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shutterstock_297217001I had long looked on the feminist project with an indulgent eye, feeling, along with Bertie Wooster, that girls will be girls and must be allowed their little enthusiasms. But I had assumed that after accomplishing the legitimate goals of the movement — equality before the law, and equal opportunity in education and employment — they would depart the field and find something else useful to do with their time, perhaps leaving behind a few stout sentries to defend their gains.

That’s not what has happened. Modern feminists have set about to remake society to comport with two bedrock, inviolable feminist principles. The first of these is that there are no significant differences between the sexes, that any apparent differences are the result of social conditioning from the earliest ages. To suggest that women might (in general) possess innate differences in some characteristic — greater empathy, let us say — is to mark oneself as a misogynist of the first order. The second principle is that any male-dominated organization or occupation would greatly benefit by increasing its female membership, as women bring a number of innate characteristics — greater empathy, for example — which their male counterparts woefully lack. To question this is to mark oneself as a misogynist of the first order.

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shutterstock_265843157“[Sex is] a contest to see who cares less, and guys win a lot at caring less,” Amanda says.

A brutal Vanity Fair column about the instant hookup world of Tinder shows one side of what men want and what they don’t. And it’s neither pretty nor surprising.

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bumper_bumper_stickerToday I made the mistake of turning to ABC for their morning network news. After being blinded by the pastels of their dollhouse-like set, I watched several bobble-headed women and one extremely handsome fellow discuss Target stores doing away with gender signs. The giddy news “person” reported that there will be no more girls’ toys or boys’ toys — just toys. No more girls’ or boys’ clothes — just clothes. They will remove pink wall paper from the Barbie aisle and remove blue from G.I. Joe’s section. Target wants to do away with any gender signage to create “balance.”

Why? ABC explained that a pierced, hair dyed, tattooed Mother was shocked, SHOCKED!!!, when she saw the evil gender signage. Abi Bechtel is a self referred feminist who doesn’t want her kids playing with toys meant for their own gender. It’s sexist!

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Hello, all, your favorite radical Marxist movie reviewer here. I was going to do a post on Shane–it’s forthcoming, all about how the personal is & is not the political!–but a few days back, my young miss came home to tell me about Trainwreck–it was girls’ night at the movies, more or less, & they […]

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Today head-slapper: According to a new Harvard study—based on data gathered from focus groups, interviews, and several surveys, including one of roughly 20,000 11-to-18-year-old boys and girls from 59 public and private secondary schools—nearly a quarter of girls preferred male over female political leaders. What’s more, when asked about their gender preferences regarding managerial roles […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Gregor Samsa, if You Only Knew!

 

Kitab_al-Bulhan_--_devilHow does a man feel about his wife making a life out of promiscuity? Well, this one is writing in New York Magazine, so he does not call it adultery: He says he’s a feminist.

That’s right folks, this guy is here to tell you, you men ain’t feminists until you approve of being traduced. If your wife isn’t climbing into bed with you to tell you about whomever she’s been busy with making the beast with two backs — you ain’t feminist, not really!

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. How Feminism Subtly and Unintentionally Sabotages Happy Marriages

 

imageAs a child of the 1980s, Feminism’s First and Second Waves were a part of history for me, and I took equality between the sexes for granted. Being raised in a conservative household, I also knew that men and women were different. Though I saw a lot of my dad, he worked long hours building a construction business from scratch. My mom was always “in charge” of the household since she simply had more personal knowledge, with her always being home, and my dad was enthusiastically at her beck and call. They were — and still are — happily married and have always been very much in love. I don’t know how much my perception of what women found attractive was influenced by my home life and how much it was the culture at large, but I came to understand that marriage-orientated women were interested in men who were not only providers who wanted kids, but who were kind, gentlemanly, and nurturing. Since I knew I wanted to get married, that’s what I set out to be.

It seemed to work. I attracted a lovely young woman when I was 21 and she was 19 when we were in the same Physics program. We struggled through our academic careers together, eventually marrying and having our first child while in graduate school, and now you can call us the Drs. H.

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Ellen Pao is back in the news, as is her husband – and the reporting on her latest difficulties to be found in Pravda-on-the-Hudson is quite instructive.

As some of you will remember, there was a great deal of hoopla back in late March about the verdict in a lawsuit for $16 million that Pao had launched for gender discrimination against her employer Kleinfeld, Perkins, Caufield & Byers after the venture capital firm had decided not to make her a partner. The case had stirred considerable interest among feminists working in Silicon Valley who were eager to cash in. But – to their shock and dismay – the jury decided for the defendant on all counts; and the judge ordered Pao to pay $276,000 of the legal costs incurred by the firm.

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If you stare into the abyss long enough, Mr. Jenner will start staring back at you. The male patriarchal structure of oppression is as old as history, & probably older. Some have the gall to call it civilization. It goes back to the story of Pericles lifting his famous funeral speech from a woman–while starting his […]

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Recently on Twitter, I followed a series of posts and replies on the topic of chivalry and feminism. It began when National Review writer, Charles C.W. Cooke noted a tweet from a male feminist saying something along the lines of ‘we men need to do a better job of stopping sexist jokes and making sure […]

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Christina Hoff Sommers is probably the sharpest writer and thinker on modern feminism that we have on our side of the fight — which means that she must be resisted and declared an Enemy of the People.

When Sommers went to speak to a group of Republican and Libertarian students at Oberlin College last month, a coalition of fragile porcelain dolls concerned students posted — I am not making this up — “A Love Letter to Ourselves” (probably a serviceable title for any document produced by this cohort), calling Sommers a “rape denialist” because she has questioned the assertion that one in five women on college campuses have been sexually assaulted (Yes, it did include trigger warnings).

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joss_whedon_heroJoss Whedon is the screenwriter and director responsible for both Avengers blockbusters, as well as television favorites Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Unsurprisingly, Whedon is also an outspoken leftist who uses his Twitter feed to mock and ridicule conservatives. He thinks politicians who deny climate change should be denied penicillin, believes men should be denied the vote on “reproductive health,” and despises Justice Clarence Thomas and organized religion.

He certainly hates all the right people — so why are progressives mad at him? It seems one of his strong female characters isn’t quite strong enough for radical, third-wave feminists.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Safe Space for Free Speech

 

WRMC3o0uI’ve made a concerted effort of late to avoid falling into the trap of believing that the current generation of young people is any more problematic than young people of the past. History is replete with examples of elders lamenting the inferiority of their progeny. If every generation were truly more worthless than the last, society would have come crashing down long ago. Determined to break me of this best practice are the editors of Georgetown University’s school paper, The Hoya.

In a piece that is nearly indistinguishable from a recent Onion parody, the editors explain that though college should be a place to promote free expression and a plurality of views, those views really should be in line with the consensus as they see it. The malefactor whose presence sparked this piece is none other than traitor to her gender and serial safe-space violator, Christina Hoff Sommers.

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Generations ago, many women sought professional freedom equal to that of men. They didn’t seek to mandate that all women must work outside the home. They just wanted the option. But then a strange thing happened. The market adjusted to this influx of female professionals by raising the average family’s cost of living. More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Raising Your Kids To Be Good Feminists

 

There is a proliferation of ridiculous memes today across the media (especially across social media), with people getting tetchy and defensive over all sort of things. This usually takes the form of either a 10-point list or a long-winded rebuttal to an argument that no one is making. I’m sure you’ve seen them, as practically anyone with any sort of idiosyncrasy feels compelled to “like” and “share” the moment they find something that hits close to home.

A year or so ago it was a series of things like, “10 things you didn’t know about introverts“, which was duly followed by “10 reasons why the world is biased against extroverts.” Right now I’m seeing, “The best things about raising a stubborn child,” “Raising Daughters: Why it only gets better!“, and “Why being raised in Minnesota is better” (logical conclusion from all of this: stubborn introverted Swedish girls from Minnesota are better than the rest? I prefer English chicks myself, though am descended from the former). These posts frequently have obligatory #hashtag callouts for some silly movement or another too — some irritating grab at “raising awareness” or self-identifying with yet another victim group.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Stop with the Male Bashing

 

Most women on Ricochet don’t engage in male bashing; this post is just what I would tell my daughter, if I had one, and what I would like to say to some of the young women in my life, and to all young women everywhere.

There are two kinds of male-bashing. The first is the kind that feminists engage in, in which feminists claim that masculinity is toxic, that we live in a rape culture, that The Patriarchy is oppressing women, etc. Those who engage in this kind of male bashing tend to believe that all or most men are bad. Nothing conservatives say or do will stop this first type of male bashing, but thankfully, most women don’t engage in it anyway.

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You can find a feminist commentator to make a stupid remark on anything with the most tenuous connection to male and female roles. You can find a commentator to make a stupid remark about just about anything to do with the sexes from just about any angle. Those comments unfortunately are often then used to tar broad categories of people.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. When Did the Left Turn into Rick Santorum?

 

Seemingly everyone on Earth watched in astonishment as humanity landed a research probe on a small comet speeding 84,000 miles per hour towards the sun. Well, everyone on Earth except Ms. Rose Eveleth of Brooklyn, N.Y.

The acting technology editor for The Atlantic couldn’t pay attention to the history being made right in front of her eyes. She was too busy screen-capping and zooming-in on a scientist’s shirt to see if it offended her. And, boy, did it ever.

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European Space Agency scientist and British Physicist Matt Taylor is part of the Rosetta team that just landed a probe on a comet. When he showed up to the office for the landing on Wednesday, he was wearing an absurd Hawaiian/bowling shirt with, uh, sexy cartoon women all over it (no word yet on whether Kim […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. On Cat-calling and Feminism

 

heybabypigMaking the rounds on the Internet is a video of a woman minding her own business on the streets of New York and being catcalled. Everyone else has weighed in, so I thought I’d throw my two cents into the ring. Although I’m sure that everyone will ignore this part, I’d like to say that harassing a woman (or, for that matter, men) is not acceptable under any circumstances. It’s just simply not okay. That being said, let’s dive in.

If you haven’t seen the video, it features a woman walking around New York City wearing jeans and a t-shirt. The video was filmed secretly (she was aware of it, those around her were not) for 10 hours, and she was catcalled 108 times. I think we can all agree that that is pretty gross. So, where does the blame fall for such grossness? I’d argue that quite a lot of this is the legacy of second- and third-wave feminism.

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