A distinguished turtle researcher who was honored last week for his lifelong scientific achievements sparked a controversy when his presentation on river turtles included revealing photos of women (and men) in swimsuits.
6/28/2018 1 Comment
In response to a recent Atlantic piece on desistance and regret in trans children, Jezebel has published what I suppose is meant to be a damning article about "cis journalist groupthink."
But really, all they've done is reveal what we already suspected: that left-of-center journalists, authors, and academics are afraid to publicly reveal their science- and evidence-based opinions in public, because they don't want to crucified on social media.
5/8/2018 0 Comments
In the wake of the Starbucks thing (in which two black men were arrested for trespassing after refusing to order something and then refusing to leave the store), and the Nordstrom Rack thing (in which the police briefly spoke with three black teens after someone reported they'd seen them stealing, then let them go without arresting them, because they hadn't stolen anything), some bizarre-o social justice warriors are complaining that people call the police when they think something's up.
They're also demanding that people who do so be charged with "filing a false police report.)
5/1/2018 0 Comments
Last week, two black men were arrested for trespassing at a Starbucks because they asked to use the bathroom and took up a whole table without ordering anything. When asked to leave, they refused.
Did the men deserve to be arrested for that? Did the police do the "right" thing by arresting them? While my gut response was that it seemed like an overreaction, the answer is yes. As Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said in a statement, "... If a business calls and they say that someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business, (officers) now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties. And they did just that." I also agree with Ross, who is black, that race probably played a role in this. "As an African-American male," he said, "I am very aware of implicit bias."
This week, the Chronicle of Higher Education published State of Conflict: How a Tiny Protest at the U. of Nebraska Turned Into a Proxy War for the Future of Campus Politics. In short, a 19-year-old sophomore was yelled at and harassed by a university... graduate student? Teaching assistant? (She's 46 years old, which is a little old for a grad student... but that is what the article said, so let's roll with it.)
Among other ad hominems, the "46-year-old graduate student in the English department" called the student "neo-fascist Becky." (Like, four times. For an English student/teacher, she sure doesn't explore the richness of the English language much.)
2/1/2018 2 Comments
When "feminism" becomes anti-woman.
1/30/2018 4 Comments
During a workshop over Martin Luther King Day at a prestigious New England prep school, keynote speaker Lourdes Ashley Hunter was removed from campus after lashing out at a teenage student for asking a question.
I read about your date with Aziz Ansari on babe.net. There were parts of it I had a problem with -- namely, your total major lack of sexual and personal agency and your feminine passivity. I went ahead and fixed it for you, so you can see how a slightly older and more mature adult woman would have handled the situation. (My edits are in bold.)
"How has the most empowered generation of women in all of human history come to feel less control over their bodies than their grandmothers did?" Megan McArdle wrote in her recent Bloomberg piece, Listen to the 'Bad Feminists' (they're the ones who still believe women have power).
Pop quiz: At what age is a woman old enough to give consent?
D) Never, apparently.
If you're a far left regressive "feminist," the correct answer is D -- much to the confusion of baffled comedians Aziz Ansari and (to a lesser degree) Louis C.K.