Filtered By - Feminism

  • National Post The allegations in Quebec; it’s not about what happened, but what can be proved to have happened Tuesday October 25th, 2016
    Last week, Quebec Liberal MNA Gerry Sklavounos was expelled from caucus when complaints of sexual assaults filed against him in March surfaced in the media. His accuser, Alice Paquet, can be named because she went public with her story on Facebook, at a vigil in support of sexual-assault victims and a Radio-Canada interview.  Paquet met Sklavounos...
  • National Post Women don’t need Hillary Clinton to be president Wednesday August 3rd, 2016
    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both rotten candidates for the U.S. presidency, but they do provide great fodder for comedians. For example, the following joke arrived in my Inbox this morning:  Trump and Hillary meet at a bar. Donald leans in and smiles, “The media are really tearing you apart for That Scandal.” Hillary answers, “You mean my lying abou...
  • National Post Sex-selection abortion versus a girl’s right to live Tuesday April 19th, 2016
    An ingenious social media campaign, #280today, succinctly conveys the estimated number of pregnancies terminated every day in Canada by induced abortion. That comes out to over 100,000 a year. Canadians who support a woman’s right to an abortion are sympathetic to, or at least non-judgmental, regarding most of the reasons women decide to have an abortion. But there is one tha...
  • National Post ‘Believing women’ isn’t the same thing as proving guilt Wednesday March 30th, 2016
    Reading Justice William Horkins’ preamble to his judgment following the Jian Ghomeshi trial, I marvelled anew at the testimonies of the three women accusers and the cultural revolution they represent. In a pre-feminist era, it is possible a woman would have lied in court. But the odds, in 1965 say, of three women with apparently slam-dunk cases pre-trial all being exposed on the st...
  • National Post Flattening feminism’s campus myths Wednesday March 9th, 2016
    On the occasion of a prestigious award in her field last month, associate professor Elena Bennett in McGill University’s Natural Resources Sciences and School of Environment was interviewed by the Montreal Gazette on the subject of women and science. Bennett focused on the well-documented post-undergrad career stall for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math...
  • National Post Feminist chickens come home to roost at the Ghomeshi trial Friday February 19th, 2016
    The Ghomeshi trial has to have been a giant embarrassment for Ottawa law professor and hard-core feminist Elizabeth Sheehy. In 2013, Sheehy published a book, Defending Battered Women on Trial. In it, Sheehy proposed that women who experience extreme abuse from their male partners should have the right to kill them pre-emptively – in their sleep, say – without fear of being charge...
  • National Post Barbara Kay on honour and feminism Thursday November 26th, 2015
    On Nov. 11, PAH Governor Barbara Kay gave a speech to the Canadian Association for Equality in Ottawa, entitled “A Question of Honour: Feminism and Multiculturalism in the Political Crosshairs.” Here is the full text of her talk. Last month, in the city of Dessau, Germany, the body of a 20-year old Syrian woman, identified as “Rokstan M.” was discovered in a shall...
  • National Post Anti-male ignorance on parade at the CBC Friday November 13th, 2015
    The personal is the political. I experienced a dose of both in the heated exchange on “The Sunday Talk” segment of CBC’s The National Nov 8. My son Jon was, as usual, on the panel, this time to discuss one of my niche subjects, men’s awareness groups, and their struggle for official recognition on several Canadian campuses. Watching, I reeled internally between ma...
  • National Post Attention paid to male issues doesn’t diminish from feminism: it’s not a zero sum game Thursday September 24th, 2015
    Cathy Young is a widely admired libertarian “equity feminist” American journalist, whose considerable critical skills often deployed in dismantling the “rape culture” narrative, continually ruffle ideologues’ feathers. Young was scheduled to speak at the University of Toronto tonight, Thursday, September 24th, on “The Politics of Gender and Victi...
  • National Post Feminists won’t like the ending of Amy Schumer’s latest flick Wednesday August 5th, 2015
    Rom-com ditzy dames are a time-honoured Hollywood tradition. Comedians like Judy Holliday, Katharine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball were adorable. And, however kooky, “nice” girls all. But in order to satisfy feminist dogmas in our era, postmodern rom-com writers have had to premise their plots on the assumption that loveable ditz, wanton promiscuity and landi...
  • National Post Atticus Finch would have had his pick of men falsely accused of rape and denied due process today Wednesday July 15th, 2015
    The novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, much in the news with the release of Lee’s practice-run novel for Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman, is America’s favourite book, its extraordinary popularity undiminished more than 50 years after it was published. Strangely, though taught in high schools everywhere, it comes with no “trigger warnings” for female ...
  • National Post Beloved in York, group banned by Toronto Pride for offending radical feminists Monday June 22nd, 2015
    Last Saturday, members and supporters of the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFÉ) marched in a pride parade. Not Toronto Pride, which is coming up June 28. CAFÉ marched in Richmond Hill with Pride York Fest. A good time was had by all. Why is this newsworthy? Well, inclusion by York Pride was something of a triumph for CAFÉ in that Pride Toronto refus...
  • National Post Harvard students want to learn the law without discussing ‘upsetting’ crimes Thursday December 18th, 2014
    There are days when I think the entire media has been taken over by the satirical publication, The Onion, whose hilarious riffs on cultural and political trends skewer political correctness with such straight-faced precision that they are frequently taken at face value. But the latest Darwin-award entry in cultural lunacy is no satire.  Some U.S. law students want their profes...
  • National Post Rolling Stone was performing advocacy, not journalism Wednesday December 10th, 2014
    A crisis at Rolling Stone magazine is a cautionary tale of the harm done to journalism when reporters abandon objectivity and due diligence in order to further a political agenda. Last month the magazine ran a story by contributing editor Sabrina Rubin Erdely about an alleged 2012 fraternity gang rape of a University of Virginia student. According to the harrowing tale of the victi...
  • National Post Jihadi brides provide an education in gender reality Tuesday November 18th, 2014
     Terrorism is usually some men’s appalling idea of heroism, and we’re not quite sure what or how to think about women who want in on the action. Most of us want to believe women are innately peaceful creatures, more attuned to nurturing than killing. History has a way of subverting gendered stereotypes, though, and today we are faced with the disturbing phenomenon of gir...
  • National Post Feminist video turns to child abuse to send distorted message Friday October 24th, 2014
    It’s not often that my daughter pleads with me to write something about some or other cultural phenomenon. But this week she sent me a Youtube video, and told me I had to write about it. I watched it. I have five granddaughters, ranging in age from ten to two. So yes, I knew I would have to write about it, But it’s one of the toughest assignments I’ve ever gi...
  • National Post Canadian feminists are everywhere Friday September 26th, 2014
    We opinion columnists all have our little foibles. One of mine, I am a bit ashamed to admit, is occasionally rising to the bait when the thestar.com’s Heather Mallick writes a particularly silly column that cries out to be ignored, and instead allowing indignation at her intellectual vapidity to send my hands to the keyboard. Today is one of those days.   In the St...
  • National Post The slow, tentative return of women’s lost sense of sexual honour Friday September 12th, 2014
    The sexual revolution seems to be running out of steam in the West.  The Post’s September 11 editorial informs us that many indicators, such as a dramatically diminished interest in topless bathing in France, the bellwether of female sexual liberation, point to a return of relative conservatism in women’s attitudes to sex.  In North America, teens of all...
  • National Post For TV moms and dads, two different standards Wednesday July 30th, 2014
    In the past, television ad-makers rarely have dared make fun of moms. But dads usually have been seen as fair game for satirical commercials portraying fathers as immature slovens or domestic incompetents. Lately, though, I’ve noticed an uptick in ads — for diapers, gum, cereal, detergent and the like — featuring dads as personable, smart and sensitive. The hands-...
  • National Post At Pride Toronto, militant feminist dogma trumped rights Monday June 30th, 2014
    The blow fell too late for a counter-punch. But that seems to have been the idea behind Pride Toronto’s arbitrary ejection of the Canadian Association of Equality (CAFÉ) from Sunday’s parade just days beforehand, leaving no time for appeal of the decision. The annual Pride event in Canada’s biggest city is supposed to be a celebration of all things and caus...
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