Claudia Anderson is managing editor of The Weekly Standard. Before the magazine was launched, she worked in daily journalism for 13 years--as chief editorial writer for Scripps Howard, editorial page editor of the Cincinnati Post, and editorial writer for the Buffalo Courier-Express. From 1975 to 1982 she edited books for the American Enterprise Institute. She has a master’s degree in medieval history from the University of California, Berkeley.
The term “illiberal left” is one of the useful contributions of this book. Liberals, as Kirsten Powers grew up believing, are committed to tolerance, pluralism, and reasoned debate. Freedom of speech is, to them, a cherished principle. By contrast, she insists, “authoritarian demands for intellectual conformity and the relentless demonizing of people who don’t support [one’s point of view] are inherently illiberal and wrong.”Read more
The gender gap in criminal sentencing is six times as large as the racial gap, and it favors women.
A hundred years ago, the ADL was founded to combat the defamation of the Jewish people. The Factual Feminist wonders why it’s spreading gender propaganda in high schools.Read more
The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is out. The gender police are not amused. The Factual Feminist explains the theory of the “male gaze.”Read more
After the Factual Feminist spoke at Yale last month, the Yale Women’s Center pronounced her views “potentially dangerous” and “xenophobic.” Yikes! See if you agree:Read more
Reading about an exhibition that’s about to open at the Milwaukee Art Museum—“Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair”—took me back to the night long ago in Cincinnati when my teenage daughter and I saw this African-American extravaganza live.Read more
When to mention race and when not? My fellow journalists who covered the funeral of the woman who died in the D.C. Metro last week chose not to mention it. Perhaps they deemed it a distraction, too fraught a subject to bring up at a solemn, family time. My own opinion, for what it’s worth, is that in this instance they missed a significant story.Read more
To see how NPR, activist scholars, and the Justice Department set the stage for the latest eruption of hysteria over alleged campus rape, watch here:Read more
This week the fabulous Factual Feminist answers some listeners’ questions — starting with why she calls herself a feminist at all. Watch her here:
And if you have trouble using that link, just go to Youtube and search "Factual Feminist Playlist."Read more
Why would the leading textbook on domestic violence law persist in publishing a fantasy? Watch the Factual Feminist debunk the sinister legend of the “rule of thumb” -- the claim that English common law countenanced wife-beating as long as the stick a husband used was no thicker than his thumb.Read more
This week the Factual Feminist takes on the “rape culture” panic that is riling college campuses with help from the media, radical feminists, and too many politicians. Just as in the shameful panic over alleged child abuse at day care centers that sent innocent people to prison in the 1980s, false statistics, mob tactics at public meetings, and disregard for the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” hold sway among today’s accusers.Read more
My earliest memory of being spellbound by a piece of writing is of being read to as a small child from a book of Georgian (as in Caucasian) folk tales, the Yes and No Stories. For a time, I used to ask for “The Fox, the Bear and the Butter Jar” every night.Read more
Garden City (“What a misnomer!” said cousin Betty, who’d been there) is the seat of Glasscock County, a rectangular piece of flat, dry West Texas with a population density of two per square mile. The population of the “city” fell as low as 100 early in the last century, but the 2010 census put it at an all-time high of 334.Read more
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