Blackwell writes “People get angry at what they don’t understand, and an all-progressive education ensures that they don’t understand.” Anger in response to disagreement is not discourse. Self-reflection and intellectual curiosity may be difficult. It is human nature to dislike admitting one is wrong (speaking of arguments between me and my husband). But growing pains beget growth- intellectually, spiritually, and psychologically. We learn from our mistakes when we admit them.

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The Left: A woman can do whatever she wants to with her own body. Also the left: A woman should not be allowed to use her body to model at car shows. Eliminating women as display props isn’t new for some carmakers like French Peugeot maker PSA Group. “Visitors to the Geneva auto show will […]

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Well ladies, what did you expect? The latest Michael P. Ramirez cartoon aptly depicts the consequences of #MeToo; turning yourself into a victim can affect how people treat you. The great D.C. McAllister will be talking to Whiskey Politics Podcast with Dave Sussman later today on this, and other topics. Be sure to check it out. More

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