Why Accuse?

Michael Mills, PhD, poses an obvious, deceptively simple question: Why don’t women ask men out on first dates?. Being an evolutionary psychologist, he naturally has an equally obvious and deceptively simple answer: it’s because of "female reputational defense theory" – which is a fancy way of saying that because paternity of a child is less…

A Source is a Source of Course of Course

Any volunteers for today’s exemplary of crap journalism? Anyone? Mary Elizabeth Williams, is that your hand I see up? Alright then! Rule one in journalism – at least if you’re even remotely interested in getting at the truth – is to always check your facts. Hey, I’m not just taking opportunistic potshots here. That actually…

Fury Road is Gynocentrist, but You Should See It Anyway

So, there’s a new Mad Max movie out, fully 30 years after the last one, and while absolutely everyone agrees that it’s a technical masterpiece, there’s a wee bit of controversy about some of its themes – specifically on the matter of just how deliberately feminist it is, including whether it’s feminist at all and…

The Correct Solution by Accident

That Columbia Journalism Review post on the Rolling Stone UVA "rape" article is the gift that keeps on giving. Even sillier than Jessica Valenti’s confusion on the point of whether caring more for Jackie would have helped is Amanda Marcotte’s insistence that this story won’t help the "Rape Deniers’" case. Who? "Rape deniers." OK, she…

Chomsky Tries Modern Feminism and Gets it Right

Noam Chomsky inadvertantly reminds us why people don’t trust feminism in his latest political article, called Magna Carta Messed Up the World, Here’s How to Fix It. Hey, don’t blame him for the title. Editors often write those things to get clicks, and that seems to be the case here as his article is clearly…

When Structural Oppression Isn’t (But Is)

For a good example of why I cannot take feminist theory very seriously, have a look at this response to my comment on Scott Alexander’s latest post ("Untitled"). Short recap: Scott Aaronson posted a long and rather vulnerable and personal bit on feeling oppressed by feminists, to which feminists mostly responded by bullying him. Classy…

The Toxic Tweet

So, thanks to #GamerGate (thanks, #GamerGate!), everyone on the internet has heard of Anita Sarkeesian by now. Yesterday, in response to the latest high school shooting, she tweeted this: We need to seriously address connections between violence, sexism and toxic ideas of manhood before boys and men commit more mass shootings. Naturally, a lot of…

Good Naked and Bad Naked BRAINS

Are we allowed to talk about innate cognitive gender differences yet? The reason I ask is that Lisa Kudrow thinks gay men have biologically superior brains to everyone else. She thinks this becuse her extensive experience as a neuroscientist showed her convincing proof that they have denser corpus callosums(eses) than straight men, and also, to…