Filtered By - Feminism

  • National Post Elliot Rodger’s gender-blind rampage Tuesday May 27th, 2014
    When Marc Lepine killed 14 women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989, his calculated separation of the sexes before beginning the massacre of the women — all complete strangers to him — was its most chilling aspect, and the reason why it stands out as a uniquely tragic event. And not just in Canada. If you know of any other female-only planne...
  • National Post A bump in radical feminism’s control of the gender agenda Tuesday March 25th, 2014
    The CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi is the most amiable, open-minded guy in the world, with a good sense of humour to boot. The perfect radio host. His weekly show, Q, frequently provides proof of his willingness to explore both sides of a gamut of issues in the classic liberal tradition. Unfortunately, amongst doctrinaire feminists, amiability, intellectual curiosity and even (espe...
  • National Post Affirmative action for her, but never for him Wednesday March 12th, 2014
    David Mitrovica, 56, is a white, able-bodied man (yes, this is a gender column) who in 2013, after many productive years in Alberta, resettled in Toronto in order to care for his aged mother. Mitrovica’s C.V. boasts a post-grad degree in international management (acquired on fellowship at the U.K.’s London Business School), with a focus on the cultural dimensions of eff...
  • National Post Battered women should not get away with statutory murder Friday December 20th, 2013
    In a just-published book, Defending Battered Women on Trial, University of Ottawa law professor Elizabeth Sheehy argues that chronically battered women should have a “statutory escape hatch” if they kill their male abusers pre-emptively rather than “live in anticipatory dread and hypervigilance.”   That is, battered women should be allowed to...
  • National Post Prof makes bizarre plea to place battered women above the law Friday December 13th, 2013
    When ideology takes up the brain space normally reserved for reason and the golden principle of equality under the law, the very best minds can go AWOL. That seems to be the case with University of Ottawa law professor Elizabeth Sheehy, whose new book, Defending battered Women on Trial, will be released Dec 15. Professor Sheehy’s thesis is that women who experience extreme ch...
  • National Post A gender-neutral anthem would ignore logic and history Tuesday October 1st, 2013
    A group of influential Canadian women who are rushing shoulder to shoulder into the cultural breach to remind us that that in our country’s national anthem, someone had blundered! Our anthem contains the words “in all thy sons command.” Sons! Men! Shocking, I know. Take a moment. Defenders of the national anthem will have to stand on guard once more, as a group of...
  • National Post It’s time for ‘family feminism’ Wednesday February 6th, 2013
    The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, published 50 years ago, is a touchstone for western feminists. For many, Friedan’s book is perceived as the bright line between women’s unbroken history of oppression by the patriarchy and the dawning of their liberation. But in fact, emancipation activism has been evolving for more than 200 years, beginning with free-thinking (and free...
  • National Post Women’s Federation sells fear and hatred in place of facts Thursday December 6th, 2012
    In his National Post column today, “Amish lessons in Mourning,” Jonathan Kay compares two different reactions to tragic killings of women and girls. In 1989 a lone psychotic gunman killed 14 young women at the Montreal Polytechnique. In 2006 a lone psychotic gunman killed five and wounded five young Amish girls in a Pennsylvania schoolroom. The Amish grieved their loss...
  • National Post Another study undermines feminist stereotype of women who kill Wednesday October 3rd, 2012
    There are two main categories of women killers, and both types were featured on the front page of the National Post today. One article, “’Burning-bed cases rarer than thought” informs us that according to a study of spousal homicides of men by women, by Ottawa researchers in conjunction with the Quebec coroners’ office, “barely a quarter of husband killers a...
  • National Post Neither sex has a monopoly on victimization Tuesday October 2nd, 2012
    In the Letters section today, Daniela Lobo of Toronto, responding to my defence of Rona Ambrose’s affirmative vote for Motion 312, which would permit a discussion on when human life begins, poses the question, “Does the government have the right to impose regulations on a woman’s body?” She does not believe it should. To bolster her case, she poses another question: &...
  • National Post Barbara Kay on Rona Ambrose: When the sisterhood attacks its own Friday September 28th, 2012
    I don’t understand militant feminists. They keep saying they want to have more women in politics. You’d think they’d show respect for the minority of women who actually do make it to the top of the heap through their own merit. Even if feminists don’t always agree with the opinions of such women, the larger point is surely to ensure that strong women of character are ...
  • National Post Margaret Thatcher’s weakness for the opposite sex Wednesday February 1st, 2012
    Alexandra Roach plays a young Margaret Thatcher, who's "appointments were based on who was good for Britain, not who was good for women." “Was the Iron Lady good for women?” asks Janet Bagnall, the Montreal Gazette’s resident feminist, in the headline of her Jan. 20 column. The “Iron Lady” is, of course, not only a sobriquet for Mar...
  • National Post The awkward truth about spousal abuse Wednesday December 21st, 2011
     Barbara Kay, National Post · Dec. 21, 2011 | Last Updated: Dec. 21, 2011 2:06 AM ET One of first-wave feminism's great achievements in the 1970s was to end the denial surrounding wife abuse in even the "best" homes. Resources for abused women proliferated. Traditional social, judicial and political attitudes toward violence against women were...
  • National Post When girls ruin girls Wednesday November 16th, 2011
     Barbara Kay, National Post · Nov. 16, 2011 | Last Updated: Nov. 16, 2011 4:09 AM ET I don't remember being bullied by other girls when I was young. But I do remember with shame having failed to do the right thing as a teenager at summer camp, when a cabinmate - we weren't close, and she wasn't socially attractive, but still - was cruelly humili...
  • National Post Where are all the opinionated women? Wednesday March 30th, 2011
    Barbara Kay, National Post · Mar. 30, 2011 | Last Updated: Mar. 30, 2011 4:03 AM ET How are women faring in journalism? Not as well as in nursing -about 100% female -but pretty darn well compared with coal mining and nuclearreactor tending, where, sad to say, female representation is nil and women candidates continue to pound on that stone curtain, demanding entry in vain. ...
  • National Post Cult of the vajayjay Thursday February 11th, 2010
    Valentine's Day, a licence to print money for greeting-card manufacturers, jewellers, flower shops and restaurants, was never a deeply meaningful occasion. But at least it was the most benign and uncontroversial of "holidays." Who could object to a day devoted to the celebration of romantic love? The cards are still printed, little heart-shaped diamond-chip pendants s...
  • National Post Man-hating nonsense Wednesday January 27th, 2010
    A feminist icon, "thealogist" Mary Daly died Jan. 3 at the age of 81. Almost unknown outside the academy, Daly was a militant influence on feminist approaches to religion. If her name is faintly familiar, you're likely recalling a brief late-'90s media surge around a lawsuit against Jesuit-run Boston College, Daly's longtime academic home, initiated by a male ...
  • National Post Mile-high morality Wednesday January 6th, 2010
    Up in the Air is the Rom Com (romantic comedy) of the year. Most critics love it. It's hugely entertaining, but the surprise ending (spoiler alert!) sends a jarring message no reviewer (to my knowledge) has mentioned. The film is based on Walter Kirn's eponymous 2001 novel about Ryan Bingham, a man who fires people for a living. Ryan spends most of his time on airplanes, tr...
  • National Post The end of the gender wars Wednesday December 30th, 2009
    The notion that female victimhood is more tragic than male victimhood has long been widely accepted. But those days are over Christinne Muschi, Reuters Something odd occurred in the two days following the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre earlier this month. Commentaries by both Margaret Wente of The Globe and Mail and Jonathan Kay of the Post were sharply critica...
  • National Post Burka Barbie Wednesday December 2nd, 2009
    In the process of conveying a general idea or a cue to an emotional response, we often seek instinctive recourse in a linguistic device called antonomasia. We'll substitute an antonomastic placeholder like "Solomon" for a wise person or "Hitler" for an evil one, "Pearl Harbor" for an ineluctable casus belli, and so forth. The words "Barbie dol...
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