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Jonathan V. Last is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard. His writings have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Post, the Claremont Review of Books, First Things, the Week, Salon, Slate, TV Guide, and elsewhere.


How Wonder Woman and Tilda Swinton Became Enemies of the Left

Two items of note: First, Wonder Woman was recently defrocked of her position as an “honorary U.N. ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.” Evidently, the United Nations is such a serious place these days that it appoints fictional ambassadors to represent what it deems to be critical issues. I kid you not: In … Continued

Culture


The Ridiculous Crusade for Gender-Neutral Toys

Christina Hoff Sommers—who literally wrote the book on the war on boys—notes that there’s a movement afoot to de-gender toys. Target has pulled the “boys” and “girls” labeling from their toy aisles. The White House recently hosted a “summit” on the perils of gender-specific toys. Time proclaims that “the next generation of kids will play … Continued

Parenting

Good Values, Great Entertainment: Garry Marshall, RIP

Garry Marshall passed away yesterday at the age of eighty-one. Over the course of fifty-six years in Hollywood, he was one of the most influential people in show business and—this is the real rarity—always a force for good. Marshall began his career in old Hollywood. He wrote jokes for Jack Paar and Joey Bishop while … Continued

Celebrities

Marvel’s Multicultural Crusade

So this is a thing that’s happening: Marvel comics is turning Iron Man from a grown-up, white, male, billionaire industrialist to a black, female, teenage college student. Last week Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis unveiled in an interview with Time that a new character, Riri Williams, will be taking over Iron Man from the character … Continued

Entertainment

Identity Politics and the Disney Princess

There’s great news in the world of Disney Princesses: We’re finally getting a Hispanic (Latina?) princess, Elena of Avalor. She’ll be coming to a screen near you July 22 on the Disney Channel. I know what you’re thinking: It’s about time! Disney has had princesses for, like almost 80 years, and their diversity record is … Continued

Politics, Television

Captain America Breaks Bad

So Captain America is evil now? When last we left the world of comics, the big brains who run Marvel were busy multiculturalizing their stable of characters not by inventing cool new heroes (like Abigail Brand, a chaotic-neutral intergalactic Nick Fury gifted to Marvel by Joss Whedon) but by turning their A-list heroes into diversity … Continued

Culture


After all the Hype, Does ‘The Force Awakens’ Hold Up?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to home video this week. In business terms, this means that Disney can continue making all the money: In total dollars, The Force Awakens grossed more at American box offices than any movie ever. Even if you adjust for inflation, it’s the third highest grossing movie of the last … Continued

Entertainment, Movies