"In the media, politics, arts, humanities and increasingly the sciences, feminist gatekeepers stand guard with an explicit agenda to keep non-feminist, egalitarian women frozen out." In the age of 24 hour social media it's hard to keep abreast of news, fake or otherwise. Stories burst forth in a moment only to quickly become placeholders for … Continue reading The Cure for Feminism is Not More Feminism
In his book, The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Terror and Tyranny, Russian dissident and gulag survivor Natan Sharansky, proposes a simple test to discern if you are living in, what he calls, a free society or a fear society. He calls it the Town Square Test: Can a person walk … Continue reading Enlightenment Now? Out, out, brief candle.
Discussing human sexuality is a tricky, if not fraught, enterprise today. Critiques of human sexuality abound in the popular and academic press. That’s why here, I would like to do something truly radical...celebrate it! Today, I put to you the heretical notion that in a sexually reproducing, sexually dimorphic species, men finding women sexy … Continue reading Sexy Isn’t Sexist or The Allegory of the Peacock’s Train
The pendulum swings wildly between radical extremes in the abortion debate but there is a middle ground. Looking at the issue from an empirical anthropological and negative utilitarian ethics perspective (the more modest and pragmatic goal of lessening suffering not increasing happiness) helps us begin to parse the variables. From this standpoint, early, safe, medical … Continue reading Jelly Babies: On Morals, Ethics and Abortion.
The following was sent to me to publish on the condition the author remain anonymous. I post it in full and without comment. I’m going to share my own ‘me too’ story with you. I don’t want to do this. I’ve remained mostly silent about it for decades and would happily have died with the … Continue reading Natural Justice and #MeToo
As I have written elsewhere feminism is not the battle for equality between the sexes but is, primerily, a movement to “smash patriarchy”. This might have been a noble endeavour had feminists ever hit upon a theory of patriarchy that could begin to be falsified. I, like many reasonable people, used to identify as a … Continue reading In Defence of Reformed ‘Patriarchy’.
Despite all the feminist/SJW chatter around Wonder Woman, a marketing strategy which is far more likely to turn me off any product attached to it, I enjoyed the film. The character embodies femininity unhitched from biology and evolution. In the real world, we know women are just as competitive as men, but employ more covert, less aggressive … Continue reading A Short Review of Wonder Woman with an Evolutionary Slant.
I had to rattle this off quickly as a counter-point to the media frenzy today about this report. Apologies for typos - there will be many! Toxic masculinity or female intrasexual competition? "MPs seek better plan to fight school sexual harassment Sexual harassment and abuse of girls are too often accepted as part of daily … Continue reading MP’s report on sexual harassment in schools ignores evidence of female intrasexual competition
This essay was first published as "When is a Feminist Not a Feminist" as a guest blog on Lee Jussim’s Psychology Today Rabble Rowser blog here. Updated 13/9/17. “Feminism: The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of the equality of the sexes.” “Egalitarianism: The doctrine that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and … Continue reading When is a feminist not a feminist?