Has there ever been a president so contemptuous of his own supporters?10:48 AM, Jan 23, 2015 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
In spite of his own mostly impressive educational pedigree, President Obama has always harbored an anti-intellectual (or, to be generous, anti-academic) streak. Whether insulting art history in a failed appeal to "Real 'Muricans," or developing a philistine "College Scorecard," which reduces the entire value of education to future earnings, it's become apparent that in the president's estimation, American higher education should basically be a network of pretty good trade schools. You know, the kind of place where the “folks” drop their G’s when engaging in conversation.
Now, in his new tax proposal, the president is taking aim at another segment of academia: the feminist Left. As Ramesh Ponnuru points out at Bloomberg View, Obama "wants to triple the existing tax credit for child-care expenses, and create a new credit for second earners. Those proposals will help some parents and couples, but have nothing to offer families where one parent concentrates on home-based tasks."
Starting several decades ago, feminist scholars began drawing attention to the vast amount of uncompensated labor – cleaning, cooking etc. - that occurs in the home. The lion's share of this work is of course performed by women. A 1988 tome entitled If Women Counted showed, in the words of reviewer Julie A. Nelson, “how the unpaid work traditionally done by women has been made invisible within national accounting systems.” That women’s domestic labor is unfairly compensated and accounted for has become an article of faith in elite Gender Studies and Sociology departments across the country. But now, President Obama seems set on exacerbating the inequities that feminist scholars have discovered by subsidizing women who choose to work outside the home, and offering not even a pittance to women whose home-based labor is already undervalued.
President Obama almost certainly pulled down something approaching Soviet levels of support in those Gender Studies and Sociology departments, of course. Truly, has there ever been a president so contemptuous of his own most vociferous supporters?
10:28 AM, Nov 12, 2014 • By CLAUDIA ANDERSON
Watch Christina Hoff Sommers puncture the balloon of some seeking to enlist the police to root out “street harassment.”
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11:33 AM, Sep 30, 2014 • By CLAUDIA ANDERSON
The Factual Feminist warns that a “little army of junior assistant deans and harassment apparatchiks are quietly repealing the free speech protections of the First Amendment.”
1:29 PM, Sep 23, 2014 • By CLAUDIA ANDERSON
Christina Hoff Sommers, of Factual Feminist fame, continues to expose the feminist establishment’s war on truth. This jaunty five-minute video takes on the endlessly recycled pseudo-fact of the 23-cent wage gap between men and women. Watch it below:
9:44 AM, Sep 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd said last night on the Charlie Rose Show that if Hillary Clinton were running to be the second woman president of the United States -- and not the first -- "she would not even be considered a frontrunner."
"If she were running to be the second woman president, I think she would not even be considered a frontrunner," said Todd. "She'd be just considered another candidate."
What is it like to be a man in philosophy?Jun 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40 • By CHARLOTTE ALLEN
This is a story about campus sexual harassment, involving a female graduate student in philosophy and a prominent male philosophy professor at an Ivy League university. Except that the alleged events didn’t take place on a campus or anywhere near one. Nor did the alleged events meet any legal definition of harassment, since the professor in question wasn’t the student’s professor, or her dean or her employer, and she was pursuing her doctoral degree at a completely different institution. But there sure was plenty of sex: in hotel rooms, her apartment, and other venues.
‘Rape culture’ at HarvardJun 30, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 40 • By HARVEY MANSFIELD
Feminism is in control of America’s colleges and universities, where its principles at least are held as dogmas unquestioned and unopposed. Yet in what should be a paradise with those principles at work, women speak of a “rape culture” that sounds like the patriarchal hell we thought we’d left behind.
12:22 PM, Jun 5, 2014 • By CLAUDIA ANDERSON
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.
12:31 PM, May 19, 2014 • By CLAUDIA ANDERSON
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.
3:25 PM, May 12, 2014 • By CLAUDIA ANDERSON
Boys are languishing in school--but "gender equity" in education means programs for girls. The Factual Feminist is concerned about all our children, boys as well as girls. Watch here:
9:10 AM, Apr 29, 2014 • By CLAUDIA ANDERSON
No one has done more than American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers to watchdog the perennially unreliable claims of activist feminism.
Behold the Lean In CollectionMar 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 26 • By ANDREW FERGUSON
Partly because I’m a guy, partly because my professor insisted on holding our Feminism and Culture class at 8 a.m., making it impossible for me to attend, I find myself now, decades later, far behind the curve of gender empowerment. The curve is shifting heavily to the distaff side. Can I still say “distaff”?
Matthew Continetti weighs in on the "Double Bind."4:29 PM, Mar 11, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Matthew Continetti on his cover story, The Double Bind. Hosted by Michael Graham.
8:45 AM, Aug 15, 2012 • By CHARLOTTE ALLEN
The death of Helen Gurley Brown two days ago has given every obituary writer a shot at disproving the adage de mortuis nil nisi bonum. The New York Times cracked, "She was 90, but parts of her were considerably younger"—alluding to Brown's pathological addiction to plastic surgery during her declining years.