Culture | Media

A Plea for the Humanities

I’ve often heard people argue a moral case for the inclusion of gender theory, “critical race” theory and other forms of theory influenced by postmodern streams of thought on college syllabuses for the humanities. If you are skeptical about such theories, I am sometimes told, you must be sexist, racist or transphobic. Or perhaps you […]

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Culture | Media

Thoughts on a Friend’s Suicide

In the very last days of 2016, one of my favorite people in the world took his own life. It hit me very hard. Not only because of how I loved him and miss him, but because I failed to notice how unhappy he was. And because of the striking similarities between our life situations […]

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Religion | Politics

A Lifelong Leftist’s Cri De Coeur

“Iona is no leftist,” a Twitter acquaintance recently asserted. It’s left me pensive as to what it means to be on the left (or not) and why so many of us lifelong left-leaning voters find ourselves described by our fellow lefties as, bafflingly, “right-wing.” I think of myself as left-leaning primarily because of my belief […]

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Religion | Politics

Why I Still Call Myself a Feminist

Recently, many people have asked me why I still choose to identify as a feminist, especially since I dislike some of the excesses of contemporary Western feminism. I am wary of those strands of feminism which encourage young women to think of themselves primarily as powerless victims, a school of thought sometimes called “fainting couch […]

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Religion | Politics

Why I Admire Richard Dawkins

Yesterday I learned that Richard Dawkins was de-platformed from a speaking event at liberal radio station KPFA in the town of Berkeley, where he was scheduled to talk about his new book, Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Atheist. The organizers cancelled his talk because of his “comments on Islam” which they […]

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Religion | Politics

Debate Ideas, Not People

There’s a particular rhetorical maneuver which is often used to discredit specific arguments which is especially popular on Twitter. It’s an approach which effectively shuts down dialogue on important but contentious subjects. Someone will make a very valid point and someone else will point that, elsewhere, the writer or speaker has made a questionable remark, […]

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Religion | Politics

Why I Am a Free Speech Absolutist

I was recently reading an article by Ulrich Baer, in the New York Times, entitled “What Snowflakes Get Right About Free Speech.”  The author defended the actions of students who disrupted recent appearances by controversial speakers like Charles Murray, Milo Yiannopoulos and Jordan Peterson, by drowning out their voices with loud chanting, megaphones and noisemakers and, in […]

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Culture | Media, Review

A Feminist Reviews ‘The Red Pill’

I’ve just watched Cassie Jaye’s documentary The Red Pill and I think you should, too. A superb interviewer who knows how to draw out her subjects’ deepest beliefs, Jaye takes viewers on a tour of the Men’s Rights Movement (MRM), by talking to some of its main proponents and detractors. She also charts her own […]

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