Stop Sending Mixed Messages About Transgender Kids

What if your ten-year-old child said he wanted to be a dolphin when he grew up? Would you just laugh? Would you even entertain the idea? Of course not. How could you? Hardly any parent, community or school system would go along with this. But every day, more and more, the idea that kids can … Continued


This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Memes

Just when you think political correctness might be on the wane, here comes a new front in the culture wars: memes. That’s right. Now even silly jokes you share with your friends online (and that have the shelf lives of may flies) are fodder in our civilization’s continuing effort to police every thought, emotion, and … Continued


Why I Decided to Boycott Target

I don’t even want to think about how much money I’ve spent at Target during my time on earth. A close friend and I have something we call the Target “one-hundred-dollar rule”—you can’t go in to Target, even for breath mints, without walking out one hundred dollars poorer. Since I’ve become a mom, it’s become … Continued

Culture, Parenting

Capitalism and the Culture Wars

On almost every front, the culture wars have not been going well for social conservatives over the past few years. That’s unlikely to change in the foreseeable future, and if you happen to be a social conservative, there’s really not a whole lot you can do about it. This doesn’t mean you will suddenly have … Continued


Hollywood Plays “Who’s the Biggest Victim?” Game

Actress Julie Delpy should have known she was doomed to defeat in her artless attempt to displace African-Americans as bigger victims of discrimination in Hollywood. Given the highly publicized outrage about the upcoming Oscar’s lack of non-white nominees, Delpy’s comments that “sometimes I wish I were African American,” and “nothing worse than being a woman … Continued


Faux Outrage, Moral Busybodies, and ‘Zoolander 2’

“It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.” –C.S. Lewis “Words can only hurt you if you try to read them. Don’t play their game!” –Derek Zoolander I cannot unequivocally verify this, but I’m pretty sure that the axiom “Tempest in a teapot” was coined after some normal human … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Movies

What Caitlyn Jenner Gets Wrong About Happiness and Gay Marriage

Is happiness always worth chasing? In a surprising interview with Ellen DeGeneres last week, Caitlyn Jenner expressed some ambivalence about gay marriage. “I’m a traditionalist,” said Jenner, a former Olympian and member of the Kardashian clan, who has chronicled her transgender journey on her reality show, I Am Cait. But Jenner acknowledged she’d come around … Continued

Celebrities, Culture

First World Problems: Gender-Neutral Kids Clothes

Sometimes, a subtitle can say it all. In her recent Bloomberg Business piece on the changing economics of “gender neutral” clothing – “The End of Boys and Girls: These Companies Are Going to Change the Way Your Kids Dress” – Kim Bhasin, perhaps unintentionally, sums up the heart of the problem with this movement: Frustrated … Continued

Culture, Fashion

The Cult of Caitlyn Jenner

The transformation is not about the victim. It’s about us, the watchers. That was one of the most poignant moments in the novel The Exorcist, William Blatty’s masterpiece of horror. The two priests who are performing the rite of exorcism are exhausted, and during a break one asks the other: Why? Why does the diabolical … Continued

Celebrities, Culture