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  • National Post Misandrist mother sure to damage her vulnerable sons Tuesday July 18th, 2017
    Last week, motivated by a sense of duty, I took my nine-year old granddaughter to the film Despicable Me 3, my first exposure to this popular series. It turned out to be no chore at all; I laughed with a child’s abandon throughout. Except, that is, for one sobering moment, at the hero Gru’s reunion with his long-unseen, toxic mother. She had pushed him into a life of crime (f...
  • National Post Bring on the sex robots and make our world a better place Wednesday July 12th, 2017
    In the case of controversial sex bots, which seem to me a victimless fetish, I find myself remarkably unoffended, even somewhat boosterish at their potential for alleviating human distress At Toronto’s Idea City last month, where I spoke, no fewer than four presenters addressed the fast-approaching era when beef will be replaced by plant-based proteins. At a breakout session,...
  • National Post Doctors who conscientiously object to providing euthanasia referrals should not be forced to do so Wednesday June 21st, 2017
    Conscientious objectors shouldn't be shunned for merely holding to the originalist criterion of their vocation. From June 12 to 15, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice heard legal arguments relating to conscience rights for doctors in Ontario. Five doctors and three physicians’ organizations want the court to declare portions of policies created by the College of Physicia...
  • National Post The West's willful blindness to the threat of Islamist terrorism knows no bounds Tuesday June 20th, 2017
    In January 2016, a 24-year-old woman in Mannheim, Germany was reportedly raped by three migrants. At first, she identified them to police as German nationals, later explaining her lie as reluctance to “help fuel aggressive racism.” Then, astonishingly, she wrote a letter of apology to her attackers in which she blamed her society for their crime, saying “I wanted an open Eu...
  • National Post Kathy Griffin just learned a tough lesson about free speech — sometimes, people tell you you’re fired Wednesday June 7th, 2017
    Pity naive comedian Kathy Griffin. She discovered, to her cost, there are limits to tolerance for edgy humour, even amongst the entertainment world’s most irreverent, Trump-loathing denizens. In a now-infamous photo released by photographer Tyler Shields on Twitter last week, a deadpan Griffin holds aloft — in mock ISIL-style trophy mode — the bloody, lookalike “head” of Donald Trump....
  • National Post Scheer should ensure fathers have the same parenting rights as mothers in child custody disputes Wednesday May 31st, 2017
    My success rate for failed predictions remains unsullied. Just as I confidently predicted Donald Trump would never win the primaries, and then just as confidently predicted he would never win the presidency, I likewise predicted that Maxime Bernier was a shoo-in for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race. I paid scant attention to the winner, Andrew Scheer, during the race, and now am...
  • National Post Congratulations, Mr. Scheer. Might I suggest that equal shared parenting be one of your key policy planks? Wednesday May 31st, 2017
    My success rate for failed predictions remains unsullied. Just as I confidently predicted Donald Trump would never win the primaries, and then just as confidently predicted he would never win the presidency, I likewise predicted that Maxime Bernier was a shoo-in for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race. I paid scant attention to the winner, Andrew Scheer, during the race, and now am...
  • National Post A lone academic dares to challenge accepted narratives about Canada’s residential school system Tuesday May 23rd, 2017
    As the token conservative on otherwise liberal panels, I have been a regular contributor to CBC radio’s comedy news trivia program, Because News, since September 2016. I was let go from this panel last week for my politically incorrect views on indigenous cultural appropriation (that I did not even express on CBC). I can now empathize (as opposed to merely sympathize) with t...
  • National Post Why does a report on ‘gender equality’ in mental health all but ignore the illnesses of men and boys? Tuesday May 16th, 2017
    In a column last March, I described the radical progressive mind’s inability to see iniquities on the left and its fixation with right-wing evil as the ideological equivalent of a neurological syndrome called “hemispatial neglect.” Those afflicted with hemispatial neglect lose recognition of space on one entire side of the body. It isn’t that they have a desire to see what’s on the side that is...
  • National Post Why does a report on ‘gender equity’ in mental health all but ignore the illnesses of men and boys? Tuesday May 16th, 2017
    In a column last March, I described the radical progressive mind’s inability to see iniquities on the left and its fixation with right-wing evil as the ideological equivalent of a neurological syndrome called “hemispatial neglect.” Those afflicted with hemispatial neglect lose recognition of space on one entire side of the body. It isn’t that they have a desire to see what’s on the side that is...
  • National Post In landlord vs. religious Muslim couple, no one won. Everyone lost Tuesday May 9th, 2017
    Years ago, my then-lawyer son was seeking affordable lodging in Manhattan. He discovered many landlords wouldn’t rent to lawyers: too quick to litigate small grievances. This was a permitted form of rental discrimination? Yes, according to my son, who wouldn’t have conformed to that stereotype, but was penalized for it anyway.  I wondered about the discretion allowed to Canadian landlords....
  • National Post The problem with Handmaid’s Tale is that it’s not a believable dystopia. It’s sci-fi Tuesday May 2nd, 2017
    The current Hulu remake of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, is getting rave reviews. But I passed on it. Handmaids projects a Christian theocracy — the Republic of Gilead — that has replaced American democracy, and consigned women to their most reductive biological roles as forced breeders in a mysteriously infertile society. I’m interested in artistic dystopias — the word alw...
  • National Post When pointing to CBC’s anti-Israel bias, there are plenty of examples Tuesday April 25th, 2017
    Marwan Barghouti is a bad man, which is why he’s 15 years into a 40-year prison sentence. He’s also a charismatic political activist.  In its April 16 Sunday edition, The New York Times published an op-ed by Barghouti, “Why We are on Hunger Strike in Israel’s Prisons,” with the byline, “Marwan Barghouti is a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.”  Israeli officials reacted furi...
  • National Post How academics portray Islam as a’ victim’ of oppression — even as they defend violent Islamists Tuesday April 18th, 2017
    April 21 marks the opening, at the Berkeley campus of the University of California, of the sixth annual academic conference on Islamophobia. If past conclaves are a guide, the conference will be marked by a morass of impenetrable academic jargon and an unremitting flow of anti-Western rhetoric. Here, if one cares to observe, one may see the academic pistons of the blasphemy-law promotional...
  • National Post How academics portray Islam a ‘victim’ of oppression — even as they defend violent Islamists Tuesday April 18th, 2017
    April 21 marks the opening, at the Berkeley campus of the University of California, of the sixth annual academic conference on Islamophobia. If past conclaves are a guide, the conference will be marked by a morass of impenetrable academic jargon and an unremitting flow of anti-Western rhetoric. Here, if one cares to observe, one may see the academic pistons of the blasphemy-law promotional...
  • National Post At the Vimy centenary, a rare (and dwindling) chance to celebrate male courage Tuesday April 11th, 2017
    The Vimy Ridge centenary dominated Canadian commentary this past week. It was stirring to read the many eloquent commentaries on this watershed event in our evolution as a nation. Some of the reportage of the ceremonial aspects of the weekend was written by women. But virtually all the editorializing on the event was delivered by male writers. In fact, it’s generally the male journalists who ha...
  • National Post At Ryerson, a rare win for Jewish groups on campus (and one with a pleasant twist) Tuesday April 4th, 2017
    Last November, at Ryerson University, Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Students Association led a walkout of Ryerson Student Union’s (RSU) Semi-annual General Meeting in order to suspend quorum, when the group Students Supporting Israel (SSI) brought forward a motion endorsing Holocaust Education Week. Without quorum, the motion was unable to pass. It was later discovered that t...
  • National Post Mike Pence’s dining preference is ‘rape culture’? By that flimsy standard, what isn’t? Monday April 3rd, 2017
    Some years ago Tal Nitzan, a sociology student at Hebrew University and an ardent anti-Zionist, used her Master’s thesis to explore how Israel’s “racist” soldiers use rape as a weapon of terror and intimidation. There was only one problem. Once she began her research, she could not find a single documented case of rape by an Israel Defence Forces soldier of a Palestinian woman. Undet...
  • National Post A man who’ll stand up for the rights of other men (and boys) on campus and in society Tuesday March 21st, 2017
    On International Women’s Day a few weeks ago, I sat on a radio panel devoted to the occasion with two young women, both enthusiastically self-avowed feminists, who think we still live in a “patriarchy” in which men’s interests are better served than women. They were shocked when I demurred, dubbing our society a “matriarchy.” I explained that in the things that matter most to everyone — health,...
  • National Post Understanding the jihadi mind (I hope this column isn’t Islamophobic) Tuesday March 14th, 2017
    M-103 is a motion before Parliament that seeks to condemn (undefined) “Islamophobia” as a phenomenon distinct from hatred directed at individual members of all minorities. M-103 rests its case for particularity on wording from a petition, E-411, stating Islamist jihadis “do not reflect in any way the values or the teachings of the religion of Islam. … They in no way represent the religion.̶...
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