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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Manspreading Across the Boundaries, a Sermon

 

In the New York Times recently, I saw an analysis of the present crisis in the relationship between men and women in the workplace that declared: “the problem is people in authority not understanding or not caring about boundaries, not seeing those under them or around them as human beings deserving of respect, and losing any reticence or hesitation about abusing their power over them. “

My first reaction was to snort: “Boundaries? What boundaries?” When I was coming of age, back in 1979, the intellectual’s favorite movie—-it won all sorts of prizes—-was one in which Woody Allen played a middle-aged guy having a full-blown affair with a 17-year-old. That film was playing in America’s theaters right around the same time that a younger would-be Senate candidate Roy Moore was dating teenagers: scoff all you want about Alabama, but the movie was called “Manhattan.”

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Is Feminism the Answer to Sexual Harassment?

 

So, the friendly morning host with the warm smile was a serial sexual predator? He had a secret lock installed on his office door operated by a button under his desk like a Bond villain? The NPR guy was a Prairie Home wrecker? Next, you’ll tell us that that nice Bill O’Reilly is a creep. Never mind about that last one, he never even seemed nice.

One popular response to the daily casualty toll of harassers is to suggest that we should all embrace the feminist explanation of male/female relations. That boils down to “believe all women” because women don’t lie about these things. It’s hard to imagine a flimsier philosophy. As the New York Times’s Bari Weiss observed, this fetishizes women as “Truth personified,” which cannot withstand a second’s scrutiny. Of course, women lie about these things. The Duke lacrosse team was falsely accused of rape, as was a University of Virginia fraternity. Remember the Scottsboro Boys? And a woman working for the ironically named Project Veritas attempted to sting the Washington Post by spinning a false tale about Roy Moore (in hopes of discrediting the Post and Moore’s truthful accusers).

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Suzanne Venker has written great books on marriage, particularly the impact feminism has had on it (e.g. The Alpha Female’s Guide to Men and Marriage: How Love Works). In a recent column, she discusses the phenomena of women marrying down, and the perils that befall them (particularly when the kids come): http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/16/suzanne-venker-my-message-for-women-marrying-down-is-nothing-to-celebrate.html More

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Harvey Weinstein this, Harvey Weinstein that. I remarked on one of the posts that these young women have no idea what it used to be like before the term “sexual harassment” was even coined. I said that if the post weren’t on the main feed, I’d have a doozy or two to report from my […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. More Men Are Adopting the Mike Pence Rule, and Feminists Don’t Like It

 

No man in business or academia with an ounce of common sense is going to let himself be alone with a woman who isn’t his wife in the current social climate. A single allegation of inappropriate behavior — whether legitimate or not — can and will destroy a man’s career. This is the climate feminists have created as their movement morphed from demands for social equality into a litigious Cult of Man-Hatred and quest for political power.

Now, they’re angry (who am I kidding, feminists are always angry about everything and always lecturing men on how to behave) because men are unwilling to set themselves up as victims.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America pop some popcorn as California Rep. Linda Sanchez says House Democrats need new leadership, leading one Nancy Pelosi ally to suggest such criticism of Pelosi is sexist. They also shake their heads as feminists, celebrities, and many Democrats are suddenly silent in the wake of extensive sexual misconduct allegations – and settlements – published about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in the New York Times. And they roll their eyes as the “Tonight Show” embarrassingly fawns over Hillary Clinton.

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Spoiler Alert: if you haven’t watched the new Star Trek show, there are spoilers here. I like science fiction, especially space opera, and have been a fan of the Star Trek series since the ’60’s. “Deep Space Nine” was probably my favorite, for the variety of alien characters, stories, and the ensemble cast. “Voyager” frequently […]

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According to knowyourmeme.com, the Streisand Effect occurs when attempts to censor information on the internet lead to even greater publicity and dissemination of said information on the internet. In a hilarious editorial condemning slapstick humor posted on CNN, Kara S. Alaimo (ah-LAME-oh) laments that President Trump’s latest controversial tweet makes America “a little less safe for women than it was before,” thereby […]

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The movie Soylent Green — which depicted a world so overpopulated that the only solution was industrialized cannibalism — came out in 1973. It was inspired less by the novel it was based on (Make Room, Make Room) than Paul Ehrlich’s overpopulation alarmist book The Population Bomb;  which predicted, among other catastrophes, that overpopulation would cause famines and mass […]

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for August 11, 2017 it’s the Vive La Difference edition of the podcast with your hosts, nanoscientist Mike Stopa, and, would you believe it? co-host and Smart Girl Extraordinaire Teri Christoph! But then, where’s Todd??? Wish we knew. He is off on a soul-finding three month journey of non-stop silence in the Peruvian jungle, on a diet of roasted banana peels and tropical bird sushi. We expect him back next week.

In the meantime, Mike and Teri get to bubble our way through topics ludicrous and absurd for your listening pleasure. Look, the vibe is a little different than usual. I, for one, had a fabulous time.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The Handmaid’s Tale: Looking for Tyranny in All the Wrong Places

 

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale is a cultural phenomenon. Since the debut of the new Hulu series starring Elisabeth Moss, the novel (originally published in 1985) has earned a new crop of readers, including people who have not yet seen the new web series. I am one of those people.

The world of Atwood’s Tale is a totalitarian Christian fundamentalist nation called Gilead, which was founded after a bloody takedown of the U.S. government. Gilead enforces levitical law more literally and brutally that any Jewish or Christian sect in history. Adultery, fornication and pornography are capital crimes, of course, but Gileadeans may even endanger their lives by owning fashion magazines or wearing makeup. Clothing is Taliban-modest and color-coded to indicate the caste of the person donning it.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Mattress Girl Discredited

 

If you haven’t heard of the “mattress girl,” it’s not for lack of trying among liberal opinion shapers. Emma Sulkowicz, who dragged a blue mattress around Columbia University’s campus in 2014 to dramatize her plight as a rape victim, was profiled sympathetically in New York magazine, the New York Times and other publications. Senator Kirstin Gillibrand (D., NY) invited her to attend one of President Obama’s State of the Union speeches. Artnet pronounced her mattress stunt (for which Columbia awarded her course credit as an art project) “one of the most important art works of the year,” and she was honored by the Feminist Majority Foundation and other groups.

Her story is this: A consensual sexual encounter with a male student named Paul Nungesser suddenly turned violent. Without warning, he choked her, struck her, and anally penetrated her while she cried out in pain.

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I first heard about Jody Allard from my hero, Rush Limbaugh. She describes herself as an “ex-techie” writer who lives in Seattle. Rush describes how this self-described writer has no problem denigrating her own teenage sons in her writing, and basically not caring if they read and know what their mother is saying about them […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Message Is the Tedium

 

My family and I went to see the new Wonder Woman movie over the weekend and enjoyed it, along with people all over the world. Yes, there is a feminist message inside the movie, which is to be expected when based on a comic book character designed from the very start to be a feminist icon. However, the message was pleasingly low-key and was balanced by the heroism of her male counterparts.

I must confess, after the insanity of creating a “safe space” for women to watch this movie without any men in the audience, I walked into the movie theater with some trepidation, expecting it to be Ms. Magazine with flashy CGI and a soundtrack. This did not happen, partly because director Patty Jenkins realized that a hero (or heroine, in this case) appears more heroic if what they do goes far beyond what even extraordinary humans can do. Fortunately, Steve Trevor (portrayed by Chris Pine) provides a male counterpart whose exploits could be compared (literally) to that of the gods. The female empowerment angle is still there, but it doesn’t get in the way of Wonder Woman being a darn good movie.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Is Hatred for Mike Pence’s Marital Code Driven by Feminist Resentment?

 

The Rage Generating Machine went into overdrive when word got out that Vice President Mike Pence goes out of his way to avoid even the appearance of inappropriateness with women. A reporterette with Canada’s National Post says that Mike Pence’s commitment to remaining faithful to his wife is because he’s a part of … I am not making this up… “rape culture.” She writes, “The implicit reason is that he must avoid alone-time with women lest his stringent religious moral code fall apart in the presence of a little lipstick and décolletage. That is rape culture.”

How much of this hate, I wonder, is driven by feminist jealousy that Mrs. Pence has found a good, decent, loyal man?

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A very liberal friend of mine forwarded this article to me. It seems to be the only communication she has with me – sending stories like this. So, is there any truth in here?  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/27/opinion/the-all-male-photo-op-isnt-a-gaffe-its-a-strategy.html?_r=0 More

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This is the title of an online course from the good people at EveryDay Feminism. Here’s a few selections from the description. Feel free to mock (or weep) as the mood strikes you: So with Trump’s policies starting to roll out, you know you want to be fighting alongside people of color. But you also […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Haunting Fear That Somewhere Someone Is Having a Good Time

 

H.L. Mencken once defined Puritanism as “the haunting fear that someone somewhere is having a good time.” What I know of the real thing suggests to me that Mencken did the Puritans a grave injustice. But there can be no doubt that his quip applies in spades to contemporary liberalism.

Consider the posture of preachiness and horror adopted by pious liberals in the face of the comic call-and-response duet “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which Frank Loesser and his wife Lynne Garland threw together and first performed for their friends at a housewarming party in the Christmas season in 1944, and which MGM inserted in the movie Neptune’s Daughter in 1948 — where, as you can see, Ricardo Montalban and Esther Williams did one rendition and Red Skelton and Betty Garrett did another with the roles reversed.

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Further to a discussion with @6foot2inhighheels I thought the Ricochet community may have some thoughts. Said 6foot2: “The revelation that men have distinctly different motivations and impulses that are at odds with female cultural assumptions came to me late in life, and from an unexpected source; a young man who explained everything in one simple […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The War on Women Is Back

 

Trump-ShrugIt’s been nearly a week since the Access Hollywood tape helped to persuade key parts of the nation that Donald Trump might have a character problem. “Would you vote for a sexual predator?” asked New York Magazine. “Donald Trump Versus Hillary Clinton: Choose Your Sexual Predator” headlined The Federalist.

Yet, while rumors are flying that other shoes remain to drop, only a few women have so far come forward with stories of loutish behavior by the Republican standard bearer. Natasha Stoynoff’s is the most disturbing. She alleges that she had visited Mar-A-Lago for a People Magazine spread on Donald and Melania (who was then pregnant). While Melania left the room to change her clothes for a photo shoot, Stoynoff recounts, Trump pushed her against the wall and “shoved his tongue down my throat.” He backed off only when the butler announced that his wife was returning.

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