Tag: feminism

This Probably Counts as a Macroaggression

 

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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Feminists Chase Avengers Director off Twitter

 

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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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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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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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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Why We Still Need Feminism, Despite Some Feminists

 

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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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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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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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Catcalls and the Death of Chivalry

 

Savages around the globe are murdering young women, selling them into sex slavery, and tossing acid into their faces. But a new viral video wants to redirect our outrage to another battleground of the global war on women: catcalls.

The video appeared yesterday in my Facebook feed with an image of a female and the headline “This is what it’s like to be catcalled on the street 108 times in a single day.” At first I thought it a humblebrag, but soon discovered it was yet another campaign to make men feel guilty.

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Has Feminism Jumped the Shark?

 

shutterstock_143044900A new video, “F-bombs for Feminism”, made the rounds on social media yesterday. (In case the title didn’t alert you, be warned that this is not something you necessarily want to watch without headphones!)

Following in the footsteps of Beyoncé, who last year made the “shocking” comment that “gender equality is a myth,” “F-bombs for Feminism” is a ridiculous attempt to wake people up to women’s rights. The group who created this video, FCKH8, gathered a group of little girls wearing princess dress-up clothing and using “offensive” language to bring attention to all the “really offensive” ways our patriarchal society discriminates against and mistreats women. And they play all the big hits: pay inequality, rape and sexual assault, and being pretty.

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Relearning Everything

 

In a world where access to the sum total of all human knowledge is only a few clicks away, human ignorance of history remains a rather magnificent thing to behold. We are born blank slates, without an ounce of knowledge or wisdom. Theoretically, 12 years of training at expensive government daycare centers (or schools) is designed to combat this ignorance. Yet not a day goes by where old, discredited ideas aren’t repackaged and presented anew as a recent stroke of brilliance.

From The Guardian today, we receive the wholly novel idea that if something is important (like tampons), it should be free. As this is the first time we’ve ever considered the question of whether the government can create better access to things people need than the free market, I will allow the author a full hearing before erupting in riotous laughter.

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I have a lot of authors in my twitter feed. That means I get greeted by pleasantries such as this re-tweet: Women don't need male writers to speak for them. And male writers who talk about including women characters? Shut up. More

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What We Learned About Modern Feminism from Santa Barbara

 

YesAllWomenI’ve been reluctant to comment on the horrifying mass shooting in Santa Barbara over Memorial Day weekend, as there is certainly nothing I – nor anyone else – can say to make sense of this tragedy. Yet on Friday I was a panelist on PBS’s To The Contrary, where I had to discuss the incident, and I thought it was appropriate to expand on the discussion here.

There has been no shortage of writers who have felt obliged to share their opinion about this awful event. But this deluge of commentary immediately in the wake of the murders is not only grotesque and self-involved, but also threatens the health of our society.

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Liberalism and Profanity

 

shutterstock_173867810The pages of liberal, and especially feminist, commentary are awash with cursing. Just below the elite levels of the commentariat, cursing is as much a part of liberal discourse as “problematic,” “privilege,” and “narrative.” To read left-wing thought online, not merely in the comments sections but even in the featured pieces on websites like Salon and Slate, is to wade through cant peppered with curse words. In part, liberals use this vulgar lingua franca to establish their radical bona fides. Someone who regularly curses is manifestly not defined by the “establishment.” Despite their status among the cultural elite, the left is beholden to the imagery of radical chic. Comfort with cursing is a holdover from this stance and part of a deep-seated desire to relive the glory days of protest. All the same, there is more than radical posturing in the left’s love affair with profanity. The use of vulgar language is a logical extension of the pervasive grip popular post-modernism has in American culture and in its public discourse.

There is substance at the higher levels of liberal thought, but in its popular forms contemporary liberalism is the politics of symbols and emotion. Liberalism lacks an intellectual core, something we might trace to the great disillusionment with the failure of Marxism. In place of principles, liberalism has become an outlook of symbols. A liberal is what they support or what they espouse. See, for example, the absurd rise of #hashtag activism, perhaps the perfect distillation of symbolic politics. Holding events or episodes up as symbols of cultural malaise or depravity that need to be attacked is a core strategy for advancing the symbolic politics of liberalism. Kevin D. Williamson at NRO had an interesting piece on this notion recently.

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Feminists the world over rejoiced today as a homeless, drug-addicted woman was arrested for a series of violent crimes in Newark, New Jersey. The unidentified woman was the first pistol-packing, tobacco-chewing mentally-impared woman arrested in New Jersey for sexual assault this year whose butt crack is also clearly visible in her arrest photo. More

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Bask in the Crazy: Radical Feminism

 

The bulk of a conservative’s time engaging liberal arguments is best spent addressing their most pointed and nuanced positions. But we should occasionally revel in liberals’ worst arguments and fringe elements. Today we smash the patriarchy in manly fashion.

There is trouble in the locker rooms of the Iowa Hawkeyes football team. You might assume this stems from their inability to win a national championship in more than half a century, but you’d be wrong. No, the trouble is the color of the visiting team’s locker room. 

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Feminism Eating Itself—Rob Long

 

This, from the Guardian, must represent the hilarious nadir of modern feminism. Two women, both feminists, are photographed for a magazine. They are depicted with their hands on their hips.

Chaos ensues.

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In a medical school tutorial about post-pregnancy urinary incontinence, Tom was assigned to research an unusual-sounding treatment, Weighted Vaginal Cones, which physically strengthen pelvic muscles that control the bladder. When Tom shared his research on the efficacy of these cones with his tutorial group, a female medical student scoffed, saying “that’s easy for you to […]

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