I woke up on Memorial Day weekend to some of the saddest news ever: two people were fatally stabbed after trying to intervene when a man was spewing "hate speech" Friday on a Portland, Oregon, train.
"Hate speech", "racism" and "white supremacy" are strange ways to talk about this and similar stories, which find their way to Youtube every few weeks when someone captures someone who is clearly deranged and agitated on camera. I'm not saying racism isn't dead. Bigotry is an inseparable part of this behavior. But it seems clear that these people are more mentally ill than they are racist -- which is why intervention is so dangerous.
5/25/2017 0 Comments
This week, Portland State University philosophy professor Dr. Peter Boghossian and mathematician Dr. James Lindsay collaborated to write and submit their hoax paper, “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct,” for publication in an academic journal.
This beautifully illustrated the point that academe routinely trades respectability for ideological crusades. So it's no wonder that Christina Hoff Sommers, "Factual Feminist" and author of One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture is Eroding Self-Reliance, was able to school "microaggressions scholar" Derald Wing Sue in a single, six-minute youtube video.
Every year, around the beginning of May, social justice warriors (SJWs) across the US begin sharing frantic videos about how it's "not okay" to celebrate Cinco de Mayo if you're white. Then they start throwing around words like "oppression" and "cultural appropriation."
Let's clear one thing up right away: there is no such thing as "cultural appropriation." There is only culture.
4/12/2017 3 Comments
World Nomads, an Australian travel insurance company, recently announced the winners of their 2017 Travel Writing Scholarship. Their prize includes free flights to Croatia; an exclusive travel-writing course under the mentorship of New York Times and Outside magazine contributor Tim Neville; $500 in travel apparel; and €1,000 to spend on their 10-day Europe trip.
It didn't take long for the social justice warriors to crawl out of the woodwork -- this time, complaining that the winner "all speak English."
1/6/2017 1 Comment
Harry Potter actress and noted feminist Emma Watson forgot to do her research after accepting the role of Belle in Disney's upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. The media was awash in praise after Watson announced she wouldn't wear a corset in the movie... indicating that they didn't do their research, either.
Social Justice Warriors are crazy -- they might even be crazier than climate deniers. I mean, climate deniers are people who don't understand science. Social Justice Warriors outright reject anything that resembles logic or reason.
For example, their insistence that "equality of outcome" is the standard for justice -- when, really, it's the opposite of justice.
12/18/2016 0 Comments
In what has quickly become a recurring theme, Everyday Feminism has published an anti-feminist and illogical article -- this one arguing that "smaller fat bodies are crowding the conversation on fat acceptance."
That's funny! It's really, really funny. Because, basically what they're saying is, "Let's exclude most fat people from fat activism!" It's a super basic stats thing.
12/17/2016 1 Comment
I try to see the bright side of things, which is why I sometimes say that Everyday Feminism is an endless source of amusement. (See also: I Changed "Men" to "Black People" in an Everyday Feminism Article, and Here's What Happened.) But, as someone who cares about equality for women, it's also a source of frustration -- the shit they say reflects badly on all feminists.
For example, in a recent video, trans activist Riley J. Dennis said that if you wouldn't date someone who was trans, black, fat or disabled, you're an -ist or a -phobe; you need to "think critically" and change.
12/1/2016 0 Comments
I had the unexpected privilege of meeting the new president of Stanford last week. Over the course of our conversation, I asked him two very important questions:
1. Why are so many colleges to accommodating to victimhood culture -- why don't more universities take a stance like the University of Chicago?
And, more importantly:
2. What are you doing to make sure that trigger warnings, safe spaces, disinvitations and other forms of coddling/censorship aren't harmful?
This is a huge question. In all psychology research and interventions, it is imperative that you prove, at the get-go and ongoingly throughout the study, that you are not causing harm. And self-report is not sufficient -- the Cambridge Sommerville Youth Study demonstrated that although people may say something helped them, objective measures demonstrate that the study actually caused harm.
11/21/2016 4 Comments