Culture | Media

Thoughts on Sexual Etiquette

Campaigns like the recent Twitter #MeToo initiative, together with the publicity generated by the allegations of sexual abuse against Harvey Weinstein and by Kevin Spacey’s confession, have placed the topics of consent and sexual harassment at the forefront of people’s consciousness. In some cases, people have been citing very minor gaucheries and awkward attempts at […]

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Culture | Media

Time to Call a Truce in the Gender Wars

If you are a news and current affairs junkie like myself, you could quickly come to the conclusion that men and women are at war with each other across the Western world. A large portion of feminists  believe that the West is a patriarchy that deliberately ensures that women are under represented in politics and […]

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Culture | Media

Panicking about Sexual Harassment Is Bad for Women

What started with Hollywood women denouncing Harvey Weinstein has rapidly developed into a global movement decrying sexual harassment. The #MeToo stories of high profile women working in politics, the media and theatre make for headline news. To some feminist campaigners this represents a tipping point, a watershed moment that could lead to new legislation and […]

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Religion | Politics

Androphobia — and How to Address It

“Beware of an anti-male moral panic“ wrote Cathy Young shortly after the announcement that the Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein had settled at least eight sexual harassment cases. As so often, Young was absolutely right. Although some ideologically-motivated attempts have been made to blame Weinstein’s politics or, inexplicably, his Jewishness for these revelations, as more and more accounts […]

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Features

In Defense of the Google Manifesto

James Damore, the Google employee who wrote the viral Google manifesto, was fired yesterday for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” From the various reactions I’ve read, you would think Damore wrote the next iteration of Mein Kampf. Gizmodo labelled it an “anti-diversity screed.” Mashable called it a “racist/sexist manifesto” when reporting that the author’s identity had been revealed. Tweetstorms were fashionable, with […]

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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

Nadia Murad and Yazidi Sex Slavery Under ISIS

Stories of those forcefully taken from their homes by ISIS militants and sold into slavery are haunting reminders of the tyranny that Daesh (ISIS) has wrought on so many during its seizure of power in Iraq and Syria. Yazidi women were some of the worst affected by ISIS, as many witnessed their families butchered, homes destroyed and […]

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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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