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  • National Post Sorry LGBT, sex and gender are not the same Tuesday May 26th, 2015
    The precise nature of words matters. The imprecise use of a word that has a very specific meaning can make the difference between an alleged injustice and a complete waste of newsprint and everyone’s time, including that of activists. We have a perfect example of this phenomenon in the case of Morgane Oger, chair of the B.C. Trans Alliance Society, who, not satisfied wit...
  • National Post Rape culture’s biggest victim may be honesty and truth Friday May 22nd, 2015
    Does the Guinness Book of World Records have a category for persistence in carrying a mattress around a university campus? If they did, Emma Sulkowicz, who has just graduated from New York’s Columbia University, would doubtless be the record holder. Whether she deserves praise for it or not is another issue. Sulkowicz carried the mattress – she called it an art project ...
  • National Post The enduring lessons of Mad Men survive beyond its denouement Tuesday May 19th, 2015
    Didn’t Mad Men end just perfectly? Yet it’s indisputably over. I’m nostalgic already. Mad Men was my formative era. The show brought so much back for me: everyone smoking like chimneys; the physically uncomfortable bullet bras, girdles, hoop skirts and hair rollers; the rigid social rules that made any fate for women other than married with children susp...
  • National Post Call barbarism what it is Tuesday May 12th, 2015
    Our government’s citizenship guide has for four years warned newcomers that “Canada’s openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal abuse, ‘honour killings,’ female genital mutilation, forced marriage or other gender-based violence.” Soon we will have a law in force to back up this unequivocal and principled...
  • National Post Adolescent fiction has undergone a sea of change since Nancy solved the Mystery of the Old Clock Tuesday May 5th, 2015
    Last week Nancy Drew, teen detective, celebrated her series’ 85th anniversary of continuous publication. In the 1950s, Nancy still wore demure dresses, drove a snappy blue convertible and called home from a telephone booth. Today I’m told she wears jeans and t-shirts, drives a hybrid car and carries a smartphone. Nevertheless, I am sure the clever sleuth is still the upright...
  • National Post There is no value in street violence, ‘cathartic’ or otherwise Thursday April 30th, 2015
    In a conversation with Post editorialist Chris Selley, Toronto journalist Septembre Anderson reflected on the Baltimore riots following the apparently violent death of 25-year old Freddie Gray while in police custody earlier this month. Anderson does not call the looting, vandalism, and fire-setting that took place “riots,” though; she calls them “a rebellion,&rdq...
  • National Post Michael Ondaatje and the PEN Six get it horribly wrong Monday April 27th, 2015
    PEN international, a non-political organization now represented in 150 countries, was founded in 1921. Its mandate is to promote literature and support freedom of expression. PEN Canada joined up in 1926 and today boasts a membership of more than a 1,000 writers and supporters, including cultural luminaries such as Margaret Atwood, Adrienne Clarkson, John Ralston Saul, Charles Foran and ...
  • National Post In France, there’s no hatred for any group equivalent to that of Jew hatred Tuesday April 21st, 2015
    France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls has announced an action plan that will make the battle against hatred into “a great national cause,” a plan that will include awareness programs and enhanced punishment for online hate speech, with stiffer prison sentences for hatred-based crimes. The superficially admirable plan springs from honest outrage on Valls’ part &mdas...
  • National Post ‘Tough on crime’ shouldn’t mean ‘soft on reason’ Tuesday April 21st, 2015
    Political fealty should never be easy. If one is completely happy with any government’s policies and governance style, then one is taking a simple-minded approach to politics. I myself will continue to vote for the Conservatives, because they seem to me to be better than the alternatives. But Stephen Harper’s government has me gnashing my teeth in frustration on some files – not only because I ...
  • National Post Quebec’s student radicals put their irresponsibility on parade Thursday April 16th, 2015
    For most university students, spring means exams and the search for a summer job. Amongst a certain cadre of Quebec students – a few hundred out of Quebec’s student body of 44,000 – warmer air is an invitation to ratchet up the political activism that preoccupies them in every season. This spring’s activism revolves around the question of whether or not students, ...
  • National Post Sisters on the march Tuesday April 14th, 2015
    Last Friday was National Siblings Day, a relatively new and as yet unofficial day promoting appreciation of sisters and brothers. Makes sense: Parents raise us, but our identities and future relationships are powerfully influenced by siblings. They’re the only ones who share a literal lifetime of history with us. My older sister Anne and my younger sister Nancy and I aren&rsq...
  • National Post Thou shall not bear false witness … except against men Wednesday April 8th, 2015
    The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has released a 12,000-word report on Rolling Stone magazine’s infamous November 2014 article, “A Rape on Campus.” Infamous because the shocking University of Virginia gang-rape narrative, written by longtime investigative reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely, was exposed as factually unsound while the pages were still warm ...
  • National Post Sit back, relax, and enjoy your abortion Wednesday April 1st, 2015
    Having a “spa day” used to mean several hours of delicious relaxation, grooming and a temporary respite from the toll-taking stresses of a busy woman’s multi-tasking life. The highlight of the typical spa day is the massage – skilled hands kneading the flesh to release knots of tension and rid the body of harmful toxins – which gives the recipient the welcom...
  • National Post People thought Obama would heal America’s bitter racial divide. It’s gotten worse Tuesday March 31st, 2015
    With Barack Obama’s tenure as U.S. president grinding to its definitive end, it’s clear the chasm between the Messiah-like figure he sold himself as in 2008 and the only-too-flawed mortal we see today will not close. In no area did he arouse greater expectations than that of race relations. Obama’s inexperience and lukewarm patriotism, factors that would have side...
  • National Post ISIS – Progressive pundits in denial Tuesday March 31st, 2015
    There is a tone – supercilious, world-weary, eye-rolling – certain progressive pundits adopt when addressing what they consider to be conservative fear-mongering that quite sets my teeth on edge. Here, for example, is a column by Scott Gilmore in the March 30 edition of Maclean’s magazine in which he scolds conservative politicians who not only expre...
  • National Post Angelina Jolie is providing an admirable service to women Thursday March 26th, 2015
    Like a number of women I know, megastar Angelina Jolie has the BRAC gene that puts the carrier at extremely high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Some of my friends with the gene opted to have a mastectomy and an oophorectomy – removal of the ovaries – to radically the reduce the chances of getting cancer. I would have done exactly the same. Both Ms Jolie’s mot...
  • National Post Harper should have gone further in niqab criticism Wednesday March 25th, 2015
     In 2007 I attended a Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) fundraiser. The keynote speaker was controversial journalist Yvonne Ridley, a British convert to an aggressive form of Islam who is an open advocate for terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah. She publicly sympathized with Shamil Basayev, the Chechen mastermind of the 2002 Moscow theatre hostage disaster and the 2004 Beslan school ...
  • National Post Dolce and Gabbana’s views on parenting are commonplace. There’s no homophobia here Tuesday March 24th, 2015
    In 2011 John Galliano, the “zany British bad boy” of the fashion world, was shamed and shunned by all right-thinking people when, in a recorded drunken rant, he cried, “I love Hitler.” Last week two design celebrities, Domenico Dolce and Stephano Gabbana (D&G), were shamed and shunned after Dolce publicly opined: “You are born to be a mother and a father...
  • National Post The remarkable Ryan Bellerose, a Zionist aboriginal Tuesday March 17th, 2015
    On Sunday night, Montreal’s Hillel Concordia abruptly cancelled a Monday talk by political activist Ryan Bellerose, founder of Calgary United with Israel (CUWI). It would have been a pro-Israel talk, which nowadays, Jews being so passionately divided on Israel, made certain Hillel constituents volubly unhappy. A pretext for disinviting him was found in what were deemed unacceptably crude satiri...
  • National Post Universities are teaching students what to think, not how to think Wednesday March 11th, 2015
    Every year at this time I am privileged to appear as a guest lecturer for my friend Adam Daifallah’s course on the history of conservative thought at McGill University. Below are lightly edited excerpts from tonight’s lecture. In his essay, “What are universities for?” philosopher Leszek Kolakowski writes: “The greatest danger is the invasion o...
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