Why The Women’s March on Washington Isn’t Inclusive

The day after Donald Trump is inaugurated President, tens of thousands of women—maybe more—are expected to arrive in Washington for an event called “The Women’s March on Washington.” Their mission statement is one that Americans of all political stripes could rally around: “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection … Continued

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Western Feminists Discover New Tool of the Patriarchy: Salad!

Violence against women is spiking around the world. According to the BBC, last week, Taliban militants in the northwestern Badghis province of Afghanistan shot and killed a twenty-five-year-old woman who divorced her husband and then remarried. That same week, according to multiple news reports, a thirty-year-old woman was beheaded in a remote village in the … Continued

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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

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Better Off Than Four Years Ago? Reagan’s Question in 2016

President Reagan famously asked Americans, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” when seeking their vote for his reelection in 1984. That slogan has been repeated by many candidates since, typically as a way to encourage audiences to focus on the economy: Are you earning more, do you have a better job, … Continued

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Fifty Lashes for the Vice-Presidential Debate Moderator

Tuesday’s vice-presidential debate was mesmerizing, not because of the candidates’ positions or demeanor, but because of the extraordinary balancing act performed by the moderator. For ninety minutes, the nation watched, entranced, as Elaine Quijano managed to remain upright despite the weight of false eyelashes that, had the laws of gravity held, should have caused her … Continued

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Stop Guilt-Tripping Boys About Their ‘Toxic Masculinity’

Last week a proud feminist single mom posted a piece in The Washington Post in which she shamed her sixteen- and eighteen-year-old sons for not taking a more proactive stand to combat rape and misogyny. For anyone who needs a guide on How Not to Turn Your Children Into the Social Justice Warriors You Desperately … Continued

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Is There Such a Thing as Feminist Plastic Surgery?

We live in enlightened times and we know we’re not supposed to judge people—especially women—by superficial thing such as their appearance. We know, in an age of trigger warnings, micro-aggressions, and feminist protests, that we’re never supposed to discuss how a woman looks. Today, even classic fairy tales, such as “The Ugly Duckling,” are suspect—the … Continued

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How Feminism Lost the Feminine Mystique

The first edition of Betty Friedan’s 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique was pro-family and pro-men. It made no mention of contraception or abortion. It was a questing philosophical work, not a screed. Seen from the vantage of today’s feminism, these are startling facts. Friedan’s groundbreaking work was crucial in launching second-wave feminism, the movement that … Continued

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Why are Modern Women Angry?

Does having too many choices, and too much freedom, contribute to intense dissatisfaction? Are modern people, particularly women, angry because our culture of self-affirmation and abundance has left them feeling unsatisfied? That women are less happy today is not just anecdotal. In 2009 the US National Bureau of Economic Research found that since World War … Continued

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