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STEM and the Myth of Perfect Gender Parity

Technology is boring and impersonal. I don’t care about the 0’s and 1’s behind the application I’m using; I just care that it gets the job done so that I can focus on things like travel, culture, interactions between states in the foreign policy battlefield, art exhibitions, and brilliant lines in Kevin Williamson’s latest column. … Continued

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Chelsea Manning is No Trans Role Model

When Donald Trump issued a statement banning trans people from serving in the military, Vogue and Teen Vogue came out with multiple articles castigating his decision. “Another broken promise,” wrote Patricia Garcia, and an affront to the “thousands of trans servicepeople [sic] … who signed up to risk their lives on behalf of all Americans,” … Continued

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The War on Pronouns

When was the last time you encountered someone who was offended by the pronoun you used to refer to them? If you are like most people, the answer is probably never. In part that’s because the number of transgender people in the United States is only 0.3 percent, according to the Williams Institute on Sexual … Continued

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How Liberals Became the New Cultural Conservatives

Boy have we come a long way since the 1960s. When Lou Reed was growing up, rock ‘n roll was under attack by culturally conservative critics who believed his music was immoral and a bad influence on the youth who loved it. Even the FBI got involved in investigating the lyrics of “Louie Louie” in … Continued

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United Airlines Was Right to Remove a Belligerent Passenger

Anyone asked to leave an overbooked flight for which they purchased a ticket would be justifiably annoyed. They have somewhere they need to be, and it wasn’t their fault United Airlines screwed up. So when a passenger on United Airlines flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was randomly chosen to be removed, he was right … Continued

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Death to Self-Service Kiosks!

Waiting in line at the airport was already an unpleasant enough experience, but now airlines want us to do their work for them. Rather than simply hand over our bags and have our tickets handed to us, passengers now must enter all our information on a computer kiosk ourselves. I encountered those stupid machines most … Continued

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